ARES FC 11 will make a huge return to action on January 20th at the Dome de Paris. Many countless hours of rigorous training camps by all involved, will give the fans in Paris a night of pure unadulterated organised violence they will not soon forget.
Many warriors in attendance have been counting the days to make their walk to the cage, and some unfortunately will not.
Set to make his debut trip to the French promotion, was ex UFC fighter, Felipe Colares. But as we all know, nothing is ever concrete in the fight game as injuries are an unfortunate fact in the sport we all know and love, which has left Felipe without an opponent for his highly anticipated debut with the French promotion.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel for Felipe, as he only has a month to wait before making the walk in “The City Of Light” on February 17th. at ARES 12.
I caught up with Felipe to gain his thoughts on his cancelled bout, as well as his new opposition in February.
Felipe ‘CABOCÃO’ Colares (10-4-0) is a Brazilian professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Featherweight division, representing Team Nogueira. Felipe has competed for North Extreme Cagefighting, the Amapa Regionals, Circuito Talent MMA, Max Fight, Jungle Fight Championship, UFC and is set to make his debut for ARES FC on February 17th at ARES FC 12.
I’d like to start by thanking you for taking the time to speak with me today Felipe, and for giving me the opportunity to shed some light on recent events.
“Thank you brother.”
Scheduled to take centre stage at the Paris Dome on the 20th of January, fight night has unfortunately been suspended due to the unfortunate injury sustained by his opponent Daguir Imavov.
It’s all part and parcel of the fighting game, as you well know, but it still must have come as a shock to you when you got the call.
Understandably, you must have thought that your camp was in vain. But a great promotion will always do its utmost to do right by the fighters, and ARES has done just that for February 17th.
We’ll get to your new opponent in just a second, but in terms of getting another month to sharpen your proverbial tools for war, does that make you feel more confident about walking to the cage?
“It sure made me even more motivated. I’ve been at camp since September of last year, because I had a fight scheduled in Russia, which would be at 63kg, but I had a problem with dehydration and the fight ended up being cancelled. This shook me a lot, but I remained focused until the opportunity presented itself. And now in a big event, and very well organised, like ARES.”
As previously stated, ARES were quick to secure you a bout after the unfortunate injury of Daguir. It must be such a relief to have such a dedicated promotion making sure their matched fighters get the cage time they have sacrificed so much for, to get the opportunity to compete?
“I feel very sad for Daguir, he is a great athlete and I’m sure he trains very hard, just like me. And then we are subject to injuries. But I hope he recovers soon, and who knows with me winning this fight, we can fight for the belt in the next round. I believe that ARES is a new organisation but it already shows that it will be very big, and very dedicated to the fighters, UFC level, I’m sure it will!”
I’m with you on that note, with only 3 years since their establishment, they really have made waves on the MMA scene.
You are now set to face off against Hometown hero Alioune Nahaye, and with a combined record of 24 bouts between you both, this could quite possibly be one of the biggest clashes in ARES history.
What do you make of Alioune in the build-up to your scheduled meeting in February?
“I know he’s at home, but I have French blood too. Part of my family comes from French Guiana, which is next to my city in Brazil. So my heart is also in Franca, I will feel at home, and I will give a great show to the French audience. I love the show, and I’m giving it all away on February 17th. We want the fight of the night!”
With such connections, the fans will be absolutely buzzing for this collision.
A new opponent brings a new approach, Will you be mixing up your camp to cater to your new opposition?
“Alioune is a good Wrestler and a good boxer. I think the new opponent is much more dangerous in the standing part, his Kickboxing is really offensive and he also has Jiu-jitsu. But I have a black belt in Jiu-jitsu and also a dark blue belt in Muay Thai. In addition to Taekwondo, there are many weapons that will give me an advantage in this fight.”
It’s definitely an amazing pairing by the ARES team, and will have the fans in high anticipation for February, no doubt.
I wish you all the best for your continued fight camp Felipe, can’t wait to catch you there at ARES 12.
“Thank you brother, it has been great speaking with you and I’m looking forward to reading our interview.”
My Pleasure Felipe.
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“I’d like to give a shout-out to all the Paris Saint Germain fans, and let them know that I support the team. So I hope you’re with me on fight day, I’m going in with a PSG shirt, so I want everyone screaming for me. Since it will be my first fight with the crowd back, because my last fights were without a crowd, at the APEX. I love the energy of the audience and I want everyone to vibrate with me. I’m going to make the most exciting fight of the night and I’m going to give them a lot of emotions. It’s just the beginning of my journey at ARES, I will be the champion of ARES!”
Catch Fabiola and many more phenomenal warriors take centre stage at what’s shaping up to be an incredible fight card on February 14th at the Dome de Paris. Tickets will be made available from the ARES FC website near the time of the event here, and will also be streamed exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.