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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Video: Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik | Kickboxingplanet Trailer for GLORY REDEMPTION

Rico Verhoeven will rematch Jamal Ben Saddik on December 9, 2017 at the Ahoy Rotterdam in the headline bout of GLORY: REDEMPTION. Saddik had previously stopped the GLORY heavyweight champion by second round TKO in 2011 and six years on, Verhoeven is now looking for redemption having dominated heavyweight kickboxing in recent years; And yesterday, Kickboxingplanet dropped their (unofficial) trailer!

Check out the video below.

The Kickboxingplanet trailer for GLORY: REDEMPTION follows on from their trailer last year for, GLORY Collision: Rico vs Badr, that went viral and had kickboxing fans around the world agreeing that they had outdone even GLORY Kickboxing‘s very own official trailer.

GLORY: REDEMPTION will be the promotion’s “13th live event of 2017” and will cap off what has been the most significant year so for the continuing development of both the sport and GLORY who, are clearly leading the way for, the resurgence of the sport around the world.

Full fight cards for GLORY: REDEMPTION, GLORY 49 Rotterdam and GLORY 49 SuperFight Series are as below.

GLORY: REDEMPTION
Heavyweight World Title Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik
Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Danyo Ilunga
Heavyweight Bout: Anderson Silva vs. Xavier Vigney
Featherweight No. 1 Contender Bout: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Zakaria Zouggary

GLORY 49 SuperFight Series
Middleweight World Title Bout: Alex Pereira vs. Yousri Belgaroui
Heavyweight Bout: Ismael Londt vs. D’Angelo Marshall
Welterweight Bout: Nieky Holzken vs. Alim Nabiyev
Welterweight Bout: Eyevan Danenberg vs. Jamie Bates
Featherweight Bout: Bailey Sugden vs. Chenglong Zhang

GLORY 49 Rotterdam
Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Lightweight Bout: Christian Baya vs. Samo Petje
Welterweight Bout: Omar Moreno vs. Anying Wang
Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Niclas Larsen vs. Tyjani Beztati
Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Stoyan Koprivlenski vs. Maykol Yurk

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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. 

Photo credit: Featured image by Anoop Hothi for K1ANOOP. 

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.

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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Rico Verhoeven vs. Bigfoot Silva fight card announced for GLORY 46 China in October

The worst kept secret in GLORY Kickboxing, Rico Verhoeven vs. Bigfoot Silva, was officially announced as the main event for GLORY 46 on October 14, 2017 at this morning’s press conference in China.

The ex-UFC heavyweight, infamous for being ‘juiced to the gills’ and failing a well reportered drug test after a bloodbath with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33, will certainly gain the attention of a much wider audience from the world of MMA.

However, for kickboxing enthusiasts the announcement is not the most exciting opponent for an undefeated champion in Verhoeven who, has run of out of competition in world kickboxing, let alone GLORY which, was topped-off with his victory over Badr Hari at GLORY Collision. 

Although the majority of matchups were announced for both the GLORY 46 SuperFight Series and GLORY 46 Guangdong fight cards, there are still three Chinese fighters to be confirmed. (Full fight cards further below)

Verhoeven

Image via Rico Verhoeven on Twitter | Credit: Glory Sports International

Interestingly, Simon Marcus will defend his GLORY middleweight title against Alex Pereira who, had lost the GLORY 40 Contender Tournament Final against Yousri Belgaroui which, will surely fuel Belgaroui’s frustrations and accusations that Marcus is ducking him after alleging he was denied his opportunity of a title-shot on, the GLORY 43 New York card from Marcus being unwilling to fight him.

However, in hindsight it can now be argued that Marcus was being lined-up all along for a Chinese bout with Pereira since the latter is more known to Chinese kickboxing fans having previously fought in Southeast Asia.

The announcements will certainly send a strong warning to Chinese kickboxing promotions, Kunlun Fight and WLF that the world’s leading kickboxig promotion is serious about entering, what is widely regarded as the biggest market of kickboxing fans in one nation.

Nevertheless, will GLORY 46 China endup being a flash-in-the-pan /once in a blue moon event? Or, will the world witness a lot more activity throughout 2018 (and beyond) by GLORY, in hope of capitalising on the potential riches of, a hugmoungous kickboxing fanbase in China which, could secure the future viability of GLORY to take risks in other parts of the world?

Full fights cards announced for GLORY 46 China and GLORY 46 SuperFightSeries are as below.

GLORY 46 China – Fight card:

Rico Verhoeven vs. Antonio Silva

TBA vs. Junior Tata, heavyweight bout

65kg Asian Qualifier Tournament:

Winner of (A) vs. (B) will qualify for Contender Tournament;

(A) Zhang Chenlong vs. Chibin Lin

(B) Chenchen Li vs. Masaya Kubo

GLORY 46 SuperFight Series – Fight card:

Simon Marcus vs. Alex Pereira – GLORY middleweight title defence

TBA vs. Khayal Dzhaniev, 73kg

Zhou Wei vs. Matt Baker, 85kg

Liu Jia vs. Zaza Sor Aree, 52kg

TBA vs. Petchpanomrung, 65kg

Meng Qinghao vs. Brian Bruns, 70kg

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.