Cedric Doumbe addresses controversial loss to Baki, facilitated by foot splinter

Cameroon kickboxing sensation Cedric Doumbe faced an unexpected twist in his professional mixed martial arts journey. His impressive five-bout unbeaten run came to a halt in France.

The weird and unprecedented circumstances unfolded during the PFL Europe 1 main event in Paris. A splinter of glass lodged in Doumbe’s foot which led to a third-round TKO loss against Bassangour Chamsoudinov.

Cedric Doumbe is a former two-time GLORY Kickboxing welterweight champion. He entered his second PFL appearance fresh from a remarkable Knockout of the Year victory over Jordan Zebo at the Accor Arena last September. He had secured the win in just nine seconds with a stoppage.

Facing the rising talent Chamsourdinov, Doumbe encountered challenges in the first round as his opponent effectively utilized wrestling and grappling. However, the real surprise occurred with one of the most peculiar stoppages in recent MMA history. This brought an anticlimactic end to the Paris event.

Complaining of foot discomfort during the third round, Doumbe sought a timeout from referee Marc Goddard. This was to address a foreign object in his foot, possibly a piece of glass.

Despite Doumbe’s protest, Goddard waved away the concerns and urged the competitors to continue. However, the action paused again as both contenders stopped. This led to the British official definitively calling an end to the bout, resulting in Doumbe’s first-ever MMA loss via TKO.

Expressing his disappointment after the official decision, Doumbe attributed the loss to a piece of glass lodged in his foot. He emphasized that he never intended to stop the match voluntarily.

Cedric Doumbe expressed: “I’m disgusted. I didn’t want this. Make some noise for Baki (Bassangour Chamsourdinov). This isn’t his fault. It’s the ref’s fault. I feel like there is a piece of glass or wood in my foot. I told the ref. I told Baki. Baki said so get it out. And then the ref stopped it. I never asked to stop the fight.”