Lithuania’s Sergej Maslobojev’s First Passion Will Always Be Kickboxing
At 33, Sergej Maslobojev is looking to climb up the ladder in GLORY’s light heavyweight division. With 32 wins in kickboxing, 21 of them via knockout, Maslobojev (32-5) has impressed wherever he goes. When he is not kickboxing, he is working on perfecting his craft in other combat sports. It has helped him become one of the fastest-growing stars today.
Speaking with Combat Press, Maslobojev talked about his influence in his home country since joining the kickboxing world. Humble but realistic, Maslobojev understands the value and curse that comes with fame.
“I never considered myself a star, although other people already call me the martial-arts legend in Lithuania,” Maslobojev stated. “My opinion is that all the stars are in the sky, and if you begin to consider yourself the one, then your downfall will begin soon. Therefore, I always try to remain myself — to remain a simple and ‘hungry’ athlete.”
Kickboxing since he was 18, Maslobojev was a weightlifting champion, winning at 125 and 145 kilograms. His physique, however, was better suited for kickboxing, resulting in his journey. In his early career, he won the Baltic Muay Thai Light Heavyweight Championship.
Maslobojev has also competed in boxing and MMA. With a 7-3 boxing record, including a loss against Mairis Briedis, as well as an 11-6 MMA record, Maslobojev has used his skills towards his advantage. At one point he was considering a move to boxing full-time, while also finding ways to compete in MMA. However, the idea of giving up his passion was not ideal for him.
“I really wanted to, but the bureaucracy at the American Embassy put a spoke in the wheel,” Maslobojev went on to say regarding boxing. “I did not get a visa to America and decided to return to what I do best: kickboxing!
“I began to look for prospects and the opportunity to let the world know about myself differently, because my second son, Raon, was going to come into the world,” he stated when talking about MMA. “[I had to] start earning more, and it turned out, coincidence or not, but right after this fight I received a letter from GLORY.”
Fighting all over, Maslobojev fought twice for ONE Championship before debuting for GLORY in 2019. He made an immediate impact, with a flying kick in the first few seconds of his first fight. As Lithuania’s premier talent, Maslobojev is looking to continue to make moments that will last a lifetime in the sport he loves.
When he is not competing, Maslobojev is working with “Champion’s House”, a community-based project that pushes people to become the best versions of themselves.