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Melvin Manhoef vs. Filip Verlinden Announced for GLORY Last Man Standing

First off, don't forget that this is the last week to get your questions in for Melvin Manhoef to possibly win some GLORY swag. Check out the thread over here

Today GLORY announced the first official matchup in the GLORY Last Man Standing Middleweight Tournament. Last Man Standing will be on PPV on June 21st directly following GLORY 17 on Spike TV. The first match announced is between Melvin Manhoef and Filip Verlinden. It's an interesting bout between two guys who have both fight as high as Heavyweight and will now be fighting at a weight class that suits them better. 

Melvin Manhoef has not competed in Kickboxing as much over the past few years, but will finally make his GLORY debut. Verlinden on the other hand has competed in GLORY's Heavyweight Grand Slam as well as GLORY's Light Heavyweight tournament back at GLORY 9, this being his third GLORY tournament in a new weight class. This should be a great fight between a more technical-minded Verlinden and a crazy brawler like Manhoef.

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Video: Sudsakorn vs. Yi Long from Yokkao 9

The fight that had everyone talking from Yokkao 9 in China was Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee vs. Yi Long, a match labeled as Muay Thai vs. Shaolin Gung Fu. Sudsakorn ultimately walked away with the victory, but there are still those who have doubted it. So Yokkao has gone ahead and released the footage from the fight and you can decide for yourself. I don't know, it seems pretty cut and dry to me that Sudsakorn won, what do you think?

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Badr Hari Arrested and Released in Dubai

Oh Badr. 

Thursday in Dubai, after his successful evening of fights at GFC 3, Badr Hari was detained by police in Dubai over an alleged incident from late 2011/early 2012 involving Badr Hari. Hari was questioned and released, according to his lawyer/manager, but this was just another in a long line of legal troubles for Badr Hari over the past few years. It isn't clear what the incident was or if Badr will be brought up on charges just yet, but does seem to imply that Badr can't go anywhere without running into these kinds of problems.

For fans who are holding onto hope that Badr Hari will some day sign with GLORY and become a staple in their Heavyweight division this is yet another hurdle in a long line of already existing hurdles. Remember that Hari getting a visa for the US might be a bit difficult with this many international arrests and for serving jail time like he did. 

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Francois Ambang's Struggles and Humble Beginnings

If you've ever been poor it's a situation you will probably never forget. Especially as a child, seeing those around you take for granted the things that we look upon as basic is something that can have a tremendous effect on that individual. For most who have experienced any form of deprivation, generally one vows to make things different, to have a better future. All, however, are not successful for an escape, depending upon the route one may experience very detrimental consequences. In this situation sometimes, a beautiful flower can sprout in a field that was once thought barren. That flower is humility.

Humility is defined as the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people; the quality or state of being humble. The definition, however, is deceptive in that there is an implication of weakness, self-deprecation or meekness. In reality, however, someone who truly exhibits this quality embodies great strength. When I think of Francois Ambang, humility is one of the first qualities that comes to mind. He is a man who has known great adversity but through those times he has persevered. He has never forgotten from whence he came. His story begins in west Central Africa in Cameroon where he grew up in poverty with his parents and six siblings. Despite having certain disadvantages, Ambang has faced his challenges with confidence, a confidence that brought him to the United States with little knowledge of the language and/or customs. What Ambang did bring with him to the steps of the Combat Sports Center in Virginia was a natural athleticism and strength. He also has had a long held desire to constantly improve himself as a fighter and make not only his family but his fans proud as well.

Ambang cites that he first began his combat sports training in karate, boxing and savate. Following his move to the United States, Ambang expressed that his primary interest was in boxing. In short time, however, he was able to easily establish himself in the kickboxing arena, learning to throw the sharp combinations of punches and brutal leg kicks for which he is now famous. With an overall 12-5 record, Ambang continues to hone his craft now on the Glory stage where he currently is ranked at number 10 in the welterweight class with a 1-2 record. To date he cites as one his most memorable fights the bout with Joseph Valtellini at Glory 9 in New York.

One thing has been clear since his arrival on Glory's stage, Ambang's potential for greatness is ever present. Beginning with his participation in the ‘Road to Glory’ welterweight tournament in 2013, where he beat three opponents in one night to score a GLORY World Series contract. Ambang is confident that his time as a champion in this organization is sure to come. Those who watch the promotion should believe as well as this confidence is not braggadocio but a true love for his family and fans.

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