MMA TO THE CORE
Having been invested in martial arts for nearly twenty years, Chabane Chaibeddra is a true enthusiast and a pillar of French MMA. More than five years after his last fight, he has chosen to return to the cage, on September 7 in Nantes, to reconnect with what he does best.
MMA is his whole life. Fighter, coach, physical trainer, corner man… At 34 years old, Chabane Chaibeddra has accumulated numerous roles and doesn’t count his hour, so long as martial arts are at the heart of any project.
“Since the beginning, my daily life has revolved around MMA. For me, it’s not just a side passion: I have five degrees in sport, I do it full-time, I’ve coached many of the best French fighters today… At one point, I gave so much of myself to coaching, I forgot that I am a good fighter too! »
It is partly for this reason that Chabane Chaibeddra has not appeared in a cage since 2018, although family life has also weighed in on the balance.
“I became a dad ten days before my last fight. So between that, injuries, cancellations… I ended up stepping away from competition. »
“We suffered so much going abroad!”
Back on front stage, Chabane Chaibeddra now wants to “leave his mark”, and enjoy an MMA which has finally been legalised on French territory.
“We suffered so much when we went abroad! Today, we can fight at home, so we have to take advantage of it. »
But the ban also provided Chaibeddra with the opportunity to demonstrate his technical versalitility across other disciplines. Competing in Muay Thai, karate and judo, Chabane Chaibeddra was able to eventually capitalise on his diverse experience by turning it to mixed martial arts.
“Before, everyone thought I was a wrestler. But with age, I’ve added a lot of striking and ground to my game. I’m a legitimate MMA fighter. »