|Jamal Ben Saddik|
|Born||October 3, 1990|
|Height||2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||124 kg (273 lb; 19 st 7 lb)|
|Reach||80.0 in (203 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Morocco|
|Years active||2011 – present|
last updated on: December 10, 2017
Jamal Ben Saddik (born October 3, 1990) is a Moroccan-Belgian Super heavyweight kickboxer, signed to the GLORY promotion. Nicknamed the Goliath, Ben Saddik represents Morocco when he participates in the sport.
As of 1 February 2019, he is ranked the #2 heavyweight in the world by Combat Press.
Born and raised in Antwerp, Ben Saddik was taken to a kickboxing gym at the age of nine by his father, who feared life in the streets would have a negative impact on his son. As a teen, Ben Saddik was shot and grazed with a bullet after a street fight. In 2012, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which would emerge again around a year later. Ben Saddik has since been cancer-free.
He made his debut in the It's Showtime promotion on March 6, 2011 at Fightingstars presents: It's Showtime Sporthallen Zuid and beat Rico Verhoeven. He was then scheduled to fight Anderson Silva at Fightclub presents: It's Showtime 2011 on May 21, 2011, but the bout was scrapped when Silva was instead moved to the It's Showtime 2011 Lyon card to fight Daniel Ghiță.
But, despite this setback, he was invited to compete at Glory 4: Tokyo - 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam, the biggest heavyweight tournament in kickboxing history, on December 31, 2012. He upset world #4 Errol Zimmerman at the opening stage, taking a decision. In the quarter-finals, he beat Remy Bonjasky on points, but lost via a quick body kick from Daniel Ghiță in the semis. Despite coming back from the tournament empty-handed, Ben Saddik's stock rose greatly by beating two much higher-rated fighters.
Ben Saddik fought Peter Aerts at Glory 8: Tokyo - 2013 65kg Slam on May 3, 2013 in Tokyo. He started well and floored Aerts in round one, but the Dutchman rallied back and dropped him three times in the second, forcing a referee stoppage.
Jamal lost to Rico Verhoeven by TKO for the Glory World Championship 49 after his won fight in 2011. He was seen spitting in the face of Rico Verhoeven in a prefight press conference for which he was fined after the incident.
On December 8, 2018, he won the Glory 62 8 man tournament by knocking out Benjamin Adegbuyi in the first round of the final, after winning his fights against Junior Tafa and Guto Inocente in the quarter and semi-final respectively.
Championships and accomplishments
- 2018 Glory Heavyweight Grand Prix (+95 kg/209.4 lb) Winner
- 2018 Comeback Fighter of the Year
|Professional Kickboxing record|
36 Wins (29 (T)KO's), 8 Losses, 0 Draw
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- "Combat Press Kickboxing Rankings: February 2019". combatpress.com.
- Official Glory profile
- It's Showtime Announces New May Show
- It's Showtime Lyon: Anderson Silva Replaces Slowinski Against Daniel Ghita
- Glory World Series Live Results
- Weekend Results: Lidon, H. Bennoui, Kulebin, Ben Saddik Win, Bessmertny Draws
- GLORY 2 Brussels Live Results
- DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo Live Results
- Whose stock went up at GLORY 4
- 2012's Breakout Fighters in Kickboxing
- Peter Aerts vs. Jamal Ben Saddik Set for Glory 8 Tokyo
- GLORY 8 Tokyo: 65kg Tournament Field Complete, More Fights Added
- GLORY 8 Tokyo 65kg Tournament Matches Announced
- GLORY 8 Tokyo Live Results
- GLORY 8 Tokyo Results and Review: Yuta Kubo Proves Why He is the Number One Japanese Fighter in the World Archived 2013-05-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Glory 8 Results: Yuta Kubo wins featherweight tournament Archived 2015-07-09 at the Wayback Machine
- Ky Hollenbeck vs. Shemsi Beqiri and Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Ben Edwards official for Glory 12 Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine
- Glory 12 Results and Recap: Andy Ristie shocks the world with two huge knockouts Archived 2015-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
- GLORY 12 Live Results and Updates
- GLORY 12 results: Upsets galore as Giorgio Petrosyan falls short to tourney winner Andy Ristie Archived 2013-11-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Jamal Ben Saddik Set for GLORY 14
- UFC Veteran Pat Barry Suffers First-Round Knockout Loss to Zack Mwekassa at Glory 16
- Glory 16 Results Archived 2015-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
- Qabala Fight Series #1 Results Archived 2016-01-29 at the Wayback Machine
- Qabala Fight Series #1 Videos Archived 2016-01-29 at the Wayback Machine
- Rob Tatum. "Ben Saddik's stunning reversal of fortune in the second half of the year, including his impressive tournament win, not only earned him a title shot in 2019, but also the 2018 Comeback Fighter of the Year award". CombatPress.com. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
- A1 World Combat Cup 20(in Dutch)