Due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, kickboxing promotion GLORY has decided to terminate the contracts of all Russian fighters on its roster.
The promotion cited several reasons, such as security concerns, travel restrictions and payment difficulties, for their decision.
In an official statement, the promotion’s executive vice president, Scott Rudmann, thanked the Russian athletes for their cooperation and contributions. Rudmann said the real-world circumstances were too difficult to get athletes into fights.
“We would like to deeply thank our Russian athletes for their cooperation during this difficult time and for their historic performances in our league. We appreciate them as athletes, competitors and friends, and this unfortunate situation is not their fault. It’s not our We respect their careers and their commitment to the sport, and we’ve gone to great lengths to try to make various fights happen for them, but the real-world challenges are insurmountable in the game. environment today.
Henry Cejudo commented on the situation and accused the promotion of discriminating against Russian athletes.
“We really need to separate sport and politics. Whatever happens to peace through sport bridging the gap. This is outright discrimination. #freerussianathletes.”
Artem Vakhitov vacates GLORY light heavyweight title
The released Russian fighters also included Artem Vakhitov, who was the promotion’s light heavyweight champion.
With Vakhitov’s exit, the light heavyweight title is now vacant. Luis Tavares and Sergej Maslobojev will fight at GLORY 81 to determine the new light heavyweight king.
The fight will take place on August 20 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Both athletes are currently on impressive winning streaks. Tavares has won five fights in a row. In his last encounter, he knocked out Florent Kaouachi with punches in the third round. ‘The Infamous’ professional kickboxing record is 65-8.
Maslobojev, meanwhile, is on an 11-game winning streak that includes four knockout victories. ‘Kuvalda’ currently has a professional kickboxing record of 35-5. During his days as an amateur kickboxer, Maslobojev also picked up a win over current UFC fighter Alex Pereira.