29 May 1991
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)|
|Reach||71.2 in (181 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Antwerp, Belgium|
last updated on: 12 April 2014
Marat Grigorian (Armenian: Մարատ Գրիգորյան; born 29 May 1991) is an Armenian-Belgian kickboxer who competes in the lightweight division and is the current Glory Lightweight Champion. He is famous for his technical aggressive fighting style and knockout power. As of 7 June 2019, he is ranked the #1 lightweight in the world by Combat Press.
Biography and career
Marat Grigorian was born on 29 May 1991. Marat he trains at Hemmers Gym in the Netherlands: He has established himself as one of the rising stars of the Dutch circuit around the 70 kg weight category. According to Simon Rutz, the promoter of It's Showtime, Grigorian has a potential to be the next big star.
In 2011, Grigorian fought for the inaugural It's Showtime 73MAX world title, losing a close unanimous decision to Yohan Lidon. Grigorian did, however, become the youngest fighter to ever challenge for a Showtime title, at the age of 19.
He was set to face Mohamed Khamal at Glory 2: Brussels in Brussels, Belgium. However, Khamal pulled out of this bout citing personal issues and was replaced by Alex Vogel. He defeated Vogel via TKO due to low kicks in the second round.
Grigorian fought Chingiz Allazov at Glory 7: Milan in Milan, Italy on 20 April 2013. The bout ended in a no contest late in round one when Allazov was cut above the nose by an unintentional elbow. Grigorian won a rematch via decision on 14 December 2013.
Grigorian competed in the eight-man grand prix at the K-1 World GP 2015 -70kg Championship Tournament held in Tokyo, Japan on 4 July 2015. He defeated Yoichi Yamazaki and Makihira Keita by second-round knockouts in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively, and defeated Jordan Pikeur by a first-round knockout in the finals to win the K-1 -70kg Championship.
In 2016, Grigorian fought Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong twice, with the first bout taking place in the Glory Lightweight Contender Tournament finals and the second bout being for the Glory Lightweight Championship held by Sitthichai. Grigorian lost both bouts by close decisions.
Grigorian competed in the Kunlun Fight 2017 70 kg World Max Tournament in China. He defeated Jomthong Chuwattana in the Final 16, Mohamed Mezouari in the Final 8, and Dzianis Zuev in the semifinals. The finals were held in Guiyang on 4 February 2018, between Grigorian and the #2 lightweight in the world Superbon Banchamek. Grigorian knocked out Superbon with a left hook 29 seconds into the first round and won the Kunlun Fight World MAX Tournament Championship.
In a fifth fight with Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong, Marat Grigorian defeated him at Glory 65 to win the title of Glory Lightweight Champion. Grigorian knocked Sitthichai down in the second round.
Titles and accomplishments
- Glory Lightweight Champion (one time; current)
- Kunlun Fight
- WRSA -73 kg World Champion
58 Wins (32 (T)KO's), 11 Losses, 1 Draw, 1 No Contest
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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