Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong vs. Tyjani Beztati and Cedric Doumbe vs. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong will feature on both the GLORY 53 Lille main card and SuperFight Series on May 12. So, Evan Jays and K1ANOOP preview these fights and weigh-up the strengths of each of the four fighters in their match-ups.
The ‘Boy Wonder’ of UK Muay Thai, 18 year old Evan Jays and K1ANOOP catch-up following Evan’s Lion Fight debut loss against, Ricardo Mixco in the USA at Lion Fight 42; and look ahead at what’s next come Muay Thai Grand Prix 16 (MTGP 16) in July and preview GLORY 53 Lille: Sitthichai vs. Tyjani Beztati and Cedric Doumbe vs. Thongchai.
Evan Jays and K1ANOOP also dig deeper into the significance of GLORY Kickboxing’s upcoming return to the UK at GLORY 54 Birmingham, after 5 years since GLORY 5 London; and the wealth of British Kickboxing and Muay Thai talent readily available to GLORY to capitalise on.
Also, Evan Jays explains why he believes fellow Double K Gym team-mate and former MTGP world champion, Charlie Peters, beats Yokkao world champion, Liam Harrison at MTGP 16 and much more.
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.
Casey Greene was set to make his GLORY Kickboxing return at, GLORY 44 Chicago against, Antoine Pinto. However, the American welterweight announced (on Instagram) that he’s pulled-out from the main card bout, due to an (undisclosed) injury.
“Will not be fighting at #glory44 tournament. Injury during preparation will set my return back a few months. Will work around injury, continue to get conditioning and timing back. Be back in the ring soon as possible! “
The bad news serves a blow to Greene’s determination of returning to winning ways and turnaround a three fight losing streak including, both MMA and GLORY since May 2016; Greene’s last fight was a KO loss to Thongchai Sitsongpeenong at GLORY 34 Denver in October 2016.
No updates have surfaced as of yet via GLORY or online/social media as to who, will replace Casey Greene on, the GLORY 44 main fight card headlined by, defending welterweight champion, Cédric Doumbé vs. Murthel Groenhart.
Casey Greene vs. Antoine Pinto had been one half of the originally planned 4-man Contender Tournament; with Karim Benmansour vs. Harut Grigorian making up the other half. With two weeks until fight night, the void left by Greene’s pull-out is an unnecessary headache for GLORY’s matchmaker, Cor Hemmers but one that will need to be fixed as swiftly as possible.
However, this pull-out could serve as a golden opportunity for another GLORY welterweight such as Jamie Bates who, recently won his GLORY debut at GLORY 40 Copenhagen against, Richard Abraham as a late replacement for Antoine Pinto.
Whilst Abraham will be co-headlining GLORY 44 against, Daniel Morales. Nevertheless, K1ANOOP will update you on the situation as it continues to develop.
Photo credit: Featured image by, James Law/Glory Sports International.
K1ANOOP has the the Fight League 7 results for the Mohamed Mezouari vs. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong fight card in Tangier, Morocco on August 5, 2017.
In the main event, Mohamed Mezouari stopped GLORY Kickboxing welterweight, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong in the second round of their headline bout. Whilst in the co-main event, Enfusion Live champion, Tayfun Ozcan would go the distance with Ilias Chakir but secured the decision win.
Check-out the Fight League 7 results below.
Fight League 7 – Results:
Mohamed Mezouari def. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong by Rd2 stoppage, 76kg
Tayfun Ozcan def. Ilias Chakir via decision, 72.5kg
Bayrak Ertugrul def. Aziz El Felak by Rd1 TKO, 86kg
Mohammed Lazrak def. Romano Diego by Rd2 stoppage, 75kg
Higham Achalhi def. Soutane Khabchache “by submission”, +100kg
Karim El Addari def. Mica Tahiti by decision, 72.5kg
Bilal Lousily def. Soutane Taaouati by decision, 72.5kg
Bektas Emirhanoglu def. Nadir Aazibou by KO, 90kg
Ayoub Moukaddem def. Micha Eradus by decision, 75kg
Murthel Groenhart got his new year to winning ways with a third round KO win against Thongchai Sitsongpeenong at GLORY 38 SuperFight Series in Chicago. “The Predator” runs-down his victory and looks ahead at what could possibly be next in the pipeline for him and more.
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GLORY Kickboxing contender and former K-1 Max champion, Murthel Groenhart, guests on the K1Anoop podcast ahead of his GLORY 38 clash with, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong at the Sears Centre Arena, Chicago on February 24, 2017.
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