He recently had an interview with Darrick Patrick, here is that interview...
Darrick: What was the road that led you to competing in professional mixed martial arts?
Cyrille: Long story! In short, like a lot of my fellow fighters, it started with a tough childhood. I had a lot of anger and energy to express. I started to train and fight in Muay Thai, kickboxing, and Savate - and I fell in love with those arts. MMA was the next logical step.
Darrick: Any words of advice for other individuals looking to train in MMA?
Cyrille: Take your time and choose wisely who your trainer is going to be. They will have a great impact on what kind of martial artist you become.
Darrick: What personally brings you the most fulfillment out of martial arts?
Cyrille: A sense of achievement and the feeling that I've become a better person.
Darrick: Who are some of the people that greatly influenced you while growing up?
Cyrille: My mother and grandfather. They both passed away when I was young and both stayed strong until the end, never complaining.
Darrick: What does a typical training session for you consist of?
Cyrille: There's not really a typical training session anymore. I've been training and fighting for seventeen years and if I get bored, I don't train as well! The length, content, and intensity varies a lot depending on my schedule and needs. I rely a lot more on experience and steady training than before.
Darrick: Who are a few of the people in the sport that you highly respect?
Cyrille: There are a lot and for different reasons. Fedor is one of them. When I see him fight and read his interviews, I am as equally impressed by both. He's down-to-earth, effective, and humble. He has those qualities in large proportions! I also respect Genki Sudo - I saw a great documentary on him once. He's a great fighter and showman, and is a really interesting person.
Darrick: Outside of competitive fighting, what are your other interests?
Cyrille: Movies, reading, video games, traveling, and nice restaurants.
Darrick: What moment in your life have you been proudest of so far?
Cyrille: My first major win in an international tournament. I was twenty-three and I had won my three fights by knockout to win the tournament. It felt great!
Darrick: Tell us something about you that most people don't know.
Cyrille: I draw well and take good pictures.
Darrick: What is your oldest memory?
Cyrille: Riding my bike as a kid.
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