Mike Passenier: “K-1 F****d It Up! GLORY Are Still In The Game Luckily” & Semmy Schilt’s Legacy

Mike Passenier gives his brutally honest opinion on: how “K-1 f*****d it up”, resulting in almost the end of Kickboxing as a professional sport; How GLORY Kickboxing “are still in the game luckily”, despite the mistakes made the promotion; Semmy Schilt’s legacy; And, how Kickboxing, just like any other sports, really “needs heroes” to help grow the sport stronger.

As well as highlighting Semmy Schilt’s legacy in martial arts and combat sports and why Schilt was undoubtedly one of the greatest martial artists and K-1 Kickboxing world champions of all time and much more. The full interview (link below) was recorded when Mike Passenier first met Anoop Hothi in the early days of the K1ANOOP YouTube channel; leading to rumours growing much stronger about Badr Hari’s comeback against Rico Verhoeven at GLORY: Collision.

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Badr Hari “can’t keep up” anymore? Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac “shit” rematch?

After a successful return at GLORY 51, did Badr Hari look like he “can’t keep up anymore” especially with Rico Verhoeven? As for the champion’s next fight, is the Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch “shit” as the main event for GLORY 54 Birmingham?

K-1 veteran and Kickboxing Grand Prix (KGP) European champion, Luke Whelan and K1ANOOP discuss this and much more:

Luke Whelan and K1ANOOP – Shownotes:

  • GLORY 54 Birmingham, Enfusion Newcastle, WFL England
  • Chrisiti Bereton vs Nicola Kaye and the GLORY 54 prelim UK card
  • Luke Whelan on Sam Omomogbe and Brad Stanton pulling-out against him at GLORY 54
  • Taking K-1 World Grand Prix and big fights with one week’s notice
  • Why Michael Wakeling is the best, pound-for-pound, British Kickboxing & Muay Thai fighter
  • Luke Whelan vs Vinny Church at MTGP 16?
  •  Vinny Church vs Ben Woolliss, GLORY 54
  • Luke Whelan’s analysis of Vinny Church
  • Jamie Whelan and GLORY’s 6-man UK shortlist
  • Why GLORY need to add more of the lower weight-classes
  • Why Rico Verhoeven never left GLORY for the UFC
  • Mike’s Gym are the most impressive set of fighters in European Kickboxing?
  • Fernando Groenhart and his controversial hard sparring viral videos
  • Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch “is a load of shit”, GLORY 54 
  • Why Badr Hari “can’t keep up” with heavyweight rivals nowadays

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Kieran Keddle on Yokkao Southampton and Sean Toomey’s Influence on UK Muay Thai

Kieran Keddle highlights Sean Toomey’s influence on the development of UK Muay Thai and gives his opinion on the upcoming Yokkao Southampton event on April 29, 2018 headlined by, Glory kickboxer, Mo Abdurahman vs. Manachai.

Keddle who is a co-owner of Muay Thai Grand Prix and head coach of Double K Gym, use to be coached by Sean Toomey who, is the UK promoter of, the Yokkao UK Next Generation event in Southampton.

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Badr Hari vs. Hesdy Gerges rematch headlines GLORY 51 Rotterdam

Badr Hari vs. Hesdy Gerges will headline GLORY 51 Rotterdam as announced earlier this morning in a much anticipated rematch. The two heavyweight rivals had previously fought each other at It’s Showtime 2010 Amsterdam but Hari would be disqualified for shin-kicking Gerges in the head whilst he was on the canvas.

“The Golden Boy” and Gerges were once coached by legendary Dutch kickboxing coach, Thom Harinck at the Chakuriki Gym, only for Badr Hari and Harinck to have fallen-out very badly. Badr opened-up about this in the past when interviewed by Michael Schiavello and admitted that the bitter resentment he had towards his former trainer at the time, was what fuelled his disqualifying actions against Gerges when they previously clashed.

Nevertheless, the announcement this morning will undoubtedly have world kickboxing fans hyped-up following on from, a very successful year end event at Glory Redemption: Rico vs. Jamal which, was also at the Ahoy Rotterdam, where GLORY 51: Badr vs. Hesdy will also take place on March 3, 2018.

Gerges was very quick to call-out Badr for a rematch on social media after it had been announced at GLORY 49 SuperFight Series that Hari had signed a multiple-fight contract with GLORY; and despite coming off a very bad head kick KO to, Mladen Brestovac at GLORY 45 Amsterdam, fortunate would seem to favour Gerges than Brestovac, in returning to action in a very high profile fight against the biggest star in kickboxing.

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Mike Passenier on the return of Badr Hari, Glory Redemption & 2017 round-up

Mike Passenier opens-up on the return of the “Golden Boy” Badr Hari at GLORY 51 Rotterdam which, was announced at GLORY 49 and gives a round-up of: his breakthrough fighters in 2017 at Mike’s Gym; Glory Collision: Rico Verhoeven vs Jamal Ben Saddik; and a look ahead at, Collision 2: Badr vs Rico rematch in 2018 & much more.
0:22 Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira, GLORY 49 rematch
1:07 Christian Baya vs. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong
2:39 The rise of Stoyan Koprivlenski, GLORY 49 Contender Tournament winner
3:25 Ismael Londt’s defeat to D’Angelo Marshall
4:25 Why Nieky Holzken should not retire anytime soon
8:22 The return of Badr Hari in 2018
11:16 Badr Hari’s motivation now compared to the past
12:31 Glory Redemption: Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik analysis
14:30 Should Rico Verhoeven have got an 8-count from the referee?
18:05 Glory Collision: Rico vs. Badr technical analysis
20:46 Murthel Groenhart winning the GLORY welterweight title
21:19 2017 kickboxing round-up: Breakthrough of Christian Baya, Stoyan Koprivlenski, Anissa Haddaoui, Fabio Kwasi
23:33 2018 forecast for kickboxing, ‘Golden era’ & message to fans
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Murthel Groenhart on Harut Grigorian rematch: “Let’s kill him in the first round” & GLORY 49 recap

GLORY Kickboxing champion, Murthel Groenhart looks ahead at the rematch with Harut Grigorian at GLORY 50 Chicago, declaring: “Let’s kill him in the first round”; and, recaps GLORY 49 Rotterdam which, was topped-off by Glory Redemption: Rico vs. Jamal. As well as the return of his fellow Mike’s Gym team-mate, Badr Hari, come GLORY 51 Rotterdam & much more:

0:13 Another rematch with Harut Grigorian at GLORY 51
2:32 Cedric Doumbe beef, rivalry & mind-games
4:57 Fighting in the USA compared to Europe
6:31 Nieky Holzken‘s loss of form & defeat to Alim Nabiyev
9:08 How to deal with the potential threat of Alim Nabiyev
11:09 Murthel’s tips for fighters & believing in yourself
11:52 Younger brother, Fernando Groenhart‘s kickboxing return
12:48 Badr Hari’s return, Rico Verhoeven & Jamal Ben Saddik
15:33 Yousri Belgaroui‘s eye injury & loss to Alex Pereira
17:54 Ismael Londt‘s returning defeat to D’Angelo Marshall
18:29 Murthel’s worst injury & overcoming it mentally
20:08 Christian Baya vs. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong
22:43 Stoyan Koprivlinski‘s winning the GLORY 49 Lightweight Contender Tournament
24:24 Forecast for 2018 & bad intentions for Harut Grigorian.

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Badr Hari set to fight in Amsterdam, shortlist of opponents & Rico vs. Badr 2 update

Badr Hari signed a multiple fight contract it was announced last night at Glory 49 SuperFight Series with GLORY Kickboxing dropping an epic video trailer to break the news prior-to, Glory: Redemption commencing at, the Ahoy Rotterdam. However, GLORY CEO, Jon Franklin confirmed to K1ANOOP that GLORY Kickboxing are confident of arranging for, Badr Hari to fight again in Amsterdam in 2018 (video below).

Glory: Redemption was headlined by a successful title defence for GLORY heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven with, an emphatic fifth round KO of, Jamal Ben Saddik in what was a much anticipated rematch from six years; Saddik had previously stopped Verhoeven six years ago. Rico would redeem himself in a thrilling year end event for the promotion which, was capped-off with the signing of kickboxing’s “Golden Boy”, Badr Hari.

The rematch between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari is still (and has been) a top priory for GLORY as Jon Franklin mentioned when speaking after Glory Redemption but where and when are some of the key questions:

“Do we take him back to Amsterdam for a major event with Rico? Does he fight somebody first? Like I said that would be up-to Team Badr Hari.”

Hari’s return fight for GLORY will be on March 3, 2017 at the Ahoy Rotterdam with strong rumours circulating that heavyweight rival, Benjamin Adegbuyi is on the short-list of potential opponents along with, three-time K-1 champion, Remy Bonjasky; Enfusion two-weight champion, Luis Tavares; Patrice Quateron; Hesdy Gerges; and Daniel Ghita.

K1ANOOP will report again as the situation develops further.

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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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Photo credit: Featured images courtesy of Glory Sports International; photo(s) by James Law.

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.


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.”


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.

Nate Richardson: From a Child Refugee of War to Fighting at GLORY 44 Chicago | The K1Anoop Show

Nate Richardson is a Liberian kickboxer and MMA fighter who, emigrated to the USA at, the age of 10 as a child refugee when civil war broke out in Liberia in the early 1990s. Richardson will be making his GLORY Kickboxing debut against Polish fighter, Rafal Dudek at GLORY 44 Chicago on, the SuperFight Series fight card.

We get to know more about this exciting prospect who, has experience of winning an 8-man kickboxing tournament. Richardson tells of how he turned away from American football towards professional fighting and compares his fighting style to that of, Melvin Manhoef. Funnily enough, Dudek trains at the same gym in the Netherlands that Melvin has returned to, Mike’s Gym in Amsterdam.

The self-described ‘smart pressure fighter’who, resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, fights out of The Cellar Gym (under the coaching of, Chris Cichon) and balances a full-time job as a domiciliary care worker with training three times a day. “The Natural” has a kickboxing record of 8-2 and according to Sherdog is, 5-1 in professional MMA.

Question of the day:

Do you (the fans) expect Nate Richardson to defeat Rafal Dudek by KO at GLORY 44 SuperFight Series?

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