In MMA, a whole lot of trash talk is pretty common in the lead up to a fight.
Some of the most memorable fights in the sport’s history are remembered because of how much the fighters got under each other’s skin.
Today, a debuting PFL fighter find a way to troll his opponent that likely won’t be forgotten by fight fans any time soon.
French kickboxing champion Cedric Doumbe sent Jordan Zebo a mattress, presumably because Doumbe plans to put him to sleep when they fight at the end of September.
Cedric Doumbe shipped his opponent a mattress 💀 https://t.co/E6D0qUAiDU
— Eric Jackman (@NewYorkRic) August 25, 2023
Doumbe has a pretty good reason to believe that he is going to knock Zebo out.
While he may not have a ton of MMA experience, he has put together a very impressive career in kickboxing.
Doumbe has competed 83 times as a kickboxer, winning 75 of his fights and knocking his opponents out 45 times in those wins.
Over the course of that kickboxing career, Cedric Doumbe won multiple tournament titles and the Glory welterweight belt. He defended that Glory belt 5 times across 2 title reigns.
Now he has moved on to an MMA career where he has become a dangerous knockout artist. He has stopped all 4 of his opponents in the first 2 rounds.
His opponent for his PFL debut is not quite as polished of a fighter.
He went just 3-3 as an amateur, getting finished twice. However, he has been much more successful as a pro than he was as an amateur.
Zebo has also won all 4 of his pro fights to start his career and has finished 2 of those wins.
If he’s going to earn a 5th consecutive win and make Doumbe pay for his pre-fight trolling, he’ll need to make sure he gets this fight to the mat quickly.
Otherwise, he may need that mattress that Doumbe sent him.