Two-time GLORY welterweight champion Cedric Doumbe has had his eyes set on mixed martial arts over these last two years, and he’s done quite well for himself thus far into his short, four-fight tenure.
The Cameroonian native is one of the greatest kickboxers on planet earth, boasting a 75-7-1 record in the sport with a number of world championships to his resume, including the WKA European championship, WKA world championship, WAKO world championship, and of course the GLORY title, which he defended a total of five times prior to beginning his MMA journey.
Of his 75 kickboxing wins, 45 come via knockout, and he left the sport on a seven-fight win streak. What’s more, he was never finished in the kickboxing ring with all seven defeats coming via decision.
Doumbe avenged his latest two defeats, both of which came via split decision, winning each rematch via knockout. He also boasts wins over UFC talent Brad Riddell, as well as fellow longtime GLORY champion Nieky Holzken, who he defeated twice over the course of their two fights.
Doumbe’s last kickboxing bout took place in January of 2021, with his first MMA bout happening later that year in November.
Since beginning his MMA career Doumbe has gone 4-0, all four wins coming via knockout; he was supposed to make his UFC debut last year at UFC France, the night Ciryl Gane faced Tai Tuivasa, but the commission didn’t allow him to compete given he was just 2-0 going into a fight with 5-2 Darian Weeks.
Oddly enough, Doumbe is facing 18-5 opponent Jarrah Al-Silawi in his PFL debut later this month at PFL 6.
PFL 6 is to go down on June 23, 2023, live from the Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jarrah Al-Silawi was 16-3 going into his PFL debut in early 2022, his two most recent defeats coming via split decision. Following a 2-0 start to his PFL journey, the latter victory coming over UFC veteran Gleison Tibau, he’d then lose his next two-straight, losing both fights via knockout to Magomed Umalatov and Sadibou Sy.
Who do you see coming out on top in this welterweight bout going down at PFL 6?
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