Britain’s fastest rising MMA star has given his take on the most talked about rematch in history between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
Much like Conor McGregor himself, Michael ‘Venom’ Page’s flashy, cocky style betrays the thoughtful mindset that has brought him success. This was very much evident on his recent appearance on Ball Street with Matt Wilson.
Again, like McGregor, ‘Venom’ has a penchant for the spectacular, with his skull fracture-inducing win over ‘Cyborg’ Santos garnering worldwide headlines.
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His advice to Conor McGregor regarding his second attempt to defeat Nate Diaz at UFC 202 was much more measured, though.
“I feel what did him in was his ‘Mystic Mac’ thing of knocking guys out,” ‘Venom’ claimed.
“He should never have gone in there looking for the knockout. Diaz reminds me of that episode of The Simpsons where Homer Simpson gets hit loads, hits back once and wins.”
“Next time go in and try and beat him over five rounds, say to yourself that it’s going to go the distance. The ego took a hold.
He is better and more competent as a stand-up artist, and I think he can replicate that first round, but don’t burn yourself out – just keep tagging. Aim for the fourth and fifth round.”
“Nate Diaz isn’t going to take him down. The reason he got to the ground was because a wobbled Conor went for his own takedown.
Keep hitting and moving. It might not be a spectacular fight with an amazing finish, but you will get the result that you need. Everyone’s different, so don’t fight them all the same way. Don’t try to finish him.”
“If he takes a little backstep he can win that fight – quite comfortably as well.”
That doesn’t appear to be the mantra emanating from Team McGregor, though, as SBG head coach John Kavanagh wrote earlier this week in his column for the42.ie., stating that he believes that the Diaz camp may well be forced to throw in the towel.
“I do believe that this win must be very dominant. It can’t be a close decision or anything like that. In that case there won’t be much satisfaction. We want to deliver a contest which will remove any doubts or questions in the aftermath. We want to put a definitive stamp on this to prove that for us, it really is a case of win or learn.”
The full segment of MVP’s interview can be heard below from 32:50 via The Long Ball Street Podcast.