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Thanks to Eric Paumerat
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Since moving to Thailand 11 months ago, the happy events and the good news keep coming. With a 2nd cage fight with Dare FC (Under the $1M tournament) in a few weeks, we meet Arnaud in full swing.Us: Can you remember your record?
Arnaud: Hello, I have a record of 8-1-0 and 3-1-0 in MMA Muay Thai. I return to Phuket next month for a fight in the Bangla Stadium, and waiting for my next fight in DareFC.
Us: How did you landed in Thailand?
Arnaud: I was for several years of "round trips" in Asia. After the end of the job I held in France, I have taken the plunge to settle in Vietnam. I started my training room in Hanoi by joining with some French people I knew already in the country in recent years. Unfortunately my associates have had big problems with local authorities and were asked to leave. I had nothing to do with their stories, but just being associated with, the Vietnamese government has not made any detail and I was politely asked to leave the country within the shortest possible time. I left everything behind me and lost all the investments already made. Those I call my family very promptly turned away. I suffered a lot and I was lost.
So I went to Bangkok, Thailand. From there, I started from almost nothing. Fortunately, I met the right people, those who believed in me. They prevented me from ending up in the street. I started training like never before and I promised not to let go. After 6 months to return to the top, I signed with DareFC for several fights.
How came this famous first fight with DareFC?
Rumors circulated in the training camps of Bangkok a promoter seriously tought to organize the first event of MMA in a cage in the history of Thailand. I did everything to be part of the adventure.
The promoter was looking for a foreign fighter to face the champion of Muay Thai Team of Malaysia that had almost upset Ole Laursen (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter / Ole-Laursen-15394) during a Martial Combat event in Singapore.
I accepted the fight. It was a little "Do or Die." I could not lose this fight. The win was the most important of my life.
Now, I am fighting for my family, for those who never turned their back on me and stayed with me in difficult times. Whoever enters the cage in front of me is one that seeks to remove the food from the mouth of my son.Those who follow you on Facebook are tracking down your preparation, but eventually the fight did not happen, what has happened?
Arnaud: I am a small 170lbs. My opponents are always disproportionate to me. My friend Sinik, sometimes says it's a little "Lebanner Vs Passepartout" (Quote of the song : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqkvDjPQHe0 ) So I made the decision to get off at 155lbs and try my luck in this new division. If I could get in this class, my opponent could not handle my striking power.
A new fight was offered me has at 170lbs. A big opportunity, facing a TUF veteran (The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC reality show) so I started gaining weight in order to make this fight. Unfortunately, negotiations bogged down because my opponent is very greedy. It is therefore likely to see me in a catchweight fight at 165lbs. It is a pending decision of the promoter but I will return to the tournament at 170. The DARE FC has a lot of attention with the famous $ 1 million price, what do you think of the organization?
Leaving aside Japan, in Asia, two organizations have the potential to become the UFC of Asian (and we understand why the UFC decided to return to Asia). We find the OneFC and DareFC respectively in Singapore and Bangkok. I think the DareFC a more effective management and sees the long term. The Dare made the announcement of the incredible $ 1 million price tournament, wich is a lot of money in Asia. Let us hope that the level of the fighters involved will go up and I've heard rumors about the fighters who will join the tournament. The level is really worth the PPV! Us: How is your preparation for your next fight? Do you know your opponent?
Arnaud: I train twice a day, five days a week. On Saturday, just one workout. In the morning cardio and weight training or during the day, Muay Thai or MMA. I roll my hump between several camps : Q23, 13Coins, Jiti-Gym, Phuket Top Team ... I am fortunate to have excellent sparring in Muay Thai and MMA.
Big up to my friend Lee Vaughan (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Vaughan-Lee-6946), which will made its debut at UFC 138 (Leben vs. Munoz) in England.
My next opponent of the $ 1 million tournament is not yet designated but I'd like to face the winner of the fight between Haja vs Swensson. The winner of this fight will be a major opponent.
A member of a renowned camp in Thaïland had really bad and disrespect words against me and announced that I will not last two rounds in front of him. I asked the organization with whom I am in agreement to put this fight on the line. I have already started back to prepare this fight. Not surprisingly, that individual has requested an astronomical sum. I think it's an excuse. I let him talk, i move forward.the MMA scene in Thailand moves a lot lately (see the creation of Mike Swick and Roger Huet ‘s gym in Phuket), what do you think about the general level?
Arnaud: It's true that I have the chance to move a lot in Thailand. I was invited to Tiger Muay Thai Camp and I am still in Phuket Top Team to take advantage of Roger Huerta as a sparring next week. Quality of life, the smile of the native people (and the beauty of women, let's be honest) brought a lot of pro fighters. It's a chance that I will not let pass. The level is quite disparate. That's why I chose to go to specialized camps. Q23 for Jujitsu, JitiGym for MuayThai and to make the transition between these two disciplines : 13Coins & Phuket Top Team.
We must be realistic, Muay Thai is the national sport, the level is just excellent. I learned humility and I needed it. I had too much ego and start from scratch in Thai camps is the best thing that ever happened to me. To be beatten by a Thai of 60kg who lives in a bamboo hut's had made me understand the true word of Respect and humility.we still see very few Asian fighters in the UFC, what is your opinion on that?
Arnaud: First we see that the UFC is beginning to recruit more and more Japanese fighters. The problem is that the Japanese people withdraw into himself. It is rare to see Japanese fighters operate in the camps in Thailand. However, MMA in Asia opens very quickly. It is also common to see the live broadcast of UFC in the bars of Bangkok. I sincerely believe that we will soon see new talent in the 2 / 3 years. Malaysia, Thailand: there are real potential. A quick note to the French fans and your partners?
Arnaud: Just tell those who do not change the way they see me in victory or defeat, that I always keep them in my heart. French fans who follow me despite the distance, I always fight for you guys, the money does not make the happiness of your encouragement and support. Thank you to those who have always believed in me and a big thank you to my training partners. To my sponsors, TUFF, Mouthguard Kombat Kombat Lab, So Thai, my gyms Phuket Top Team and 13Coins.