Who is Simon Biyong? A basketball participant for an Italian crew? A Bellator fighter? Or possibly he is a talented painter?
What is confident, is that he has not constantly been a combined martial artist. Born in 1991 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the Italian-primarily based fighter recollects his early days as a sportsman.
Right before he ultimately attended his initial MMA course, “Helmlé” practiced some crew athletics, this kind of as soccer and basketball.
“Being born in the nineties, my 1st strategy with the activity was with soccer,” Simon Biyong informed BJPENN.com. “The Cameroonian nationwide team was executing nicely in these days, so I commenced playing football, just like any other young boy in Cameroon. We were not all that good, however, so I recognized that is was not the sport for me. I then switched to basketball, when I was 15. I’m a tall man (6’6″), so I utilised all my pure actual physical presents to excel in that, and it worked out just greater for me.”
The young Cameroonian then decided he experienced to convey his expertise to Italy, in his pursuit of greatness.
“I experienced a contact in Italy, in Turin. A Cameroonian just like me. He had me being at his place right up until I acquired all my factors sorted. Currently being in a new place is never simple. I had some problems at the commencing, filling all those people papers on my possess, mastering the language, adapting to a different lifestyle,” Biyong remembers.
His time in Turin did not previous lengthy. The younger artist was seeking for a Fantastic Arts academy and he identified a person some miles away, in Genoa.
“I started out learning at Ligustica Good Arts Academy in Genoa. In the meantime, I found myself a basketball team to continue on actively playing it, and joined the Varazze basketball team. My very first year with them did not go as I wished. So, I began seeking for a distinct sport, an person one particular. I did not want to engage in team sports activities once again. In a group, you have men that perform tougher than some others. I began obtaining disappointed about this and identified peace in combined martial arts. I experienced under no circumstances practiced martial arts or combat sports right before, but I was observing it on Television set, so I type of know what it was about. I never ever assumed I could contend, that I could combat towards another guy, but in this article we are.”
Simon Biyong, though, is not only a gentleman who punches folks in the confront to make a residing. He’s also a expert painter.
“Art has generally been part of me,” he said. “I draw considering that I was a kid, I constantly preferred to specific my emotion by means of drawings, shades. It’s not that distinctive from mixed martial arts. It’s however artwork. Martial arts make people today express by themselves by means of their bodies. Also, to take care of the two of these arts you have to do the job the most difficult to get to your goals. I have been educated to give my ideal to reach my targets by means of tricky work and sweat. Furthermore, portray and martial arts teach me to be client, to have a plan to be the ideal model of myself.”
Simon Biyong really should have clashed with Dutch legend Melvin Manhoef at the to start with important MMA occasion to be held on French soil, but on Wednesday the scrap was reportedly called off. In simple fact, hours later, Bellator officially introduced that Manhoef will lock horns with previous UFC light heavyweight Corey Anderson at Bellator 251.
On the other hand, Simon Biyong is however waiting for what the upcoming retains for him. Prior to what would have been his Bellator debut, the Italian-Cameroonian had a effective debut in Japanese promotion Rizin Preventing Federation. He’s also the current Serious Combating Championship mild heavyweight belt-holder.
“EFC is currently on hiatus, Rizin is performing activities with only area fighters, thanks to these COVID limits, but I didn’t want to keep benched for too extensive, so I rapidly caught this Bellator option,” Biyong concluded. “I had numerous gives from unique major promotions and I have to thank my administration, Calibian Sports activities Management, and my coach Mauro Salis for this. I don’t know wherever I’m combating following, but I hope it will be soon.”