Martijn de Jong on Golden Glory, Dutch Kickboxing & MMA, GLORY Kickboxing & Gökhan Saki’s UFC debut | The K1Anoop Show

Martijn de Jong is a former Dutch MMA fighter who, would become one of the pioneers of Dutch kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Over the decades, Martijn was heavily involved with the legendary Golden Glory Gym; and, was one of the original co-founders of, GLORY Kickboxing.

Now head coach of Tatsujin MMA with gyms in the Netherlands, Indonesia and Malaysia, de Jong is now managing and coaching various international fighters in major promotions such as: ONE Championship and the UFC.

Former GLORY Kickboxing light-heavyweight champion, Gökhan Saki, is currently managed by, Martijn de Jong who, orchestrated Saki signing for the UFC earlier this year; and is set to make his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night Japan on September 23, 2017.

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Saki is one of many legendary fighters including the likes of: Alistair Overeem, Valentijn Overeem and former women’s Strikeforce champion, Marloes Coenen that have all been coached, and or, managed by, Martijn de Jong during their careers, or, whilst fighting out of Golden Glory in the Netherlands.

On this episode of The K1Anoop Show with Martijn de Jong, we cover some of the historic moments in the sport of MMA and kickboxing involving, the above named fighters. As well as the past, present and future of GLORY Kickboxing, Gokhan Saki’s forthcoming UFC debut and de Jong’s vast knowledge and experiences in the world of combat sports and martial arts.

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Photo credit: Featured image via Martijn de Jong on Facebook.

GLORY champion Murthel Groenhart declares ‘war’ against the entire welterweight division

Following his decision victory over Cedric Doumbe at GLORY 44 Chicago, the newly crowned GLORY champion, Murthel Groenhart, was in defiant mood about his future as the new welterweight champion.

“I’m telling you right now, I’m gonna stay champion for a long time. So it doesn’t matter who’s coming, I will definitely defend my belt for many years. So everybody who’s coming, come and get it.”

The former 2012 K-1 Max champion, finally won the GLORY welterweight championship on his third attempt at GLORY 44, having previously lost two decisions in exciting close fights with, former GLORY champion, Nieky Holzken.

Holzken would lose the GLORY welterweight title to Doumbe at GLORY Collision; and then the rematch at GLORY 42 Paris (both fights by decision) in what was Doumbe’s second title defence at the time. Although Doumbe’s reign was four months short of a year, it was certainly historic for bringing Holzken’s undefeated four year winning streak to an end.


GLORY 44: Whitney Miller interviewing Murthel Groenhart | Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International

However, Murthel’s journey since winning the prestigious ‘old skool’ K-1 Max has been a turbulent one, with the Mike’s Gym fighter having contemplated retiring from the sport which, he opened-up about after winning his rematch with Doumbe; and paid tribute to his head coach, Mike Passenier and the rest of his team, for their strong support over the years.

“I have a great team. If I listen, everything will come good. If I stay with Mike, he sees things. He’s a few steps in-front you know, he looks a few steps in-front.”

“He use to tell me if you stay with me you will be champion just keep your focus. Keep your mind game strong, focus there and you’ll become champion but don’t let yourself out of the game by what other people say about you and why you have to do. Listen to me and everything will come good.”


GLORY 44: Mike Passenier embraces Murthel Groenhart | Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International

A potential third encounter now looms ahead with Harut Grigorian who, won the GLORY 44 Welterweight Contender Tournament which, should secure him with a title-fight in his next outing for GLORY. Whether this’ll be at GLORY 49 Rotterdam headlined by, Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik or, sooner will become clearer in the coming weeks.

However, the controversial KO and ring invasion from Murthel Groenhart vs. Harut Grigorian at GLORY 41 Den Bosch, will spark even fiercer rivalry come their trilogy bout in the near future.

Either way, the welterweight division in GLORY is heading into more interesting times ahead for fight fans, especially with a controversial head-hunting “Predator”, in Murthel Groenhart as the new welterweight champion.

Photo credit: Featured image by, James Law for, Glory Sports International.

Dean James on Fighting Cancer & Teaching Children with Emotional, Behavioural & Mental Health Issues | The K1Anoop Show

Dean James​ is a 33 year old British Muay Thai fighter and multiple world champion with titles including: the ISKA Bantamweight, WMA (MAD) and WRSA world championships.

James had remarkably overcome colon cancer in his early adulthood and had found Muay Thai during that incredibly tough time in his life which, helped him with fighting cancer and the overall recovery process.

Over the years, Dean has not only become one of the best UK Muay Thai fighters, he’s also developed a career as a teacher for children with, Behavioural Emotional Social Difficulties (BESD), autism and other mental health issues.

On this episode of The K1Anoop Show, Dean James talks about all of the above and much more from his incredible life experiences, in and especially out of the sport and more.

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GLORY 44 Chicago results: Murthel Groenhart overthrows Cedric Doumbe, Van Soest stops Uslu

Murthel Groenhart overthrew Cedric Doumbe via split decision last night in the headline bout of GLORY 44 Chicago, to be was crowned as the new GLORY welterweight champion. Whilst Tiffany van Soest made her first defence of the women’s GLORY super-bantamweight title with an emphatic stoppage win over Meryem Uslu in the main event on, GLORY 44 SuperFight Series.

Groenhart who, is a former K-1 Max champion, reinforced his kickboxing legacy  by capturing the GLORY welterweight championship that had eluded him on three previous occasions against former GLORY champion, Nieky Holzken. Doumbe had been the first fighter in GLORY Kickboxing to end Holzken’s four year unbeaten streak and would defeat him again by decision at GLORY 41 Den Bosch.

The future of the welterweight division certainly looks exciting with not only another newly crowned champion but more so, with Harut Grigorian winning the 4-man Welterweight Contender Tournament final on the night against, Antoine Pinto which, should secure another rematch with Groenhart; following Harut’s controversial KO loss to, “The Predator” at GLORY 42 Paris.

Ful results from both the GLORY 44 Chicago and GLORY 44 SuperFight Series fight cards below.

GLORY 44 Chicago – Results:

Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Murthel Groenhart def. Cedric Doumbe via split decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

Welterweight Tournament Finals Bout: Harut Grigorian def. Antoine Pinto via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Richard Abraham def. Daniel Morales via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout: Antoine Pinto  def. Zach Bunnell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) and advances to the Welterweight Tournament Finals.

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout: Harut Grigorian def. Karin Benmansour via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) and advances to the Welterweight Tournament Finals

GLORY 44 SuperFight Series – Results:

Super Bantamweight Title Headline Bout: Tiffany van Soest def. Meryem Uslu via TKO (4th Rd. :36)

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Michal Turynski def. Catalin Morosanu via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Middleweight Bout: Dustin Jacoby Def. Sean Choice via 1st Rd TKO (1st Rd. 2:18)

Middleweight Bout: Robert Thomas def. Warren Thompson via KO (2nd Rd. 2:32)

Lightweight Bout: Nate Richardson def. Rafael Dudek via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Featherweight Bout: Victor Pinto def. Adrian Maxim via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.

Dan McGowan: The Rising Star of World Muay Thai | The K1Anoop Show

Dan McGowan is a 21 year old British Muay Thai fighter from Luton, England with a strong reputation for a young fighter and very much respected throughout world Muay Thai.

McGowan joins The K1Anoop Show ahead of his next fight on August 26, 2017 against, Ireland’s Ryan Sheehan at the Science of 8 event in Birmingham and discusses:

  • How he switched from establishing a career as a young footballer to Muay Thai
  • Playing for Luton Town Football Club as a teenager
  • Being the first ‘Farang’ to be sponsored by Petyindee Gym
  • Fighting as young as 15 years old at historic Thai stadiums: Lumpinee and Rajamadern
  • Why the late Liam Robinson was “the best coach” and took his career to new heights
  • Life in London working and fighting out of Team Tieu and Gym Box
  • A potential future in either Kickboxing or MMA?
  • Looking ahead at living and fighting in Australia
  • The beef with Ryan Sheehan and their upcoming ICO title-fight at the Science of 8 event
  • The fall-out with Muay Thai Grand Prix over the ‘typo’ about his MTGP world title
  • His friendship with and the tragic loss of Jordan Coe earlier this year

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Photo credit: Natalia Rakowska/Muay Thai Grand Prix

Kevin Ross & Gina Carano: Bellator Kickboxing 7, Work Ethic, Integrity & Real Life Stories of Fighters | The K1Anoop Show

Kevin Ross and Gina Carano guest on The K1Anoop Show following on from the recent announcement that Ross will be fighting, Domenico Lomurno, for Bellator Kickboxing’s inaugural featherweight title at, Bellator Kickboxing 7 on September 23, 2017.

  • Other talking points discussed with Kevin Ross include:
  • His technical analysis of Lomurno and what he expects in the ring come September;
  • The real reasons why there has been such a delay in him returning to action for Bellator Kickboxing;
  • How exactly things have been and are working out for him and Bellator;
  • Why he feels mistreated by GLORY Kickboxing after he had signed a two year contract for GLORY (in 2012) but never fought for them;

+43:40 Hollywood actress and a pioneer and legend in the world of women’s MMA, Gina Carano, joins Kevin Ross as we take a much deeper and wider look at:

  • The current and longterm impact of, Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, both in and out of the world of fighting;
  • Why integrity and work ethic are essential for long term success especially in fighting;
  • How the real life stories of fighters needs to be better publicised in the build-up for instance, to McGregor vs. Mayweather, instead of the “acting” that’s been on display;
  • Why stubbornness and strong mindedness are key components for supporting persistence when life get tough working towards long term goals;
  • And plenty of more talking points too.

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Nicola Kaye on Filipa Correia Rematch and Lessons Learnt from Muay Thai | The K1Anoop Show

Nicola Kaye is a 26 year old European and British ISKA Muay Thai champion and fights out of Science of 8 Gym in Birmingham, under the coaching of British Thai boxing legend, Andy Howson.

Kaye will be rematching Portugese Thaiboxer, Filipa Correia, after recently losing a decision under controversial circumstances over in Portugal but this time they will be fighting at the, Science of 8 promotions event in England on August 26, 2017.

On this episode of The K1Anoop Show, Nicola Kaye reflects on her rapid rise over the last five years in the UK Muay Thai rankings and opens-up on her turbulent experiences too. Nicola has fought the likes of KRUSH champion Grace Spicer and the UK’s number one ranked, Amy Pirnie; and is focused on building even more momentum with her fighting career and more.

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Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik set to headline GLORY 49 Rotterdam in December

Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik is set to headline GLORY 49 Rotterdam on December 9, 2017 in what would seem to be a year-end extravaganza for the promotion. The news was revealed via Verhoeven on his Twitter account earlier this afternoon; and follows on from last week’s official announcement that Rico will be fighitng former UFC heavyweight, Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva at GLORY 46 China on October 14.

Interestingly, Verhoeven last defended his GLORY heavyweight title against Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva at GLORY 33 New Jersey on September 8, 2016 via round three TKO. This would mean that Rico will go 15 months and one day since last defending his title which, flies in the face of GLORY’s policy of, enforcing that their champions defend titles within one year of their last defence – a policy that contributed to GLORY’s former light-heavyweight champion, Gökhan Saki, being stripped of his title due to inactivity in July 2015.


Saki vs. Verhoeven, GLORY 11 Chicago | Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.

Saki has since signed for the UFC and will make his UFC debut on September 23 at, UFC Fight Night Japan against, Henrique da Silva.

However, Verhoeven has been busy winning two non-title fights since his last title defence, with victories over Badr Hari from a second round TKO (arm injury) at GLORY Collision; and a unanimous decision win over the difficult and former Enfusion Live heavyweight champion, Ismael Lazzar.

However, questions will obviously be raised about GLORY’s fairness towards both Saki and Verhoeven during their respective reigns as GLORY champions; and why would the promotion be so selective in applying a policy of, restricting how long a champion can go without defending his/her title before being stripped?

Nevertheless, it’s good news for Rico Verhoeven who, does get unfair stick on social-media from kickboxing fans, for not defending the title for so long which, is as a direct result of the decisions made by, GLORY as to when and where their longest reigning heavyweight champion, will defend his title.

The full fight cards details for GLORY 49 Rotterdam and GLORY 49 SuperFight Series have not yet been announced but K1ANOOP will report again as the situation unfolds.

Nate Richardson: From a Child Refugee of War to Fighting at GLORY 44 Chicago | The K1Anoop Show

Nate Richardson is a Liberian kickboxer and MMA fighter who, emigrated to the USA at, the age of 10 as a child refugee when civil war broke out in Liberia in the early 1990s. Richardson will be making his GLORY Kickboxing debut against Polish fighter, Rafal Dudek at GLORY 44 Chicago on, the SuperFight Series fight card.

We get to know more about this exciting prospect who, has experience of winning an 8-man kickboxing tournament. Richardson tells of how he turned away from American football towards professional fighting and compares his fighting style to that of, Melvin Manhoef. Funnily enough, Dudek trains at the same gym in the Netherlands that Melvin has returned to, Mike’s Gym in Amsterdam.

The self-described ‘smart pressure fighter’who, resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, fights out of The Cellar Gym (under the coaching of, Chris Cichon) and balances a full-time job as a domiciliary care worker with training three times a day. “The Natural” has a kickboxing record of 8-2 and according to Sherdog is, 5-1 in professional MMA.

Question of the day:

Do you (the fans) expect Nate Richardson to defeat Rafal Dudek by KO at GLORY 44 SuperFight Series?

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Photo credit: Legacy Fighting via The Cellar Gym

Oli Thompson on fall-out with Bellator MMA, alleges Fedor Emeilanenko cancelled on him | The K1Anoop Show

Oli Thompson is a British MMA fighter, former Britain’s Strongest Man in 2006 and was recently fighting for Bellator MMA until a controversial parting of ways. Thompson is due to return to action on October 14, 2017 but in a 4-man heavyweight kickboxing tournament for Victory Fights at Brighton Racecourse.

On this episode of The K1Anoop Show, Oli Thompson opens-up about the future direction of his fighting career including:

  • How Fedor Emeilanenko allegedly cancelled on him after mutual agreement to replace Matt Mitrione at Bellator 172;
  • His account of events regarding his departure from Bellator and alleged mistreatment;
  • What the situation is with the Inoki Genome Federation in Japan;
  • The 4-man K1 rules kickboxing tournament at the Victory Fights promotion event on October 14, 2017

Question of the day:

What would be a dream fight between two UK fighters of any era and from any discipline of fighting?

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Photo credit: Bellator MMA via Oli Thompson’s Facebook page.