After Alex Pereira, another of Israel Adesanya’s executioners from the kickboxing day arrived in MMA. It's about Simon Marcus, a 35-year-old Canadian nicknamed "The One" The former Glory middleweight champion has 56 professional kickboxing matches behind him (49-5-2).
In 2014, he defeated Israel Adesanya by a referee's decision in an additional fourth round of the fight. With the exception of Adesanya, The One has victories over legendary kickboxers such as Artem Vakhitov, Joe Schilling, Jason Wilnis, etc.
Marcus had his last kickboxing match back in 2018, defeated by Alex Pereira by a unanimous decision after five rounds of fighting Glory's middleweight champion. Last night, Marcus made his MMA debut under the auspices of the little-known Unified MMA promotion.
It’s a Canadian MMA promotion, and Simon celebrated in his MMA debut. Renowned kickboxer defeated Anton Tokarchuk (4-6-1) with a stoppage in the third round. However, it was a stoppage after Marcus was stabbed in the eye, which prevented Tokarchuk from continuing.
However, the decision of the referees went and the technical decision of the referees was celebrated by Simon Marcus, harder than expected must be admitted. In the run-up to the fight against Tokarchuk, Simon explained why he left kickboxing.
'' I felt things weren't getting bigger with Glory. The same thing happened again and again. I wanted to make a change and decided MMA was better for my brand." He wanted a new career challenge "I wanted something bigger than kickboxing.
No one has done what I have accomplished in the world of punching sports, no one has won so many titles, nor have they dominated for so many years." "I have never lost a muay thai fight and I am a five-time world champion.
I moved to Glory after that, I lost the first couple of matches doing the transition, but then I came together and won the title. So I see my dominance in MMA and the UFC as well, '' Simon Marcus told the MMA Junkie portal.
By the way, the same website states that Marcus has 42 muay thai wins and only one draw. It is a truly resounding name in the world of kickboxing, and it remains to be seen how far it can go in the MMA world. He certainly has potential.
Yet MMA is another dimension and something completely new to him. We don't want to assume anything about him, but it will be a completely different feeling to fight this way