Murthel Groenhart

Murthel Cyrill Dwyth Groenhart (born October 10, 1986) is a Dutch-Surinamese mixed martial artist and former kickboxer. Groenhart is the 2012 K-1 World MAX World Championship Tournament Champion and former Glory Welterweight Champion.[2]

Murthel Groenhart
Murthel-Groenhart.jpg
BornMurthel Cyrill Dwyth Groenhart[1]
(1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 (age 36)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Other namesThe Predator
NationalityDutch
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
Welterweight
Middleweight
Super Middleweight
StyleKickboxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofAmsterdam, Netherlands
TeamVos Gym (2020–)
Mike's Gym (2002–2020)
TrainerIvan Hippolyte (2020–)
Mike Passenier (2002–2020)
Years active2004–present
Kickboxing record
Total96
Wins69
By knockout40
Losses24
By knockout5
Draws3
Mixed martial arts record
Total3
Wins3
By knockout1
By decision2
Losses0
Other information
Websitehttps://murthelgroenhart.com/
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Last updated on: September 28, 2020

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Groenhart began his kickboxing career fighting on small shows in the Netherlands. He made his SLAMM debut in 2006, losing both of his fights with the organization, including a decision loss to Leroy Kaestner at B-Klass level. In 2008, Groenhart was invited by the K-1 organization to take part in an eight-man tournament, which had originally been intended for heavyweights but was changed later for fighters around the 75 kg bracket. Groenhart won the competition in spectacular fashion, dispatching all three of his opponents by stoppage on the night to take the title in Milan.[3]

It's ShowtimeEdit

The performance at the K-1 tournament led to Groenhart being invited to take part in a fight within the It's Showtime organization – the Netherlands biggest kickboxing organization. He lost his debut to It's Showtime Reality winner Sem Braan but impressed enough to be invited back for further matches.[4] Although an impressive fighter with a good knockout ratio, Groenhart has had up and down performances within the organization, winning fights against the likes of Yassin Boudrouz and Joep Beerenpoot by knockout, but losing to Vladimir Moravcik and being knocked out by Ali Cenik, fights he should have been expected to do better in. Groenhart has also fought and lost to top class fighters such as Cosmo Alexandre and Nieky Holzken – with the loss against Holzken after an extension round, being slightly unfortunate for some who felt Groenhart deserved more.[5] Despite some inconsistent performances, Groenhart won the vacant E.M.T.A. European title at the start of 2010, defeating Amir Zeyada in an impressive showing.[6]

K-1Edit

Groenhart ventured up to the 79 kg division to face Marc de Bonte at Glory 2: Brussels on October 6, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium[7][8] and scored another come-from-behind victory as he knocked his opponent out with a knee strike in the second round.[9]

Groenhart went on to win the K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament Final in Athens, Greece on December 15, 2012, stopping Yasuhiro Kido and Mike Zambidis before knocking out his stable-mate Artur Kyshenko in the final.[10][11][12]

GloryEdit

Early careerEdit

Groenhart faced Robin van Roosmalen at Glory 7: Milan in Milan, Italy on April 20, 2013, losing a unanimous decision after getting dropped in round one.[13][14][15][16]

Groenhart lost to Davit Kiria via unanimous decision at Glory 10: Los Angeles - Middleweight World Championship Tournament in Ontario, California, United States on September 28, 2013.[17][18][19] He joined the Blackzilians camp in preparation for the fight.[20][21]

Groenhart was expected to fight Shemsi Beqiri on the Glory 14: Zagreb undercard in Zagreb, Croatia on March 8, 2014[22] but Beqiri withdrew due to an injury was replaced by Teo Mikelić.[23] Mikelić dropped him with a right cross early in round one but Groenhart climbed off the canvas and went to work, opening a cut on the Croatian that prompted a doctor's stoppage after the first round.[24][25][26][27]

Replacing his stablemate Artur Kyshenko who conceded that he would be unable to make the contracted weight of -71 kg/156 lb,[28] Groenhart stepped in to face Dzhabar Askerov at Legend 3: Pour Homme in Milan, Italy on April 5, 2014.[29] He was fortunate not to be counted by referee Atsushi Onari in the early goings after succumbing to knockdown courtesy of a left hook by Askerov, but he soon made quick work of the Russian, dropping him with a right hook before putting him away with a left hook inside the opening round.[30][31][32]

He had another fight outside of Glory, when he fought in the Kunlun Fight four man tournament. In the quarter finals he faced Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong.[33] He lost the fight in the third round by a head kick KO.[34]

2015 Glory Contender TournamentEdit

He returned to Glory during Glory 23, being scheduled to fight Chad Sugden.[35] Murthel lost the fight by a split decision.[36]

Despite the loss, he took part in the Welterweight Contender Tournament. He beat Nicola Gallo by TKO in the second round, as the fight was called by the ringside doctor due to a cut. In the finals he won a unanimous decision against Karim Ghajji.[37][38]

Winning the tournament earned a title shot against Nieky Holzken.[39] He lost the fight by a split decision.[40] He afterwards fought Cédric Doumbé, but lost the fight by a unanimous decision.

Briefly leaving Glory, Groenhart took part in the 2015 WFL 76 kg tournament. In the semi finals he won a unanimous decision against Marco Pique. In the final he fought and beat Sem Braan by a third-round KO.[41][42]

He fought Artur Kyshenko during Kunlun Fight 43. The fight went into an extra fourth round, where Kyshenko won a decision.[43]

2016 Glory Contender TournamentEdit

He returned to Glory to take part in the Welterweight Contender Tournament. He beat Karim Benmansour in the semifinals by a second-round TKO, after knocking Karim down three times. In the finals, he beat Yoann Kongolo by unanimous decision.[44][45]

He fought Jonatan Oliveira during Kunlun Fight 50. Groenhart won the fight by a second-round TKO following three knockdowns.[46]

Holzken trilogyEdit

After winning the contender tournament, he fought Nieky Holzken for the third time in his career. Holzken convincingly won the fight by a unanimous decision.[47][48]

After his failed title bid, he won his next three fights. He first fought Thongchai Sitsongpeenong during Glory 38[49] and won by a third-round TKO, Alan Scheinson during Glory 41,[50] winning by split decision, and Harut Grigorian during Glory 42, winning by KO. The fight with Grigorian ended in controversy, as Grigorian's fans jumped into the ring after his loss and started a melee with Groenhart and his corner.[51]

Title fightsEdit

Groenhart fought Cedric Doumbe in a rematch during Glory 44, for the Glory Welterweight title.[52] Groenhart won the fight by a split decision.[53]

Murthel was scheduled to make his first title defense against Harut Grigorian during Glory 50.[54] Grigorian won the fight in the first round, by TKO.[55]

Groenhart rebounded from his title loss with a second-round TKO finish of Mohammed Jaraya,[56] but dropped a split decision in his next fight to Alim Nabiev.[57]

Groenhart was scheduled to fight Cedric Doumbe for the Glory Welterweight title, held at the time by Doumbe.[58] Doumbe suffered an elbow injury before the fight, and was replaced by Troy Jones, with Groenhart and Jones fighting for the interim title.[59][60] Groenhart beat Jones by KO in the second round.[61]

Groenhart and Doumbe were scheduled to unify the titles at Glory 76.[62] The fight was rescheduled for November 7, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the first event.[63] The fight with Doumbe was indefinitely postponed, as main event fighter Badr Hari contracted COVID-19[64] and due to a partial lockdown imposed by the Dutch government.[65] The fight was rescheduled for December 19.[66] Groenhart was forced to withdraw from the fight, due to an injury.[67]

Groenhart's fight with Cédric Doumbé was rescheduled for Glory 77.[68] He lost the fight by a second-round knockout.[69]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Groenhart was scheduled to make his mixed martial arts debut against Ullubiy Ataev at Levels Fight League 3 on October 10, 2021.[70] Ataev later withdrew from the bout and was replaced by Mohamed Soumah.[71] Soumah later withdrew as well and was replaced by Kristof Kirsch. Groenhart beat Kirsch by unanimous decision.[72]

Groenhart was expected to face Ammari Diedrick at Levels Fight League 4 on November 28, 2021.[73] The event was later postponed for March 13, 2022 with Diedrick being replaced with Marcelino Kemna.[74] Groenhart won the bout after knocking Kemna down with a flying knee and then finishing him with ground and pound.[75]

Groenhart was expected to face Karim Ghajji at ARES 6 on May 20, 2022.[76] The bout was later scrapped for undisclosed reasons.[77]

Groenhart was booked to face Max Siewruk at Levels Fight League 6 on October 2, 2022.[78] In a last minute substitution, Siewruk had to pull out of the bout and was replaced by Hyram Rodriguez. Groenhart won the bout via unanimous decision.[79]

TitlesEdit

  • World Fight League
    • 2016 WFL -76 kg Tournament Champion
  • E.M.T.A.
    • 2010 E.M.T.A. K-1 rules European champion −76 kg
  • Angels of Fire
    • 2007 Angels of Fire II tournament title −75 kg

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
3 matches 3 wins 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 0 0
By decision 2 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Hyram Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) Levels Fight League 6 2 October 2022 3 5:00 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 2–0 Marcelino Kemna TKO (flying knee and punches) Levels Fight League 4 13 March 2022 2 2:04 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 1–0 Kristof Kirsch Decision (Unanimous) Levels Fight League 3 10 October 2021 3 5:00 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kickboxing recordEdit

Kickboxing Record
69 Wins (40 (T)KO's), 24 Losses, 3 Draws[80]
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2021-01-30 Loss   Cédric Doumbé Glory 77: Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands KO (Overhand right) 2 2:52
For the Glory Welterweight Championship.
2019-10-26 Win   Troy Jones Glory 70: Lyon Lyon, France KO (Punches) 2 2:38
Wins the interim Glory Welterweight Championship.
2019-03-09 Loss   Alim Nabiev Glory 64: Strasbourg Strasbourg, France Decision (Split) 3 3:00
2018-09-29 Win   Mohammed Jaraya Glory 59: Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands TKO (Punches) 2 1:05
2018-02-17 Loss   Harut Grigorian Glory 50: Chicago United States TKO (Referee stoppage) 1 2:07
Loses the Glory Welterweight Championship.
2017-08-26 Win   Cedric Doumbe Glory 44: Chicago Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA Decision (Split) 5 3:00
Wins the Glory Welterweight Championship.
2017-06-10 Win   Harut Grigorian Glory 42: Paris Paris, France KO (Punch) 2
2017-05-20 Win   Alan Scheinson Glory 41: Holland Den Bosch,Netherlands Decision (Split) 3 3:00
2017-02-24 Win   Thongchai Sitsongpeenong Glory 38: Chicago Hoffman Estates, Illinois TKO (Punches) 3 1:45
2016-10-21 Loss   Nieky Holzken Glory 34: Denver Broomfield, Colorado Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
For the Glory Welterweight Championship.
2016-08-20 Win   Jonatan Oliveira Kunlun Fight 50 – 80 kg Tournament, Quarter Finals Jinan, China TKO (3 Knockdowns Rule) 2 1:04
2016-06-25 Win   Yoann Kongolo Glory 31: Amsterdam - Welterweight Contender Tournament, Final Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
Wins the Glory Welterweight Contender Tournament.
2016-06-25 Win   Karim Benmansour Glory 31: Amsterdam - Welterweight Contender Tournament, Semi Finals Amsterdam, Netherlands TKO (3 Knockdowns Rule) 3 1:08
2016-04-23 Loss   Artur Kyshenko Kunlun Fight 43 Zhoukou, China Ext R. Decision 4 3:00
2016-04-03 Win   Sem Braan WFL - Where Heroes Meet Legends, Final Almere, The Netherlands KO (Right cross) 3
Wins the WFL -76 kg Tournament Title.
2016-04-03 Win   Marco Pique WFL - Where Heroes Meet Legends, Semi Final Almere, The Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2016-03-12 Loss   Cedric Doumbe Glory 28: Paris Paris, France Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2015-12-04 Loss   Nieky Holzken Glory 26: Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision (Split) 5 3:00
For the Glory Welterweight Championship.
2015-11-06 Win   Karim Ghajji Glory 25: Milan - Welterweight Contender Tournament, Final Monza, Italy Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
Wins the Glory Welterweight Contender Tournament.
2015-11-06 Win   Nicola Gallo Glory 25: Milan - Welterweight Contender Tournament, Semi Finals Monza, Italy TKO (cut) 2 1:03
2015-08-07 Loss   Chad Sugden Glory 23: Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (split) 3 3:00
2015-01-03 Loss   Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong Kunlun Fight 15: The World MAX Return - Middleweight Tournament, Semi Finals Nanjing, China KO (high kick) 3
2014-04-05 Win   Dzhabar Askerov Legend 3: Pour Homme Milan, Italy KO (cartwheel kick) 1 2:08
2014-03-08 Win   Teo Mikelić Glory 14: Zagreb Zagreb, Croatia TKO (cut) 1 3:00
2013-09-28 Loss   Davit Kiria Glory 10: Los Angeles Ontario, California, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2013-08-03 Win   Elizio Cabral FightCult "BEATDOWN" Paramaribo, Suriname TKO (flying knee) 1
2013-04-20 Loss   Robin van Roosmalen Glory 7: Milan Milan, Italy Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2012-12-15 Win   Artur Kyshenko K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament Final, Final Athens, Greece KO (right overhand) 3 0:54
Wins the K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament.
2012-12-15 Win   Mike Zambidis K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament Final, Semi Finals Athens, Greece TKO (doctor stopage/cut) 2 3:00
2012-12-15 Win   Yasuhiro Kido K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament Final, Quarter Finals Athens, Greece KO (right high kick) 1 1:47
2012-10-06 Win   Marc de Bonte Glory 2: Brussels Brussels, Belgium KO (right knee) 2
2012-07-21 Win   Maximo Suarez It's Showtime 59 Tenerife, Spain TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 2
2012-05-27 Win   Harut Grigorian K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament Final 16 Madrid, Spain KO (Superman punch and knees) 3 2:00
2011-11-12 Win   Darryl Sichtman Street Culture, Fight Club Group & Canary Kickboxing Federation presents: It’s Showtime 53 Tenerife, Spain Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2011-09-24 Loss   Artem Levin BFN Group & Music Hall presents: It's Showtime "Fast & Furious 70MAX" Brussels, Belgium KO (Left Knee to the Body) 5 1:51
Fight was for It's Showtime 77MAX title.
2011-06-18 Win   Rafi Zouheir It's Showtime Madrid 2011 Madrid, Spain TKO (Corner Stoppage) 1 2:16
2011-06-11 Win   Errol Koning BFN Group presents: It's Showtime Warsaw Warsaw, Poland Decision (Split) 3 3:00
2010-12-18 Loss   Khalid Bourdif Fightclub presents: It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2010-10-16 Loss   Nieky Holzken United Glory 12: 2010–2011 World Series Quarterfinals Amsterdam, Netherlands Ext.R Decision 4 3:00
2010-09-12 Win   Joep Beerenpoot Fightingstars presents: It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam, Netherlands KO (Right High Kick) 1
2010-04-17 Win   Daniel Géczi It's Showtime 2010 Budapest Budapest, Hungary TKO
2010-02-27 Win   Amir Zeyada Amsterdam Fight Club 3 Amsterdam, Netherlands TKO (Doc Stop/Cut) 1
Wins vacant E.M.T.A. K-1 rules European title −76 kg.
2009-10-24 Loss   Ali Cenik It's Showtime 2009 Lommel Lommel, Belgium KO (Overhand Right) 2
2009-08-29 Loss   Vladimir Moravcik It's Showtime 2009 Budapest Budapest, Hungary Decision 3 3:00
2009-04-24 Win   Mehmet Aygun Ergen Ring Atesi 4 Istanbul, Turkey KO (Left High Kick) 3
2009-03-14 Loss   Cosmo Alexandre Oktagon presents: It's Showtime 2009 Milan, Italy Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2009-02-08 Win   Yassin Boudrouz Fights at the Border presents: It's Showtime 2009 Antwerp, Belgium KO 1
2008-11-29 Loss   Sem Braan It's Showtime 2008 Eindhoven Eindhoven, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2008-04-12 Win   Halim Issaoui K-1 Italy Oktagon 2008, Final Milan, Italy KO 3
Wins K-1 Italy Oktagon 2008 tournament title −75 kg.
2008-04-12 Win   Yassin Boudrouz K-1 Italy Oktagon 2008, Semi Final Milan, Italy TKO
2008-04-12 Win   Marco Santi K-1 Italy Oktagon 2008, Quarter Final Milan, Italy KO
2008-04-04 Loss   Gregory Choplin It's Showtime Reality TV 2008 Koh Samui, Thailand Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2008-03-08 Win   Jan de Keyzer Gala Lommel Lommel, Belgium KO 2
2008-02-09 Draw   Matias Ipssa North Disturbed Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision Draw 5 3:00
2007-10-27 Win   Piotr Woźnicki Angels of Fire II, Final Płock, Poland TKO 1
Wins Angels of Fire II tournament title −75 kg.
2007-10-27 Win   Łukasz Rambalski Angels of Fire II, Semi Final Płock, Poland TKO 2
2007-10-27 Win   Rafał Dudek Angels of Fire II, Quarter Final Płock, Poland KO 3
2007-04-22 Win   Benito Linger Muay Thai Gala Landsmeer Landsmeer, Netherlands Decision 5 2:00
2007-02-04 Win   Cedric Burgzorg Muay Thai-MMA Gala Groningen Groningen, Netherlands Decision 5 2:00
2006-12-16 Win   Ilias Zbairi Fight4Life Gala Netherlands KO 2
2006-10-01 Loss   Leroy Kaestner SLAMM "Nederland vs Thailand II" Almere, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 5 2:00
2006-03-19 Loss   Lindo Prophase SLAMM "Nederland vs Thailand" Almere, Netherlands Decision 5 2:00
2006-02-06 Win   Iliad Oufkir Muay Thai Gala in Oostzaan Oostzaan, Netherlands TKO (Corner Stop/Knees) 1
2005-10-02 Win   Karim Al Jouharati It's Showtime 75MAX Trophy, 1st Round - Tilburg, Opening fight Tilburg, Netherlands TKO 5
2005-04-10 Draw   Trevor Smandych Urban Destruction 1 Bristol, England Decision 5
2004-12-19 Win   Fahid Maroun Gala Landsmeer[81] Landsmeer, Netherlands Decision 3 2:00
2004-11-14 Win   Guillermo Codrington Muay Thai/Mixed Gala Kickass Fight Promotions Almere, Netherlands Decision 3 2:00
2004-09-18 Win   Earl Marica Herring Gulls Zaandam, Netherlands Decision 3 2:00
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See alsoEdit

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