HEXAGONE MMA 7: Fight card updates

See below for the updated fight card for HEXAGONE MMA 7 on 11 March in Poitiers, France. The event will be broadcast on BT Sport (UK /IRE) and DAZN (internationally, including USA & Canada).


With HEXAGONE MMA, the Arena Futuroscope will host a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight night for its very first time. Just two months after enthralling the public at the Zenith of Paris, the promotion has two world titles at stake, one male and one female. The event will also be attended by renowned fighters, from across the world’s most prestigious MMA leagues, UFC, Bellator and KSW.


The highlight of the night is the main event, which sees Aymard Guih and Walter Gahadza compete for the welterweight world title (-77 kg), in a match hallmarked by experience. Already reigning middleweight (-84 kg) champion, Aymard Guih will attempt to become the first double champion in the history of the organisation in his 30th professional fight. Gahadza comes as a veteran of the Bellator, experienced on many major, international events.


No less suspense surrounds the co-main bout, which sees Samantha Jean-François make her first title defence in the -52kg category against Andressa Araujo Rocha. The Brazilian presents a serious threat, having finished five of her six career fights, a rarity in the smaller women’s weight classes.


“We have worked to ensure very balanced match-ups,” says Mathieu Nicourt, match-maker and sports director of HEXAGONE MMA. “No fight is predictable, and that’s what makes our events so interesting.”


For Jérôme Pourrut, co-founder of the organization, there is no doubt: “This is the most beautiful card we have created yet. There will be two titles at stake, recognised fighters, hopefuls, finishing specialists… Everything that spectators dream of.”


Of new signees, fans will be excited to witness Norman Parke’s HEXAGONE debut. A known veteran of the world circuit,  Parke will face Alfredo Souza at -82 kg. Having fought with the biggest organizations, including the UFC – where he won The Ultimate Fighter lightweight tournament – the Irishman’s HEXAGONE MMA 7 fight is particularly anticipated.


HEXAGONE MMA 7 in Poitiers sees pride of place given to young local fighters in the preliminary match-ups. In front of their home fans, these MMA hopefuls will be putting it all on the line.


“I am extremely proud to fight in my city!” enthuses Axel Nobou, preliminaries fighter. “Obviously, it adds a little pressure, but it also makes you want to do the show.”


No doubt, HEXAGONE MMA 7 already promises to be one of European MMA’s highlight events of the year.






Main fight, for the vacant belt of -77 kg:

Aymard Guih (16-13, Ivory Coast) vs. Walter Gahadza (19-7, England)


Co-main bout, for the women’s -52kg belt:

Samantha Jean-François (6-6, France) vs. Andressa Araujo Rocha (6-1, Brazil)


Catchweight (-82kg):

Norman Parke (30-7, Northern Ireland) vs. Alfredo Souza (16-10, Brazil)


Heavyweight (-120kg):

Prince Aounallah (15-11, France) vs Ion Grigore (10-4, Romania)


Lightweight (-70kg):

Abu Tounkara (7-4, France) vs. Bruno Conti (13-6, Argentina)


Bantamweight (-61 kg):

Thibault Marino (3-2, France) vs. Helder Fernandes (7-7, France)


Heavyweight (-120kg):

Javad Mahjoub (0-0, Iran) vs. Kacper Miklasz (3-6, Poland)


Welterweight (-77 kg):

Axel Nobou (1-1, Poitiers/France) vs. Martian Dooh-Bill (2-2, France) 


Flyweight (-57kg):

Weronika Eszer (0-2, Poland) vs. Shanelle Dyer (0-0, England)


Lightweight (-70 kg):

Younes Bouhassoun (1-0, Poitiers/France) vs. Nacim Belhouachi (1-2, France)


Bantamweight (-61 kg):

Carlos Saborio (0-0, France) vs. Naim Naloufi (0-0, France)


Broadcast of HEXAGONE MMA 7:


For its seventh event, which will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Arena Futuroscope in Poitiers, HEXAGONE MMA will be broadcast in France on the Wataaa television channel, specialized in combat sports: MMA, boxing, kick-boxing, wrestling.  Already established in several major regions of the world (Africa, Middle East) via Canal + International, Wataaa is also accessible in France through the Free and Bouygues packages. DAZN, the “Netflix of sport” with which the organization is associated, will also broadcast the event in more than 150 countries, to ensure a global impact. BT Sport will broadcast the event in the UK and Ireland.

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