News: Dutch Soccer Player Making Kickboxing Debut, Glory, Balkan Strongman Fighting for Enfusion, One Championship

Dutch Soccer Player Making Pro Kickboxing Debut

Soccer Laduma reports Dutch footballer Orlando Smeekes will make his pro kickboxing debut next month after retiring from “the beautiful game” last year.

The 37-year-old Smeekes was born in Amsterdam but represented Curacao internationally, making six appearances.

On the club level, he played for both Helmond Sport and the Go Ahead Eagles in the Dutch Eerst Divisie, which is the league below Holland’s top domestic league the Eredivisie. Smeekes also spent time in South Africa where he played for Maritzburg United in the country’s Premier Soccer League.

He’ll debut against Tamas Kassenberg at the Rings Gala Amstelveen taking place on 5 October.

“Becoming a professional kickboxer was always my childhood dream. So this is not going to be a single match for me, but the beginning of a new chapter as an athlete and in my personal life as well. Stay tuned to see how this works out,” Smeekes wrote on Instagram.

(Smookes Photo Credit: SB News)

Glory and Energy Drink Extend Partnership

Glory Kickboxing and Monster Energy extended their marketing partnership for a “second consecutive year”, according to a media release sent out Wednesday.

According to the press release, “In addition to a prominent Monster Energy presence across GLORY broadcasts, including in-ring placement, the partnership includes fan experiences, national retail promotions and branding at GLORY live events.”

“Balkan Mountain” Fighting at Enfusion Antwerp

There aren’t many heavyweight kickboxers bigger than Nadim Nuhanovic, a Bosnian fighting out of the Netherlands trained by former Glory fighter Robbie Hageman.

Nuhanovic’s height is listed at 2.10 meters (6’10 ½) , and he tips the scales in the neighborhood of 165 kg (363 ¾ pounds).

Can he fight though? Fans will find out on 2 November when “The Balkan Mountain” enters the ring at the Enfusion and Antwerp Fight Organisation event taking place in Antwerp, Belgium.

Nuhanovic was recently profiled by the Dutch website Vice NL. He was also interviewed last year by the Eindhovens Dagblad newspaper,  where he talked about how he got back into shape after a hospital scare.

Nuhanovic was hospitalized because of high sugar and cholesterol levels and given medications to take after he was released. He didn’t want to be dependent on the drugs and got back into strength training and playing basketball.

After dedicating himself to regaining his health, Nuhanovic no longer needs the medications since his blood readings are normal again.

Now, the super heavyweight is preparing for his ring debut. Earlier this year, he competed in his first strongman competitions.

ONE: Immortal Triumph-How to Watch

Friday’s ONE: Immortal Triumph event will be broadcast on the ONE app internationally, and B/R Live in the United States (free).

The prelims will be streamed live on Twitter starting at 5:30 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. London, 6:30 a.m. New York).

The main card follows, with Nong-O defending his ONE Muay Thai Bantamweight Championship against Algeria’s Brice Delval in the main event.

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