The Dark Horse: Exclusive Interview With UFC’s Galore Bofando

Harry Kettle

It’s no secret that some of the baddest dudes on the planet reside in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with competitors from heavyweight down to flyweight causing a stir within the mixed martial arts world. Somewhere in the middle, though, the phenomenal Galore Bofando has gone under the radar as being one of the scariest fighters we’ve seen in years.

With an upbringing that began in the Democratic Republic of Congo and continues on to this day, Bofando is something of a silent assassin within the UFC’s welterweight division and his presence is only matched by his frightening strength inside of the octagon. 

“I don’t know if this is a good habit or a bad habit, but I don’t watch my fights. Once it’s done for me it’s done, and I move forward.”

We recently sat down to speak with Galore and from the word go, it became evident that there was much more than meets the eye with this upcoming superstar. His entire tone and demeanour made him come across as an extremely humble and down to earth individual, which is baffling when you consider how terrifying his last knockout was.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, Bofando turned in a performance that was reminiscent of something you’d see in Tekken when he slammed Charlie Ward to the canvas in Glasgow back in July.

It was as emphatic as it was impressive, but it’s just one layer of many for this complex fighter. Whilst you may look upon his record and imagine that he’d have a cocky side, that couldn’t be further from the truth as Galore recognises he still has a long way to go before reaching the top.

“One of the things that helps me stay grounded during that state of nervous energy is having that trust in my ability. It’s telling myself that when the time comes, my body will know what to do and I won’t have to think about it. That keeps me calm.”

The 35-year-old is a student of the game at heart, and his composure stems from a love of sacred geometry and meditation. It’s that mindset that breeds such success and whilst his record only stands at 5-2, the fact that his two losses came via disqualification shows you just how dominant this man has been inside of the cage.

At the end of the day this is a business in many regards, and whilst Galore understands that he also sees MMA for what it is – a true art form. That may sound a bit odd, especially if you’re only a casual fan, but the proof is in the pudding and Bofando has proven himself time and time again.

“I like to hang out a lot around nature [leading up to a fight]. That’s what I like. So trees and forests, and things like that. I don’t really like staying indoors too much, because what happens is the nerves start getting the better of you. What I have to do is keep myself moving.”

With plenty of hobbies to keep himself occupied such as cycling, mathematics and the aforementioned power of meditation, the enigma that is Galore Bofando could soon spring into life as being one of the most promising stars of tomorrow.

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