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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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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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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Anissa Haddaoui on Fighting Antonina Shevchenko, Women’s MMA & Kickboxing | The K1Anoop Show

Anissa Haddaoui is the current Kunlun Fight & World Fighting League (WFL) world champion and is set to fight Antonina Shevchenko in what will be the (joint) second MMA fight for both female fighters at, Phoenix Fighting Championship 3 (Phoenix FC 3) in London on September 22, 2017.

Haddaoui is a late replacement for Shevchenko after Kerry Hughes pulled-out for undisclosed reasons (at the time). Antonina Shevchenko is the 2017 WMC & Phoenix FC world Muay Thai champion and the older sister of UFC fighter, Valentina Shevchenko.

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0:25 Anissa Haddaoui vs. Antonina Shevchenko at Phoenix FC 3, London
3:27 Managing MMA/BJJ training around kickboxing fights in recent years
7:19 Gökhan Saki’s influence from kickboxing to MMA
10:26 Why MMA and what’s in it for Haddaoui?
14:00 The mental side of fighting
17:20 Female fighters in Dutch Kickboxing & MMA
23:30 How women’s MMA & kickboxing should be better developed
27:55 The growing interest in Dutch Kickboxing & MMA in Holland
29:30 How Anissa makes fighting a viable career
34:57 Everyone’s in “fight mode” at Mike’s Gym with Melvin Manhoef, Massaro Glunder & Yousri Belgaroui fighting soon
36:21 Badr Hari’s influence in training
39:00 MMA sparring & BJJ/Grappling at Mike’s Gym

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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.

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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GLORY 41: Behind the scenes | K1Anoop’s Vlog

K1Anoop spent 24 hours in the Netherlands in-between, Amsterdam and Den Bosch for GLORY 41 which, was headlined by, Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar. Get some real insight into what you don’t usually see on TV when there’s a GLORY Kickboxing event going down featuring, a who’s who from the world of GLORY Kickboxing, Bellator and the UFC. Also, Dutch kickboxing vlogger, Samira El Idrissi features too.

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Massaro Glunder – The rise and struggles of a kickboxing prodigy | K1Anoop

Massaro Glunder is a 21 year old Dutch kickboxer and the son of a well known MMA fighter and former kickboxer, Rodney Glunder.

Massaro fights out of the legendary Mike’s Gym in Amsterdam, under the guidance of head coach, Mike Passenier; and has been fighting around the world for the likes of: Yokkao, Kunlun Fight and K-1 in Japan.

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