RMC SPORT INFO – Cédric Doumbé will not be on the UFC Paris card, the first on French soil, on September 3. The former GLORY champ will have to attend to make his debut for MMA’s greatest group. A big blow for him as for the occasion.
In his phrases, he continues to deceive and put on a present. But we really feel that the disappointment is immense. Due on the UFC Paris card on September 3, the place he was to make his debut in MMA’s greatest group, Cedric Doumbe will in the end not be a part of it. A bundle introduced by RMC Sport and confirmed by the former GLORY (kickboxing) champion on our microphone: “I am in contract with the UFC, it is officially signed, but I have just learned that the fight could not take place on September 3”.
And to clarify: “There is already this rule of the adversary, and the fact that we cannot find an opponent there, who is ready. At the same time, you want to fight Cédric Doumbé, it is hot. (Smile.) And also for papers… You need papers that I gave but the French commission is a little feverish and all. It is for several reasons. For those who haven’t followed, Doumbé evokes the rule of the FMMAF (French Federation) stipulating that a fighter ranked in the Elite 2 category – less than ten professional fights – cannot climb into the cage against an opponent who has more than four fights apart from him on the list.
For Doumbé (2-0 in career since his transition to MMA), the UFC had in sight a fight against the American Darian Weeks (5-2) but the Technical Office of Officials of the FMMAF refused this proposal for to stay within the nails of a rule already applied for several French organizations and which makes it possible to protect the physical integrity of fighters at the start of their career. A rule also understood by the UFC, which approved it with members of the FMMAF.
The situation of Doumbé, who has a huge past in combat sports, is of course special and the FMMAF intends to publish a text in the coming months to open the door to exceptions for profiles like his. In the meantime, the person concerned will not be on the September 3 card. And he is upset. While remaining a showman. “A UFC Paris with out Cédric Doumbé is strawberry pie with out strawberries, he smiles. Without pie! I’m upset for the followers who wished to see that. I actually wished to be there for this primary UFC in France, to do a part of this story. But nothing occurs by probability…”
To the level of questioning the future? “I had already stated in interviews that I used to be pleased with MMA however that I now not had the identical enthusiasm and enthusiasm that I had earlier than, he replies. There, I take that as a big signal. Can I think about what’s subsequent? There, frankly, I do not know. I’m a little skeptical, I ask myself a lot of questions. We’ll see… I’m scorching right here so I ask myself a lot of questions. Too many issues that are available in my head… It’s a strangulation that I take, I wish to hit. (Smile.)“
While he was in Dublin, Ireland, where he was preparing for September 3 in the SBG room known for his most famous pupil Conor McGregor, Doumbé took his ticket to return to France this Friday evening. “It’s a big slap that I take, he concludes. I got here, I’m coaching, I’m giving it my all, immediately I had a big sparring session. I used to be assured, prepared to grab every part, and there bam, big blow.” And to finish by repeating: “Nothing occurs by probability”.
A question remains. According to the latest news, Darian Weeks will finally fight the following week, September 10, at UFC 279, against Yohan Lainesse. Doumbé could therefore have faced him in Las Vegas to circumvent the FMMAF rule, Nevada not applying any of the kind. But that won’t be the case. He could also have taken on any opponent outside France before and after September 3. For the moment, it does not take the way. To be continued, therefore, but this package is surrounded by a form of mystery.
For UFC Paris, it is also a blow. Between Manon Fiorot’s bundle (battle in opposition to Katlyn Chookagian postponed to UFC 280 on October 22 in Abu Dhabi), a Benoît Saint-Denis for whom a new opponent must be found and one Abdoul Abdouraguimov demanded body and shouting by the public but for the moment not on the program, the premiere of the largest MMA group on French soil will not be nearly as good as we had as soon as hoped. But there will nonetheless be loads to do to ensure a nice present.