Fighter Bio: Get to Know Abou Tounkara

Abou Tounkara
Credit: European Beatdown Facebook

Abou Tounkara is an undefeated French prospect climbing up the ladder despite the sport of MMA being banned in his country.

Biographical Information:

  • Age: 29
  • Height: 5’10″
  • Reach: 72″
  • Weight Class: Lightweight
  • Record: 5-0 (4 KO/TKO)
  • Venum Training Camp/Snake Team
  • Born in Paris, France
  • Management: Bulgarian Top Team Management
  • What do you like to do outside of fighting?
    Help people, and develop something in Africa.
  • Favorite striking and grappling technique?
    My favorite striking technique is left jab right-cross with an inside low kick. My favorite grappling technique is an arm-triangle choke.
  • Any MMA fighters that inspired you?
    Cain Velasquez.
  • Favorite current fighter?
    My favorite current fighters are Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway.
  • Lion King or Toy Story? 
    Lion King, I’ve had the video cassette since I was 6-years-old.
  • PlayStation or Xbox? 
  • Skittles or M&M’s? 
    I like both of them but maybe M&M’s more.
  • Favorite Song?
    My favorite song is U Remind Me by Usher.
  • Favorite Movie?
    My favorite movie is the Lord of the Rings trilogy, especially the second. In French, its “Les Deux Tours”.
  • Cats or dogs?
    I prefer dogs.

Born in France, Abou Tounkara now lives in the country’s capital, Paris. Tounkara started training in MMA in 2014 after playing the UFC video game. He’s a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt and has won some regional competitions. The Frenchman has not been fighting long, as his debut was in February of 2016. MMA is still banned in France which is why all five of his bouts have been in Switzerland and Belgium. Tounkara travels to Las Vegas in the US to train with Venum Training Camp with coach Daniel Woirin. In France, he also trains out of Snake Team with coach and UFC veteran Cyrille Diabate.

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