GLORY 44 update: Casey Greene injured, pulls-out of return fight with Antoine Pinto

Casey Greene was set to make his GLORY Kickboxing return at, GLORY 44 Chicago against, Antoine Pinto. However, the American welterweight announced (on Instagram) that he’s pulled-out from the main card bout, due to an (undisclosed) injury.

“Will not be fighting at #glory44 tournament. Injury during preparation will set my return back a few months. Will work around injury, continue to get conditioning and timing back. Be back in the ring soon as possible! “

The bad news serves a blow to Greene’s determination of returning to winning ways and turnaround a three fight losing streak including, both MMA and GLORY since May 2016; Greene’s last fight was a KO loss to Thongchai Sitsongpeenong at GLORY 34 Denver in October 2016.

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No updates have surfaced as of yet via GLORY or online/social media as to who, will replace Casey Greene on, the GLORY 44 main fight card headlined by, defending welterweight champion, Cédric Doumbé vs. Murthel Groenhart.

Casey Greene vs. Antoine Pinto had been one half of the originally planned 4-man Contender Tournament; with Karim Benmansour vs. Harut Grigorian making up the other half. With two weeks until fight night, the void left by Greene’s pull-out  is an unnecessary headache for GLORY’s matchmaker, Cor Hemmers but one that will need to be fixed as swiftly as possible.

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However, this pull-out could serve as a golden opportunity for another GLORY welterweight such as Jamie Bates who, recently won his GLORY debut at GLORY 40 Copenhagen against, Richard Abraham as a late replacement for Antoine Pinto.

Whilst Abraham will be co-headlining GLORY 44 against, Daniel Morales. Nevertheless, K1ANOOP will update you on the situation as it continues to develop.


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Yousri Belgaroui on Learning How to Fight, His Love for Kickboxing and Simon Marcus

Yousri Belgaroui is a Dutch middleweight kickboxer of Tunisia descent who, is currently fighting for GLORY Kickboxing, having blossomed over the last couple of years fighting for, Enfusion Live and Superkombat.

Belgaroui trains out of Mike’s Gym in Amsterdam and (on what was the first episode of The K1Anoop Show on, the K1ANOOP YouTube channel), talked about his early days of kickboxing; how his journey as a martial artist began (at the age of 16) when he first started training under, Mike Passenier at, the old Mike’s Gym which, was tragically got burnt down in years gone by; and his aspirations to become one of the very best fighters of his generation.

That title-fight with Simon Marcus that was supposed to have happened

At the time of writing, Belgaroui is set to fight former GLORY middleweight champion, Jason Wilnis in the main event of, GLORY 45 SuperFight Series on September 30, 2017. However, Belgaroui recently won the most recent 4-man Contender Tournament, beating Alex Pereira in the final at GLORY 40 Copenhagen which, was supposed to secure him with an immediate title-fight with current champion, Simon Marcus.

However, for reasons unknown Simon Marcus vs. Yousri Belgaroui has not been scheduled and the young kickboxer will instead take on Wilnis in a fight that isn’t even for an interim-title which, has raised questions about the integrity of not only these contender 4-man tournaments but also Marcus’s reign as champion. Belgaroui had even lambasted Marcus for not being willing to fight him and alleged that they had been matched-up to fight at GLORY 43 New York; only for the champion to allegedly refuse the fight.


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Why wouldn’t Marcus be willing to fight Belgaroui at GLORY 43 New York?

There is a rumour that Simon Marcus could be holding-off from returning to action because GLORY are planning on hosting an event in his home nation of, Canada later this year; and this could possibly happen in Toronto come November 2017.

However, nothing has been officially confirmed as of yet by GLORY but over the last year, the subject has grown momentum in becoming more of an open taking topic even by Glory Sports International CEO, Jon Franklin.

Former GLORY featherweight champion, Gabriel Varga, had initially spoken publicly about GLORY’s intentions to host future events in Canada. Time will tell soon enough if this will happen in the coming months including, a potential title-fight between Marcus and Belgaroui but first, “The Baby Face Ninja” must deal with Jason Wilnis in September.

GLORY have listed October 14, 2017 on their website as a forthcoming event for GLORY 46 but the venue and fight cards are yet to be announced.

Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira full fight video – Contender Tournament Final: GLORY 40 Copenhagen

Watch Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira full fight video from, the Contender Tournament Final at GLORY 40 Copenhagen, released by GLORY Kickboxing.

The “Baby Face Ninja” is schedule to fight Jason Wilnis at GLORY 45 SuperFight Series on September 30, 2017 in Amsterdam. However, Belgaouri was supposed to be fighting defending middleweight champion Simon Marcus next but for unknown reason that fight has been delayed.

GLORY 45 SuperFight Series: Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui fight card

Former GLORY middleweight champion, Jason Wilnis and Yousri Belgaouri will headline GLORY 45 SuperFight Series at the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam on September 30, 2017.

Jason Wilnis is coming of a loss to Simon Marcus in their trilogy bout at GLORY 40 Copenhagen with Marcus recapturing the GLORY middleweight title. However, Belgaroui had won the most recent middleweight contender tournament at GLORY 40 and was supposed to be challenging Marcus next for the title; and alleged very recently that the champion is avoiding him for no valid reasons.

Four of the five match-ups that have been announced so far by GLORY including what could potentially be, contender for fight of the night in, Zakaria Zouggary vs. Massaro Glunder.

Zouggary had an exceptional promotional debut win at GLORY 41 Den Bosch against Yetkin Ozkul. Whereas, Glunder was runner-up in the GLORY 42 Paris lightweight contender tournament, despite fighting above his usual weight class and being a last minute replacement for, Stoyan Koprivlenski.

Here’s how the the overall fight card is currently shaping-up as:

Middleweight Bout: Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui
Featherweight Bout: Zakaria Zouggary vs. Massaro Glunder
Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai
Welterweight Bout: Eyevan Danenberg vs. Wellington Uega

Yousri Belgaroui thinks GLORY champion, Simon Marcus, “grew a big pussy”

Yousri Belgaroui won the 4-man middleweight contender tournament at GLORY 40 Copenhagen and was expecting to make a swift challenge for Simon Marcus‘s title. Instead, the bout has been delayed until further notice and “The Babyface Ninja” who, was in-attendance at GLORY 42 Paris, alleges that the current GLORY middleweight champion, is deliberately stalling their title-fight.

“It’s getting on my nerves now. Because GLORY planned the fight, New York, Madison Square Gardens. I was really happy to get my belt there, show it to everybody but he said he don’t wanna fight. He didn’t give a good reason or something. So if he’s injured I say ok, I wait but he didn’t give a good reason, I just think he grew a big pussy. Now he got it with the belt, he’s afraid of me. That’s what I believe otherwise come with a good reason.”

“They are maybe planning on letting me fight Jason Wilnis first but it’s not confirmed. I said immediately yes, let’s do it because I know if I get the belt, he maybe first or second in the line to come and try fight me. So, yes let’s do it now, better soon than later. I don’t mind, I want to fight. I hope it’s going to be 25th August in Chicago.”

If Belgaroui vs. Wilnis were to happen at GLORY 43 New York, it will be interesting to see if this potential match-up could be for an interim middleweight title. No doubt GLORY Kickboxing will be making an official announcement soon enough and K1Anoop will keep you updated as the situation unfolds.

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Chris Mauceri | The K1Anoop Show | Episode 112

Lion Fight and K-1 veteran, Chris Mauceri, returns from the last nine months of inactivity due to injuries and looks ahead at his upcoming fight with Chinese kickboxer, Yuhang Xie, at GLORY 40 SuperFight Series in Copenhagen on April 29, 2017. Also, Chris gives his take on why Muay Thai and kickboxing has had its struggles in the North Americas in recent years and much more.

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Niclas Larsen | The K1Anoop Show | Episode 112

Niclas Larsen, will co-headline GLORY 40 Copenhagen against, Muay Thai prodigy, Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai. This will be Larsen’s second fight following his return to action, after serious ill-health (and an absence of almost three years) from word kickboxing and Muay Thai.

If Larsen is victorious against Yodkhunpon then he is set to gain entry as one of four participants in the forthcoming lightweight contender tournament which, secures the tournament winner with a shot at the GLORY lightweight champion, currently Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong.

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Abdou Karim Chorr | The K1Anoop Show | Episode 112

Abdou Karim Chorr returns to GLORY Kickboxing since defeating Rhassan Muhareb at GLORY 29. In his last outing at Rumble of the Kings four months ago, Chorr emphatically knocked-out former Yokkao world champion, Sanny Dahlbeck.

Having won the unofficial ‘Battle of Swedish Muay Thai’, a potential GLORY contract now awaits Chorr if he can continue his run of good form and overcome Youssef Assouik at GLORY 40 in Copenhagen on April 29, 2017.

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Jamie Bates | The K1Anoop Show | Episode 112

Jamie Bates guested on The K1Anoop Show Ep. 112 at the start of this week, prior-to making his GLORY Kickboxing debut against, Richard Abraham. The UK vs. USA macth-up will headline, GLORY 40 SuperFight Series in Copenhagen on April 29, 2017.

Bates had successfully secured a two-fight contract with GLORY, after recently defeating ISKA world champion, Kev Ward at the Road to Glory UK event in March. Jamie has been involved in kickboxing his whole life and at 27 years of age, has an unofficial fight record of over 100 fights. Bates has been fighting in recent years on the European circuit for the likes of: the Tatneft Cup, ACB KB, Superkombat and Respect World Series.

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Road to Glory UK – Full Fight: Jamie Bates vs. Kev Ward

Jamie Bates vs. Kev Ward headlined the Road to Glory UK event in March 2017 which, would secure the winner of this match-up (80kg catchweight) with, a two-fight contract with GLORY Kickboxing.

Both men are experienced fighters and Ward is an ISKA world champion, however, Bates would win by decision and go on to make his GLORY debut against Richard Abraham at GLORY 40 SuperFight Series in Copenhagen on, April 29, 2017.

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