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GAMBIAN-FRENCH MIXED MARTIAL ARTS STAR GETS OFFCIAL NOD TO REPRESENT HOME COUNTRY

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France’s Number 2 MMA star Ibrahima Mane becomes Gambian international

The Gambia now has an official place in international Mixed martial arts MMA. He is 34-year-old Ibrahima Mane. Born in France Mane took interest in MMA at age six, and has never looked back. Now ranked Number 2 in France and 187 in the world, Ibrahima feels he should formally give his service to his country of ancestry-The Gambia, where is parents, Foday and Aisha Mane come from.” I have been unofficially representing Gambia at several MMA events including ones held in South Africa, Italy, Bahrain among other places. Each time they class me as a French man, I always insist I am representing Gambia,” Ibrahima told The Standard just after being handed the Gambia flag by the National Sports Council, NSC.

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The NSC executive director Marcel Mendy handed the national flag to Ibrahima yesterday with a pledge for national support and encouragement. Mixed martial arts is a full-contact combat sport based on striking, grappling and ground fighting, incorporating techniques from various combat sports from around the world.

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Ibrahima prefers and has excelled tremendously in ground fighting, close to boxing. He currently welterweight (77kg) and working on securing a belt in the near future.’

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 He told The Standard he naturally loves fighting since he was very small, much to the annoyance of his mother who had always worried about her son’s passion for fighting. ”So, I decided to transform my early life fighting skills to a profession,” Ibrahima said.

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