With France legalizing MMA at the beginning of 2020, we are on the cusp of seeing an MMA explosion from the European nation. Poland has Joanna Jedrzejczyk. China has Weili Zhang. France will have future star Manon Fiorot. The EFC Worldwide flyweight champion is a call of away from joining these women at the forefront of fighters representing their nation’s.
Successful Amateur Career
Five fights were all it took for Fiorot at the amateur level for the future champion to figure out enough to climb the ranks. Her first fight came at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships, where she suffered a loss. The IMMAF is the international body that governs amateur mixed martial arts around the globe for participating nations. In 2017 Fiorot had an impressive run at the 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships where she made it to the finals. In November of 2017, Fiorot pieced it all together and won the 2017 IMMAF World Championships.
Turn Pro and Run on EFC Worldwide: The Fighter Season 2
On June 16, 2018, Fiorot made her professional debut under the bright lights on the big stage of Cage Warriors. Similar to her amateur debut, Fiorot dropped her professional debut by split decision. She took the next eight months to continue to work on and perfect her craft, earning a spot on The Fighter Season 2, a reality-based show can by South African MMA organization EFC Worldwide, similar to the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter.
The Fighter Season 2
EFC Worldwide: The Fighter Season 2 took women flyweights from around the world to compete in a reality-based setting to determine the organization’s inaugural flyweight champion. The 10 women are split into two teams under one of two coaches. The coaches were former EFC champion Garreth McLellan and season one winner Brendan Lesar. As fate would have it, Fiorot met Cornelia Holm in the tournament. Holm is the fighter who defeated Fiorot in the finals of the amateur 2017 IMMAF European Open Championships. Fiorot went on to win where it mattered and won season two of The Fighter to become it’s first women’s flyweight champion.
“The experience made me realize the really high level of my gym and the quality of my training regimen. This experience gave me tremendous confidence in myself and my ability by training with females of such a high level,” Fiorot told MyMMANews. Continuing her unbeaten streak in EFC, she has now taken on all comers in UAE Warriors in 2020.
2020 Run in UAE Warriors
So far 2020 has been good to Fiorot inside a cage. She is 2-0 on the year, both bouts ending by TKO. UAE Warriors is based out of Abu Dhabi, the home of UFC’s famous “Fight Island.” Should the UFC need a female flyweight, there are none better with finishing ability and an acclimation to the enviornment. “My last fight went very well. We perfectly executed the game plan, which was to knock her out in the first or second round. For my future fights, I totally trust Resilience Sports Management to handle my career with my best interest in mind. I also hope to get to the UFC someday. I will do everything in my power to make this happen,” Fiorot stated.
Fiorot’s style would cause havic for many of the UFC’s flyweights. She has a very Stephen Thompson-esque karate style stance. She uses her kicks extremely well to set up the rest of her game plan. Not many women flyweights can deliver the flying knees and spinning kicks of Fiorot. She is a next level competitor and do not be surprised when you see her shine in the UFC.
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