The former two-time GLORY welterweight champion Cedric Doumbe is no longer in the UFC.
Doumbe, who holds a MMA record of 2-0, was pulled from UFC’s card in Paris which is the first time the UFC has gone there after the local commission reportedly decided he didn’t have enough experience to fight on the Sept. 3 card vs. Darian Weeks.
As a result, the promotion ultimately decided to end his contract, Doumbe disputed his release after the algorithm-based Twitter account UFC Roster Watch said he’d been removed from the roster.
In an interview with French-language website Boxemag.com, he said he is still under contract but needs to be cleared by regulators to compete.
“I signed the contract – they didn’t cut me off, I just have to do my papers, my license etc. with the federation,” said Doumbe, referring to French Boxing Federation that oversees MMA in France. “That’s why, as long as I haven’t done my license, I can’t fight in France. And afterward, when it is announced in the country in question, I will also have to do the paperwork for the country in question.”
The 30-year-old fighter made his transition to MMA after stacking up a 75-7-1 record in kickboxing with 45 knockout victories, defending the GLORY welterweight title three times before walking away from the sport. Doumbe won both his MMA bouts by knockout. Weeks, his original UFC Paris opponent, was 5-2 as a professional.
UFC Paris takes place at the Accor Arena and air live on ESPN+, with local star Ciryl Gane facing Tai Tuivasa in a five-round heavyweight main event.
Former UFC middleweight champion and #1 ranked Robert Whittaker will be in the co-headliner on the card in a clash with #3 ranked Marvin Vettori.