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‘Reug Reug’: The man behind the viral MMA sensation – MMA Root

Umar Kane and Reig Ryug are two different personalities. A man of few words and a fierce fighter, trapped in 265 pounds of muscle and strength, the Senegalese heavyweight became an overnight MMA Twitter sensation in his first official fight, qualifying him for the Asia ONE Championship.

Expert in lutte avek frappea traditional form of wrestling from Senegal, Kane went through his professional MMA debut in 2019 against Sofian Bukichu with wild punches and takedowns that changed his life forever.

“I have a new coach and so many people know me because of this victory,” Kane told MMA Fighting through an interpreter. “Maybe people like what I am doing, all the efforts that I am doing right now. I trust God, that’s why so many people like me. “

Kane, who grew up in a fishing village near Dakar, has always had a passion for combat sports from an early age. The son and grandson of the “good wrestlers” who represented Senegal in other African countries, Kane made sure that he also represented the family on the Senegalese wrestling fields. But he did not feel the pressure in the sport, “because I know that I am a champion and should be a champion.”

“I know very well what I’m doing,” he said. “I was born in a very beautiful area where people fish. I love it. Outside of the fight, I was with the children, discussing with them. We have good places to go to, even if you don’t want to fish, you can stay there and discuss a lot of things like Senegalese wrestling, football and everything else.

“When I went to school, I continued to fish for a while. It can be done together, fishing and wrestling, because it is not professional fishing in big boats, but just fishing to feed the family and have some money, so it can be done with wrestling.

“Senegalese wrestling also used to take place in Senegal at night for a while, and fishing can take place throughout the year. That’s why when I was a fisherman I also started wrestling in a small organization. “

Being a fisherman was not his destiny. Instead, Reug Reig signed to ONE Championship and stopped their African heavyweight contender Alain Ngalani in his promotional debut, and he is now returning Wednesday night to face Patrick Schmid, who replaced Mehdi Bargi late at night on ONE on TNT 1 in Singapore.

According to him, the transition to MMA was made for the love of competition and the desire for greatness.

“You can make a lot of money with Senegalese wrestling – they pay well,” Kane said, adding that wrestling stars make more money compared to newcomers to MMA. Lutte avek frappe it is bigger than football or any other sport in Senegal, he said, because “this is a sport from us.”

“You could say that football and MMA come from abroad,” he said. “Many other sports come from overseas, like boxing, taekwondo and the like, [and] they belong to people from abroad. But the fight is from us. For us, the fight is number 1. MMA is a good sport that I really like. As a fan of martial arts, I also love to do martial arts, so now I am doing MMA. I’m not kidding in MMA, I just came because I need a world belt. This is what I am striving for. “

“Many people like [MMA] right now [in Senegal], “he continued.” Some people have watched this before, so now everyone is happy because they have me, [KSW heavyweight Serigne Ousmane [Dia] Bombardier, so many young people now train at the club where I train at Dakar. They are just waiting for a call to fight or to sign contracts. So many boys are waiting, exercising day and night. “

On the shot following a TKO victory over Ngalani, Kane “prays for good health that day and I pray to God to give me victory” against Patrick Schmid on April 7th.

“This is a fight like any other fight,” Kane said. “I will prepare more, more and more than I did before. What I did with Ngalani, I will do one more thing to win. I want the fight to end quickly. “

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