Began training in martial arts when he was 5 years old, learning Kendo and Karate. As he grew older, he began to expand his repertoire and trained in Muay Thai, kickboxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. At age 19, he learned of Pencak Silat, an Indonesian martial art, and was coached by Charles Joussot and Franck Roppers.
He's also a cousin of rugby star Fulgence Ouedraogo, the French back-rower.
He's columnist for the French MMA magazine, Top Fight.
Born to a Burkinabé father and a Congolese mother.