Dana White’s Real Reason to Sign MVP for UFC 299 Gets Exposed by Cedric Doumbe- “We Put Pressure”

Published 01/25/2024, 12:52 PM EST

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Michael ‘Venom’ Page has been recently signed by the UFC, and the fans are super excited about the signing. Page is considered by many to be the flashiest striker in MMA and is a legend of the sport. He spent nine years in Bellator before finally moving to the UFC after being a free agent in July.

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In a recent YouTube video, one of his biggest rivals, Cedric Doumbe, sat for a chat with Ariel Helwani. During the chat, Doumbe revealed why UFC CEO Dana White signed the Bellator legend. Page is all set to make his UFC debut at UFC 299. Let us get into the details to determine what inspired Dana White to sign him.

Cedric Doumbe shares the real reason for signing MVP

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Cedric Doumbe called out Michael ‘ Venom’ Page for a showdown at the PFL Europe 4 event in Dublin. The former Bellator superstar acknowledged the call and entered the smartcage. The pair engaged in a light hearted face-off without any exchange of words. MVP is now signed by the UFC and is preparing hard for his debut fight. The former two-time glory kickboxing champion recently took to YouTube to share his thoughts regarding ” Venom’s ” signing.

While speaking to Helwani he said: ” No I really would love even to fight against MVP . That would be a very very massive fight. But I think because of that face off uh we put pressure on the UFC and they they decided to sign with him. No that was it I really I really thought I would fight him for my next fight I wanted to do it . But after that signing with the UFC. ” 

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The 36-year-old Englishmen was linked to UFC for a long time and the fans wanted to see him in action. Page holds a professional record of 21-2 in his career. He is fresh off a victory against Goiti Yamauchi via knockout at Bellator 292. But whom will he face in his UFC debut?

Michael “Venom” Page vs Kevin Holland at UFC 299

As fans eagerly wait to witness UFC 299, “Venom” is all set to make his UFC debut at the event. While many thought he would get an easy fight. The UFC had a completely different plan for the welterweight fighter. He is all set to make his debut against Kevin Holland. Once a Bellator legend , Page will now look to create a new legacy in the UFC when he steps inside the Octagon. While ” Venom” may be flashy in his approach facing Holland will be a different challenge altogether.

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‘Trailblazer’ currently holds a record of 25-10-0 (1 NC) in his career. However his recent form inside the Octagon is a cause of concern. Holland faced Jack Della Maddalena at UFC Fight Night : Grasso vs Shevchenko 2 and lost the fight via decision. His next opponent is not only a MMA legend but also hungry to make a name in the UFC. Will MVP win his debut fight at UFC 299? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anirban Chatterjee

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I am Anirban, an MMA enthusiast with the opportunity to combine my fascination for the sport with my professional adventures as a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Apart from being a professional athlete, MMA and Soccer are sports that I have always enjoyed following. I am a huge fan of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, and Israel Adesanya.
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