Midnight Mania! Kickboxing Legend Not Experienced Enough For UFC?

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If you’re solely an MMA fan, you could be forgiven for not knowing the name Cedric Doumbe. Even so, you’ve likely stumbled across a highlight or two belonging to “Le Meilleur,” because the man has bombs for hands. The two-time Glory Kickboxing champion has won his last seven fights in the ring, and six of those victories came via knockout. In addition, he’s 2-0 inside the cage, most recently securing a second-round knockout win just a few weeks ago and scoring a UFC contract in the process.

If the newly created French MMA Federation (FMMAF) allows him to fight, that is. Multiple sources have reported that Doumbe’s planned bout vs. Darian Weeks is canceled due to a strange rule about the number of fights of each man.

As a professional MMA fighter, Doumbe is just 2-0, whereas Weeks holds a 5-2 record. That doesn’t seem like an unreasonable booking even before Doumbe’s incredible kickboxing career is considered, at which point the experience edge takes a massive swing to his favor. However, per the FMMAF’s rules, fighters with less than 10 professional fights total must not have more than a four fight differential between them.

Weeks has five more pro MMA fights than Doumbe.

It remains to be seen if the FMMAF is willing to consider Doumbe’s experience in the ring at all, or if UFC will be forced to find a new dance partner for the knockout artist. MMA in France was only legalized in 2020, so these type of growing pains are not a complete shock. I’m reminded of when New York was late to legalize MMA, and then the commission promptly over-regulated UFC events and pissed fighters off. Everything from chapped lips to breast implants have threatened planned bouts!

Hopefully, all is figured out by UFC Paris, which is set to go down on September 3.


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