Earlier this year, February 24th to be exact, Paulo Balicha a previous trainer of Shemsi Beqiri raided Reinach Superpro Sportcenter (Beqiri's gym) with around 20 masked men armed with bats and other weapons. It seemed as though Balicha and his men stormed into the gym just to challenge Beqiri to a bare knuckle fight, Shemsi being the fighter he is told his students to stay back and the two men fought for 7 minutes wearing only wraps. Balicha tries and succeeds to take Bequiri down a few a times but they always end up standing again while the masked men cheer and shout instructions like cornermen. Near the end of the video Beqiri gets the upper hand and has Balicha on his back and begins to punch and elbow his face, then we see the armed men begin to intervene and the video cuts out.
Beqiri said that Balicha attacked him with brass knuckles which is what started the brawl, it's very hard to tell if Balicha is in fact wearing brass knuckles from this video. A total of six people were injured during this escapade including Beqiri who fractured his hand and nose forcing him to pull out of his fight on Glory 14 against Murthel Groenhart. Balicha and some of his accomplices have been arrested and taken into custody.
Here is the video of most of the fight and the main piece of evidence in Beqiris case. There is some interviews and things before the fight but for those of us who don't speak german, the fight beings at 7:30.
This is definitely a first for GLORY in the United States, but the results from the drug testing has come back and one athlete from the GLORY 17/Last Man Standing event has tested positive for banned substances and has been issued a fine and suspension. The athlete in question was GLORY 17 main eventer Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller. The news comes from MMAJunkie's Steven Marracco via Twitter.
On the kickboxing front, CSAC has suspended Glory 17's Jarrell Miller for 9 mos. + $2500. Positive for methylhexanamine via urine.— Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) August 8, 2014
The drug in question, methylhexanamine, was primarily created as a nasal decongestant but has found its place among athletes as an appetite suppressor and metabolism booster. It was first listed as a banned substance in 2009, but is still up for debate in many places, with there being no clear cohesion across the sports world as to how to handle that. Methylhexanamine is still found in many over-the-counter supplements, which is what we assume was the case here.
Miller has been suspended for 9 months and faces a $2500 penalty. We've reached out to Miller for comment and will keep you posted.
In Saint-Tropez on August 4th Jerome Le Banner claimed another victim with his nasty liver kick. He was facing off against Colin George a very tall fighter from Mike's gym in Holland. During the first round JLB did seem to be getting a little frustrated with George's height and reach, and having a hard time getting inside but always throwing out that left body kick to wear down George's arm. The second round Le Banner came out much more aggressive and it took him less than 10 seconds to land that liver kick of doom and crumple George, you can feel Colin's pain watching him roll around holding his Liver. JLB executed this kick perfectly by setting it up with his right hook then stepping off to the side so that he can land the entire shin across his opponents body. Le Banner did the same to his last opponent Lucian Danilencu, he first dropped him with the kick, then finished it off by lifting him off the ground with a huge body hook.
I can't express enough how much we enjoy watching Jerome Le Banner destroy people in this fashion and obviously we enjoy a good liver kick. I just wish he could have done that in a K-1 Final.