Nickname Marseille Bad Boy
Date of birth February 25, 1976
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 104.7 kg (230.8 lb/16.5 st)
Style Kickboxing, Muay Thai
Team Brizon Gym
Years active 10 (1998-present)
Total 41 Wins 25
By knockout 17
By submission 1
Cyril "Marseille Bad Boy" Abidi (born on February 25, 1976) is a French Kickboxing Champion and Muay Thai World Champion. His road to fame started in the year 2000 when he entered K-1 and created a huge upset with a 1st round KO win over legendary Peter Aerts.
Biography & Career
Cyril Abidi grew up in the north quartiers of Marseille (Consolat), in a modest Moroccan family. When he was 6, his mom took him to Judo classes to keep Cyril out of the streets. He practiced Judo for four years until he got inspired by Bruce Lee, his childhood idol, and started taking Karate lessons.
When he was 18, he discovered thaiboxing and became French champion at the age of 20. A year later he entered K-1, fighting against Petar Majstorovic in Zurich, Switzerland, and winning the bout by unanimous decision. Later that year he made a name for himself, winning two back to back fights in the first round over famous Dutch fighter Peter Aerts, it wasn't until their third meeting at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 Finals in the Tokyo Dome, Japan, when Aerts was able to beat Abidi by three round unanimous decision.
His fight against fellow Frenchman and rival Jérôme Le Banner at K-1 World GP 2005 in Paris, on May 27, 2005, which Abidi lost by TKO, is considered one of the greatest battles in K-1 history.
2003 K-1 World GP Finalist
2003 K-1 World GP in Paris Finalist
2000 K-1 World GP Finalist
2000 Thai Boxing World Champion
2000 French Heavyweight Amateur Boxing Champion
1996 French Kickboxing Champion