Michael Page named a condition of signing with the UFC

Former Bellator welterweight title challenger Michael Page, who could soon join the UFC roster, will sign with the world’s strongest league only if his debut opponent is one of the organization’s top fighters.

“Do I see myself in the UFC? One hundred percent,” MMA Mania quoted the Brit as saying. “But I want to fight a top-five, maximum top-10 opponent. We’ve already seen that in the case of Michael Chandler. He went out and fought top-10 Dan Hooker and it was a great first win that propelled him to a title fight. That’s the path I see for me and I’m not considering any other options. I don’t need a warm-up fight, I haven’t fought in a while and I’m ready to go out right now.”

Earlier information that the British fighter could sign with the UFC was confirmed by league vice president Dave Shaw.

Michael Page, 36, had his last fight under his current contract with Bellator in March of this year, finishing Japanese Goichi Yamauchi by technical knockout at 26 seconds. In doing so, the Briton closed the defeat of Logan Storley, to whom he lost by split decision in the fight for the interim Bellator championship belt.

The UFC welterweight championship belt is currently held by Page’s compatriot Leon Edwards, who will make a title defense against American Colby Covington before the end of the year.