|Nickname||Marseille Bad Boy|
|Weight Class||Heavyweight (230 lbs.)|
|Height||6' 3" (191 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Savate|
|Birth Date||February 25, 1976|
|Fighting Out Of||Marseille, France|
|Cyril Abidi Pictures||Official Website|
Cyril "Marseille Bad Boy" Abidi is a Savate Champion and Muay Thai World Champion. His road to fame started in the year 2000 when he entered K-1 and created a huge upset with a 1st round KO win over legendary Peter Aerts. His mixed martial arts career has not seen such success, as he has lost both his professional bouts to Don Frye and Bobby Ologun.
|Record||0 - 2 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Loss||Bobby Ologun||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1: Premium 2004 Dynamite!!||12/31/2004||3||3:00|
|Loss||Don Frye||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2001: K-1 vs. Inoki||12/31/2001||2||0:33|
Biography & Career
Cyril Abidi grew up in the north quartiers of Marseille (Consolat), in a modest Moroccan family. When he was 6, his mom took him to Judo classes to keep Cyril out of the streets. He practiced Judo for four years until he got inspired by Bruce Lee, his childhood idol, and started taking Karate lessons.
When he was 18, he discovered Thai boxing and became French champion at the age of 20. A year later he entered K-1, fighting against Petar Majstorovic in Zurich, Switzerland, and winning the bout by unanimous decision. Later that year he made a name for himself, winning two back to back fights in the first round over famous Dutch fighter Peter Aerts, it wasn't until their third meeting at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 Finals in the Tokyo Dome, Japan, when Aerts was able to beat Abidi by three round unanimous decision.
In his short foray into MMA fighting, he lost to Nigerian comedian Bobby Ologun in which was his first time fighting in MMA. Abidi was a last minute replacement for Mike Bernardo who was out with an injury. The events surrounding the outcome raised suspicion of a fixed fight and Abidi seemed to lend creedence to it in a post match interview.
- "I didn’t have enough time to prepare for this fight, but I think I did do a good job for my first time. It was really good that my opponent is not so strong…..If he was a really strong fighter, I would have had had a hell of a time."
- "Why I am smiling a lot? Even though I lost this fight, I don’t have any feelings that I really lost a realistic fight. Maybe this was as expected."
His fight against fellow Frenchman and rival Jerome Le Banner at K-1 World GP 2005 in Paris, on May 27, 2005, which Abidi lost by TKO, is considered one of the greatest battles in K-1 history.
- 2003 K-1 World GP 3rd Place
- 2003 K-1 World GP in Paris Finalist
- 2000 K-1 World GP 3rd Place
- 2000 K-1 World GP in Yokohama Finalist
- 2000 Thai Boxing World Champion
- 2000 French Heavyweight Amateur Boxing Champion
- 1996 French Kickboxing Champion