GLORY 50 Chicago: Murthel Groenhart vs. Harut Grigorian post-fight results and roundup

GLORY 50 Chicago delivered a memorable night for GLORY‘s first main event of 2018 with, Harut Grigorian dethroning Murthel Groenhart for the GLORY welterweight title in the headline bout; Benjamin Adegbuyi won the Heavyweight Contender Tournament in dominant fashion; and Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong retained his lightweight crown via unanimous decision against, Christian Baya at the UIC Pavillion.

The third instalment of Groenhart vs. Grigorian was cut short from a first round referee stoppage that some may say was “karma” (after Groenhart’s controversial victory at GLORY 42 Paris) but others questioning if the fight may have ended too soonThe trilogy between both welterweights now makes it one win for Grigorian and two previous victories for Groenhart – all by stoppages for the hard hitting rivals.

Harut Grigorian punches Murthel Groenhart down to the canvas in Chicago

Twitter outrage over referee’s first round stoppage of Murthel Groenhart by Harut Grigorian

The fans didn’t react too well to how referee, Chris Wagner, stopped the fight between Groenhart and Grigorian in the first round:

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Comparisons were even made with the controversial ending of,  Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus at GLORY  27 which, happened two years ago in Chicago.

Could a a third rematch be on the cards in the near future between Groenhart and Grigorian?

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The reason why referee Chris Wagner stopped Groenhart vs. Grigorian in the first round

However, referee Chris Wagner, explained his first round stoppage of Groenhart vs. Grigorian to US based reporter, Michael Stets Steczkowski and that it was to prevent Murthel Groenhart “from getting hurt even worse”.

Benjamin Adegbuyi reminds everyone why he’s still one of the best heavyweight kicboxers

The 4-man heavyweight contender tournament was won by Benjamin Adegbuyi who, emphatically KO’d D’Angelo Marshall, in the first round of their semi-final and then went on to win by second round TKO against, Junior Tafa, in the final.

The victories put Adegbuyi back in-contention for possibly another title-shot against, GLORY heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven, after a disappointing and controversial decision loss to, Guto Inocente at GLORY 43 New York. Adegbuyi will be eager to return to GLORY Kickboxing action as swiftly as possible no doubt, after being inactive for six months since GLORY 43.

However, Guto Inocente had actually defeated Junior Tafa in their semi-final on the night via unanimous decision but GLORY would then confirm that “due to a cut suffered in the semi-finals”, Inocente was not able to fight against Adegbuyi in the final and so, Tafa would replace Guto, despite the semi-final result.

The decision by GLORY for Tafa to replace Inocente in the final of the GLORY 50 Contender Tournament against Adegbuyi was best explained by Steczkowski as below in-light of, Haze Wilson vs. Anthony McDonald  being cancelled (earlier) on the GLORY 50 SuperFight Series card (as potentially a reserve bout for the tournament if anyone was injured).

Sitthichai successfully retains GLORY lightweight title for a third time

Since defeating Robin van Roosmalen for the GLORY lightweight title at GLORY 31 Amsterdam in June 2016,  Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong defended his championship for a third time in the headline bout of, the GLORY 50 SuperFight Series card against, Christian Baya via unanimous decision.

Kickboxing fans and enthusiasts online were all in-agreement that Sitthichai was the dominant of the two for all five rounds. The question that remains unanswered is as to who, can GLORY now bring in, to pose a serious risk to Sitthichai’s continued dominance as GLORY lightweight champion?

Full results for both GLORY 50 Chicago & GLORY 50 SuperFight Series are as below.

GLORY 50 Chicago – Results:

Harut Grigorian def. Murthel Groenhart by Rd1 TKO – For the GLORY welterweight championship

Richard Abraham def. Malik Watson-Smith via unanimous decision (UD)

Heavyweight Contender Tournament:

Benjamin Adegbuyi def. Junior Tafa by Rd2 TKO – Tournament Final

NOTE: Inocente was replaced by Tafa in the final due to injury/cut.

Benjamin Adegbuyi def. D’Angelo Marshall by Rd1 KO – Semi-final

Guto Inocente def. Junior Tafa via unanimous decision (UD) – Semi-final

GLORY 50 SuperFight Series – Results:

Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong def. Christian Baya via unanimous decision (UD) – retains GLORY lightweight championship

Haze Wilson vs. Anthony McDonald – Cancelled on medical grounds

Omar Moreno def. Casey Greene via UD (extra round)

Omari Boyd def. Daniel Morales via split decision

Diego Llamas def. Justin Houghton by Rd1 TKO

Complete GLORY 47 SuperFight Series card announced: Florent Kaouachi vs. Abdarhmane Coulibaly to headline

The entire GLORY 47 SuperFight Series main card was announced earlier today and will be headlined by, Florent Kaouachi (11-0) vs. Abdarhmane Coulibaly (50-21), at the Palais des Sports de Gerland, Lyon on October 28, 2017.

Dylan Salvador vs. Massaro Glunder will co-headline the stacked SuperFight Series in Lyon which, marks a return to action for Glunder (30-10-4) who, last fought in France in the GLORY 42 Paris Lightweight Contender Tournament. Massaro had finished as runner-up to his fellow Mike’s Gym team mate, Christian Bayaand impressed the masses on his GLORY debut with an emphatic KO of, Niclas Larsen in the semi-finals. Whilst Salvador(49-13-1) last featured for GLORY in a one-sided defeat (by decision) to, Serhiy Adamchuck at GLORY 42.

Below is the entire card and bout order that will precede the full fight card (announced today) for the, GLORY 47 Lyon: Artem Vakhitov vs. Ariel Machado main fight card on the night.

GLORY 47 SuperFight Series – Fight card:

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Florent Kaouachi vs. Abdarhmane Coulibaly
Featherweight Bout: Dylan Salvador vs. Massaro Glunder
Super Bantamweight Contender Bout: Anissa Meksen vs. Funda Alkayiş
Middleweight Bout: Ahaggan Yassine vs. Maxim Vorovski
Welterweight Bout: Jimmy Vienot vs. Alim Nabiyev

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The Resurgence of Dutch Kickboxing: GLORY vs. Enfusion? | The K1Anoop Show

On this episode of The K1Anoop Show, we analyse the rapid resurgence of Dutch Kickboxing, both domestically and globally with, Dutch sports journalist and radio presenter, Kris Dekker. As well as some of the biggest scandals & controversies in kickboxing including, Enfusion‘s contempt for Mohammed Jaraya‘s 2 year ban from kickboxing and much more:

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4:56 How Kris Dekker became a MMA & Kickboxing journalist
11:02 From K-1 to GLORY Kickboxing and mainstream attention for kickboxing via Ziggo Sport
18:12 Remy Bonjasky & are kickboxers relevant in the Netherlands?
24:37 How kickboxing was unofficially banned for 5 years in Amsterdam before GLORY 26
31:22 The lack of professionalism in kickboxing
35:07 Murthel Groenhart, the K-1 non-payment scandals & ring invasion at GLORY 42 Paris
39:53 “Nobody knows” Enfusion even when Mohammed Jaraya attacked the FOG official
45:21 Why marketing is an epic fail for kickboxing promotions
51:01 The problem(s) with Enfusion formerly Enfusion Live
58:56 Jarayagate – Why Mohammed Jaraya was suspended from kickboxing for 2 years and the full extent of the controversy (attacking a judge at, Enfusion Live 49: Mohammed Jaraya vs. Redouan Laarkoubi​), FOG investigation & Enfusion’s contempt for the suspension

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Photo credit: Photo by, Joe Erikens for, RingFight Promotions/Enfusion Live.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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.

Fight Night St Tropez 2017 results and videos: Tony drops Sapp, Lidon KOs Kroger

Fight Night St Tropez 2017 delivered another interesting blend of Hollywood meets kickboxing on French soil last night. However, on the subject of Hollywood and acting, there’s no bigger or more controversial name than Bobb Sapp. Especially for all the drama he delivered in both the short-lived fight and build-up with, fellow K-1 veteran Greg Tony.

Nevertheless, Sapp would be dealt with rather swiftly by Tony in the first round as it didn’t take long for the American’s willpower to vanish after being knocked-down by a left head kick and right hand combo. After resuming from the knock-down, Sapp was then dropped to the canvas again from a body shot and made no attempt to continue or even try to beat the count.

Unfortunately, Sapp’s performance made a mockery of the entire event resulting in even the spectators hurling paper-looking missiles into the ring at the end, at they utter disgust and contempt for what they had paid to witness.

However, restoring some pride for French kickboxing on the night was Yohan Lidon who, successfully defended his WKN title against, Florian Kroger, with an emphatic fourth round head kick KO. Lidon was returning to action after losing to Yoann Kongolo at GLORY 42 Paris and what happens next with Lidon (in or out of GLORY) will be interesting to see.

Surprisingly, two other GLORY Kickboxing veterans: Danyo Ilunga and former It’s Showtime champion, Filip Verlinden; would both lose their fights at Fight Night St Tropez. Both GLORY veterans dropped decisions to Stephane Susperregui and Mikhail Chalky respectively which, were shocking outcomes to say the least but impressive victories to have for the winners.

However, another familiar name from both GLORY and Enfusion Live who, didn’t fail to get the job done was British kickboxer, Daniel Sam, winning his rematch against, Tomas Mozny; and putting to bed, past demons from their first encounter at last year’s Fight Night St Tropez which, Mozny had won by decision.

Fight Night St Tropez 2017 – Results:

WKN Super-middleweight title defence: Yohan Lidon def. Florian Kroger via fourth-round KO
Super-heavyweight bout: Gregory Tony def. Bob Sapp by Rd1 TKO
Heavyweight bout: Stephane Susperregui def. Danyo Ilunga via unanimous decision
Featherweight bout: Mallory Kalachnikoff def. Marina Spasic via unanimous decision
Heavyweight bout: Mikhail Chalykh def. Filip Verliden via unanimous decision
Super heavyweight bout: Daniel Sam def. Tomas Mozny via unanimous decision
Welterweight bout: Umar Semata def. Evgeny Kuravskoi via unanimous decision

Fight Night St Tropez update: Bobb Sapp attacked Greg Tony after drink thrown at him

Bobb Sapp vs. Greg Tony will clash later tonight at Fight Night St Tropez 2017 but things kicked-off earlier than planned after the Frenchman was filmed throwing a drink at full force at Sapp who, in-retaliation, attacked Tony.

The incident had happened yesterday at the public weigh-ins but footage hadn’t emerged online until earlier today via Fightmag.

British heavyweight, Daniel Sam can also be seen at the beginning of the clip above and he also features on the over fight card for Fight Night St Tropez against, Tomas Mozny.

However, there’s no smoke without fire as Sapp had been up-to his old provocative ways earlier this week when the pair of K-1 veterans went face-to-face at one of the hotels being used for the event.

The annual kickboxing extravaganza also features a couple of other fighters associated with GLORY Kickboxing in, Yohan Lidon, Filip Verlinden and Danyo Ilunga (also in the background of the filmed incident)

Lion returns to action since his defeat to Yoann Kongolo at GLORY 42 Paris and will be making a defence of his WKN super-middleweight title against, Florian Kroger, in the main event of this year’s, Fight Night St Tropez, whilst Tony vs. Sapp will co-headline.

The full fight card sanctioned by, the World Kickboxing Network (WKN) can be found below.

Fight Night St Tropez 2017 – Fight card:

Super middleweight Yohan Lidon vs. Florian Kroger – WKN title
Super heavyweight Gregory Tony vs. Bob Sapp
Heavyweight Stephane Susperregui vs. Danyo Ilunga
Super heavyweight Tomas Mozny vs. Daniel Sam
Heavyweight Filip Verliden vs. Mikhail Chalykh
Featherweight Mallaury Kalachnikoff vs. Marina Spasic
Welterweight Evgeny Kuravskoi vs. Umar Semata

GLORY 44 Chicago: Cédric Doumbé vs. Murthel Groenhart fight card

Cédric Doumbé vs. Murthel Groenhart headlines GLORY 44 Chicago on August 25, 2017 at the Sears Centre Arena, in a much anticipated grudge match between, two of the very best welterweights in the world; Doumbe had previously beat Groenhart at GLORY 28 Paris via unanimous decision.

As well as another 4-man contender tournament consisting of: Antoine Pinto, Casey Greene, Karim Benmansour and Harut Grigorian. Plus, Richard Abraham vs. Daniel Morales co-headline, in a battle of east coast bragging rights.

There’s no love lost between defending champion, Doumbe and former K-1 Max champion, Groenhart. The two rivals have been taking countless aim at one another via online and social media for almost couple of years now. With a return to winning ways and more consistent form by ‘The Predator’, Doumbé is facing a different type of offensive pressure-fighter compared to, his previous title defence against, Nieky Holzken at GLORY 42 Paris.

Antoine Pinto returns from both, recent knee surgery and a win (outside of GLORY) against, Aydin Tunkay at Thai Fight Paris in April. In his last GLORY appearance, Pinto defeated Richard Abraham at GLORY 38 Chicago by decision and on this occasion, Abraham has been matched-up against Daniel Morales who, is coming off a win over Pawel Jedrzejczyk from that same event too.

Casey Greene returns to the GLORY since his devastating loss via second round KO (and foot injury) to Thongchai Sitsongpeenong at, GLORY 34 Denver; and features in the 4-man (welterweight) contender tournament. Whilst Harut Grigorian returns from that controversial KO against, Murthel Groenhart, at GLORY 41 Den Bosch.

Karim Benmansour who, is coming of a split-decision win over, Alan Scheinson at GLORY 37 Los Angeles, has been matched-up against Grigorian, in the opposing semi-final (bracket) of the 4-man tournament.

Full fight card below and click here for the GLORY 44 SuperFight Series fight card too. 

GLORY 44 Chicago – Fight card:

Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Murthel Groenhart
Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Daniel Morales
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Casey Greene vs. Antoine Pinto
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Karim Benmansour vs. Harut Grigorian

Anissa Haddaoui set to fight Kamila Balanda after Kunlun Fight triumph, ‘still waiting’ on GLORY Kickboxing

Anissa Haddaoui has had a turbulent year so far fighting for Kunlun Fight. However, her fortunes dramatically changed last week when she ended-up replacing,  Laetitia Madjene in Kunlun’s Mulan Legend Final; winning the 8-woman tournament at Kunlun Fight 64.

In May, she lost her quarter-final bout in the Mulan Legend tournament by decision to French kickboxer, Laetitia Madjene. At the time, Haddaoui felt she had done enough to win a ‘close’ fight but the Kunlun judges had seen it differently.

However, under even more controversial circumstances at Kunlun, Madjene would allegedly pull-out (or be replaced) from the Mulan Legend final against (eventual runner-up), Wang Kehan, due to injury and was replaced by Anissa Haddaoui.

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Haddaoui lands a right cross on Kehan | Photo credit: Kunlun Fight

Haddaoui is now set to fight Kamila Balanda in Poland on August 26, 2017 at Ladies Fight Night as she continues to build momentum and targets a future with GLORY Kickboxing. However, the task at hand is an interesting challenge for the Mike’s Gym fighter.

Balanda has impressive victories over the likes of multiple world champions: Daria Albers and Katrin Dirheimer but has a way of playing mental war games with opponents; giving her a reputation (amongst her many adversaries) as being the, ‘foul-mouthed bad girl’ of Polish kickboxing.

Despite her notoriety for unsettling her rivals, Balanda is a considered to be “one of the most successful” female kickboxers to come out of Poland. On the European circuit, she’s accumulated numerous kickboxing titles for organisations such as WAKO and K-1, reportedly.

Reflecting on her Mulan Legend success, Haddaoui recapped her victory over Kehan who, was coached and cornered by K-1 legend, Artur Kyshenko:

“After the third round they gave in the final a draw. In Kunlun they give two extra rounds. She was very tired and after the fourth round I won. It was a close fight.”

Haddaoui’s team mates at Mike’s Gym such as Murthel Groenhart and Christian Baya are coming off recent victories at GLORY 42 Paris and Massaro Glunder is set to feature in his second GLORY event at, GLORY 45 SuperFight Series against, Zakaria Zouggery. However, it would seem that Anissa Haddaoui could potentially join her kickboxing companions and fight for GLORY in the near future too.

“They maybe interested but nothing concrete yet. They are interested in me as a female fighter but I’m still waiting and yeah, I want to fight for GLORY. Who knows, maybe I’m going to enter the super-bantamweight for GLORY.”

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Outside low-kick from Kehan countered by Haddaoui | Photo credit: Kunlun Fight

Tiffany van Soest was crowned GLORY’s inaugural women’s super-bantamweight champion after defeating, Amel Dehby via unanimous decision at, GLORY Collision last year. Haddaoui would certainly make an interesting contender to van Soest’s title but first she has to deal with Balanda who, awaits her in Poland.

Throwback Thursday: Nieky Holzken vs. Yoann Kongolo full fight video 

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday we revisit, Nieky Holzken vs. Yoann Kongolo which, headlined GLORY 29 Copenhagen. Holzken would win by decision but the fight was one of the most intense and entertaining title defences of the Holzken era as welterweight champion in GLORY Kickboxing.

It was announced earlier this week that both fighters will rematch one another as the co-main event of, GLORY 45 Amsterdam and the main event will be, Robin van Roosemalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuk; the latter challenging van Roosmalen for the GLORY featherweight title on September 30, 2017. As well as Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui headlining GLORY 45 SuperFight Series.

Holzken is no longer the GLORY welterweight champion having lost to Cedric Doumbe at GLORY Collision and failing to avenge that loss in their rematch at GLORY 42 ParisOn that same night, Kongolo defeated Yohan Lidon and declared that he wanted to rematch “real fighter” Nieky Holzken again.

Having lost twice in-a-row for the first time in seven years, has Holzken’s fear factor that us to strike fear into hearts of most mortals, diminished and will the tide have finally turned enough in favour of Kongolo, by the time these two adversaries clash once more?