Cedric Doumbe Crumbles Jaleel Willis Inside One Round

Cedric Doumbe vs. Jaleel Willis, Bellator Paris
Cedric Doumbe vs. Jaleel Willis, Bellator Paris Credit: Bellator/PFL

The People’s Main Event, Cédric Doumbè v Jaleel Willis had the Parisian fans on their feet. After a heated face-off at the ceremonial weigh-ins, we all knew we were in for a tense affair. Willis came into the fight as the more experienced man in MMA, with a record of 16-5, while Doumbè came in with only six MMA fights to his name and a record of 5-1. However, Doumbe has many Kickboxing fights, and an excellent record of 75 Wins (45 (T)KO’s), 7 Losses, and 1 Draw.

Willis walked out to a sea of boos, while Doumbè walked out to a reception nothing short of incredible. Without wasting a second both fighters met in the middle. Doumbè defended Willis’s first attempt, rocked him, and then again on the second shot. Doumbè`s overhand was landing with conviction early in round one.

Willis then briefly dropped Doumbe, only to be caught by the Frenchman while charging in. Willis was landing, but Doumbè’s shots were much more powerful. Doumbè then floored Willis with a beautiful shot. After some ground and pound, Mike Beltran had seen enough and stopped the fight. The crowd went WILD. Doumbe passed the toughest test of his MMA career thus far.

Former UFC-Champion, Anthony Pettis entered the cage, and expressed interest in fighting Doumbè in Paris. Looks like Pettis and Doumbè will square off next, whether it is in Saudi Arabia or Paris.


Official Result: Cedric Doumbe def. Jaleel Willis via R1 TKO, 3:33