Word on the street is that the former 45-KO Glory Kickboxing champ, who took home the title not once but twice, is making a move to the UFC. It’s no surprise, really – the UFC has a reputation for snagging top-tier talent as soon as it hits the market, and this two-time GLORY Kickboxing kingpin is no exception. With a roster already packed with powerhouse fighters, the UFC is showing no signs of slowing down in their quest for domination.
The former two-time welterweight champion of GLORY Kickboxing, Cedric Doumbe, and the UFC have formally signed a contract, according to a post on social media.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and explore the fighting history of Cedric Doumbe!
Cedric Doumbe is a French-Cameroonian kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter who currently competes in the welterweight division of Glory Kickboxing. The French kickboxer has an unfathomable 45 knockouts in his eight-year kickboxing career, making him an immediate danger to those competing in the 170 lb division.
Last month at MMA GP: Paris, Doumbe defeated Pawel Kilmas by way of TKO, further enhancing his resume.
The 30-year-old has faced some of the greatest strikers during his time competing against other top strikers like himself. He has even defeated Nieky Holzken and Harut Grigorian.
The rising star, who has a lot of buzz surrounding his name, enters MMA with a tonne of striking expertise, having won 75 of his 83 professional ring battles.
He made his professional debut in 2014 and quickly made a name for himself with his slick footwork, impressive striking skills, and showmanship in the ring.
Doumbe’s first major breakthrough came in 2016, when he defeated Nieky Holzken to become the Glory welterweight champion. He successfully defended his title in a rematch against Holzken and then went on to defeat Yoann Kongolo in a highly entertaining fight.
In 2018, Doumbe lost his title to Harut Grigorian in a close and controversial decision. However, he bounced back with a vengeance and reclaimed the title in a rematch with Grigorian later that year.
Since then, Doumbe has continued to dominate the welterweight division with his flashy style and impressive record. He has defeated top contenders such as Alim Nabiev, Murthel Groenhart, and Yoann Kongolo in rematches, cementing his status as one of the best welterweights in the world.
Since committing himself to mixed martial arts, “Le Meilleur” has enjoyed great success in the ring and appears to have seamlessly transferred his skills from one discipline to the other.
Arbi Emiev, who was 2-2 before competing against the kickboxing veteran, was defeated by Doumbe in his debut match at Superkombat Universe in Dubai with a first-round TKO. This was followed by back-to-back stoppages for the star in each of his next three fights, giving him an outstanding 4-0 record.
Overall, Cedric Doumbe’s fighting history is filled with exciting fights, memorable moments, and a legacy of excellence in the sport of kickboxing.
Cedric Doumbe has now joined Australian Steve Erceg in UFC, whose title run would match that of Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva, and Israel Adesanya. Erceg has given himself just five bouts to win the world flyweight championship.
Better still, the highly anticipated West Australian is already requesting that his premiere matchup be against unbeaten American prospect Clayton Carpenter, whom he refers to as a “dick” and pretend philosopher.
After winning the main event of Eternal 73 in Perth last month, Erceg, 27, has changed the perception that he is the finest Australian fighter not signed by the UFC.