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Luke Whelan on defeating Vinny Church: “Awesome Fighter. Not Enough in the Tank. Last Fight Under Kieran Keddle.” – MTGP 17

Luke Whelan reacts to successfully retaining his European Kickboxing Grand Prix (KGP) title defence against Vinny Church at Muay Thai Grand Prix 17 (on the KGP undercard) and rates Vinny Church as an “awesome fighter” who, unfortunately didn’t “have enough in the tank” to get the decision in his favour.

Luke Whelan also opens-up about the future as this is his “last fight under Kieran Keddle” who has been his coach for his entire career at Double K Gym and that he’s dropping down a weight class and more.

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Luke Whelan Mocks Vinny Church Being “Ranked UK Number One” Lightweight in Kickboxing

Kickboxing Grand Prix European champion, Luke Whelan mocks Vinny Church being “ranked UK number one” lightweight in kickboxing, prior-to their upcoming clash at MTGP 17 headlined by, Liam Harrison vs Charlie Peters, on the Kickboxing Grand Prix (KGP 11) undercard.

Luke Whelan vs Vinny Church has been in the making since the beginning of 2017 when Luke Whelan called-out Vinny Church. After 18 months, the fight was almost cancelled (due to the influence of external parties courtesy of kickboxing politics) due to the fallout from Whelan not being successfully matched-up (twice) on the GLORY 54 Birmingham event 5 weeks earlier where Church was also fighting.

Interesting Fact: Luke Whelan (coached by Kieran Keddle) fighting out of Double K Gym against, Vinny Church (coached by Tony Newman at Te-At-Su), will be the only title fight on the overall Muay Thai Grand Prix 17 event.

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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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Liam Harrison vs. Charlie Peters, Jon Haggerty vs. Macauley Coyle confirmed | Dean James and K1ANOOP

Liam Harrison vs. Charlie Peters is the biggest fight announced for 2018 in UK Muay Thai (headlining Muay Thai Grand Prix 16), followed closely by, Jon Haggerty vs. Macauley Coyle which, was confirmed by, Coyle’s coach & multiple world champion, Dean James with K1ANOOP. Both fights get broken-down in more detail and the current state of affairs in: Kickboxing, Muay Thai & more.

Harrison vs. Peters headlines Muay Thai Grand Prix 16 (MTGP 16) on July 7, 2018 at the O2 Indigo, London and an official announcement for, Jonathan Haggerty vs Macauley Coyle is expected soon.

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Whelan

Luke Whelan ‘stepped up’ for K-1 World Grand Prix after Jordan Watson injury

European Kickboxing Grand Prix champion, Luke Whelan, is a late replacement for Yokkao world champion, Jordan Watson who, broke his foot two weeks prior-to, the 70kg K-1 World Grand Prix on June 18, 2017; the 8-man tournament is taking place at the Saitama Super Arena, Japan; and Sanny Dahlbeck and Jordann Pikeur also compete in the Grand Prix.

Luke Whelan is from the UK and fights out of, Double K Gym and is the older brother of, ISKA world champion Jamie Whelan who, has fought earlier this year (and last year) in Japan on, the K-1 World GP too. Luke Whelan spoke to K1Anoop in-depth about taking this opportunity to fight on the most prestigious tournament in world kickboxing and more.

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Jordann Pikeur has ‘unfinished business with the K-1’ World Grand Prix

Jordann Pikeur was the runner up in the 2015 70kg K-1 World Grand Prix, having lost the final by round one TKO to the Grand Prix winner, Marat Grigorian. Back then in 2015, Pikeur had beaten former Yokkao champion, Sanny Dhalbeck in the semi-finals by way of a second round TKO. Pikeur spoke to K1Anoop after GLORY 42 Paris about his year so far and  his “unfinished business with the K-1”.

Both Dhalbeck and Pikeur return to Japan this year for the 2017 70 K-1 World GP on June 18 at the Saitama Super Arena, Japan. From the UK, Luke Whelan is a late replacement for the injured Jordan Watson who, broke his foot. Pikeur is the current KRUSH world champion and trains out of the legendary Mike’s Gym in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Whelan

Luke “Skywalker” Whelan, a cup of tea and the K-1 World Grand Prix | K1Anoop

Luke Whelan replaced Yokkao world champion, Jordan Watson (earlier this week) in the forthcoming 70kg K-1 World Grand Prix due to “Quadrilla” breaking his foot unfortunately. The K-1 World GP will consist of eight fighters: four from Japan being matched-up against, four non-japanese fighters in the opening round. The prestigious kickboxing event takes place on June 18, 2017 at the Saitama Super Arena Community Arena in Japan and also features: former Yokkao champion, Sanny Dhalbeck and current KRUSH champion, Jordan Pikeur.

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