In a sport full of pretenders and wannabes it is not uncommon for a fighter to be covered in tattoos and have a name more intimidating than the fighter actually is. With WEC top bantamweight contender Damacio Page, this is certainly not the case.
Damacio is the real deal, although he does have a wicked nickname - he lives up to it. He is an utterly tenacious competitor who routinely administers violent beatings that leave his opponents feeling as if Brock Lesnar, not a fellow bantamweight fighter, just throttled them.
Damacio is also a gentle soul who graciously gives of his time to help local children and the military. He trains with the best in the business at Greg Jackson's gym in New Mexico, yet he is one of the shining stars in a gym full of MMA superstars.
Lex McMahon of FiveKnuckles.com recently caught up with Page to discuss a variety of issues including his injuries, title shots, his new promotional contest and much more.
FiveKnuckles.com: How did you get the nickname "Angel of Death"?
Damacio Page: Someone gave it to me. I'm not one of these guys who give himself a tough sounding name because he wants to sound cool or be more marketable. I was fighting Thierry Quennville in Canada and during the fight I "Rampage" slammed him onto his head. After the fight one of the guys from my corner came to my dressing room and said that I destroyed Thierry, that I was the Angel of Death. The name stuck.
FiveKnuckles.com: It's been reported that you suffered a shoulder injury during your dominant submission victory over Will Campuzano, how are you feeling and how is the rehab going?
Damacio Page: The win over Campuzano was definitely a great victory for me, but it took its toll. I tore my labium and partially tore my rotator cuff. I had surgery about a week ago. My body is strong; I take very good care of myself. I am taking a break to rest up, but will be able to start rehab in about 6 weeks and if all goes well. I hope to be in the cage again in 3 months.
FiveKnuckles.com: You were featured on the TapouT reality show "Diamond in the rough", what was that experience like and how did it impact your career?
Damacio Page: As you can imagine it was an amazing experience. I got to know the TapouT crew on a personal level. They are a great group of guys; I became friends with them all. We still stay in touch. The impact on my career was enormous. The exposure that I received on the show catapulted my career and has helped me to achieve the success that I have thus far.
FiveKnuckles.com: Charles "Mask" Lewis was a huge part of TapouT and was heavily involved with you on the taping of the show and as you advanced in your career. How did his passing impact you and the MMA community?
Damacio Page: It was very hard on me. Initially I did not believe it. I had talked to him the day...