A recent Glory Kickboxing event witnessed a memorable moment as one kickboxer unleashed a head kick that left his opponent out cold.
Glory Kickboxing, one of the premier kickboxing promotions, recently hosted the highly anticipated GLORY 88 event. This marked the return of Glory Kickboxing to France after a four-year hiatus, and the action unfolded on September 10 at the Dome de Paris arena.
The event boasted a star-studded card, originally slated to be headlined by Badr Hari and James McSweeny. However, Hari withdrew from the event due to a tragic earthquake in his homeland, Morocco. Despite this setback, GLORY 88 still delivered an electrifying spectacle for combat sports fans.
The women’s bantamweight title bout between champion Tiffany van Soest and Sarah Moussaddak took center stage as the main event. Van Soest, in her final match before retiring, aimed to cap her career with a memorable performance.
What a way to end a legendary career https://t.co/MOf6EP22vt
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 9, 2023
Right from the opening bell, Moussaddak displayed her hunger for the title, engaging in a fierce battle. However, van Soest showcased her dominance in the first round, outclassing her opponent.
The pinnacle of the match arrived in the midst of the second round. Van Soest seized an opportunity and executed a lethal head kick. The impact sent Moussaddak crashing to the canvas, struggling to recover. The referee initiated the count, reaching ten and sealing van Soest’s victory.
With this triumphant moment, the pound-for-pound women’s kickboxing legend bid farewell to her illustrious career, leaving it with a highlight-reel finish.
Yet, the jaw-dropping knockouts at GLORY 88 didn’t end there. A similar spectacular knockout occurred during the co-main event, a heavyweight clash between Nordine Mahieddine and Abdarhmane Coulibaly.
Both commenced with ferocious exchanges as soon as the bout began, displaying remarkable speed for their weight class. The intensity of the contest carried on into the third round.
KO OF THE YEAR?!?!
— GLORY Kickboxing (@GLORY_WS) September 9, 2023
With less than a minute remaining, Mahieddine delivered a thunderous head kick that instantly turned off the lights for Coulibaly. He collapsed unconscious on the canvas, prompting the referee to step in and declare Mahieddine the victor. This head kick has garnered significant attention as a potential Knockout of the Year contender.
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