French MMA fighter Taylor Lapilus, who was not retained by the UFC in 2016, has re-signed with the American group and will fight on September 3 throughout the massive evening UFC Paris, a-t- he introduced to AFP on Friday. He will face the German Khalid Taha at the Accor Arena for the first occasion in France of the UFC, the largest MMA league in the world.
“If someone had told me that when I started MMA, I’m not sure I would have believed it.” mentioned Taylor Lapilus. (*3*)
Lapilus first signed with the UFC in 2014 however, unexpectedly, his contract was not renewed after the 4 scheduled bouts. “At the starting, it was tough, to go from UFC fighter to fighter in any respect. But I did not hand over. I knew the recipe for coming back was to get outcomes and the relaxation would come later“, he described.
“To do the rest of my career in the UFC”
His return to the American group “will change (his) life againadded the 30-year-old fighter. “My objective now could be to set up myself in the UFC for a very long time, win and climb the rankings and do all the remainder of my profession in the UFC.”
Lapilus described his opponent Khalid Taha as a fighter “dangerous and quite complete“, with “nice strikes“. “But I see myself higher than him,” he mentioned. “My movements, my precision and my reach can be disturbing for him in the fight.”
MMA is an excessive fight sport that permits kicks, punches, knees and elbows, in addition to floor blows, chokes and locks inside an octagon, which has been very talked-about for just a few years. France was one in every of the final main nations to ban the self-discipline earlier than formally recognizing it in 2020.
At the September 3 occasion, the important occasion will pit France’s MMA standard-bearer Ciryl Gane towards Australian Tai Tuivasa at the heavyweights.