Thursday, July 09, 2009

Warrior 4 Life - “Professor X” moves forward after UFC release - PRO MMA exclusive interview

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Cage Rage veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam, a.k.a. “Professor X,” made his UFC debut against Denis Kang at UFC 97. Unfortunately for Xavier, the first-time UFC jitters got the better of him and he lost the decision.

Not one to rest on his laurels, and ready to jump right back in there a month later to fill in for the injured James Irvin, Professor X was asked by the company to face Drew McFedries at UFC 98. It was his second chance to show UFC fans what he was made of.

This time the fight did not go to decision. McFedries caught the Professor with a punch early on, he was able to capitalize on it with a flurry, which in turn caused the ref to stop the fight at the 0:37 mark of the opening round. Subsequently, after two fights and one month, “Professor X” was released from the UFC.

PRO MMA ( had the privilege of speaking to Xavier this week about his fight with McFedries, his release from the company, and where he goes from here.

The Professor explained what happened at UFC 98, “What happened was simple. I just made one mistake, and I paid for it… cash. I knew that McFedries was going to rush to me and that I only needed to step to the side before doing everything else and there would be no way for him to beat me. I didn’t, or not properly. So he caught me.”


“Professor X” Xavier Foupa-Pokam would like to thank the following:
-My trainer Cyrille Diabaté and all my team, the Snake Team for helping me, supporting me and sharing all this moments with me, good or bad. This surprise birthday party was awesome!
-I have a special thought for Gregory “Blade” Babene and Mamour “Mamourinho” Fall that should make their US debut soon.
-I also want to thank Ken Pavia and all his MMA Agents team for their tremendous work. These guys are really good.
-I want to thank Jimmy Riah and Olivier Ancely (Private Coach centers) our two physical conditioners for their good job, their huge knowledge about conditioning and their support.
-I want to thank the Sankuno from Paris for all their help for preparing our fighters with Jiu-jitsu.

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