GLORY 51 Rotterdam: Badr Hari vs. Hesdy Gerges post-fight results and roundup

Badr Hari returned to GLORY Kickboxing after 15 months of inactivity (and jail time) to defeat Hesdy Gerges via unanimous decision in the headline bout of GLORY 51 Rotterdam. The rematch had been 8 years in the making after Hari was disqualified for shin kicking Gerges in the head (whilst on the canvas) in their previous meeting at, It’s Showtime Amsterdam in May 2010.

A return to winning winning ways for a lean, mean Badr Hari

Georges would stay composed in the first round and Badr would be the more active striker but come the second round, Hesdy would do what he had promised leading up-to their “Bad Blood” rematch; and put the pressure on Hari. However, come the third and final round and with both men visibly tiring, Badr would have the better gas tank and convincingly took a gritty third round to secure the decision.

Badr Hari’s application of body hooks as part of his attacks to the body were noticeable throughout the fight and characteristic of his striking habits from years gone by.

“The Golden Boy” even utilised his trademark spinning heel kicks on a couple of occasions to try and catch out Gerges who, had been caught out from a head kick in his previous fight and KO loss to, Mladen Brestovac at GLORY 45 Amsterdam – the Dutch capital being marked by GLORY‘s now CDO and former CEO, John Franklin – as a target for Badr Hari to return to on a future GLORY event in 2018.

Nabiyev secures title shot by overcoming former champion Doumbe

Alim Nabiyev would put the pressure on Cedric Doumbe in the final round of their title eliminator, putting the former GLORY welterweight champion in visible trouble to secure a convincing decision. Doumbe suffered his second defeat in GLORY since losing (his first) to, Murthel Groenhart by decision at GLORY 44 Chicago.

Since then Groenhart lost the title on his first defence by a shocking first round TKO to new welterweight champion, Harut Grigorian at GLORY 50 Chicago in their trilogy. Nabiyev’s victory should set-up his opportunity to try and take the belt from Grigorian in the coming months with possible changes to the recently announced GLORY 53 Lille fight card which, Doumbe had been announced as headlining before tonight’s loss.

Danenberg and Glunder shine bright on the night at GLORY 51

Eyevan Danenberg continued to impress by winning the GLORY 51 Contender Tournament by seeing off Thongchai Sitsongpeenong (in the final) via unanimous decision after, a messy affair (in the semi-finals) against Jimmy Vienot via split decision. The tournament success follows on from Danenberg’s flawless win by decision over the resilient Jamie Bates at GLORY 49 SuperFight Series. On current form surely “Mister Cool” can expect to challenge for the welterweight title in the first half of 2018?

An exciting fight between Massaro Glunder and Victor Pinto would result in Glunder gifting his Dad, Rodney Glunder, with a nice (belated) birthday gift of an unanimous decision victory over, the younger of two Pinto brothers. Glunder bounces back from a controversial defeat to Dylan Salvador at GLORY 47 Lyon and looks certain to build on his current momentum within the lightweight division by ideally returning to action as swiftly as possible.

Full results from both the GLORY 51 Rotterdam and GLORY 51 SuperFight Series fight cards are below.

GLORY 51 Rotterdam – Results:

Badr Hari def. Hesdy Gerges via unanimous decision (UD), heavyweight bout.

Welterweight Tournament Final:

Eyevan Danenberg def. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong via UD.

Tomas Mozny def. Daniel Skvor via UD, heavyweight bout.

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Finals:

Eyevan Danenberg def. Jimmy Vienot via split decision.

Thongchai Sitsongpeenong def. Alan Scheinson via split decision.

GLORY 51 SuperFight Series – Results:

Alim Nabiyev def. Cédric Doumbé via split decision, welterweight bout.

Mohammed Jaraya def. Miles Simson via unanimous decision (UD), welterweight bout.

Tyjani Beztati def. Anil Cabri by Rd1 TKO, lightweight bout.

Massaro Glunder def. Victor Pinto via UD, featherweight bout.

Kevin van Heeckeren def. Bart van der Kroon by Rd1 KO, middleweight bout.

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Alistair Overeem vs. Rico Verhoeven allegedly in talks for two-fight deal

Alistair Overeem vs. Rico Verhoeven is allegedly in talks for a two-fight deal which, could include both GLORY Kickboxing and the UFC rule-sets applied for each of the two proposed fights, according to sources close to the situation.

Although Overeem has in the past shotdown any questions raised to him about a potential return to kickboxing via GLORY, the escalating war of words between himself and Verhoeven are not without intent. Rico recently lambasted Overeem when asked about future challenges at GLORY 45 Amsterdam and took full aim at the UFC heavyweight.

“The Reem” is no stranger to world of kickboxing having won the most prestigious accomplishment in the sport by winning the K-1 World Grand Prix in 2010. At the time he was competing in kickboxing, ‘Reem’ took the sport by storm causing huge upsets including, his KO victory over Badr Hari in Dynamite 2008 after being called-out by the “Golden Boy”.

The rivalry between Overeem and Hari was of epic proportions for its time and that too was supposed to be one fight in K-1 and the other in MMA. However, the rematch would be under the K-1 banner too with Overeem alleging Badr didn’t want to fight him in MMA afterwards. The rematch was won by Hari, restoring the pride of kickboxing after the toppling of an MMA fighter who, had been making a mockery of world class kickboxers at the time who, were shockingly losing to him.

Verhoeven was strongly rumoured in recent years, to have been on the verge of joining the UFC, only for the WME-IMG takeover to allegdly halt a possible move from GLORY to the UFC. The GLORY champion has a 1-0 MMA record and has a successful past in in Dutch/European BJJ tournaments; and is not to be underestimated as simply a technical kickboxer.

Another GLORY champion who today expressed his interest in fighting MMA for the UFC is GLORY welterweight champion, Murthel Groenhart who, alleged (in the video below) that UFC President, Dana White was in contact with GLORY about the potential of making a joint venture of some sort happen between the two promotions; fueling the growing speculation around Overeem vs. Verhoeven in both GLORY and the UFC.

K1ANOOP will report again as the overall situation develops further.

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Jamal Ben Saddik intends to expose Rico Verhoeven in bitter rematch after battling cancer again

Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik will headline GLORY: REDEMPTION on December 9, 2017 at the Ahoy, Rotterdam in a year-end extravaganza with, three fight cards in one night. However, Jamal Ben Saddik intends to ruin the party and expose the GLORY champion for being nothing more than a “good athlete” when they rematch.

Speaking to K1ANOOP, Ben Saddik pulled no punches with his words at GLORY 45 Amsterdam when explaining how he intends to, finish Rico Verhoeven “inside five rounds” and not risk leaving it in the hands of the judges.

The rivalry between both fighters dates back to a lot earlier in their kickboxing careers at, It’s Showtime Sporthallen Zuid in 2011 when they previously clashed. A younger Verhoeven would lose by a second round TKO (corner stoppage) back then. However, Verhoeven’s career would rocket on from that loss, seeing him eventually crowned as GLORY’s heavyweight champion after defeating Daniel Ghita via unanimous decision at GLORY 17 Los Angeles.

Rico would then reinforce his legitimacy as one of the best heavyweight kickboxers of all time, after defeating K-1 legend, Badr Hari at GLORY Collision by second round TKO (arm injury). The rematch was expected to happen at the end of this year, however, Hari would end-up in prison for losing an appeal against convictions for past offences. Instead, Verhoeven is set to face former UFC heavyweight, Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva at GLORY 46 China on October 14 and then Saddik in December.

Although Verhoeven may be tipped (by many fans and pundits) as the favourite in this rematch, Saddik’s mental toughness is second to none, having fought-off cancer a couple of times in recent years, with his most recent battle being earlier this year.

Saddik revealed to Dutch journalist, Kris Dekker at GLORY 45 that the real reason he had pulled-out of a previously scheduled bout with Verhoeven – in May 2017 – was due to a relapse of the illness; not a motorbike accident as was reported at the time via GLORY press release.

GLORY Kickboxing’s CEO, Jon J Franklin was asked to comment on this revelation made by, Jamal Ben Saddik at GLORY 45; and in the same interview (below), Franklin reassured fans that GLORY are working on making Rico Verhoeven vs Badr Hari 2 happen; and that the much anticipated rematch is very much a top priority for the promotion.

It was also announced that GLORY: REDEMPTION will also feature two preceding fight cards before it, these being: GLORY 49 SuperFight Series and GLORY 49 Rotterdam which, will both have five fights on each of their fight cards and obviously take place at the same venue.

Interestingly, Ismael Londt will finally return to GLORY Kickboxing after a year off by, headlining GLORY 49 SuperFight Series against, D’Angelo Marshall who, had recently won the GLORY 41 Heavyweight Contender Tournament.

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Video: Robin van Roosmalen’s GLORY contract has expired, wants new challenge in MMA not kickboxing

Robin van Roosmalen defended his GLORY Kickboxing title against Serhiy Adamchuk at GLORY 45 Amsterdam and addressed his future with GLORY; explaining why he’s now pretty much headed to new challenges in MMA instead of kickboxing. As well as his thoughts on how Amdamchuk didn’t really bring the fight to him, despite getting rocked in the fifth round by that cartwheel kick.

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GLORY 45 SuperFight Series & Undercard: Live Results & Updates from Amsterdam

These are tonight’s GLORY 45 live results and updates from the, GLORY 45 SuperFight Series & Undercard from Sporthalen Zuid, Amsterdam, headlined by, Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui. 

As well as a 4-man Light-heavyweight Contender Tournament; and nine fights before the main card event, GLORY 45 Amsterdam takes place later tonight which, is headlined by, GLORY featherweight champion, Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuck. 

GLORY 45 SuperFight Series – Live Results & Updates:

All fights listed below in with the earlier fights lower down the page. So, scroll down below to find out the live updates and results of both fight cards. 

Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui, 85kg/Middleweight Title Eliminator:

Winner: Yousri Belgaroui def. Jason Wilnis by Rd1 TKO (cut forehead/eyebrow from high knee). 

Am emphatic TKO victory for the ‘Babyface Ninja’ who, dominated the fight in the unfinished opening round. Despite occasionally being on/near the ropes and being pressured into corners, the height, reach and power were decisive factors for Yousri finally securing his title fight come GLORY: Redemption (GLORY 49) in Rotterdam on December 9, 2017. 

Zakaria Zouggary vs. Massaro Glunder, 65kg:

Winner: Zouggary def. Glunder by unanimous decision. 

Tyjani Beztati vs. Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai, 70kg:

First two rounds: Nice moments by both fighters and Yod Sitmonchai’s head movement has been good at avoiding some speedy hooks and punches from Beztati. (Third round was preparing for interviews). 

Winner: Tyjani Beztati defeats Yod Sitmonchai via unanimous decision. 

Eyevan Danenberg vs. Wellington Iega, 77kg:

Round 1:

Danenberg with a knockdown in an exciting first round but Irga recovered somehow!

Round 2:

Another knockdown by Danenberg of Iega…recovers…second knockdown…recovers and continues but its over! KO stoppage. 

Winner: Eyevan Danenberg by Rd2 KO (after three knockdowns before). 

Kevin Hessling vs. Stoyan Koprivlenski, 73kg catchweight:

Round 1:

An active opening round with Stoyan growing as the round went on but Hessling started off the first round looking quite handy with his boxing for Kickboxing. 

Round 2:

Tempo/pace of the fight noticeably decreased but the fight va still go either way though. 

Round 3:

Both fighter put in anothe shift but Kevin seemed to perhaps been the more active of the two with his volume of striking. 

Winner: Kevin Hessling via unanimous decision. 

GLORY 45 Undercard (3×3 mins rounds) – Results:

Kevin van Heeckeren draws with Mike Sprangh:
Very exciting first round with van Heeckeren starting off brilliantly dictating the opening round until caught with a powerful knee by Sprangh resulting in a knockdown. 

A close fight in the end but Kevin managed to get back into the fight in rounds two and theee as Sprangh’s energy levels seemed to hold him back from capitalising on the earlier knockdown that had van Heeckeren rocked. 

Both young fighters are highly talented kickboxers and a future rematch is inevitable as they both develop their careers (hopefully) with GLORY. Follow these two closely and remember their names. 

Jakob Styben def. Mo Amine by decision – Reserve bout for Light-heavyweight Contender Tournament. 

Anil Cabri def. Brahim Boukerch by technical equipment failure (lost mouthgaurd and didn’t have replacement in corner). 

Max van Gelder def. Brian Tweeboom by decision. 

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

Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuck LIVE stream – How to Watch GLORY 45 Amsterdam

Robin van Roosmalen will defend his GLORY featherweight title against, Serhiy Adamchuck tonight in the headline bout of, GLORY 45 Amsterdam. 

How to watch GLORY 45 Amsterdam: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuck LIVE online

Coverage of today’s GLORY 45 Amsterdam main event and fight card can be watched online via Pay Per View (PPV) on http://glory.inplayer.com/ and will commence from 2130 CEST / 2030 BST.

Free Sports will be broadcasting GLORY 45 Amsterdam 

Fight fans with access to UK digital TV channel, Free Sports, “dedicated to bringing free sport back to 22 million UK homes”; will be able to watch the main event fight card from 2030 BST on the following:

Sky: Channel 424

TalkTalk TV: Channel 95

BT: Channel 95

Freesat: Channel 252

GLORY 45 SuperFight Series will be broadcasted by UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Pass will be streaming live the, GLORY 45 SuperFight Series, headlined by, Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui from, 1900 CEST / 1800 BST. 

Click here for the GLORY 45 Amsterdam main event fight card matchups; And, find out more about the GLORY 45 SuperFight Series fight card too. 

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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.

Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.

GLORY 45 video: Duane Ludwig on Van Roosmalen vs. Adamchuck & building GLORY in USA

K-1 veteran and UFC coach, Duane Ludwig, was in-attendance at the GLORY 45 weigh-ins today in Amsterdam, supporting his friend, former training partner and GLORY champion, Robin van Roosmalen who, will be defending his featherweight world title against, Serhiy Adamchuck, in the headline bout.

Ludwig also aired his thoughts on how GLORY Kickboxing & Muay Thai can become more popular in the USA like MMA and the UFC; ‘spiritual development’ via martial arts; training at Hemmers Gym with Nick Hemmers & Cor Hemmers; and assessed, Robin van Roosmalen’s future in GLORY Kickboxing and MMA.

GLORY 45 video: Duane Ludwig on Robin Van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuck & more.

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GLORY 45 video: Thom Harinck on Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac, GLORY scoring, & coaching

Legendary Dutch Kickboxing coach, Thom Harinck previews, Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac which, headlines the GLORY 45 SuperFight Series fight card on September 30, 2017 in Amsterdam. Harinck who, now only coaches Hesdy Gerges and no other fighters, spoke openly about the evolving nature of coaching so many world class fighters over the decades.

GLORY 45 video: Thom Harinck on Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac, GLORY scoring, & coaching.

As well as Robin van Roosmalen‘s development from, early childhood to becoming GLORY Kickboxing‘s first two-weight champion; and much more including, van Roosmalen defending his GLORY featherweight title against, Serhiy Adamchuck in the headline bout of, GLORY 45 Amsterdam.

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Robin van Roosmalen: His Journey so far, Kickboxing, MMA and the Future | The K1Anoop Show

Robin van Roosmalen is a Dutch kickboxer and MMA fighter who, became the first two-weight world champion in GLORY Kickboxing; and is a former It’s Showtime 70MAX tournament champion.

On this episode of the The K1Anoop Show, Robin van Roosmalen recounts the influence of growing up in a family of fighters and his journey so far from:

  • Being a K-1 veteran in the early part of his career;
  • Fighting for GLORY Kickboxing since its inauguration in 2012;
  • How and why his fighting career turned towards MMA more recently;
  • Rico Verhoeven vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva at GLORY 46 China
  • His upcoming title defence against Serhiy Adamchuck at GLORY 45 Amsterdam
  • And, much more about the current and evolving state of world kickboxing.

Robin will defend his GLORY featherweight championship against, Serhiy Adamchuck at GLORY 45 Amsterdam on September 30, 2017 and previews the much anticipated match-up with Adamchuck. As well as a look ahead at GLORY 44 Chicago where his friend and training/sparring partner, Jason Wilnis fights Yousri Belgaroui.

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Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.