October 9th, 2007  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  13 Comments

This month we are putting the spotlight on an relatively unknown fighter. His name is Francois Ambang. Little was known about him when he showed up on the doorstep of Combat Sports Center in Richmond, VA (Amir Sadollah’s home school). He came with a translator because he spoke no english. The translator said Francois was from Cameroon, he was a kick boxer, spoke french and wanted to be on the fight team. Kru Brian Crenshaw asked him to gear up and move around with some of the current team members to see what level he was at. It wasn’t more than 30 seconds into it before Kru Crenshaw knew something special just walked in the door. This kid was absolutely explosive! watching his speed, power and technique was was like watching a thorough bred horse burst out of the gates.

Because of the language barrier, Francois came across as quiet and serious. Back that up with a very intimidating appearance and an inability to actually understand the words, “light sparring today”, and you can guess not many people liked him at first. Francois also new nothing about any of the fighters on the team, therefore he was never intimidated by any of them. In fact when Amir Sadollah was asked who his toughest sparring partner was, in an interview with 411mania.com, he simply answered, “Francois”… and this was after the taping of TUF7!

Francois has been with Team Combat now for almost 1 year, and in that period of time he has learned english and has earned the respect and friendship of all his teammates. To hear him laughing and joking around now you can tell that he is a good natured guy.

The million dollar question is, should SuckerPunch send Francois to the TUF 9 tryouts? He has little experience in MMA but his athleticism gives anyone fits on the ground and his striking is world class. It may be too soon, but he is exciting to watch… and you never know. Carpe diem?



  1. LeVon says:

    October 9th, 2008at 11:09 am(#)

    This guy is definitely a killer in the ring. Francois Ambang 4 life! ;p

  2. nickT says:

    October 9th, 2008at 11:51 am(#)

    This guy looks sick! never heard of him but holy shit! I say send him see what happens. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for him now! Thanks for sharing.

  3. NapTime says:

    October 9th, 2008at 11:52 am(#)

    Good lord! Send!

  4. Paul D. says:

    October 9th, 2008at 11:55 am(#)

    It wouldn’t be the first time someone came out of that school that nobody has heard of… WAR AMIR!!

    Richmond seems to be an untapped area for MMA right now… SEND, SEND, SEND!

    PS. Doesn’t Joe SIlva live there?

  5. Lisa says:

    October 9th, 2008at 11:57 am(#)

    2 words…. Scary and Yummy!

  6. TimT says:

    October 9th, 2008at 12:00 pm(#)

    I saw this guy fight at a show in the harley dealership, he was unreal…. just unreal.
    Haven’t seen his ground game but i would def enjoy seeing how he did.

  7. Tyburn says:

    October 9th, 2008at 1:57 pm(#)

    I’ve heard of this guy before, but I cant remember where…anywhooo I think that suckerpunch should send as many people as possible to the TUF tri-outs, why not??

  8. Tyburn says:

    October 9th, 2008at 2:02 pm(#)

    ohhh…I remember…LOL it was from one of the cards from CSC, and I just remembered the name coz its highly distinctive…I had to google to recount where I might have dicovered him previously LOL

  9. Antmo says:

    October 9th, 2008at 10:14 pm(#)

    I tell you what, he is training like he is going! I worked with him today and he is one strong dude! His take down defense is real good… he is so quick its hard to close on him. If he goes Ill be going up with him.

  10. Zach says:

    October 13th, 2008at 12:31 pm(#)

    Seemed tough enough to me, I remember feeling bad for his opponent when I was warming up backstage with him. Im curious how his training was in Cameroon, don’t hear of too many martial artists from there, just sokoudjou to my knowledge. Maybe thats another untapped spot.

  11. THE KID says:

    October 22nd, 2008at 9:16 am(#)

    he is a technician in the clinch on the ground and on the feet who moves like a cat but has the strenght of a Rinho its scary feel bad for the guy who has to fight him

  12. Mike "tango" Batenga says:

    November 5th, 2008at 1:16 pm(#)

    Scary man in the ring. Nicest guy outside the ring!!!

  13. Junior Assuncao says:

    June 5th, 2009at 2:51 pm(#)

    Im his fan and he is not even big yet….lol

    all the best for him!!

    Junior Assuncao

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