MMA Fanatics (DR) / Winamax (DR)
Par Guillaume K. | Sports journalist
Freshly signed to the UFC, Oumar Sy is one of the great hopes of French MMA. He had the chance to travel the world to progress and develop, and he notably crossed paths with Khamzat Chimaev. The latter was visibly nervous about the idea of boxing him.
Like Cédric Doumbé for example, Oumar Sy, 9 wins and 0 losses in his professional career, does not train in just one specific room. Thrown out by Fernand Lopez and the MMA Factory a few years ago, the 28-year-old fighter bounced back and progressed by surrounding himself with equally competent coaches, if not more.
Moreover, he is not just another fighter in a structure which has several representatives in large organizations. He decided to create a tailor-made team, with trusted men who all know each other, collaborate, and focus solely on his progress. He will soon have the chance to test his method in the deep end that is the UFC, since he has just joined after a successful stint at KSW.
Oumar Sy talks about his training with Khamzat
Because his new entourage is open-minded and accepts help from others, Oumar Sy has already had the chance to fly to Stockholm and the famous Allstars Gym of Khamzat Chimaev. They had the opportunity to “tour” together, and as he explained in an interview with Winamaxthe UFC terror was visibly impressed by the Frenchman’s strength.
My trip to Sweden went well for me because I decided to take the positive side of things. Now I repeat, when I say that Khamzat Chimaev didn’t want to box with me, it’s not because he doesn’t know how to box, it’s just that he made his floor talk. Point. I took the good side, and what he did to me during these sessions, today I reproduce it on others.
And then in the room there it wasn’t even the strongest fighter I’ve ever shot with. The strongest was Jonatan Westin, unknown to the battalion but incredible. He fought in the PFL. There is a very good level in the room. And as I had just started MMA, I was in the middle of a discovery. Today if I were filming in Sweden it would be different. I gained level, strength, technique…
Oumar Sy was visibly dominated by Khamzat Chimaev during their training, but simply because the Swede was content to take him to the ground. No doubt impressed by the Frenchman, he reportedly refused to box and stand, which says a lot about Sy’s strength. And what’s more, he was only just starting out in the world of MMA.
Oumar Sy had the chance to shoot with Khamzat Chimaev and he has fond memories of the experience. He was dominated on the ground, of course, but he uses this experience today to dominate his opponents in turn.