Michael Page stunned even his fellow pros with his first-round stoppage win at Bellator 292.
In a gruesome sight, Page needed just 26 seconds to end the night of Goiti Yamauchi on Friday night at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. “MVP” appeared to badly injure his foe’s kneecap with his first strike, a kick to Yamauchi’s lead right leg. Yamauchi immediately fell to the ground in pain as referee Edward Collantes rushed in to stop the contest.
The result marked a victorious return to the MMA cage for Page following a bare-knuckle boxing detour against Mike Perry. It also gave Page his 11th KO/TKO win under the Bellator banner, the most ever in the promotion’s history, as well as an opportunity to call for a title shot against Bellator welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov next.
Check out reaction from the pros to Page’s brutal finishing sequence below.
You can see MVP's kick do the damage #Bellator292— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) March 11, 2023
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Ok this angle is insane. Looks like Yamauchi’s kneecap exploded?! pic.twitter.com/GmCIBKCKzb— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 11, 2023
I've never seen that in my life #Bellator292 pic.twitter.com/qLAbI7HKFJ— Joe Joe Giannetti (@Giannettimma) March 11, 2023
MVP just caved a knee— Tim Elliott (@TElliott125) March 11, 2023
That kick..... his knee!!— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) March 11, 2023
Usually guys break their leg kicking knee like that. @Michaelpage247 just ruptured a man's knee by kicking his knee. Never seen that before. WOW!!#Bellator292
That kick tho— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) March 11, 2023
MVP is nuts! Don’t let him fight anyone you care about, holy shit.— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) March 11, 2023
This is crazy. His shin won against a knee why do we do this crazy ass sport https://t.co/cex70rrtAs— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) March 11, 2023