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‘Bazooka’ Joe Valtellini: Nieky Holzken’s GLORY 29 call out was ‘bush league and not very sportsmanlike’

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The former GLORY welterweight champion was none too pleased when Nieky Holzken called him out during their post-fight interview at GLORY 29 after Holzken defeated Yoann Kongolo to retain his title in Copenhagen, Denmark. Valtellini hasn’t fought since being diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome last year.

Joseph Valtellini hasn’t fought for GLORY since winning the welterweight title at GLORY: “Last Man Standing” back in June of 2014. His highly-coveted rematch with Nieky Holzken never materialized and there is a good reason for that.

Just when his career was hitting an all-time high, Valtellini, 30, was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and was forced to abdicate his welterweight title in June of 2015.

Valtellini broke the news to Bloody Elbow at the time saying, “It was something that occurred from training but I thought it would get better and I didn’t take that time to recover, which just made it worse. As a result neither the doctors nor GLORY will clear me to fight until I am symptom-free. Unfortunately we don’t know when that will be … it could be a week, a month, a year or I could have this forever. Its not fair to the fans, GLORY or the other athletes for me to wait to defend the belt not knowing when I will be better. As such, I have made the difficult decision, in conjunction with GLORY, to vacate the title.”

Since that time, Valtellini has continued his job as a teacher working with special needs children and those with behavioral issues, opened a new gym called “Bazooka Kickboxing and MMA,” landed his first acting role in the upcoming “Kickboxer” remake, worked as a stunt coordinator on the upcoming “Suicide Squad” film, and most recently started a new color-commentating gig with GLORY–where he has been lauded for his performance ….View full article

Source:: mma mania