Jamal Ben Saddik was punished following controversy on June 29. | Photo Courtesy: Glory
Jamal Ben Saddik was issued with a six-month disciplinary suspension on Thursday.
A Glory disciplinary panel imposed the ban on the Belgian heavyweight kickboxer for his actions in a June 29 fight with fellow Glory heavyweight Hesdy Gerges.
The fight was a non-Glory affair but both fighters were taking part after receiving permission from Glory.
It lasted just 20 seconds.
Ben Saddik forced Gerges to the floor and then went on the attack. The referee jumped in to stop Saddik from kicking his grounded opponent, then waved the fight off and declared Gerges the winner by way of disqualification.
“Glory will on occasion give permission to fighters to take part in third-party events. But when they do so, they are still bound by Glory rules and regulations, this is part of the agreement,” Cor Hemmers, Head of Talent Operations, wrote in an email to Sherdog.
“In their contracts with Glory, fighters agree to abide by the company’s rules and regulations. Failure to do so is a breach of their agreement with the company and leaves the fighter open to disciplinary action.
“Mr. Ben Saddik breached his agreement with Glory and also conducted himself in a manner liable to bring the sport into disrepute. For this reason a multi-department disciplinary panel was convened, leading to today’s action against Mr. Ben Saddik.”
The Belgian heavyweight’s contract with Glory will expire before the suspension does. But once the suspension has run its course -- it ends Dec. 29 -- there is a chance Saddik can return to the fold.
“It is possible he will be invited to return to the Glory ranks in the future, but only if the disciplinary committee is confident that June’s behavior will never be repeated,” Hemmers explained.
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