Luke Whelan Mocks Vinny Church Being “Ranked UK Number One” Lightweight in Kickboxing

Kickboxing Grand Prix European champion, Luke Whelan mocks Vinny Church being “ranked UK number one” lightweight in kickboxing, prior-to their upcoming clash at MTGP 17 headlined by, Liam Harrison vs Charlie Peters, on the Kickboxing Grand Prix (KGP 11) undercard.

Luke Whelan vs Vinny Church has been in the making since the beginning of 2017 when Luke Whelan called-out Vinny Church. After 18 months, the fight was almost cancelled (due to the influence of external parties courtesy of kickboxing politics) due to the fallout from Whelan not being successfully matched-up (twice) on the GLORY 54 Birmingham event 5 weeks earlier where Church was also fighting.

Interesting Fact: Luke Whelan (coached by Kieran Keddle) fighting out of Double K Gym against, Vinny Church (coached by Tony Newman at Te-At-Su), will be the only title fight on the overall Muay Thai Grand Prix 17 event.

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Mike Passenier: “K-1 F****d It Up! GLORY Are Still In The Game Luckily” & Semmy Schilt’s Legacy

Mike Passenier gives his brutally honest opinion on: how “K-1 f*****d it up”, resulting in almost the end of Kickboxing as a professional sport; How GLORY Kickboxing “are still in the game luckily”, despite the mistakes made the promotion; Semmy Schilt’s legacy; And, how Kickboxing, just like any other sports, really “needs heroes” to help grow the sport stronger.

As well as highlighting Semmy Schilt’s legacy in martial arts and combat sports and why Schilt was undoubtedly one of the greatest martial artists and K-1 Kickboxing world champions of all time and much more. The full interview (link below) was recorded when Mike Passenier first met Anoop Hothi in the early days of the K1ANOOP YouTube channel; leading to rumours growing much stronger about Badr Hari’s comeback against Rico Verhoeven at GLORY: Collision.

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Tavi Castro Interview: From Football to Bodybuilding Stardom and Rico Verhoeven friendship

Former footballer turned multiple bodybuilding champion and superstar DJ, Tavi Castro, explains how his friendship formed with GLORY Kickboxing champion, Rico Verhoeven and what it takes mentally to achieve not just stardom but the huge success of champions like himself, Verhoeven and much more in this K1ANOOP Interview.

Tavi Castro was attending GLORY 54 Birmingham in support of Rico Verhoeven who, successfully defended his world heavyweight title for the seventh time against, Mladen Brestovac which, was also the first time that Tavi had been to a combat sports event.

Rico Verhoeven and Tavi also vlogged their recent collaboration at FIBO 2018 which, is a huge bodybuilding event/expo in Germany and plan to collaborate much more together moving forward.

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Rico Verhoeven and K1ANOOP on Making British Kickboxing Great Again, Unseen Sacrifices, Tavi Castro

GLORY Kickboxing champion, Rico Verhoeven, spoke to K1ANOOP about how he wants to help make British Kickboxing great again, his friendship with multiple bodybuilding champion, superstar DJ (and former footballer), Tavi Castro; and his unseen sacrifices in defending his GLORY heavyweight title for a seventh time against, Mladen Brestovac at GLORY 54 Birmingham.

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Mo Abdurahman on Bailey Sugden Beef and GLORY Kickboxing “Politics”

Mo Abdurahman opened-up on his beef with fellow Brit and GLORY Kickboxing featherweight, Bailey Sugden and the kickboxing “politics” that he alleges is: hindering his progress within the GLORY featherweight division; and how Bailey Sugden’s Dad and kickboxing coach, Dean Sugden, has a role to play in all of this including, how Bailey Sugden is benefitting from more favourable match-ups than Mo Abdurahman and much more.

Both fighters were finalists in the UK Road to Glory 8-man tournament, securing their initial two-fight GLORY contracts. Mo Abdurahman would beat Bailey Sugden when they clashed in that same final and the beef between both fighters has escalated ever since.

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This clip is taken from a recent episode of, The K1ANOOP Show which, is a podcast about all things happening in Kickboxing and MMA; and provides an interesting perspective on niche combat sports from a UK perspective and much more.

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GLORY 54 “Could’ve Been Better” for UK Return

Do you agree that GLORY 54 Birmingham “could’ve been better” for GLORY Kickboxing’s return to the UK after a 5 year hiatus since GLORY 5 London? GLORY 54 will be headlined by the Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac rematch whilst GLORY 5 had Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky.

The lack of stars and big names is disappointing and to compound this, a wealth of British fighting talent has been left on the prelims including, UK Muay Thai fighters: Nicola Kaye vs. Christi Brereton and ISKA world champion, Kev Ward.

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This clip is taken from a recent episode of, The K1ANOOP Show which, is a podcast about all things happening in Kickboxing and MMA; and provides an interesting perspective on niche combat sports from a UK perspective and much more.

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Jamie Bates vs. Tommy King Preview, Rico Verhoeven Carries the Brits at GLORY 54

Jamie Bates vs. Tommy King is the first semi-final of the GLORY 54 welterweight tournament in what will be a clash between two British kickboxers; the event is headlined by Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac rematch and British sports journalist, Andreas Georgiou and K1ANOOP preview this much anticipated clash of styles.

The winner of Jamie Bates vs Tommy King will face the winner of, Mark Timms vs. Dawid Blaszke of the second semi-final on the night in the tournament final at GLORY 54 Birmingham.

The British fighters generally could do with much bigger names fights across all three fight cards at GLORY 54 Birmingham and it could be argued that GLORY heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven’s presence on the night, carries the Brits at GLORY 54 but do not underestimate the British kickboxing talent on display on June 2 at the Genting Arena.

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This clip is taken from a recent episode of, The K1ANOOP Show which, is a podcast about all things happening in Kickboxing and MMA; and provides an interesting perspective on niche combat sports from a UK perspective and much more.

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Mo Abdurahman Interview | The K1ANOOP Show

Mo Abdurahman is a 22 year old GLORY Kickboxing featherweight and British Muay Thai prodigy who, made his GLORY debut in 2017 against, former interim champion, Kevin VanNostrand but as we find out in this interview on, The K1ANOOP Show, Mo Abdurahman has had a rollercoaster of a journey since then including:

  • Going viral for the wrong reasons on his GLORY debut;
  • Overcoming the emotional and mental hurdles of such a devastating setback;
  • Feels he’s being unfairly treated by GLORY due to kickboxing “politics” compared to arch-rival and fellow GLORY featherweight, Bailey Sugden;
  • Wanting to fight Nathan Bendon for the UK number one (63.5kg) Muay Thai ranking;
  • His escalating beef with both, Bailey Sugden and his Dad, Dean Sugden;
  • Why exactly his much anticipated fight with Natty Dodds didn’t happen earlier this year;
  • Being on the verge of signing for EM Legend and fighting more in China;
  • Which three kickboxing fights he wants most in the GLORY featherweight division;
  • His thoughts on the Brits fighting on GLORY 54 Birmingham, headlined by, Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Vrestovac;
  • And, much more in this K1ANOOP interview

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Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac Rematch | GLORY 54 Preview

K1ANOOP and Andreas Georgiou preview the Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch headlining GLORY 54 Birmingham.

However, is it the most exciting fight to headline GLORY Kickboxing’s return to the UK for both the British public and even for kickboxing fans compared to huge fights like: Rico Verhoeven vs Badr Hari or Rico Verhoeven vs Jamal Ben Saddik?

This clip is taken from a recent episode of, The K1ANOOP Show which, is a podcast about all things happening in Kickboxing and MMA; and provides an interesting perspective on niche combat sports from a UK perspective and much more.

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Rico Verhoeven vs Phil de Fries: “Can You Imagine That? Bloody Good Fight!”

K1ANOOP argues Rico Verhoeven vs KSW world heavyweight champion, Phil de Fries, should of headlined GLORY 54 Birmingham. After all, “can you imagine” the scale of British media attention “that” would’ve gained for such a “bloody good fight” compared to, the Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch?

Phil de Fries was recently crowned the KSW world heavyweight champion but the British MMA fighter has a huge fanbase especially in the north-east of England and has proved his technical proficiency with his MMA striking skills in past fights.

This clip is taken from a recent episode of, The K1ANOOP Show which, is a podcast about all things happening in Kickboxing and MMA; and provides an interesting perspective on niche combat sports from a UK perspective and much more.

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