Image Credit: (C) Ben Pontier Photography/Qabala Fight Series
Kickboxing is a tough sport sometimes, but usually doesn’t involve any ground game whatsoever. That’s the nature of the sport. This past weekend in the nation of Azerbaijan an event was held featuring a slew of GLORY fighters under the banner of Qabala Fight Series. Both Hesdy Gerges and Jamal Ben Saddik have been under the GLORY banner for a while now and are known as top Heavyweights, so them clashing made a lot of sense.
If you want to look at quasi-political overtones you can argue that Gerges is Egyptian and Jamal Ben Saddik is Moroccan and that there are natural tensions there, but both men train in the Netherlands so that point almost feels moot. They are also both professionals, so there is no excuse for Jamal Ben Saddik’s actions this weekend. Things went out of hand when Ben Saddik became frustrated with Gerges, who is known for his air-tight defenses, and swept him to the mat before following up with a kick to the downed Gerges and throwing a few punches at him on the ground.
This isn’t the first time that this has happened in a high profile kickboxing contest before, with two other cases involving a Dutch-Moroccan fighter by the name of Badr Hari, who is always in the news for one thing or another. Interestingly enough, Hari’s last outburst was against Hesdy Gerges. Poor Hesdy. Sometimes these things happen in kickboxing?