Aside from the epic Heavyweight showdown at GLORY: COLLISION on Saturday (Dec. 10, 2016) between GLORY champion Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari, there is also another big divisional tilt on the four-fight main card taking place at Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
Ismael Londt (38-6-1), the No. 2-ranked GLORY heavyweight, will be taking on Jamal Ben Saddik (27-4) in a fight that has all the makings of a wild back-and-forth brawl.
“‘JBS’ is my type of fighter,” Londt told MMAMania. He comes for war. He comes for the knockout and I do too. That’s what the fans want to see.”
Londt, 31, has won three in a row since joining the GLORY Heavyweight division back in April. “Mr. Pain.” won the GLORY 29 “Contender” tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark by besting both Anderson Silva and Jahfarr Wilnis in the same night. However, he hasn’t been granted a title shot against champion, Rico Verhoeven, just yet. Surprisingly, he’s not really upset about it.
“I’m not frustrated by it,” he explained. “GLORY gave me a reason for it.” The promotion was, of course, putting together GLORY: COLLISION with Verhoeven and Hari, so it’s more than likely–barring a bad performance against Saddik–that Londt will be next in line to take on the champion.
“How I see it, “he continued. It has to be in my benefit as well. So we will see what happens after this fight.”
After winning the GLORY 29 tournament, Londt notched his third GLORY victory by defeating Hesdy Gerges by split decision at GLORY 29 in Copenhagen, Denmark. That was Londt’s second split decision win in a row. The Dutch veteran edged out Wilnis in the GLORY 29 “Contender” tournament final by split decision also. Londt hasn’t scored a knockout victory since stopping Rustemi Kreshnik in the opening round in A-1 World Combat Cup in May of 2015.
That streak, he says, will soon be coming to an end.
“I’m always looking for the knockout and I will always look for it. I’ve made one promise: The old ‘Mr. Pain’ will be back very soon.”
GLORY: COLLISION airs live on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT via pay-per-view on UFC.tv for $29.95.
Source:: mma mania