Cedric Doumbe, 30, is heading to the Professional Fighters League. The Cameroonian-born French mixed martial artist, and former GLORY Welterweight champion has been long teasing where his journey will take him. Initially scheduled to make his UFC debut on the promotions first-ever card in Paris on September 3 of last year, he was pulled after the local commission reportedly decided he didn't have enough experience to compete against his more experienced opponent.
What followed was a back-and-forth on social media, with Doumbe being vocal about the UFC not willing to pay him enough, and him making public polls, asking his fans, where they would like to see him fight. Unsurprisingly, most of them wanted to see him in the Octagon.
As usual for Doumbe, he made a big announcement on his YouTube channel, detailing the reasons why he chose the PFL.
The UFC offered him a $20,000 plus $20,000 winning bonus contract, while the PFL will pay him $140,000 plus a chance to win a million dollar, when he enters the tournament next season. Brash as always, the French fighter declared "I'll be for the PFL, what Conor was for the UFC", but also added, "I'm under tremendous pressure now, If I get stopped in the PFL, I'm done! I'm fleeing to a country without the internet."
PFL president Ray Sefo said in a release, "Cedric dominated the sport of kickboxing and is poised to do the same in MMA. He is one of the most talented fighters in the world and will make an immediate impact here in the PFL."