For her first fight in the world’s most prestigious MMA group, she impressed even Daniel Cormier, former heavy and light-weight heavyweight champion, now commentator for the UFC. The American had climbed into the cage to congratulate her after her TKO final January. A kick to the face had plunged Victoria Leonardo into darkness in the second spherical.
Manon Fiorot (31 years old, 6 wins, 1 loss) could have for the first time, Saturday, the honors of Las Vegas, going through a last-minute opponent, its preliminary opponent, the Ukrainian Maryna Moroz, having withdrawn. “The style of boxing and the size of the opponent change, but my goal remains the same”, confides the Niçoise. “I would have preferred to face an opponent with more experience but I respect her, she has 5-0 and remains undefeated”. The opponent will due to this fact be the Brazilian Tabatha Ricci (26), who will make her debut in the UFC.
The goal of “The Beast”, a nickname gleaned by aggressiveness and a hanging model? “I want to impress for my second fight, to repeat the same strategy as for the first. I don’t want people to say that my first knockout. was a fluke. The idea is to stay upright, be spectacular and try to take a bonus ”, smiles Fiorot. This Stakhanovist didn’t skimp on coaching: 10 weeks of camp at the Boxing Squad in Nice with her coach and companion Aldric Cassata, coach of the newbie French groups, two day by day classes, boxing sparring with the French champion Nahed Kharchi, athletics classes to enhance the MAS (most cardio velocity) … Manon Fiorot has fight sport and competitors in her blood, to make sure.
A toddler of the wins
As a baby, she attended her wrestling father’s coaching, started karate at age 7, carried out a 360 ° with snowboarding till sport research with a nationwide title earlier than returning to her old flame: karate (3 instances champion of France ), Muay Thai (two instances champion of France) then the discovery of MMA in 2015. Everything follows in a short time with a silver medal at the European Amateur Championships in 2017 then the world title the similar 12 months.
She misplaced her first skilled fight inside the Cage Warriors group in June 2018 by shared choice however discovered shortly, in a short time. Head to South Africa to combine and win season 2 of the actuality present The fighter organized by the EFC which she joined in the wake to win the bantamweight belt (2019) earlier than repeating the efficiency in the UAE Warriors group (2020). The UFC was the subsequent logical step.
If Manon Fiorot climbs the ranks shortly, she likes to take her time in the cage. Finally, particularly in the first spherical. “I like to keep the first round to read the opponent’s play, feign, turn. But if I see a hole I will not deprive myself ”, explains the one who’s already ranked nineteenth in her class at the UFC. Because the younger girl is at all times attempting to finalize the fights, to take management of the cage earlier than giving free rein to her punching energy. If all goes effectively, Fiorot is aiming for a Top 10 for his subsequent fight. Probably earlier than the finish of the 12 months.