36-year-old Hassan N’Dam, reeling from consecutive losses to Callum Smith and Fedor Chudinov, has his sights on a brand new enterprise: combined martial arts. The previous middleweight champion just lately signed with ARES FC, “the primary Afro-European MMA league,” forward of his debut within the sport.

N’dam (37-5, 21 KO) calls ARES the “greatest MMA promotion in France,” explaining his option to signal with them as a “should be surrounded by one of the best.” ARES, created final yr and presently having fun with France’s current legalization of MMA, has been voraciously buying noteworthy expertise just lately, together with UFC veterans Nordine Taleb, Eric Shelton, Danillo Belluardo, Will Brooks, and Wilson Reis.

It’s presently unclear the place the Cameroonian-Frenchman will prepare; the promotional video reveals him sparring with Ciryl Gane, arguably one of the best heavyweight prospect within the sport and one who’s proven remarkably stable defensive wrestling regardless of a kickboxing background, however offers no signal as as to whether that might be a everlasting association. I’d be shocked if fellow Cameroonian-Frenchman Francis Ngannou wasn’t concerned in some capability; Lord is aware of the massive man may use some boxing ideas.

N’dam’s 15-year tenure within the ring noticed him declare a lot of titles and rating notable victories over Avtandil Khurtsidze, Curtis Stevens, Alfonso Blanco, and Martin Murray. He’s seen a notable decline in current occasions, although, struggling stoppage defeats to Ryota Murata and the aforementioned Smith. He has nowhere close to sufficient time to develop the bottom sport essential to be a world-beater, however I don’t envy anybody who tries to throw fingers with him within the cage.