Mohamed Jaraya’s suspension has been “conditionally lifted”, and the 21 year old standout will make his Glory Kickboxing debut at the Glory 51 Superfight Series March 3 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Jaraya, who fights out of the Netherlands, received a 2 year suspension by Dutch kickboxing regulatory body Federatie Oosterse Gevechtskunsten (FOG) for attacking a judge after losing a decision last year. The suspension was supposed to run until 2019, but Jaraya will be free to compete in the Netherlands effective March 1 after the FOG reduced his punishment. A Glory rep confirmed to Kickboxing Z the suspension was withdrawn by FOG on a “conditional” basis, presumably meaning Jaraya could be suspended again if he engages in any shenanigans in future bouts. Jaraya is currently training with Team Colosseum in Utrecht, the same dojo where former middleweight champ Jason Wilnis trains.
Jaraya is not only stepping up to the world’s biggest kickboxing league in Glory, but the youngster is also moving up to the welterweight division (77 kg) from lightweight (70 kg). He’s confident he will bring his power up with him to his new weight class.
“I am going to be even more powerful at this weight than I was already and I think the guys in this division have a big problem now that I am here,” he said in a press release.
Miles Simson will face Jaraya 69-6(36). Simson is also making his Glory debut and trained at the famed Vos Gym. A native of Suriname, Simson has had over 70 fights and brings a record of 64-12(25) into the bout.
The Glory 51 Superfight Series card is headlined by former welterweight champion Cedric Doumbe against Alim Nabiyev. Jaraya’s bout with Simson is the co-headliner at the Rotterdam Ahoy. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.glorykickboxing.com, and ticket purchases include access to the Glory 51 event featuring Badr Hari against Hesdy Gerges. Glory 51 Superfight Series will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.