PFL fighter Cedric Doumbe claims his current contract is worth ‘TEN TIMES’ more than what the UFC offered him… as French star reveals reasons for leaving Dana White’s organisation
- The PFL recently confirmed the signing of French fighter Cedric Doumbe
- Doumbe is seen as one of the most exciting welterweight stars outside the UFC
- In an interview, he revealed reasons for leaving Dana White’s huge organisation
PFL’s new signing Cedric Doumbe has claimed that his current deal is worth ‘ten times’ more than what the UFC had offered him.
The Professional Fighters League confirmed the acquisition of Doumbe to the welterweight roster last week, as they continue to build a strong collection of fighters.
The French fighter had been on the UFC’s cards, prior to joining the PFL, and had been scheduled to fight on their UFC Paris event at the end of last year.
However, his fight never came to fruition and he was eventually cut. After a run in the the French regionals, Doumbe was signed to PFL and has now revealed the reasons for his changes.
Speaking on the MMA Hour, Doumbe said: ‘A doctor made a mistake in that test and [it said that] I have blood in my brain, and I used to do it like so many times when I fought — I had one boxing for it and I used to do it — I signed the paper to the UFC.
PFL’s latest acquisition, Cedric Doumbe, has opened up on his departure from the UFC
Doumbe claimed his current contract is ‘ten times’ more than what Dana White had offered
‘I didn’t even check, and they [responded] to us that I can’t fight because the MRI is bad. So that’s why I didn’t fight [at] UFC Paris, that was a very big mistake.
‘There is also a law in France [that I can’t] fight an opponent — [since I have] under 10 fights — with five fights [more than I have],’ Doumbé explained.
The French MMA Federation (FMMAF) have a rule that state a fighter with less than ten fights can not take on an opponent with a four-fight differential.
Doumbe currently has four MMA fights to his and boasts 100 per cent stoppage rate, having stormed to victory in every single bout.
After missing out on his opportunity to fight in front of the Paris crowd, he was signed to the PFL and recently claimed he secured a lucrative deal in the process.
‘I really have a better contract with PFL — PFL is the future and I’m very [happy] with my contract right now. I will show a great Cédric Doumbé for France, for Cameroon, for Africa in the PFL.’
‘Ten times [bigger],’ Doumbé said in regard to his PFL deal compared to the offer UFC had made him. ‘I’m very happy. I’m very glad now, but now it’s time to buck up. It’s time to win because I’ve talked, and talked, and talked.’
Despite this, the Cameroonian-born fighter admitted that he was ‘very sad’ to have missed out on the UFC’s Paris card.
‘That was crazy. I was in the audience in Paris. The arena was sold out, the French audience was crazy. I was very sad.
Doumbe boast a 4-0 record in MMA and a 75-7-1 record in professional kickboxing
Doumbe watched from the stands as his compatriot, Ciryl Gane (right), won the interim UFC heavyweight title in a bout with Tai Tuivasa
‘I was watching [my] teammate [Ciryl Gane], all of the French fighters, they were amazing and I was very, very sad, but I knew that my time would come [with] God’s plans. So I was sad, but it is what it is.’
On that card, which took place at the start of September last year, Gane claimed the interim UFC heavyweight title with a dominant win over Tai Tuivasa.
This would help set up his eventual title fight with Jon Jones in March of this year, where he was comfortably beaten via a first-round submission.
Elsewhere on the UFC Paris card, Middleweight star Rob Whittaker defeated Marvin Vettori, in an action-packed event at the Accor Arena.
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