World Extreme Cagefighting on Monday announced that Damacio Page will step in to take the place of an injured Jesse Moreng at Wednesday’s event in Albuquerque, N.M. Page will now face Steve Jorgensen in a bantamweight (135-pound) contest.
Although he’s taking the fight on just two days’ notice, Page told MMAWeekly that he’s ready to go, as he was already preparing for another bantamweight bout scheduled for Feb. 28 in Canada.
“I’ve been working out and training hard. I’m feeling pretty good. I’d say I’m at 100% and ready to go.”
Stepping in with Jorgensen, who has a strong wrestling base, is particularly appealing to the Greg Jackson-trained fighter.
“My conditioning is good and all that, but I especially like the way our styles match up. He’s more of a wrestler and doesn’t like to get hit,” said Page. “If he tries to take me down, it’s not going to happen. I kind of want to stand with him and bang.”
Page hasn’t fought in nearly a year, since knocking out Rod Montoya last March. He had planned to return in October, but suffered a rib injury that kept him sidelined for a time, but says he’s ready to go for Wednesday night’s bout.
“I have a pretty good feeling about it. It’s going to be a knockout,” he stated.
With a 9-3 professional record, two of his losses being to world-class fighters Genki Sudo and Danny Batten, Page feels its his time to make a run at the big leagues and he feels like the WEC is the place to do it.
“I want to make a good splash. I want to make a run right away at the title,” he said, speaking of current champion Chase Beebe, who will be defending his belt on Wednesday night against Miguel Torres.
If all goes well and he emerges unscathed, Page’s contract with the WEC allows for him to follow through on his Feb. 28 TKO fight in Montreal, where he is scheduled to face Justin Tavernini.
Moreng was forced to withdraw from the bout on Friday, as he suffered a fracture to the second metatarsal of his left foot during training last week.
The Page vs. Jorgensen bout brings the WEC fight card back to 10 bouts.
The promotion has also added an extra half-hour to its live telecast on the Versus network for Wednesday’s event, leaving open the possibility for additional fights to air. Current bouts listed for the telecast include Carlos Condit vs. Carlo Prater, Rob McCullough vs. Jamie Varner, Chase Beebe vs. Miguel Torres, and Manny Tapia vs. Antonio Banuelos.
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