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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

By: Danny Brener - Special to

Michael “Venom” Page is a long-time Kings fan … who also knows a little bit about rough-play.

In fact, this week he fights for Bellator on Spike this Friday at 9E/8C against Rudy Bears. recently caught up with the native of England before his next fight to talk Kings hockey:

Q: When and how did you become a Kings fan?

A: My best friend Kyle had bought the EA SPORTS NHL ‘96 game that we both ended up really getting into. He would always be the Mighty Ducks and I would always be the LA Kings. I learned the players mainly through the game and have been following them ever since.

Q: What is your most unique Kings experience in-person?

A: I managed to see them play for the first and only time – unfortunately -- when they came to England in 2007 at the 02 Arena. Kyle and I went to watch the Kings versus Ducks. They each won a game when they came to England, but we only went to the game that the Kings won. So we picked the proper game, at least in my opinion.

Q: Have you ever ice skated or played hockey in England?

A: I used to ice skate every weekend at a local ice rink in London Queensway, at the Queens, Ice, Bowl but ice hockey is probably one of the few sports I've never taken part in. I’d imagine I’d be very quick and good out there with a bit of practice, but I’d want to step up a few weight classes before skating one on one with Drew Doughty.

Q: Who are your favorite current and former Kings players?

A: My favorite player was Rob Blake. I liked that he was named the team captain. I never really cared about individual stats. In more recent years I enjoy watching guys like Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter and Jonathan Quick.

Q: Which Bellator fighter do you think would be the best hockey player?

A: I'm not sure if he can ice skate, but if he could I think King Mo would make for a top defenseman. He would have some serious hits out on the ice.

Q: Which Bellator fighter do you think would be the worst hockey player?

A: Probably Marcin Held because he'd be on the ice attached to different members of the opposing teams legs trying to break them off. Just kidding.

Q: Which Kings player would make the best MMA fighter and do you have any fighting tips for them?

A: I actually think that Jonathan Quick would make the best MMA fighter because of his quick reflexes in and around the goal. But my advice to him is simple -- he needs to retrain himself and avoid shots…not get in the way of them!

Follow Page on Twitter -- @michaelpage247

Watch him in action -- HERE

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