Upstart MMA promotion ARES FC introduced Monday that it has signed former WBO and WBA boxing champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, who intends to start a profession contained in the blended martial arts cage.
N’Dam, 36, has a championship pedigree contained in the squared circle; he amassed a 37-5 file as knowledgeable, profitable 21 of his 37 victories by means of stoppage, and captured interim WBO middleweight title and WBA middleweight title, amongst different accolades.
The multi-time Olympian has fought the likes of David Lemieux, Ryōta Murata, and Callum Smith over the course of his 15-year skilled profession. His final skilled boxing match was a loss to Fedor Chudinov in December of 2019.
N’Dam competed at each middleweight (154-160 lbs) and super-middleweight (160-168 lbs) in boxing, probably inserting him within the light-weight or welterweight divisions in MMA.
In a promotional video for ARES FC asserting his signing, N’Dam stated, “First signature, I went with ARES, just because you must signal with the massive guys. ARES is for me the most effective MMA promotion in France,” in keeping with translated captioning of his remarks.
ARES FC ambassador Ciryl Gane, a UFC heavyweight prospect who spars with N’Dam throughout the video, stated, “Signing at ARES, personally, if I used to be not within the UFC, ARES can be my first goal.”
Gane, 30, trains at Manufacturing facility MMA below the tutelage of Fernand Lopez, who serves as ARES FC’s government sporting supervisor. He’s additionally managed by Lopez.
The French-Cameroonian N’Dam is a picture-perfect signing for ARES FC, a promotion that describes itself as “the primary Afro-European MMA league” on its official web site.
It isn’t the primary time that ARES FC has made a splash by signing a future MMA debutant, both, notably making waves after asserting the arrival of Reug Reug, a hulking Senegalese wrestler who efficiently transitioned to MMA at ARES’ first occasion.
ARES FC has been energetic in signing fighters regardless of an eventless stretch led to by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the cancellation of a number of reveals from the promotion.
On Saturday, ARES introduced the signings of UFC veterans Eric Shelton and Danilo Bellaurdo, including to a formidable steady of notable names for such a younger promotion.
To this point, ARES has additionally signed the likes of former Bellator champion Will Brooks, UFC standouts Nordine Taleb and Juan Adams, and ex-UFC title challenger Wilson Reis.
The date and opponent focused for N’Dam’s MMA debut are as but unknown.