Camp Jamal Ben Saddik furious after allegations of chief executive Glory | Sport

“It would be to his credit if he continued to act professionally and keep all our forms of communication out of the public domain. By violating our nondisclosure agreement, Rudmann has crossed certain boundaries and has created an irreparable breach of trust between Glory and all fighters and managers. Moreover, when making such statements, he should be telling the truth and that has not happened. Due to Rudmann’s unethical actions and inaccuracies, Jamal is forced to respond,” says Fardi, who has invariably held off questions about the consequences of Glory80 for his fighter over the past period.

“It can in no way be interpreted as anything other than character assassination and career blocking”

Rudmann stated Friday to martial arts info why Ben Saddik won’t be in action on May 14 at the ‘compensation gala’ after the rioted Glory80. “His management demanded a lower-ranked opponent and a six-figure bonus,” said Rudmann, who also said Glory was willing to pay the extra costs for Ben Saddik’s longer training camp and was willing to pay more for his performance on the field. the make-up event for duped fans.

Scott Rudmann (with microphone) is Glory's executive vice-chairman.

Scott Rudmann (with microphone) is Glory’s executive vice-chairman.

According to Fardi, none of this is true. “We have asked for zero additional financial compensation and no additional compensation has been offered by Glory. In fact, Glory has proposed to pay the previously contractually agreed amount for Glory80 in installments. To date, there has been zero Euro compensation, while Jamal has fulfilled all contractual obligations. Unlike other fighters, he has attended press conferences and weigh-ins and actively promoted the event. Jamal has agreed to Glory Rivals on May 21, at a lower price, to give his fans and the Belgian and Dutch public the show they deserve. Jamal wants to show in a packed stadium that what happened is an exception within our beautiful sport, and not the norm. To date, however, Rudmann personally blocks this course of action. It can in no way be interpreted as anything other than character assassination and career blocking.”

“Rudmann is ultimately responsible for each event, but continues to pass on his ultimate responsibility”

,,During and after the event, Glory initially did not contact us and no apologies were made until we approached ourselves. Rudmann is ultimately responsible for each event, but continues to pass on his ultimate responsibility. In an effort to limit the financial impact after Glory80, Glory now dupes the fighters, as she barely wants to compensate. Meanwhile, Jamal has spent ten weeks on trainers, a dietician, a media team and a hotel. Because his fight didn’t go through, he also lost sponsorship money. It is a six digit amount. Two sponsors have even dropped out permanently. The financial damage is considerable.”

Jamal Ben Saddik during his match against Rico Verhoeven.

Jamal Ben Saddik during his match against Rico Verhoeven.


Ben Saddik was supposed to compete against Levi Rigters in Hasselt, Belgium, but that match could not take place because of the disturbances. The Goliath immediately condemned the riots immediately afterwards, stating this week that he is ready to fight anytime, anywhere and that he is ready to step into the ring at any time. Something he proved last year by filling in at the last minute for Alistair Overeem and taking on champion Rico Verhoeven in the Gelredome. “The willingness to fight is always present with Jamal,” emphasizes Fardi.

,,We agreed at an earlier stage for a match, even before Ramadan, against Rigters, but he refused because he has just become a father. Then we said yes to a number of other fighters who are just below Jamal in the ranking. But Arek Wrzosek was fired after the riots, while number five and six Nordine Mahieddine and Benjamin Adegbuyi did not want to, according to Glory. They also found Gökhan Saki and Overeem too expensive, because they did not want to incur extra costs for the replacement studio event. Badr Hari was not an option either, while Verhoeven is not available for the time being. As number two in the ranking, Jamal has nothing to gain with a match against a fighter who is in place eight or lower. We then proposed ourselves not to fight immediately after Ramadan and also proposed a number of other opponents, but Rudmann personally refused them. Other employees at Glory are not to blame, they are transparent and always look for the right solution for all parties.”