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. 

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.

Photo credit: Image via K1ANOOP on Facebook.

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.

Listen/download the full podcast:

Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.

Full card announced for GLORY 45 Amsterdam, updates for light-heavyweight contender tournament

GLORY Kickboxing announced updates today for GLORY 45 Amsterdam on September 30, 2017 including, the light-heavyweight Contender Tournament; with the inclusion of multiple WKN champion, Dragos Zubco (11-4) who, has been matched-up against, Michael Duut (40-8) in the first semi-final of the 4-man tournament.

Imad Hadar vs. Manny Mancha will make up the other half of the contender tournament semi-finals on a stacked card co-headined by, the rematch between Nieky Holzken and Yoann Kongolo; topped-off by, Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuk for Robin’s GLORY featherweight title.

The full fight card is below which, is preceded by the GLORY 45 SuperFight Series at the Sporthallen Zuid, Amsterdam (on the same night) which, has been updated with, Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac headlining.

GLORY 45 Amsterdam – Fight card:

Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuk

Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Welterweight Co-headline Bout: Nieky Holzken vs. Yoann Kongolo

Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Imad Hadar vs. Manny Mancha

Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Michael Duut vs. Dragos Zubco

Complete GLORY 45 SuperFight Series card announced: Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac to headline

The entire GLORY 45 SuperFight Series main card was announced earlier today and will be headlined by, Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac at the Sporthallen Zuid, Amsterdam on September 30, 2017.

Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui will now co-headline the event which, is now finalised by, the pair of top 10 ranked GLORY heavyweights; Gerges (50-18-1) is coming off a recent victory over Tomas Hron at GLORY 41 Den Bosch. Whilst Brestovac (53-12-1) was last seen in a GLORY ring being dominated by, Benjamin Adegbuyi in the 4-man contender tournament final at  GLORY 35 Nice.

Below is the entire card and bout order that will precede the full fight card (announced today) for, GLORY 45 Amsterdam which, is headlined by, Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuk.

GLORY 45 SuperFight Series – Fight card:

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac

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 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.

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.

Haddaoui

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.”

Haddaoui

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.