Top-ranked GLORY heavyweight contender Jamal “The Goliath” Ben Saddik is unhappy with the organization because he hasn’t received a title shot.
Speaking with Dutch publication De Telegraaf, Ben Saddik said he is frustated he hasn’t been granted a bout with current heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven despite winning the GLORY 62 eight-man heavyweight tournament last December.
“I assumed that there would be a title fight, that was promised by both Rico and Glory. It really annoys me, when I ask Glory about it, I always get a different answer after a long wait. I feel lied,” Ben Saddik told the publication (translated).
Ben Saddik said it is he, not Badr Hari, who is the rightful next challenger to Verhoeven.
“I am the best in the ranking after Rico, I deserve that title fight. Why would they let someone who lost once at Glory and won one bad game fight him? That is purely for commerce, otherwise I cannot explain it,” he said.
The Moroccan warrior was previously defeated on a fifth-round stoppage by Verhoeven in December 2017. Ben Saddik’s loss evened the score between the two fighters at one win apiece. Ben Saddik previously defeated Verhoeven by second-round TKO in March 2011.
Ben Saddik told the publication he strayed away from his strategy in the Verhoeven rematch.
“I was a bit impressed by the intensity in Ahoy and I got carried away by it. I didn’t stick to the game plan. I was surprised that in that first round I felt I was the boss in the ring. You learn much more from such a loss than from a win. I won that eight-man tournament while I broke my hand in the semi-final,” he said.
If GLORY proceeds with a Rico-Badr rematch, Ben Saddik could depart from the promotion. He said he’s received offers from “different organizations.”
“If they let Badr Hari fight Rico Verhoeven for the title, I will seriously consider stopping at this organization,” he said.
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