The first event for ARES FC took place earlier this Saturday in Senegal, and one of the highlights of the card was Oumar Kane, also known as “Reug Reug,” winning his MMA debut.
After a dominant opening round, the Senegalese wrestling champion unleashed all of the strikes on Sofiane Boukichou, who could not withstand the barrage of strikes coming his way early into round two. A TKO finish for the 6’5” “Reug Reug” in front of his home fans, and while no one is going to be wowed by his technique, the man looks like a physical freak.
Here are a couple of highlights, including the stoppage.
It’s a good thing they got this fight taken care of, because ARES FC didn’t actually complete the card due to safety reasons.
Our sincere apologies for cutting tonight's event short. Unfortunately the intense humidity in Dakar tonight made for unsafe fighting conditions. Our priority is the safety of our fighters. ARES Team— ARES Fighting Championship (@ares_fighting) December 14, 2019
Senegalese wrestling, known as laamb, does involve hand strikes in addition to takedowns, and you can see some of Reug Reug’s work in the video below.
If you want to learn even more about Senegalese wrestling, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez hosted this segment for the Olympic channel, and it’s an interesting watch.