Flyweight Corinne Laframboise (5-3) faced training restrictions from the Quebec government, while she prepared for her bout against France’s Manon Fiorot (2-1) in Abu Dhabi at UAE Warriors 12.
“Dr. Horacio Arruda [public health director] does not allow contact sports until an effective vaccine is obtained against COVID-19,” Laframboise said. “In France, they consider that there are no more risks in combat sports, in which boxing is a part of, than other sports.”
“My opponent from France trains in more favorable conditions. But it will clearly not stop me from competing in this sport… even though there’s a lack of support from my government. They prohibit the practice of combat sports with contact (padwork, BJJ, sparring).”
Quebec promoters submitted a plan to minimize the spread of COVID-19, she added. A plan based on what the UFC and boxing are doing in the U.S.
Laframboise and her head coach Fabio Holanda will need to past their COVID-19 test, before flying out from Montreal to Abu Dhabi. Once they arrive, another test is required.
While the flyweight next bout is under the UAE Warriors promotion, but she hopes soon she can be featured on a UFC fight card at Yas Island.
“I’m going to start my UFC career in Abu Dhabi, where it all started for me. I love this place, the culture is different from the one we have in Quebec,” she said. “People are much more conservative, several unwritten rules, ways of behaving that differs from Quebec – especially for women.”
In 2016, the French Canadian visited Abu Dhabi for the first time. She competed in jiu-jitsu and won the UAEJJF World Championships. Laframboise went back and defeated bantamweight Cornelia Holm at UAE Warriors 10 in January of this year.
Brazilian Top Team Canada’s Laframboise and Holanda will fly out on Sunday. UAE Warriors 12 will take place on July 31 at Abu Dhabi’s Jiu-Jitsu Arena.