GLORY Kickboxing returns to Germany this Saturday October 12 with an event in the city of Dusseldorf. While many fans are looking forward to the title fight main event between lightweight champ Marat Grigorian and young phenom Tyjani Beztati, the co-main event pitting German heavyweights Mohamed Abdallah and Michael Smolik will be the most anticipated bout for the local audience.
Glory fans are familiar with Abdallah from his fights with D’Angelo Marshall and Guto Inocente, but Smolik isn’t as well-known internationally.
Here’s some quick facts on Smolik.
He Used to be a Police Officer
Smolik used to be a police officer but resigned after his employer asked him to stop kickboxing because of the risk of physical injury. A lifelong martial artist, Smolik had already competed in the amateurs and turned pro while serving on the police force.
Smolik didn’t want to leave the force, but opted to follow his dream of being a champion fighter.
“I always wanted to be a cop, that was my dream job, but I always wanted to be the best fighter,” Smolik told the Südwest Presse.
He’s Never Lost in the Pros
Smolik brings a sterling record of 31-0 with 23 KOs into his Glory 69 debut against Abdallah.
He’s beaten some quality fighters, including British heavyweights Kaz Mwamba and Daniel Sam. Smolik defeated the veteran Sam via five-round decision, and stopped Mwamba with a knee to the liver in the first round.
Smolik is Well-Known in Germany
Smolik enjoys a huge following on social media. His YouTube channel has over half a million subscribers, and he also has over 190,000 followers on Instagram. He’s made appearances on television, including the crime drama The Ruhr Potwatch. Smollik’s girlfriend Isabell Bottger is also a “social media influencer”, with 100,000 followers.
He Knocked Out an Opponent in 3 Seconds
Well, sort of.
Smolik did land a beautiful kick to the body that knocked down his opponent 3 seconds after their match started. By the time the referee waved off the bout, nineteen seconds had elapsed.
Watch video of some of Smolik’s fights, and you’ll see the German likes to use spinning techniques. Smolik started training in the martial arts as a child with his father Jan, who was a high-level taekwondo competitor in Poland before moving to Germany.
There’s Bad Blood Between Smolik and Mo Abdallah
According to Abdallah, the bad blood between he and Smolik began after Smolik refused to give him a match.
“The feud started by Michal Smolik and his management not accepting to fight me. Saying on the television and everywhere there is no opponent in Germany that would last (a) round with him. Then I started to feel they really don’t want it,” Abdallah told the Glory Kickboxing YouTube Channel.
Smolik has a different version of events, believing Abdallah’s dislike for him is caused by jealousy.
“He’s just a stone in my way. I don’t care about him. He would like to be Michael Smolik in Germany. He has to show me that in the ring, and I will give him the answer in the ring,” Smolik said.
“He can take it personal. It’s not personal for me anymore. For six months, I hated him. It will be a war.”
With the mutual dislike between the fighters, there should be some bombs thrown early on Saturday!
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