Well, where are they?? I'd love to see France better represented in the UFC, or WEC, or Strikeforce or wherever.
The problem is MMA's still illegal in France. You basically have to go abroad to fight MMA.
From what Ive heard about the gyms and training facilities, you cant train everything at the same time. You either have grappling gyms or striking gyms etc.. Same problem, legislation.
The sport isn't sanctionned and it makes training and fighting so much harder.
ps- one last aspect which prevents French fighters from doing well in the promotions you mentioned is the fact that wrestling is pretty underdeveloped in France. Though they have good strikers/boxers and judokas.
I don't think the French people like fighting do they? I thought they were more into cheese and wine and all that fu fu stuff.
Thats like asking an American to watch soccer.... its like putting a black man on the swim team.... its like asking me to dance. France and fighting just don't go together.
I'ts not just a French thing, there's not many European fighters, even from countries where you'd think there would be: Germany, Russia, Poland, Ukraine - I guarantee you that if it were more popular there there would be some badass guys from there. The way it is now, most top fighters come from Brazil or the US.