Jean Ndoye, (5-1 MMA), is working hard towards his goals in MMA. He meets Rich Edgeworth at Cage Warriors 53 in Glasgow and took some time out to talk to me about the fight, his MMA life and how he became known as the “Show”.
Hi Jean, thanks for taking the time to do this. Can you tell people a little about yourself?
“My name is Jean Ndoye, I was born in Senegal and grew up in Paris, France. I had my pro debut in Germany in 2009”.
You are fighting Rich Edgeworth at Cage Warriors. How much do you know about him?
“I only know what I saw on YouTube. I know that he is a good boxer – brawler, with a good chin. But I won’t focus on what he can or can’t do to be honest”.
What do you see as your best skills in this fight?
“This is going to be a stand up war I think and in my mind i’m faster than he is and this is going to be the key for me in the fight”.
You have fought at Cage Warriors before. What makes Cage Warriors a great to show to fight on?
“Cage warriors is the best show in Europe, with a big exposure and a lot of shows during the year. I think that’s the best place to be when you want to take your career to a higher level”.
How is your training going? Is there anything you’ve had to change for this fight?
“My training camp is going very well. I’m more than ready to come back after a few months and can’t put into words how much I want to fight again. Nothing has really changed. I’m focused maybe a bit more on the strength and conditioning game”.
You have never been knocked out or submitted in your career. How much confidence does that give you?
“I don’t know for the other fighters but it doesn’t give me any extra confidence. In this sport everything can happen and anybody can KO or submit anybody. So i’m careful in each of my fights”.
Last time out you lost to Liam James, I think, by split decision. But alot of people say that you learn more in defeat than victory. How much did you learn from that fight?
“That’s right I lost against Liam James. I learned that I have to change or improve different parts of my MMA style. Also I learn that I have to pay more attention to my health. I hope that I will never have to fight with an injury just like I had in my last fight”.
I will never experience getting into the cage and fighting. And for that I have so much respect for everyone who does it. What’s the feeling like when the cage door is shut and it’s just you and your opponent?
“Sorry I can’t describe it. It’s a weird sensation between fear and excitement. The hope of a victory at the end is on top of everything and that’s one of the main things that push me to perform”.
How far do you want to go in MMA?
“I want to go as far as possible, reach the top just like Conor MacGregor did. I’m dreaming of it every second”.
What is your favourite aspect of MMA?