At 23, Fares Ziam is already one of the most gifted French fighters in combined martial arts (MMA).
“I want to write my name in the UFC and be champion.” In 2009, simply twelve years previous, Fares found MMA and shortly designed his dream. It should be stated that in the household of the younger man, fight sports activities reign supreme. His stepfather is a former skilled boxer and his brothers are in flip in the present day. But it was the small display screen that will determine its future. “I discovered the UFC thanks to RTL 9 which was the first channel to broadcast fights, and I went crazy about it immediately,” Fares remembers.
When he joined Team Ezbiri, with Fouad Ezbiri (former world kickboxing champion) as his coach, Givordin was not but conscious of the full extent of his potential however his profession plan was properly outlined: be a part of theUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC). However, the highway is lengthy, very lengthy to journey. “In high school, I finished classes at 6 pm. My mother took me by car to Villeurbanne. I then went on boxing from 6 to 8 p.m. then jujitsu at 8:30 p.m. I took the 10:24 pm train to Part-Dieu, I returned home every day around 11 pm. Some days it was harder to motivate yourself ”.
However, Fares’ sacrifices and tireless efforts made his one dream come true. “I was with friends, and my manager called me to tell me that the UFC offered me a contract for four fights including one, three weeks later, in the Nurmagomedov-Poirier card. I thought it was a joke at first (laughs) ”, explains the younger prodigy. “Then I went straight to the United States”.
The beginnings of a promising journey
Ziam switches, at that second, in a new dimension even when he’s already a seasoned fighter (10 wins, 2 losses in MMA). In France, making a residing from MMA was very tough earlier than legalization, many fighters went overseas to assist themselves. At the UFC? The wage is far more attention-grabbing with the first video games paid round 10,000 € for the struggle and 20,000 € for the victory.
The standing of the fighters additionally adjustments with the largest federation of combined martial arts. “Which attracts a lot more sponsors”. Last September, the long-awaited second in the Frenchman’s younger profession arrives. Fares enters the large league along with his first struggle.
Following the withdrawal of Magomed Mustafaev, he challenges the South African Don Madge, shedding in factors and with honors. “I had never been in danger, but I ran into an experienced opponent, good tactically. I learned from this fight ”, insists the“ Smile Killer ”. Why this nickname? “My manager gave me this nickname because I smile all the time, in training, weighing against the opponent … But from the start of the fight, my smile evaporates and I become a killer », Reveals the latter.
The confinement, slowing his rise, the striker (specialist in foot-fists) worked a lot on wrestling, an essential discipline in MMA like the specialist and king of the discipline Khabib Nurmagomedov, now retired. “With Issa, my teammate at Team Ezbiri, who was French wrestling champion, we are still working on this point because I still have to improve”, explains the Givordin. According to his “wrestling coach”, Fares learns shortly, in a short time. “He will always remain a striker but he does not hesitate now to try to put his opponent on the ground, he is progressing well, it is a good omen,” stated Issa Sanfratello, additionally a professional in MMA.
“They always want to fight on the ground against me”
And for its second struggle, greater than a yr later, the Givordin made use of its numerous trainings. Opposed to the Australian Jamie Mullarkey (26 years previous, 12 wins-4 losses), Fares Ziam wins by unanimous decision (29-28) in a really balanced and difficult struggle. Taken to the floor 3 times, Fares Ziam wins due to his percussion and his boxing effectivity. “They always want to fight on the ground against me. This is what I had failed me the last time against Don Madge but the training pays off, ”notes Ziam, relieved of this snatch victory, which lastly launches his profession.
The younger man, very formidable and certain of himself, doesn’t intend to cease there. “What motivates me is to be the best, to be number 1. I have had this competitive spirit since I was little. I can’t aim for anything other than the lightweight (-70kg) belt. When I leave the locker room I think only of victory, I tell myself that I was made for that ”.
The following ? Fares was not missing in daring in asserting at a press convention that he could be able to enter the Octagon with the very skilled Bobby Green (27-10-1). The latter replied on Twitter: “If he talks about me, I’ll come see him.” “The fight has not yet been decided by the UFC, but American fans love the show and I want to give it to them,” insists Fares.
His wrestling coach is much more assured by predicting a reasonably simple victory for his foal. “Fares is too tall in height (1.86m) for Bobby and would counter him quite easily. For me, it’s won in advance, ”he says. Fares Ziam is undoubtedly not completed climbing the ranks.