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Getting To Know GLORY Sensation Jay Overmeer

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GLORY Kickboxing sensation Jay Overmeer, makes a short return on June 11th at GLORY Rivals.

The 25 year old made his debut at GLORY in spectacular fashion during GLORY 80.

Overmeer, who trains with Team Nibte in Amsterdam, will once again be in the GLORY ring and his opponent, none other than Brazilian Rodrigo “Mineiro” Ferreira.

Overmeer returns less than three months after his successful debut against Jos van Belzen.

Winning the fight via the three knock-down rule in the second round.

Interview

How would you describe yourself as a person?

I am an extrovert but can also be calm when necessary. Besides that, I’m not that emotional.

But in the ring, I’m really a monster. Outside I am a cheerful boy and in the ring it is ‘serious business.’

I really come there to hurt people and show what I’m capable off.

In addition to kickboxing, I also give personal training and kickboxing lessons to the young people. I like to help people with their goals.

What is your favorite weapon in the ring?

My knees. In my last match at GLORY I gave 25 knees in the first 2 rounds alone.

But especially combining multiple kicks, knees & punches. Creating beautiful actions.

What’s the biggest difference between you and other welterweights at GLORY?

I have a completely different style. The other guys fight very basically and they do that very well.

My style is special and it’s a style that no one has. Every fight of mine is a show.

The difference is that my fights are very technical instead of just punching hard like what other guys are doing.

It’s important to me that it looks beautiful. Kickboxing is not MMA. The techniques must be beautiful and well executed.

I consider myself a completely different fighter than the other welterweights.

What is the highlight of your career?

My debut at GLORY. Beyond doubt. The WFL championship is also definitely a highlight and my tournament wins.

But now it really is the GLORY debut. My next highlight is the belt.

What went through your mind when you heard you could make your GLORY debut?

I couldn’t believe it. I knew that at some point I became good enough.

Then you talk to people about taking the next step and then things like COVID happen that take you a step back. But I had a dream and I believed in it, so I kept going.

Then suddenly came the words ‘You can fight at GLORY’. That was great news. I’ve been dreaming of that for 11 years.

What did you think of your GLORY debut?

Yes perfect, exactly as we trained. We knew he would be a tough guy. But that he wasn’t as good as I was.

The game plan worked and he lost control after the first round. Then he walked into my hook and it was over.

Are there any fights within GLORY that you’re looking forward to?

Actually not, GLORY can put me against anyone and then we’ll see who the better fighter is.

I don’t look at the name of, say, Hamicha or Semeleer. I just see it as people of flesh and blood.

I’m ready for everyone. If Robbie Timmers calls me for a title shot, I will immediately say yes!

You’ll fight Rodrigo “Mineiro” Ferreira on June 11 during GLORY Rivals 1. What’s it like to get back into the ring so quickly?

Yes great! Then I stay in the flow and can end with a nice fight and enjoy the summer. It’s also close to where I live, so it’s nice for me and all my fans.

What do you think of your opponent?

Not very exciting. He comes with an unorthodox style. Crazy kicks, explosive really Brazilian.

I was actually going to fight someone else, that didn’t happen, so luckily GLORY quickly came up with a solution. Then we acted quickly and made another game plan.

How does a fight between you and Rodrigo “Mineiro” Ferreira end?

Spectacular! On a KO or TKO. I hope round 1 on the body.

It is the first GLORY Rivals event. What do you think of the GLORY Rivals initiative?

I think it’s great because everyone can fight more. The more events, the more you can fight. So I definitely think it’s a good initiative.

If you want to be the best, you have to be able to fight against everyone. There are also good fighters at other organizations.

It is only nice to be able to say that you are also the best of multiple organizations. Like Tiffany van Soest who beat the champion of Rise.

Thank you to GLORY for arranging this interview, and make sure not to miss Overmeer in a GLORY-Ring on Saturday, June 11 against Rodrigo “Mineiro” Ferreira during GLORY Rivals 1.


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James Rees is a Football, F1 and MMA writer, who strives to bring you the best content aswel as bringing you interviews with some of the sports top stars.