Abdurahman

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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Abdurahman

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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Mo Abdurahman vs Manachai | Yokkao Southampton | Dean James and K1ANOOP preview

Mo Abdurahman vs. Manachai headlines Yokkao Southampton on April 29, so, multiple world champion, Dean James and K1ANOOP preview if and how the British GLORY Kickboxing fighter can defeat the former number one ranked Lumpinee fighter (real name: Jilapart Waiprakorn).

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Skordilis

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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GLORY 43 New York roundup and results: Adegbuyi ‘badly robbed’, Jauncey TKO’d and Vannostrand triumph

Benjamin Adegbuyi lost a shocking decision to Guto Inocente in the main event at GLORY 43 New York on July 14, 2017 as GLORY Kickboxing took centre stage at Madison Square Garden. Whilst Josh Jauncey was amazingly knocked-down three times, losing by second round TKO to Elvis Gashi and Kevin Vannostrand was triumph in the featherweight contender tournament.

US kickboxing officials orchestrate controversial decisions

Adegbuyi and Inocente would have each other in trouble with the number one ranked GLORY heavyweight scoring a knockdown in round one. However, the Romanian heavyweight was unable to capitalise and Inconete would regain his composure after surviving the remainder of the first and recovering before the second round commenced.

Inconete would display his skilful kicking as the fight went on but when it came down to who demonstrated the better technical kickboxing, there was only one winner in that department. Unexpectedly, the judges saw the fight very differently from the majority of viewers and awarded a shocking decision in-favour of Guto, leaving ‘Mr Gentleman’ looking speechless at the official announcement; and venting his frustrations on Twitter shortly afterwards.

Sadly, its not the first time that Guto Inocente has been at the epicentre of a shocking and horrendous decision. For example, his victory over Hesdy Gerges at GLORY 33 New Jersey was another fine example of inexplicably bad scoring. However, Guto can’t be blamed if ‘lady luck’ is somehow awarding him with victories that he may not (respectfully) deserve.

Once again, US kickboxing officials have made a mess of proceedings when it comes to being trusted with unbiased/fair decisions. It would seem that they either lack, real experience of practicing the sport to a reasonable level of technical competence, and or, they seriously lack awareness (or practical knowledge) of how kickboxing skills are effectively applied in combat, compared to, looking “flashy” but not really effective.

Elvis Gashi is the real deal and always has been

When it comes to the profiles of North American kickboxers, unless it’s either Kevin Rossor, former GLORY champions, Joe Schilling and Gabriel Varga (all of whom are currently signed to Bellator Kickboxing), the world outside of the North Americas doesn’t seem to take note.

The buildup to GLORY 43 New York was clearly missing big star names compared to, GLORY 42 Paris, with, Cedric Doumbe vs. Nieky Holzken 2; and GLORY 41 Den Bosch, headlined by, Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar. Therefore, developing new kickboxing stars for the US market has been of utmost importance to GLORY and rightfully so.

However, a local talent like Gashi (born in Kosovo, living in the US and fighting for east coast promotion, Friday Night Fights), will only help to attract more of a US following, especially after such an emphatic TKO of a more globally known kickboxer in Josh Jauncey. With GLORY 44 Chicago scheduled for August 25, could GLORY look to build more momentum on their bright new star and find Gashi another well known name in world kickboxing as swiftly as possible?

Kevin Vannostrand is kickboxing’s King of New York

What an amazing night for for another New Yorker, Kevin Vannostrand, conquering all before him in the featherweight contender tournament. His first victim was one the most talented young prospects from the UK, 21 year old Mo Abdurahman.

In typical fashion, Vannostrand came out aggressively forward with relentless pressure throwing every limb possible, relentlessly and it paid off. First a front-kick to the chin connected, severely rocking “Mighty Mo” followed-up by a spinning back fist and somehow he was able to beat the count but the damage was done. Under high pressure and still in recovery mode, Kevin was able to land on Abdurahman’s head as he had him backing into a corner and despite picking himself up yet again, the referee would waive off the fight.

The final between Vannostrand and Giga Chikadze turned into a mean and menacing encounter between the two adversaries who, had clashed before at GLORY 27 Chicago.

Chikadze was coming off a very challenging and physically demanding semi-final win over, Aleksei Ulianov that had gone the distance. Whereas, Vannostrand had exerted a lot less energy and looked a lot less war-torn compared to Chikadze and was able to avenge his one career defeat (by decision) against, the one man he’d ever lost to, with a bitter sweet unanimous decision.

Usually, winning a GLORY contender tournament secures the winner with an immediate title-shot. However, Serhiy Adamchuck was expected to fight the current featherweight champion, Robin van Roosmalen next, having won a title eliminator against, Dylan Salvador at GLORY 42 Paris.

Vannostrand

Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.

Nevertheless, depending on Robin van Roosmalen’s return to GLORY Kickboxing from MMA, Vannostrand could probably face the winner of, van Roosemalen vs. Adamchuck in the near future but instead, don’t rule out a possible title-elimantor with Adamchuck on, August 26 in Chicago.

GLORY 43 New York – Results:

Guto Inocente def. Benjamin Adegbuyi by split decision

Elvis Gashi def. Josh Jauncey by Rd2 KO

Featherweight contender tournament final:

Kevin Vannostrand def. Giga Chikadze via unanimous decision

Featherweight contender tournament, semi-finals:

Kevin Vannostrand def. Mo Abdurahman by Rd1 TKO

Giga Chikadze def. Aleksei Ulianov via split decision

Chikadze

Giga Chikadze on Georgian/Soviet upbringing and GLORY 43 New York | #TheK1AnoopShow

Giga Chikadze is a Georgian kickboxer, now living in the USA and fights out of Kings MMA. Chikadze competes in the featherweight division for GLORY Kickboxing and his upcoming fight is at GLORY 43 New York at Madison Square Garden on July 14, 2017.

Giga’s first opponent will be Russian fighter, Aleksei Ulianov and the winner will fight either, Mo Abdurahman, or, Kevin Vannostrand, to secure a title-fight with GLORY featherweight champion, Robin van Roosemalen.

1:42 Why Giga Chikadze moved to the USA
2:49 That old loss to Enfusion champion, Tayfun Ozcan
4:29 Cross training in different martial arts
5:33 Georgia’s kickboxing history, Davit Kiria and crazy kicks
9:15 From Karate to professional kickboxing
16:32 Giga’s family, wife and children
18:53 GLORY 33: Serhiy Adamchuk and Matt Embree
24:52 GLORY 42: Aleksei Ulianov
26:54 Third MMA victory a “few weeks ago”
27:36 Tayfun Ozcan continued
28:56 The beef with Robin van Roosemalen

The K1Anoop Show is hosted by Anoop Hothi. Recent guests have included: ‘The Voice’ Michael Schiavello; K-1 veteran and Muay Thai legend, John Wayne Parr; current Lion Fight champion, Regian Ersel; and Enfusion Live women’s champion, Iman Barlow.


Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.