He’s not a family title, however a former world champion is making a late profession change from boxing to MMA.

Cameroon’s Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (37-5, 21 KOs) has signed with ARES FC, a promotion which already boasts former UFC fighters Will Brooks, Nordine Taleb, Wilson Reis, and Eric Shelton. Most significantly, they’ve Reug Reug.

N’Dam’s debut is unknown, and it’s additionally unsure whether or not he’ll return to the boxing ring any time quickly, however the 36-year-old has achieved some sparring with present UFC heavyweight prospect Cyril Gane. He’s additionally been giving members of the Villeneuve-Saint-Georges hospital in France boxing classes, as a manner of repaying the employees who helped his father-in-law get well from COVID-19.

As a boxer, N’Dam held the WBO middleweight title in 2012 (after he was promoted from interim to full champ standing) and received the WBA’s secondary middleweight belt in 2017, though nearly everybody besides two of judges thought that he misplaced to Ryoto Murata. His notable wins apart from Murata are towards Avtandil Khurtsidze, Curtis Stevens, Martin Murray, and Max Bursak.

N’Dam’s profession spotlight was undoubtedly this KO of the 12 months contender of Alfonso Blanco again in 2016. For somebody not generally known as a vicious puncher, that was a stupendous a one-hitter quitter as you’ll ever see.

Now the unhealthy stuff: Hassan is previous his prime in boxing and he will get knocked down lots.

Formally, he’s solely been stopped twice in 5 profession defeats. What makes a few N’Dam’s losses so uncommon is the truth that he went the space towards Peter Quillin and David Lemieux regardless of getting knocked down a mixed ten instances. Quillin put N’Dam on the ground six instances, creating three 10-7 rounds but solely shedding 115-107 on the scorecards. In opposition to Lemieux, he was dropped 4 instances and very similar to the Quillin combat (which was nearer than the judges had it), he went the space and received lots of the rounds through which he wasn’t on the canvas.

That luck ran out up a weight class towards Callum Smith final June, as he was knocked down thrice and didn’t make it to the ultimate bell. He additionally had a nook stoppage defeat within the rematch vs. Murata. In his final look vs. Fedor Chudinov, N’Dam misplaced a lopsided choice and didn’t carry out anyplace close to the usual of his peak success.

So a 36-year-old boxer with a historical past of knockdowns suffered is headed to MMA, a sport through which he has no prior expertise.

Good luck with that.