Riot Erupts at Glory 80 Kickboxing Show

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Chaos erupted as fans began to riot during the co-main event of the Glory 80 kickboxing show Saturday in Hasselt, Belgium forcing the cancellation of that fight and the main event. Polish heavyweight Arkadiusz Wrzosek had just scored a spectacular second round knockdown with a jumping knee strike against Moroccan-Dutch opponent Badr Hari when, between rounds, fans began fighting and hurling chairs across the arena.

One observer reported the fights were between Polish and Moroccan fans, many of whom were shirtless, while announcer Todd Grisham characterized the rioters as "soccer hooligans." As the mayhem got worse, officials were forced to cancel the final round of the Wrzosek-Hari bout, a rematch of a fight Wrzosek won in 2021 on a last ditch head kick comeback, as well as the scheduled main event between Jamal Ben Saddik and Levi Rigters. Prior to the riot, Glory women's super bantamweight champion Tiffany van Soest defended her title by fifth round TKO over Manazo Kobayashi.

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