In a controversial and odd split decision Mikes Gym fighter Murthel Groenhart didnt walk away with the welterweight champions belt after the title fight against Nieky Holzken at Glory 26 in the Amsterdam RAI.
Controversial and odd, since the strike stats clearly showed Groenhart threw and landed more shots. Holzken didnt really seem to have an answer for Murthels attack and only seemed to pick up the pace in the last round.
We, the Groenhart fans, had waited 5 years for an event such as Glory to come to Amsterdam, as kickboxing events had been banned from the city up to December 2015. It was the opportunity to show how its done, with hard work, professionalism and sportsmanship. Kickboxing haters would have loved to see the event fail.
As the main event and with a huge Amsterdam fan base, Murthel drew a big crowd, put on a great show and gave the audience and especially the Glory organization their moneys worth. The stats however made it all look like a farce. To quote Joseph Valtellinis reaction on Twitter: How is anyone gonna take this sport seriously with this consistent embarrassing reffing and judging? Its disgusting
Just as all professional fighters, Murthel has worked his ass off behind the scenes in the time leading up to this fight, with the physical and mental rollercoaster that comes along with the ride. Not only sacrifices like this, but taking your controversial loss with pride and dignity as he does - inspiring others to have decisions like this motivate you to keep going, and only train harder - makes him a true champion.
We dont need referees and judges to tell us who the real Glory Welterweight champ is. Agree the belt belongs to Murthel Groenhart? Lets get him our own belt to show him our love, support and appreciation! You can make a donation on the top left corner of this page.
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