BREAKING! GLORY Executive Director Maurice Hols Announces Resignation – "...In Order to Be Successful, One Must Be True to Their Own Values and Beliefs"

Feb 19, 2024
Maurice Hols. Photo: GLORY Kickboxing
An unexpected setback for the Dutch kickboxing promotion.

Amid scheduling conflicts involving March 9's Heavyweight Grand Prix, recently appointed executive director Maurice Hols has announced his resignation from GLORY leadership in an Instagram post. 

"Hi friends, this weekend I have decided to leave Glory per immediate effect. It is never easy to let go of something you are passionate about, but I strongly believe that in order to be successful, one must be true to their own values and beliefs. The GLORY team was amazing to work with and I really would like to express my gratitude to all my colleagues, the athletes and our partners for their trust and support in me personally. I hope to have the opportunity to contribute to the world of combat in a different capacity in the future. Hope to see you soon!"

The Dutch businessman previously held executive positions in media conglomerates, such as Viacom and the Northern European division of Paramount, before joining GLORY as its executive director. In his short reign as GLORY's executive director, Hols was very popular among kickboxing fans, earning praise for his transparency in managing operations and spearheading numerous positive changes

Maurice Hols, Takashi Ito & Robbie Timmers.
Maurice Hols together with RISE CEO Takashi Ito.

Although his resignation has taken many by surprise, he insists that it is unrelated to the drama surrounding Jamal Ben Saddik and his absence from the Heavyweight Grand Prix. Hols stated that “[Scott Rudmann] and I have a different vision of the future of the organization and how it should be managed.”

With all the changes Hols has initiated over the last four months, he's unsure if GLORY will stay on course and deliver on all of the promises.

"I don't know whether the tournaments will continue to exist, or whether the organization will take a completely different course. It wouldn't surprise me if whole plans have already been made behind my back."