Rico Verhoeven and K1ANOOP on Making British Kickboxing Great Again, Unseen Sacrifices, Tavi Castro

GLORY Kickboxing champion, Rico Verhoeven, spoke to K1ANOOP about how he wants to help make British Kickboxing great again, his friendship with multiple bodybuilding champion, superstar DJ (and former footballer), Tavi Castro; and his unseen sacrifices in defending his GLORY heavyweight title for a seventh time against, Mladen Brestovac at GLORY 54 Birmingham.

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GLORY 54 “Could’ve Been Better” for UK Return

Do you agree that GLORY 54 Birmingham “could’ve been better” for GLORY Kickboxing’s return to the UK after a 5 year hiatus since GLORY 5 London? GLORY 54 will be headlined by the Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac rematch whilst GLORY 5 had Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky.

The lack of stars and big names is disappointing and to compound this, a wealth of British fighting talent has been left on the prelims including, UK Muay Thai fighters: Nicola Kaye vs. Christi Brereton and ISKA world champion, Kev Ward.

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This clip is taken from a recent episode of, The K1ANOOP Show which, is a podcast about all things happening in Kickboxing and MMA; and provides an interesting perspective on niche combat sports from a UK perspective and much more.

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Jamie Bates vs. Tommy King Preview, Rico Verhoeven Carries the Brits at GLORY 54

Jamie Bates vs. Tommy King is the first semi-final of the GLORY 54 welterweight tournament in what will be a clash between two British kickboxers; the event is headlined by Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac rematch and British sports journalist, Andreas Georgiou and K1ANOOP preview this much anticipated clash of styles.

The winner of Jamie Bates vs Tommy King will face the winner of, Mark Timms vs. Dawid Blaszke of the second semi-final on the night in the tournament final at GLORY 54 Birmingham.

The British fighters generally could do with much bigger names fights across all three fight cards at GLORY 54 Birmingham and it could be argued that GLORY heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven’s presence on the night, carries the Brits at GLORY 54 but do not underestimate the British kickboxing talent on display on June 2 at the Genting Arena.

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This clip is taken from a recent episode of, The K1ANOOP Show which, is a podcast about all things happening in Kickboxing and MMA; and provides an interesting perspective on niche combat sports from a UK perspective and much more.

Listen/download the podcast – The K1Anoop Show – on iTunes and Overcast.

Mo Abdurahman Interview | The K1ANOOP Show

Mo Abdurahman is a 22 year old GLORY Kickboxing featherweight and British Muay Thai prodigy who, made his GLORY debut in 2017 against, former interim champion, Kevin VanNostrand but as we find out in this interview on, The K1ANOOP Show, Mo Abdurahman has had a rollercoaster of a journey since then including:

  • Going viral for the wrong reasons on his GLORY debut;
  • Overcoming the emotional and mental hurdles of such a devastating setback;
  • Feels he’s being unfairly treated by GLORY due to kickboxing “politics” compared to arch-rival and fellow GLORY featherweight, Bailey Sugden;
  • Wanting to fight Nathan Bendon for the UK number one (63.5kg) Muay Thai ranking;
  • His escalating beef with both, Bailey Sugden and his Dad, Dean Sugden;
  • Why exactly his much anticipated fight with Natty Dodds didn’t happen earlier this year;
  • Being on the verge of signing for EM Legend and fighting more in China;
  • Which three kickboxing fights he wants most in the GLORY featherweight division;
  • His thoughts on the Brits fighting on GLORY 54 Birmingham, headlined by, Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Vrestovac;
  • And, much more in this K1ANOOP interview

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Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac Rematch | GLORY 54 Preview

K1ANOOP and Andreas Georgiou preview the Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch headlining GLORY 54 Birmingham.

However, is it the most exciting fight to headline GLORY Kickboxing’s return to the UK for both the British public and even for kickboxing fans compared to huge fights like: Rico Verhoeven vs Badr Hari or Rico Verhoeven vs Jamal Ben Saddik?

This clip is taken from a recent episode of, The K1ANOOP Show which, is a podcast about all things happening in Kickboxing and MMA; and provides an interesting perspective on niche combat sports from a UK perspective and much more.

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Everything Wrong With Bellator 200, GLORY 54 and UK Media Coverage | The K1ANOOP Show

British sports journalist, Andreas Georgiou joins Anoop Hothi on this episode of The K1ANOOP Show as they dig into: Everything Wrong With Bellator 200, GLORY 54 and UK Media Coverage & much more; leading up-to both Bellator 200 London and GLORY 54 Birmingham; previewing both major Kickboxing and MMA events and…[Show notes, below].

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Show Notes – The K1ANOOP Show with Andreas Georgiou:

1:05 – Will Aaron Chalmers “get found out” against Ash Griffiths?

17:52 – The problem for independent sports media giving predictions

20:40 – Why Bellator 200 “has come under fire”

31:37 – What does everyone in UK combat sports (MMA, Kickboxing etc) need to do more of?

49:45 – How much value do the likes of Cro Cop and Roy Nelson add to Bellator 200 London?

56:34 – Who is the bigger UK star: Darren Till or Michael Bisping?

59:33 – Why Bellator London isn’t selling out like UFC Liverpool

1:02:24 – Michael ‘Venom’ Page vs Paul Daley update

1:04:14 – Why the struggle is real for Andreas Georgiou and K1ANOOP as small YouTubers and podcasters in Kickboxing and MMA

1:21:06 – The impact of Aerial Helwani‘s big move to ESPN from MMA Fighting/Vox Media

1:38:19 – Why the media story-telling about combat sports and fighters is of the essence

1:51:47 – GLORY 54 Birmingham preview, Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch and both GLORY Kickboxing & Enfusion returning to the UK.

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Why Rico Verhoeven and GLORY Kickboxing need the UK

GLORY Kickboxing return to the UK on June 2 with GLORY 54 Birmingham headlined by, Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac. However, with four UK events planned in the next 18 months, GLORY need the UK market to fall in love with both kickboxing and their most prolific champion, Rico Verhoeven.

Evan Jays and Anoop Hothi assess what more needs to be done by GLORY, especially when there is a rich pool of kickboxing talent in the UK that’s not featuring on the main cards of GLORY 54 and more.

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Why British Kickboxers “Need” Big Name Fights at: GLORY 54 Birmingham, Enfusion Newcastle

With the resurgence of Kickboxing’s leading promotions in the last couple of years, UK number one, Nathan Bendon and K1ANOOP explain: Why British Kickboxers “need” big name fights at: GLORY 54 Birmingham, Enfusion Newcastle, with both GLORY Kickboxing and Enfusion returning to the UK in June 2018 and more.

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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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Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac rematch, GLORY Kickboxing return to the UK | Damien Trainor and K1ANOOP

Two-time world champion, Damien Trainor and K1ANOOP look ahead to, GLORY Kickboxing’s return to the UK and the Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac rematch headlining, GLORY 54 Birmingham. As well as assessing the wider scale of Kickboxing and Muay Thai currently unfolding:

Damien Trainor and K1ANOOP – Shownotes:

[0:00] Why there’s been no new stars in Kickboxing and Muay Thai
[1:04] GLORY 54 Birmingham: GLORY Kickboxing return to the UK
[1:40] Damien Trainor officially retires from fighting
[2:15] Lessons learnt since the K-1 days by GLORY Kickboxing?
[2:50] Does Rico Verhoeven beat Anthony Joshua?
[4:40] Why Muay Thai and Kickboxing are two different sports
[5:25] Damien Trainor on CSA Gym’s success at Kickboxing from Muay Thai
[6:24] How Kevin Ross adapted so well to Bellator Kickboxing
[8:02] Final verdict on Rico Verhoeven vs. Anthony Joshua
[9:18] Everything wrong with Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac, GLORY 54 Birmingham

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