MMA World Championships: Younès Bouhassoun, a Poitevin in the octagon
Saturday, March, the Arena Futuroscope in Poitiers, hosts for the first time the world championships of MMA, Mixed Martial Arts. Among the participants, Younès Bouhassoun from Poitevin divides his life between the octagon and his nursing studies.
On Saturday, the MMA World Championships, Mixed Martial Arts, take place at the Arena Futuroscope in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou Poitiers. Among the competitors expected in the octagon, the combat area for this sport, a Poitevin is among the best prospects of his generation.
Caught up in MMA, five years ago, Younès Bouhassoun is passionate: It’s a sport that offers a certain freedom in terms of fighting, what I really like is that you can choose your style, we are offered a panel of martial arts, but depending on our personality, what we like to do.
Trained at the Yofox hall in Saint-Benoît in the Vienne, Younès Bouhassoun is one of the hopes of his generation. Complete sport, MMA combines all combat disciplines for this sport where all shots, or almost, are allowed.
We will use the fists of English boxing, we can use the legs of karate or taekwondo, and for example all the projections of wrestling, judo … explains Bastien Petit, his coach. All the knowledge that was there before us in other sports, we will be able to use it, according to my abilities, what I like to use, to win.
You have to focus on your body, your person, manage to ignore the rest. To make your style, you must first maintain your physical condition. Younès trains nearly hours a week at the Yofox room, located on the outskirts of Poitiers.
Bastien Petit wants him to always be reactive, ready to fight in a very short time: One of our fighters has just left there, he took the fight for a week in advance. For Younès… it is in that the practice of the sport takes off with his first fight in Germany in the category of under .
A fight that turns short, he then knocks out his opponent in just eight seconds. Not enough to satisfy his thirst for victory, so two years later, the young man is preparing to fight for the second time. The preparation also goes through a very strict diet.
That lunch, on the menu: millet, chicken breast, and vegetables. It’s not an exercise that is easy, weight loss, confides the young athlete, but I still find that it is something that puts in the mood of the fight, and the fact of adding a difficulty, being hungry, it really allows this focus on the fight and to say everything I do I do not do it for nothing, And the day of the fight it gives the desire, the motivation, the determination to go to the end.
Younès Bouhassoun trains more hours a week to be ready in any circumstances to join a competition. Passion is quickly overtaken by reality. Living from MMA remains very complicated today, so Younès ensures his back with nursing studies.
I continue to have a little bit this double life, where on the one hand, I do things to be able to have a job, and earn a living, waiting for it to fart at the level of MMA he says. But that doesn’t mean I’m less invested in MMA, or that I train less than others.
On Saturday, in front of nearly many people, he competes alongside the best in the discipline for the World Championships at the Arena Futuroscope. After this walk, his long-term goal is to live from his passion.