Despite fighting with him in the cage at UFC 303, Michael “Venom” Page doesn’t believe Ian Garry will ever reach the top of the welterweight division.

The pair collided in the main event of the International Fight Week pay-per-view on June 29 in Las Vegas. The three-round affair was widely considered to be somewhat lackluster, with the Irishman using his grappling to win rounds one and three on the scorecards.

With this result, Garry was able to extend his undefeated professional record even further and increase his UFC record to 8-0, securing a place in the top 10.

While “The Future” has confidently expressed that he will now focus on those above him in the pecking order and on the title, “MVP” is convinced that his resume will soon have a blemish…

Page did not feel like a future champion at UFC 303 against Garry

At a recent appearance on The MMA lesson Along with Ariel Helwani, Page reflected on the defeat he suffered in only his second fight on the biggest stage in mixed martial arts after a decade at Bellator.

The Londoner expressed his frustration with his performance at the T-Mobile Arena, saying the result was due more to his own shortcomings than Garry's efforts in the Octagon.

With that in mind, Page didn't feel like he was facing a surefire future champion. Quite the opposite, in fact. “Venom” recalled that he was facing someone who would “get killed” by UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards and top contender Shavkat Rakhmonov.

“Not all of them. No,” Page said when asked if he sees Garry as a future champion. “Because if that's the game you play, if you have a decent striker, then Leon is going to kill you anyway, then Shavkat is going to kill you anyway. There are a couple of guys there that I just don't think he can outwork. … Even in some areas, he didn't feel particularly strong. I'm not even trying to be disrespectful to him, because he did his job, he was smart in how he kind of did that. But to me, this game is still about the fight. It's about fighting. Not about stealing wins.

“Like I said, in the last round, I didn't necessarily have to get up or let him get up. I could have stayed there and just dragged it out and potentially gotten a better result in the third round and maybe that would have tipped the scales, but that's not the game I play in. I play a fighting game. I want to do damage, I want to hurt people,” Page continued. “So, yeah, I don't see him coming out on top. I think he's talented. I think he's always going to be there, in the top 10, the top five, and then he's going to keep losing to certain people. But he's still talented, and obviously he's got tons of time to progress and get better anyway.”

Garry no doubt sees things differently, having repeatedly stressed that a title shot on MMA's biggest stage is inevitable. He will look to prove it when he returns to action, potentially against one of the names mentioned by Page.

After UFC 303, the Irishman had Rakhmonov's name on his lips. Although he received a positive response from “Nomad,” it remains to be seen whether the UFC will share the same opinion and bring the two together next.

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