Mike Passenier is the owner of Mike's Gym in The Netherlands and is the coach of many great kickboxers such as Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki, Artur Kyshenko, Murthel Groenhart, Rafal Dudek, Serhiy Adamchuk and more. Mike discusses the Badr Hari - Rico Verhoeven fight in Glory, gives his thoughts on some of his other fighters and talks about how to best promote kickboxing.
Said goals for Glory in the coming years: Developing talent (Road to Glory etc.) He didn't really mention it properly but think I saw somewhere that one is happening in Brazil soon.
Filling holes in international distribution. Talked about how they had a concerted effort with that for Thailand/true4u. They'll try and do that again for other markets. Mentioned Germany, England...earlier talked about Poland in a way that might fit that model as well.
Ultimately increasing the number of events.
Liked Saenchai and really gave him quite a few compliments, they want him back.
China is on their mind but didn't seem like there is currently any concrete plan to go there with an actual Glory event but "Some Chinese fighters to the west and have more of our guys fighting over there on a regular schedule". I've now heard Jon Franklin, Scott Rudmann and Cor Hemmers say there'll be some Chinese fighters on Glory cards so I guess there'll be some It'll be interesting to see if they can get some "names" to fight every once in a while or would it just be sorta random guys. There are some fighters who don't seem to be 100% Kunlun/WLF bound but who knows how the contracts in general are in China.
Superkombat Fighting Championships NEW HEROES will once again be live on FightBox HD on Saturday July 30th at 7:00pm CET. Fighting in the main event of the World Grand Prix is Superkombat's biggest star, heavyweight kickboxer Catalin Morosanu. In this episode he discusses everything from his upcoming fight with Murat Aygun to his controversial decision with Daniel Sam and the bizarre fight with Maurice Jackson, to politics, rugby and much more.
Robbie Hageman talks about his next fight vs Davit Kiria which, headlines Kunlun Fight 48 tomorrow (31st July); Training with Conor McGregor as part of the Irishman's UFC 202 rematch vs Nate Diaz; and almost retiring from fighting before receiving the call from China for the main event against Davit Kiria.
Gabriel Varga recaptured the GLORY world featherweight title by majority decision over, Serhiy Adamchuck at GLORY 32 in Virgina, USA. Following on from GLORY 32, Varga was on the K1ANOOP podcast this week and discussed that bloody rematch with Adamchuck and his GLORY contract being up for renewal. Also, the Canadian kickboxing technician declared his interest to fight in China again and that he’s been training in the grappling arts for some time now with the real potential to fight MMA in the future. Plus, Varga would love to fight in Canada in 2017 especially since GLORY are working on hosting an event in Canada next year too.
Sounds like Varga wants to fight in China before the end of the year and maybe before Glory has something for him again. In general wants to be more active. Should be able to more or less have a fight where he chooses in China specially with the belt now.
Touched on a little on Glory champs fighting in China, mostly stuff I think we know but interesting to hear anyway. Doesn't think Glory would let him fight any of the K-1 guys in China