As soon as he arrived in Brazil and signed a contract with Botafogo, Salomon Kalou brought with him a great expectation for his performance in Brazilian football. The reason for this status is the international experience of the athlete, who has worked for the Ivory Coast and Chelsea. But what few people knew was the Ivorian’s close relationship with MMA. The love for the sport was even more highlighted with the friendship and the recent encounter with UFC featherweight Herbert Burns (66 kg).
In an interview with the Ag. Fight, Botafogo’s shirt 8 valued the relationship he started with the UFC fighter, with whom he already exchanged messages through social networks since July this year. After finally being able to meet Herbert, the player, who received an invitation to do some MMA training with the fighter, approved the idea.
“I was looking forward to meeting him. I know he is a big fan of Botafogo and when I signed with the club, we talked on Instagram and wanted to meet. For me it was important because I am also a big fan of the UFC. I watch some fights, I knew him before and I was looking forward to meeting him. He gave me the gloves of his victory and now I am ready to do some training. I am not going to get heavy because I do not want to get hurt, but I am looking forward to training one little with him, “he said.
Despite being a huge fan of Ultimate, Kalou revealed that he has not yet had the chance to be in an arena to watch a league show. However, after further strengthening the bonds of friendship with Herbert, the player added that he hopes to be able to realize that dream and see a close-up of the Brazilian inside the octagon.
“The UFC has always enchanted me. I watched many fights, but I never had the chance to be in the arena. I have respect for the sport and the athletes. They are very dedicated and we have to respect them. It is not easy to fight in the octagon. The training they are more difficult than the fight. I clap for them. I look forward to seeing his fight, a UFC fight “, he said.
Currently, Herbert Burns has yet to predict when he will return to the octagon to help Kalou’s desire to be able to assist him. The Brazilian, who debuted at Ultimate in 2020, has two wins and one defeat in the organization.