One minute and 31 seconds of combat. This is the short show that Benoît Saint-Denis offered to the spectators, including the former President of the United States Donald Trump, by making the American Matt Frevola bite the dust, in the legendary Madison Square Garden venue in New York last Saturday. After his knockout inflicted by a kick to the head, Saint-Denis, a 27-year-old French fighter born in Nîmes (Gard), had a word for this special spectator.
“I have heard a lot of things, and there are a lot of things to say about this president,” said Saint-Denis. But one thing I like about him is that he’s easy to understand, he makes things easy for everyone to understand.” Former special forces soldier and self-confessed patriot, Saint-Denis demonstrated his “respect” for Trump, 77, who left the White House in January 2021 and is seeking a new term in view of the next elections, in a year.
The one who gave himself the nickname “God of War”, because he “went to war at 19” as he explained to Franceinfo Sport, praised the interest shown by the political class in the United States. United for MMA: There are always American politicians who want to be present. “I hope that in Paris, we will soon have the same audience for the next fights, with why not our president,” encouraged Saint-Denis.
MMA (“mixed martial arts”) was only legalized in France at the start of 2020. In September 2022, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the most powerful league in the discipline , organized its first evening in France, in Paris. She was there again on September 2, for the previous fight in Saint-Denis. Without the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron. “At the moment, there is a lot of love for MMA in France, but the political world is still on the sidelines,” lamented Saint-Denis. They have to join the dance and follow the dynamic.”
Saint-Denis, 5 wins and 1 loss in the UFC, 13 wins and 1 loss professionally, has joined the top 15 lightweights (less than 70 kg) in the UFC. “I really want the belt, I deserve it. No one will go three rounds with me,” said the Frenchman before even leaving the cage in New York. His next appointment is not known. If it were up to him, it would be in France again. With a presidential supporter in the stands.
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