With the growing interest in MMA, and the rising Arab names in the sport, we have decided to bring our readers interviews with the world’s rising and some already prominent names in the sport. This week we have conducted an interview with Bechir Majri, a 26 year old fighter that goes by the nickname “Shinobi”. Not only will our readers be able to find out a little bit more about the sport and all the dedication and hardship that goes hand in hand with it, but have the opportunity to sneak behind the cage and into the personal life of the people that make it all happen.
Bechir Majri is a Tunisian/French MMA fighter with a leathal combination of BJJ, MuayThai,and MMA. Standing at 183cm and weighing 77kgs or 170 lbs, he is a force to be reckoned with. Enjoy the interview and let us know your opinion.
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Q: Thank you very much for agreeing to conduct this interview. Please inform my readers of your background .
A: Currently I am living in France where I was born and where I am training at the moment as well. Tunisia is also my country, it is my blood.
Q: How did you get into mixed martial arts?
A: In the beginning I thought I would just give it a try. But I guess i immediately fell in love with MMA and the opportunity to blend the different styles into one. It is a sport, in which strategy plays a big part.
Q: Favorite strike or submission?
A: I personally love the move in which I can break the legs with a low kick. When it comes to submissions, I don’t think I have a favorite one, I guess I’ll take them all.
Q: What does it mean for you to be a fighter?
A: Above all, being a fighter for me is Respect. Respecting my opponent whether I won or lost. To be a fighter, one has to be humble and keep an open mind no matter what happens during the fight.
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?
A: I think the biggest inspiration for me is my religion. I also draw inspiration from the stories of the wars that happened in our world.
Q: When is your next fight?
A: I have a fight coming up in March, but if there will be anything thrown my way before that, I am always open to an invitation to fight.
Q: Which team are you Training with for your next fight?
A: Currently I am training with my team ” Vivacité Fight Team”.I train between 5 to 6 days a week. I am also going to the United States soon, but that is all I can say at the time. For those interested, they can find more information on my Facebook page.
Q: If you had the chance to choose your next opponent, who would you fight next? Why?
A: I would like to fight a fighter that has evolved in the UFC, Bellator or ONE FC, just to test my own level. I had recently lost a fight in Belgium, and if I could, I would love to fight my opponent there again.
Q: What separates you from other fighters?
A: I think that my ability to remain calm in the cage, my ability not to stress and my wisdom as well. I also have a great team that develops good strategies for each fight, that helps a lot, and last but not least, I have to credit my good sparring partners.
Q: If you had one dream fight, who would you fight?
A: My dream is to fight for the UFC Belt! No matter who the opponent will be, but I guess let’s take one thing at a time. Ha ha ha ha!
Q: Tell me about your training routine? Changes before fights ?Nutrition wise
A: Actually it’s pretty simple.
Monday MMA (boxing, wrestling) and bodybuilding.
Tuesday Muay Thai (MMA specific) and wrestling.
Wednesday cardio and bodybuilding (TRX)
Thursday Muay Thai (MMA specific) and BJJ
Friday MMA (Grand and pound)
Saturday pool and bodybuilding
My program sometimes changes, when I am tired, I rest. I tend to listen to my body and what it tells me. This is very important in my opinion. My nutritionist Jean Marc takes care of my nutrition, he is highly qualified and he is specialized in sports and has worked with numerous MMA fighters in the past.
Q: What was the most memorable moment up to this point in your career?
A: At the moment, at an early stage in my career, every fight is memorable.
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I don’t really care about the fame or how I will be remembered. I take pleasure in fighting, the fight itself is the most important part for me.
Q: Tell me about your MMA fights in the Arab world? Any MMA fights outside the Arab region?
A: In the Arab world I have had 2 fights so far. The 1st one was against Gabriel Tayeh and the 2nd was with Ibrahim Mogharbel. Gabriel was a powerful opponent so a good strategy paid off. Ibrahim, on the other hand, is a good striker with a lot of MuayThai techniques, and here my strategy played an important role.
Q: Who would you like to thank?
A: I would like to thank my team “Vivacite Fight Team”. My brother Johny Frachey who also trains me, Freddy Lepin for making me fall in love with MuayThai, my nutritionist Jean Marc Feneteaux, my manager who always listens to me and who has become like a big brother to me, my sponsors “Vitamin and Co. in Paris”, Jo (The Boss), all the Tunisian and French people who are following my career, I am really fortunate to have two cultures. Ramzi, Momo (the Pugiliste Team boxing trainter), Guily, Peter, Jonatan Gonzalez, Damien Lapillus, Mickael Lebout, Chabane, Tahar Hadbi,David Bear, Zied Solani, Timour, Gaby, Nayen Hezam, Bouba Carbalde, Fethi, and all the friends who follow and support me and whom I have forgotten to mention. Last but not least my parents who have helped grow into the man I am today.
For interested sponsors , Bechir Majri and his team are open to any proposals.