Robin van Roosmalen, the former GLORY Lightweight Champion can now add former Featherweight Champion to his record as well in a shocking twist at the GLORY 37 weigh-ins. The GLORY weigh-ins are usually a bit less of dramatic affairs, with fighters making weight, flexing in their underwear and staring down their opponents without there being much to report. This time around things are very, very different.
Van Roosmalen weighed in at 143.8lbs, which is .8lbs over the Featherweight limit. When given a chance to try a second time van Roosmalen turned down the opportunity, forcing GLORY officials to work swiftly in stripping him of the GLORY Featherweight title ahead of his would-be defense against Matt Embree at GLORY 37's SuperFight Series. What that means for the fight and the title is interesting, to say the least.
If Matt Embree defeats Robin van Roosmalen he'll be awarded the GLORY Featherweight Championship, but if van Roosmalen wins neither man will walk away with the title. For Robin to reclaim his title he needs to make weight for a future fight for the title and win it all over again, creating an interesting situation for both men and some unforeseen opportunities for other fighters within the division.
Robin van Roosmalen missed weight at 143.8 (143 is limit) and has been stripped of the GLORY featherweight title.— Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) January 20, 2017
@KrisDekkerMMA Embree still has the chance to win the belt, Robin can't defend, he's stripped of the title and fights for contender status.— GLORY Kickboxing (@GLORY_WS) January 20, 2017
@thinkingmanpro correct, missed weight, California Athletic Commission rules.— GLORY Kickboxing (@GLORY_WS) January 20, 2017
Per GLORY CEO John Franklin: Robin van Roosmalen refused second opportunity to make weight after coming in over on first try.— Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) January 20, 2017