On Saturday, Mike French” Rock” Lemaire may have scored the biggest win of his career.
The French-born fighter, who moved to America and lives in San Diego, wore down hard-hitting Arian Sadikovic to win a three-round split decision at GLORY 64 in Strasbourg.
Lemaire had long been campaigning for the chance to fight on a GLORY event in his country of birth. He got his wish, but wasn’t matched easy against Sadikovic, who’s shown toughness and dangerous hands in bouts for the Mix Fight Championship promotion.
Lemaire wasn’t just tested in the ring. During training camp for the bout, the fighter had to deal with an emergency medical issue, and was advised to cancel the fight. According to Lemaire, it was a “traumatizing” time, as he explained in a social media post.
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I won against adversity last night! . . 5 weeks ago today I was rushed to the hospital for an emergency surgery and the doctor told me I wouldn’t be able to fight. This incident was traumatizing and heart breaking, but as I told the doctor nothing would prevent me from fighting back in my home country 🇫🇷. While in training camp for this fight I had to take some forced time off to heal, while the date of the fight was getting closer. I simply refused to give up and stayed positive as much as I could but I cried a lot out of frustration, anger, fear, uncertainty. Everyday I woke up in tears, but I do not give up. I believe and keep going. I could have not have done it without the support of my close friends. Between my surgery, my dog surgery and last week my father’s surgery it’s been an emotional roller coaster for me. . . I am definitely not happy with my performance last night, I know I can do so much better still, and I will. I want to thank my coach @carlhgebhardt because I wouldn’t be here without him. We have been training exactly 2 years now and we keep getting better every time. This is 3 wins in a row now with @glorykickboxing and we going to keep that going. Respect to my opponent last night, he came out agressive and he was tough, I had to make some adjustments in the 2nd round and started finding my range . . I want to thank all my sponsors, my family, my sister who saw me fight for the first time in her life, my friends, my teammates and training partners. I am alone in that ring, and unless you have been in there yourself and know what it takes to be in there, you will not understand, but I wouldn’t be where I am without the support. So from the bottom of my heart I truly appreciate all the love 🙏🏼. With that being said, I’m going to the top and nothing will stop me. . . #frenchrock #glory64 #france #kickboxing #adversity
Photo Credit: James Law/Glory Sports International