Get to know Murthel Groenhart in this GLORY video
Despite being from the same country, there is plenty of tension bubbling underneath the GLORY 26 AMSTERDAM rematch between Nieky ‘The Natural’ Holzken and Murthel ‘The Predator’ Groenhart.
In a recent interview with GLORY, Groenhart said that there has been ‘five years of heat’ building up to the fight. Holzken defeated his compatriot in 2011 at the Amsterdam Passenger Terminal and the fight was ruled a draw by the judges sending it to an extra round.
Much to Groenhart’s dismay, Holzken was deemed the winner of the final round, one that ‘The Predator’ didn’t believe was even necessary, since he thought he had already won the fight.
The controversy gave way to some bad blood between the two and when Holzken told Groenhart to earn a rematch by winning a contender tournament he did just that — defeating Karim Ghajji at GLORY 25 MILAN.
“It is going to be real special man. It’s my home town. The last time I fought in Amsterdam against Nieky, we went to an extra round. I thought I won but they gave it to Nieky and I was not happy about it,” says Groenhart.
“Now we are back in Amsterdam, back in my home town, everybody is coming and I am going to show the people that I can beat this guy Nieky. So everybody, I am telling you right now, buy your tickets now, don’t wait, don’t hesitate. GLORY 26 is going to be epic.
“I am not going to say anything bad about him as a fighter, he is a very good fighter, lots of respect for him as a fighter. He has got his fans, I have got my fans and they are all going to be there, so it’s going to be a good atmosphere and we have to bring it.
“But yeah there is some heat. Five years heat. He didn’t know I was still fighting? Guess what, I am still fighting. I hope you are ready for me because I am going to take your head off.”
GLORY 26 AMSTERDAM takes place at the RAI Amsterdam on Friday, December 4 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The double-header event also features a world heavyweight title fight as Rico Verhoeven defends his belt against Romania’s Benjamin Adegbuyi for a second time.
Also on the card is a Featherweight Contender Tournament which will see the winner move forward to challenge new champion Serhiy Adamchuk. Among the participants are former world #1 Mosab Amrani and US prospect Shane Oblonsky.