Exclusive: Aymard Guih is ready to become a two-weight Hexagone MMA champion

At Hexagone MMA 7 at the Futoroscope Arena, in Poitiers, France, Aymard Guih will attempt to make history by becoming the first man to claim the promotion’s championship belt in two separate weight categories.

After moving to France at a young age, the professional athlete has few memories of his early years in the Ivory Coast. And while he treasures the occasions he returned to his homeland for the birth of his brothers, he attributes living in Marseille for making him the fighter he is today.

Taking inspiration from sportsmen and artists from every corner of the globe, Guih always looked destined for greatness.

But rather than looking for MMA himself, the sport found him.

Speaking to SPORF, he reminisced: “Randomly. I attended at a friend’s class, curious, I decided to try it and since then, I haven’t stopped.

“I’m going to start my 30th fight already. I am in the tenth year of my career without seeing the time pass. I think I can be proud, and I intend to continue again and again.”

After catching the fighting bug, the Frenchman exploded on the European scene, impressing the purists with his lightning hands and dangerous submission game.

He quickly compiled an outstanding record, claiming victories in Bellator and the Pancrace Championships. But it wasn’t until his win over Chris Bungard that his life changed forever.

His impressive performance caught the eye of one of Europe’s fastest-growing MMA promotions, who couldn’t resist making him an offer.

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Aymard Guih is an Hexagone MMA legend

After years of the sport being technically illegal in France, the fans were over the moon when Hexagone MMA made its debut. With a desire to stage incredible fights with top-notch production, the crowds quickly gravitated.

And Guih was there from the start. In a statement performance, he utilised his powerful punches to dispatch of Jean Dutriaux via devastating ground and pound. Consequently, he earned his shot at the middleweight title.

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In the biggest opportunity of his career, the 34-year-old rose to the occasion. After a terrific back-and-forth affair, the referee raised the African-born fighter’s hand in the air, crowning him the new Hexagone champion.

Overcome with emotion, he hugged his coaches, knowing that a lifetime of sacrifice had been made worthwhile.

He reflected: “I was honoured to fight a great figure of French MMA. And I was
happy to win this title.”

Aymard Guih is prepared for a war with Walter Gahadza at Hexagone MMA 7

While winning a title in one division is hard, picking up another is a type of achievement few competitors reach. After claiming the belt at middleweight, Guih will drop down to welterweight in a move that could potentially define his legacy.

And he knows he’ll have to be at his best if he wants to keep his dangerous opponent at bay.

The martial artist confessed: “Walter is a very tough fighter, so I expect a nice war with him, and I am ready.”

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With years of experience under his belt, Gahadza is an extremely dangerous fighter. After suffering a skid, he joined Great Britain Top Team and looks better than ever.

So unsurprisingly, the fans can’t wait, and neither can Guih.

He said: “Fighting in front a lot of people makes me proud and encourages me to give a good performance.”

MMA enthusiasts can watch the eagerly-anticipated collision, live and exclusively on BT Sport.

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