Brazilian Alex Poatan continues to make history at Glory Kickboxing. In their first card of 2021, Glory 77, was held on Saturday (30th), in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Poatan becomes the first fighter in the promotion to hold two weight class titles simultaneously – the first Double Champion.
With a solid reign as middleweight champion, Poatan came to fight the linear light heavyweight champion, Artem Vakhitov, as the current interim light heavyweight champion. After a hard fought battle, the Brazilian won by judges split decision to make history for the promotion.
In November 2020 Poatan, who has previously knocked out the UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in Kickboxing, debuted for LFA with a knockout over Thomas Powell. The fighter, 33, splits time between kickboxing and MMA. A this moment, the athlete still has no scheduled fight for MMA.
Alex’s sister, Aline Pereira ended up defeated by Tiffany Van Soest, by unanimous decision. With the American keeping the promotion’s super-bantamweight belt. In the main event, Dutch star Rico Verhoeven knocked out Tarik Khbabez and defended his heavyweight title, beating the Moroccan for a third time. In the co-main event, Cedric Doumbé, welterweight champion, dispatched Murthel Groenhart, the interim champion, and successfully won the linear title.