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Mo Abdurahman on Bailey Sugden Beef and GLORY Kickboxing “Politics”

Mo Abdurahman opened-up on his beef with fellow Brit and GLORY Kickboxing featherweight, Bailey Sugden and the kickboxing “politics” that he alleges is: hindering his progress within the GLORY featherweight division; and how Bailey Sugden’s Dad and kickboxing coach, Dean Sugden, has a role to play in all of this including, how Bailey Sugden is benefitting from more favourable match-ups than Mo Abdurahman and much more.

Both fighters were finalists in the UK Road to Glory 8-man tournament, securing their initial two-fight GLORY contracts. Mo Abdurahman would beat Bailey Sugden when they clashed in that same final and the beef between both fighters has escalated ever since.

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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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Verhoeven

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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Road to Glory UK 3 announces Giannis Skordilis in 8-man tournament and more updates

Road to Glory UK 3 promoter, Dean Sugden, announced today that Giannis Skordilis is officially in the 70kg 8-man tournament on October 7, 2017 at, the Grantham Meres Leisure Centre. “Greekboy” is the fourth contestant to be announced in the tournament which, also features: Alex Bublea, Vinny Church and William Goldie-Galloway.

Interestingly, Bublea and Skordilis have previous with one another, having clashed twice before. Both fighters are currently tied at one victory each against each other and a potential trilogy between the two could now happen in the coming months, depending on how both are drawn for the quarter-finals.

The overall match-ups for the quarter-finals are yet to be confirmed and another, Road to Glory UK 3 announcement is expected in due course including, further details as to who, the remaining four contestants are. Both the winner and runner-up of the Road to Glory UK tournament, will secure themselves with a two-fight contract with GLORY Kickboxing.

Previously, Mo Abdurahman defeated Bailey Sugden in the final of, the Road to Glory UK 2 tournament and since then both have made their GLORY debuts at GLORY 43 New York; and Adrian Maxim was also rewarded with a GLORY contract by, GLORY’s Managing Sports Director, Cor Hemmers, after losing a very close (and controversial) decision to Sugden in the semi-finals.

However, any lingering doubts over Sugden’s credentials were put to bed in emphatic fashion with an ‘excellent performance’ against, Arthur Sorsor at GLORY 43 SuperFight Series, winning via unanimous decision.

Unfortunately, Abdurahman would lose his GLORY debut in a 4-man tournament against (the eventual tournament winner), Kevin Vannostrand by round one KO in a lively but short-lived affair. Whilst Maxim is expected to feature on a main card GLORY event in the near future.

Nevertheless, Bailey Sugden is expected to feature on the Road to Glory UK 3 fight card and an opponent for the GLORY featherweight will no doubt be announced soon enough too.

K1ANOOP will report again once the fight card has been updated.

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Road to @glorykickboxing UK promoter, Dean Sugden (@suggysgym) announced today that @giannisskordilis is officially in the 70kg 8-man tournament on October 7, 2017 at, the Grantham Meres Leisure Centre. “Greekboy” is the fourth contestant to be announced in the tournament which, also features: @alexbublea @the_leopard_church and @williamgoldie11. Interestingly, Bublea and Skordilis have previous with one another, having clashed twice before. Both fighters are currently tied at one victory each against each other and a potential trilogy between the two could now happen in the coming months, depending on how both are drawn for the quarter-finals…[Read more: www.k1anoop.tv – link in bio.] 📸Photo credits: Fahid Mohammed and @king.kombat #roadtoglory #glorykickboxing #kickboxing #k1neverdies #giannisskordilis #greekboy #Romania #Greece #alexbublea #thebodyhammer #muaythai #sidekick #deathbylowkicks #war #UKstanduptall #fighter #thepromisedland #areyoureadyforglory #k1 #k1anoop

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GLORY 43 SuperFight Series results: Pavel Zhuravlev crowned new GLORY interim light-heavyweight champion

Pavel Zhuravlev defeated Saulo Cavalari by unanimous decision at GLORY 43 SuperFight Series and was crowned, GLORY interim light-heavyweight champion at the prestigious, Madison Square Garden on July 14, 2017.

‘Kicker vs. Puncher’ would sum-up the rematch between Zhuaralev and Cavalari, with the latter having a much higher kicking volume. However, there was more to the Ukranian’s performance than simply power punches as most would expect.

The Ukranian wasn’t just the stronger of the two, shoving the Brazilian to the canvas at one point, Pavel was the more composed and effective with his overall striking. Although there weren’t many (if any) high volume combinations by either of the two light-heavyweights, Zhuaralev’s rounded punches and movement at close range were decisive factors for the end result; knocking down Cavalari with a left hook in the dying seconds of the third and final round.

The victory secures Zhuaralev with a unification clash with the injured but official GLORY light-heavyweight champion, Artem Vakhitov. However, Cavalari has now lost three of his last four fights in GLORY including, two defeats to Vakhitov.

Cavalari will move on and focus purely on his professional MMA debut, against the UK’s Stuart Austin at Phoenix FC3 on, September 23 in London. However, are his days as one of GLORY’s top light-heavyweights behind him, especially with him transitioning into MMA where the rewards are potentially much higher?

GLORY debutant, Bailey Sugden, had an excellent winning performance against Arthur Sorsor and showcased his offensive fighting style and high volume work-rate, to announce himself as a future title contender in the GLORY featherweight division. Whilst another GLORY debutant, the American, Joel Taylor also had an existing win with three knockdowns to stop Ariel Sepulveda.

GLORY 43 SuperFight Series – Results:

Pavel Zhuravlev def. Saulo Cavalari via UD – new interim light heavyweight champion

Bailey Sugden def. Arthur Sorsor via UD

Joe Taylor def. Ariel Sepulveda by TKO by Rd2 TKO

Anissa Meksen def. Jady Menezes via unanimous decision

Itay Gershon def. Rafal Dudek via unanimous decision (UD)

Chenchen Li def. Terrance Hill by Rd1 KO


Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.

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GLORY 43 New York: Featherweight contender tournament preview and updated fight card

Towards the end of June 2017, Matt Embree would reportedly sustain an injury, resulting in him withdrawing from the (4-man) featherweight contender tournament at GLORY 43 New York; and being replaced by GLORY debutant, Mo Abdurahman (24-6, 14 KOs) with two weeks notice prior-to July 14, 2017.

Abdurahman had previously been matched-up against Chinese kickboxer, Chenchen Li which, would’ve been the opening bout of, GLORY 43 SuperFight SeriesAt only 21 years of age, the young Brit is a technically proficient kickboxer who, had secured his GLORY contract by, winning the ‘Road to Glory UK’ 8-man tournament and defeating Bailey Sugden in the final earlier this year.

However, Kevin Vannostrand (12-1) awaits Abdurahman at Madison Square Garden come Friday. Vannostrand will have the home-town advantage of the crowd behind him being a native New Yorker, in his fourth fight for GLORY. Although, less experienced and in his late 20s, the east coast fighter will undoubtedly be looking to execute his aggressive, pressure-fighter style immediately on the British fighter, similar to his only one loss (by decision) to Giga Chikadze (37-5).

In the other semi-final of the 4-man 65kg/featherweight tournament, Chikadze will feature against, fellow European kickboxer, Aleksei Ulianov (21-3-1) who, in his previous outing, had lost by decision against, Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao at GLORY 39 Brussels.

Chikadze is originally from Georgia which, was once part of the old Soviet Union but now lives in the USA and fights out of Kings MMA, whilst Ulianov lives in Russia. Both are widely regarded as very talented kickboxers with Chikadze being the more known in the US, especially since his brutal ‘Giga Kick’ (liver kick) KO of Victor Lee Pinto at GLORY 37 Los Angeles.

Don’t be surprised to see stoppages in both semi-finals, especially when taking into account the skill-set and fighting styles of the four contenders. Both semi-finals have all the ingredients for technical violence and the tournament winner should secure a title-shot against, defending champion, Robin van Roosmalen in due course.

GLORY 43 New York – Fight card:

Winner of semi-final A vs. Winner of semi-final B – 65kg, 4-man tournament final

Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Guto Inocente – Heavyweight, co-main event

Josh Jauncey vs. Elvis Gashi – 70kg

Mo Abdurahman vs. Kevin Vannostrand – 65kg, 4-man tournament semi-final B

Giga Chikadze vs. Aleksei Ulianov – 65kg, 4-man tournament semi-final A

Undercard: Chechen Li vs. Justin Houghton – Reserve bout for 65kg 4-man tournament.

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GLORY 43 SuperFight Series: Saulo Cavalari vs. Pavel Zhuravlev for interim title and updated main card

Former light-heavyweight champion, Saulo Cavalari will be fighting Pavel Zhuravlev in a five round title fight for the interim GLORY light-heavyweight title in the headline bout of GLORY 43 SuperFight Series. The upgrade comes courtesy of current light-heavyweight champion, Artem Vakihtov, being currently injured from a broken hand/arm following his TKO win over Cavalari at GLORY 38 Chicago in February.

GLORY matchmaker and Managing Sports Director, Cor Hemmers, explained his reasoning for making the headline bout an interm title fight:

“With what is sure to be an incredible fight between two top-three light heavyweights [in Cavalari and Zhuravlev], we wanted to create stakes fitting of their ranking and the prestige of Madison Square Garden.”

“Our champion Vakhitov injured his hand following GLORY 38 Chicago and is working hard toward returning later this year. In the meantime, Cavalari or Zhuravlev will be established as interim champion.”

One other change to the previously announced main card is, Chenchen Li vs. Mo Abdurahman has been scrapped; Abdurahman replaced injured Matt Embree in the GLORY 43 New York featherweight contender tournament and Li will now fight Justin Houghton in a reserve bout for the 4-man tournament instead.

GLORY 43 SuperFight Series – Updated main card:

Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Saulo Cavalari – Interim light-heavyweight title fight

Arthur Sorsor vs. Bailey Sugden – Featherweight

Ariel Sepulveda vs. Joe Taylor – Middleweight

Anissa Meksen vs. Jady Menezes – Women’s super-bantamweight

Itay Gershon vs. Rafal Dudek – Lightweight