He came out with a mattress and knocked him out in 9 seconds. Even Mbappé admired Dumbe’s victory.
Igor Nekrasov October 1, 2023, 15:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Two-time champion Glory made a phenomenal debut in the PFL.
The PFL Europe 3 mixed martial arts tournament took place in Paris. In the main event of the evening, two undefeated Frenchmen, Cedric Doumbe and Jordan Zebo, faced off in a cage to the delight of the local public.
Even though Doumbe had a modest 4-0 record entering the fight, Cedric had a colossal career in professional kickboxing behind him. Dumbe fought 83 fights there and had 75 victories. At the same time, the Frenchman was twice champion of the most prestigious organization in the world of kickboxing – Glory.
Interestingly, with a 2-0 record in professional MMA, Dumbe signed a contract with the UFC, a unique case for Dana White and his organization, but everyone simply wanted to see a fighter with so much experience in kickboxing in their leagues. The debut was to take place on September 3, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 209, but due to problems with the sanction of this fight by the French MMA Federation, as well as Cedric’s health problems, the debut was never held. just. and Doumbe was suspended from the contract.
Cedric returned to local French promotions, picking up two more wins and signing a two-year contract with the PFL. The league praised his newcomer and gave him a spot in the night’s main event at the PFL Europe 3 tournament, and Dumbe welcomed compatriot Jordan Zebo as an opponent.
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Zebo also had a 4-0 professional record heading into the fight and was considered a difficult opponent for Dumbe to make his debut. Jordan is eight years younger than his compatriot, but had impressive physical strength. And Zebo trained in the same gym as Cyril Gan, so the Frenchman’s training level was decent. This did not embarrass Dumbe, upon entering the fight, Cedric and his team took a mattress on which was written: “Good night, Jordan.” It seemed like Dumbe had too much confidence in himself, because he was about to debut in a new league, and even in the main event and against an undefeated opponent, and go into that fight with a cushion and a reference to the fact. That he was going to put his opponent to sleep was at the very least frivolous.
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But Dumbe demonstrated his high level in the cage. The fighters barely had time to shake hands and start the fight before it was over. Zebo decided to throw a high kick, but Dumbe caught his opponent’s leg and then launched a powerful left kick. Jordan immediately collapsed, Cedric managed to catch his opponent on the right as he fell, and landed several final blows to the ground until the referee stopped the fight.
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It took Dumba 9 seconds to finish off Zebo in his PFL debut. The PSG players, led by Killian Mbappé, who has known the former Glory champion for a long time, came to watch Cedric’s fight. Killian was clearly in pleasant shock: the camera showed a close-up of the French team captain and he could barely contain his emotions.
He promised to send me to bed and he did. Cedric Doumbe has established himself as potentially the promotion’s biggest star. At some point that night, Dana White became sad.