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Glory 17: Filip Verlinden Knows The Fight Life

Filip Verlinden knows the fight life. Growing up as the son of a champion kickboxer, it’s second nature to him. While some might think professionally he entered the game late, whether fighting as an amateur or a professional, he been at it as long as he can remember. It was at age twenty-six that he decided to fully commit to kickboxing as a career and it’s been nothing but up for “The Belgian Bull”. Training with his father, Wim, as well as at Hemmers Gym, Filip has captured the IFMA Muay Thai Heavyweight World Champion title in 2010 and racked up countless other wins.Now ranked at #4, Saturday, June 21, 2014, he will be a participant at Glory’s inaugural PPV event, The Last Man Standing where he will face Melvin Manhoef in the first round.

They say, “It’s the quiet ones you have to watch”, this is definitely the case with Filip. He’s not the loud guy or the trash talker, he simply comes to the ring to do his job. His strengths include strong boxing skills and speed but these are just two of the tools that he uses to help him accomplish his goal. In The Last Man Standing tournament he will enter the ring coming off a win against Israel Adesanya at Glory 15 in Istanbul and he feels optimistic. He is a renewed man, now fighting at middleweight Filip feels he has found his niche. Maintaining his weight, he states has been no problem and actually that he feels more comfortable at 185. Whether he remains in the fight world steadily climbing the ranks at Glory, he states there is nothing else he would rather do. Even if he were not fighting professionally, Filip states that he’s sure his job would be something related if nothing more than fighting at an amateur level or being a trainer. Focused is the zone he is currently in.

Both he and his trainer, Nick Hemmers state he has worked very hard to prepare for this fight and his mind is honed strictly on Manhoef, his first opponent. His plans for any of the other fighters will be based solely on how the other matches develop. Like most fighters, Filip states that he has no particular opponent that he would like to face and will do his best to prepare for whoever he is matched up with. Filip shares the enthusiasm of all the fighters and staff at Glory regarding this PPV event as well as Glory’s goal to make kickboxing as popular in America as it is in Holland and Japan.

To his fans around the world, Filip expresses extreme gratitude for their support and that he will continue to put his best foot forward both inside the ring and outside as an ambassador for the sport. If you are ever looking to meet Filip, you might catch him watching a musical which he states he enjoys immensely! 

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Melvin Manhoef Pre-GLORY Last Man Standing Interview

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They call him “No Mercy” and that is exactly what you will get in the ring.  Melvin Manhoef, a man whose professional career has spanned nearly two decades takes the stage at Glory’s inaugural PPV event, The Last Man Standing on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at The Forum.  Since 1995, Melvin Manhoef has delivered brutal blows in both MMA and kickboxing also showing the world that he is dangerous in nearly every weight class.  Who has he fought? A better question probably would be who hasn’t he fought?  In the kickboxing ring he has faced the likes of Spong, Bonjasky, Leko, Karaev and Slowinksi.  Although in all of these match-ups he has not been the victor, one thing is certain, a match involving Melvin promises to bring heavy hits and hardcore action.  It is well and widely known that Manhoef is a knockout artist and does it very well.  For those who know Melvin Manhoef, they are well aware that he is dangerous from all angles, having brutalized his opponents with left hooks, right hooks and knees.  He is legend.  In anticipation of his debut with Glory I had the opportunity to talk to Melvin about his past, present and his vision for the future. 

SW: Melvin, you made it here to Glory and this very exciting event.  How do you feel?

MM: I think I am ready.  I had very good training and I am prepared.

SW: Is there anyone in particular that you would like to fight?

MM: No, I’m a fighter and I will fight whoever they put in front of me.  All of the guys are dangerous in the tournament but I feel prepared to fight any of them. 

SW: You are known for having a very aggressive style and have had some brutal knockouts in kickboxing and MMA. Do you have any prediction about how your fight with Verlindin will end?

MM: I like the knock out, but we will just see, but of course I like the knockout!  My goal is to be the champion. 

SW: For your training, you were training at Mike’s Gym or somewhere else?

MM: Well I train at Mike’s Gym sometimes but I also have my own gym.

SW: Many fighters have their own gym is this your eventual plan to do as maybe you move away from fighting in the ring, spending more time as a coach?

MM: Well I do that now in my gym and I won’t be fighting until the point that I can’t see.  Right now, I feel good and don’t think it’s any problem for me to fight. No injuries right now, so I’m ready. 

SW: Kickboxing or MMA, which do you prefer?

MM: I have a lot of experience in both.  With kickboxing, it’s very fast and there’s a lot of action.  I like MMA too, it’s just a different style of fighting.

SW: Glory is doing some very exciting things, revitalizing kickboxing in America. 

MM: Yes, and I am happy to be a part of this.  I thank Glory for having me at this event, it is very big.  June 21st will be very good for the fans.

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Glory 17: Last Man Standing Open Workouts and Press Conference Highlights

With only one more sleep remaining until the biggest kickboxing card since the K-1 WGP days, I find myself looking for every hype video I can possibly find to kill time until Glory 17.

This video shows us some short clips of some of the fighters doing an open workout and the best parts of the press conference. Seeing the different ways and contrast between the way fighters train is always interesting to watch (especially for me considering sometimes i can use some of their tricks). For example watching Simon Marcus, a more Thai style fighter hit pads is very different from watching Jarrell Miller, more of a boxer, or even Rico Verhoeven who is a Dutch kickboxer. Each fighter's skills are looking world class and they are looking in top condition.

Now on to the press conference, I'd just like to say how happy I am to finally see Daniel Ghita come out of his shell and and say more than two words. Its great to see how bitter he is about his last fight with Rico and we will see tomorrow how hard he has trained to show us that he believes he is the real champion. Its also nice to see no matter how confident they are everyone is still respectful and realizes how dangerous every other fighter is.

As if I wasn't excited enough, this video really pumped me up. I have really missed 8 man kickboxing tournaments and I feel that most of the new American kickboxing fans are going to watch this and realize what a real fight card is.

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Micky Terrill Faces tough test at SuperKombat WGP.

Micky Terrill Faces Tough Test to Follow in Countryman’s Footsteps, Win SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix Tournament.

On May 24th, 2014, Micky Terrill, winner of the Superkombat UK tryouts, took on respected, emerging Romanian fighter, Danut Hurduc, at the Superkombat World Grand Prix II and won a unanimous decision. The same night, his fellow Brit, Jamie Bates, also a Superkombat UK tryout winner, prevailed in the Superkombat Grand Prix II Light-Heavyweight tournament. While Terrill is 30 years old, Bates is 24, and they have together elicited the excitement of British kickboxing fans for their potential on the world stage.

To come out of this four-man Superkombat World Grand Prix III cruiserweight tournament like his countryman, however, Terrill (26-2) will have to defeat two fighters near or above his skill level. Terill is an outside fighter who works behind his jab to throw low kicks to either leg or to keep his opponent’s guard up for a hook-uppercut combination. He also uses his height to stay out of his opponent’s range and usually slips out of tight spots when they start to push him toward the ropes.

Unlike Hurduc who had trouble getting inside or putting pressure on Terrill, his first round opponent Saturday, Patrick Van Rees (27-8-3), has the height to match Terrill and to force him to engage, even when it is not opportune. One of the weaknesses Terrill showed in his otherwise exemplary performance against Hurduc was his tendency to get pushed into the ropes and leave himself open. This was without tremendous danger on this occasion, for Hurduc resorted nearly exclusive to wide, lurching punches that either sailed over Terrill’s head or landed on his arms and shoulders.

Van Rees is the winner of the Superkombat tryouts from Almere, Netherlands, and won his last two fights by knockout, and does not wait for his opponent to come to him. If Terrill leaves the same opening against Van Rees, he will receive a hard knee to the stomach. Van Rees is a harder puncher than Terrill and frequently moves into an effective clinch attack.

Terrill has the potential to become a solid fighter beyond the local scene in the UK, but he will have to build upon a fabulous performance in his Superkombat debut to make it past Van Rees and topple the winner of Moises Baute and Cristian Ristea.

The close proximity of each of these fighters’ talent and abilities as well as, in some cases, contrasting styles make for a compelling and exciting tournament. Though on the same day of Glory 17 and the Glory Last Man Standing PPV, it will undoubtedly be overlooked.

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