GLORY 45: Yousri Belgaroui wants to see if his “knee fits in” Jason Wilnis’s “mouth”

Yousri Belgaroui is on the verge of (re)securing his title-shot against GLORY middleweight champion, Simon Marcus. However, former champion, Jason Wilnis, is the last man standing before him come GLORY 45 Amsterdam tomorrow and the “Babyface Ninja” was in defiant mood after both fighters faced-off at the weigh-ins today.

“He looked fearful and smelt fearful. I feel that I’m now 1-0 in-front.” Belgaroui remarked. “I think I sense that in his eyes. I’m just gonna dominate him, three rounds, all night long; Lionel Ritchie style.”

“I’m gonna hit him from a distance, hit him hard when he try to come close, I’m gonna hit him even harder, see if my knee fits in his mouth.”


The 24 year old had been frustrated in past months after winning the 4-man Contender Tournament at GLORY 40 by defeating Alex Pereira in the final. Winning the tournament usually secures the winner with a title-fight against the champion in their next bout but not for Belgaroui who, was left disgruntled, after it was announced that Pereira would challenge Marcus next, for the title at GLORY 46 China.

“At first I didn’t like it but I set that aside because I think its a very logical step now to fight Wilnis. He’s number one ranked, I’m number two ranked. So not especially for me but for the fans, the fighting fans, for them it’s logical I think to see: Like ok, he can beat Wilnis and now he’s really ready for the title.”

Belgaroui’s rise over the last couple of years from, fighting domestically in the Netherlands to, competing in Europe and now for GLORY has been remarkable. Since signing for the promotion in 2016, Yousri has always been focused on dethroning Simon Marcus for the championship but before him stands the resilient and more experienced Jason Wilnis, in what will most certainly be the sternest test of the hometown fighter’s career to-date.

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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 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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The K1Anoop Show Ep.112: Banasiak, Bates, El Boustati, Karim Chorr, Larsen, Mauceri

It’s fight week for GLORY 40, Enfusion Live 49 and Lion Fight 36. So, on this episode of #TheK1AnoopShow, our six guests (Jamie Bates, Niclas Larsen, Ibrahim El Boustati, Abdou Karim Chorr, Chris Mauceri and Paul Banasiak) are all fighting on the above events for: GLORY Kickboxing, Enfusion Live and Lion Fight on, April 28 and April 29, 2017:

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Jamie Bates will be making his GLORY debut against Richard Abraham in the main event of GLORY 40 SuperFight Series in Copenhagen on April 29, after securing a two-fight contract, having defeated ISKA world champion, Kev Ward in the headline out of Road to Glory UK.

Danish fighter, 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. A win will set Larsen with entry into the next 4-man lightweight contender tournament which, will secure the eventual winner with, a title shot for the GLORY lightweight championship.

Ibrahim El Boustati rematches, “It’s Showtime” and GLORY veteran, Filip Verlinden, in a headlining title defence on, April 29 at Enfusion Live 49. “The Beast” was shockingly knocked-out in his previous outing by Ulrik Bokeme at Enfusion Live 46 but that fight was a non-title fight.

El Boustati had previously defeated Verlinden via a close and controversial decision at Enfusion Live 41 last year and the “Verlidengate” fall-out a month later caused even further controversy and animosity between the two fighter’s and their respective camps. This time though, Ibrahim will be defending his Enfusion middleweight title against Verlinden (in their previous clash, he hadn’t).

Abdou Karim Chorr returns to GLORY Kickboxing, after an emphatic KO victory over Sanny Dhalbeck in his last outing four months ago. That victory was considered as the unofficial ‘Battle of Swedish Muay Thai’. However, a win for Chorr against Youssef Assouik will result in an immediate GLORY contract.

Lion Fight and K-1 veteran, Chris Mauceri, joins the show ahead of his return to GLORY Kickboxing after, 9 months due to injury, rehabilitation and recovery. Mauceri will take on Chinese kickboxer, Yuhang Xie, in the opening fight of the main card of GLORY 40 SuperFight Series.

Paul Banasiak, the renown founder of the highly popular online platform, the “Muay Thai Athlete” and one-half of the highly successful, “Muay Thai Guys” podcast, will be co-headlining Lion Fight 36 against, fellow cruiserweight Brett Hlavacek. The latter is a well known veteran of US Muay Thai and the bout will only be Banasiak’s fourth professional fight but the Polish born American Thai boxer, has plenty of drive and determination to get to the top.

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Niclas Larsen | The K1Anoop Show | Episode 102

Niclas Larsen returns to GLORY Kickboxing action in his home nation of Denmark at GLORY 40 Copenhagen on April 29, 2017 in the co-main event against, Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai.

Larsen guests on episode 102 of #TheK1AnoopShow and updates us on what’s been happening since his last fight at GLORY 38 Chicago, where he returned after a three hiatus due to major ill health. As well as his technical analysis on, Yodkhunpon Sitmonachi ahead of their upcoming clash and more.

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