Inteview with Damacio Page, WEC Fighter
By John Fullilove, jacksons.tv
jacksons.tv: What is your sports background?
Damacio Page: College wrestling and kickboxing.
jacksons.tv: Where did you attend school for your collegiate wrestling?
Damacio Page: I went to Cerritos Junior college and Fresno State.
jacksons.tv: When did you start your kickboxing?
Damacio Page: I used to kick box when I was around 9 years old. It was regular kickboxing not Muay Thai.
jacksons.tv: What did you like about wrestling in college?
Damacio Page: It was the competition. In D-1 or upper level college divisions you come across the best wrestlers. It was the competition that I liked.
jacksons.tv: How did you get into MMA?
Damacio Page: It was something I wanted to do. I had seen it in high school. It was something I wanted to do after I was done with wrestling. I had come back from wrestling and started with Tony Rosales because I had known him before from kickboxing. I didn’t know anyone from here (jackson’s). I was there (with Rosales) for probably about 3 months and Diego Sanchez invited me over to Jackson’s.
jacksons.tv: Was it a difficult transition getting into MMA coming from a wrestling background?
Damacio Page: No. I came in right away and it wasn’t too hard. When I first came in Greg said, “Hey, I want you on your back for about 3 months.” I got used to it right away.
jacksons.tv: When you first started were you doing submission grappling tournaments?
Damacio Page: I did. Greg had me do grappling tournaments. Everyday was working on my jiu-jitsu not my wrestling. Just jiu-jitsu.
jacksons.tv: What have you been able to bring to the MMA ground game from wrestling?
Damacio Page: I have the ability to keep the fight standing and that’s where I want to be. I use my wrestling to stand. I can stop take downs or if I want to get up and stand up I can do that.
jacksons.tv: Where did you first start competing in MMA fights?
Damacio Page: It was first here in New Mexico. About my 4th fight I went to Japan. I stayed fighting for a whole year in Japan. I also went to Canada. It was cool.
jacksons.tv: In Japan you competed in which organization?
Damacio Page: K-1
jacksons.tv: Can you describe your experience in Japan?
Damacio Page: Fighting in front of 50,000 people. That was pretty cool.
jacksons.tv: In Japan, they allow attacks to the head of a grounded opponent – did you train any differently for that.
Damacio Page: No, we would work on different stomps to the body and soccer kicks to the head. It was pretty much the same but no elbows to the head but add soccer kicks and stomps to the head.
jacksons.tv: For you K-1 fights were they all against Japanese opponents?
Damacio Page: Yes. Every fight in Japan was against a Japanese opponent.
jacksons.tv: Was there any difference fighting in Japan than in the states?
Damacio Page: The fans are different. They are more educated (about the fight game) in Japan.
jacksons.tv: Was it difficult traveling to Japan for your fights?
Damacio Page: It’s a little harder because you have a 12 hour flight.
jacksons.tv: Was their any transition between you fighting in Japan and now?
Damacio Page: Nothing really, I was already fighting the top fighters in the world. I’m just at lower weight now. I was fighting at 155 in Japan and now I’m fighting at 135.
jacksons.tv: Did you jump into the WEC from K-1?
Damacio Page: No, I didn’t. I had a couple of local fights. I got picked (by the WEC) about a year and half later when I was done fighting in Japan.
jacksons.tv: You’ve shown tremendous power with your recent knockouts. Is that something you recently developed?
Damacio Page: I’ve always have had real good stand up power it’s just that I’m fine tuning it now. I’m learning how to punch right. I’ve always possessed a lot of power in my hands.
jacksons.tv: Do you have a preference in either the ground or standup game?
Damacio Page: It really doesn’t matter. I train for everything all the way around. If I could stand up then I would rather keep it standing.
jacksons.tv: What is it that you enjoy about MMA?
Damacio Page: The competition. Fighting the best people in the world – it’s just the competition.
jacksons.tv: What has it been like training here at Jackson’s?
Damacio Page: It’s been great. We are like a big family. I love it here. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
jacksons.tv: Would you like to thank anyone?
Damacio Page: My sponsors – Tapout, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cash for Gold.