GLORY Kickboxer Mohammed Jaraya Has Been Released from Prison Under Strict Conditions, to Fight Kaito in Japan on December 16

Nov 28, 2023
Mohammed Jaraya lands a right hand. Photo: GLORY Kickboxing
Mohammed Jaraya has an opportunity to return to the spotlight.

Fresh out of prison custody, Mohammed Jaraya will not waste time on a tune-up fight but instead face Japanese top contender Kaito Ono at the final RISE event of the year on December 16.


Two months ago, the court in Den Bosch released Mohammed Jaraya from prison despite the serious allegations against the Moroccan-Dutch kickboxer – drug and arms trafficking plus money laundering. Old encrypted PGP messages were enough to put the 27-year-old in prison custody for several months. As he clashed heads with the wrong criminals, it's rumored that he's also on a "death hit list". His lawyer, Jan-Heijn Kuijpers, denies all those allegations.

The current state of the investigations is unknown, but the decision to fight in Japan comes as a big surprise. One of the conditions for his release was that he isn't allowed to leave the country and must request permission from the court if he wants to fight abroad. This was specifically emphasized by the president of the court when he announced the decision.

Kaito, 26, is back in the winning column after stopping Massaro Glunder earlier this month. After some commotion around his rumoured fight against Rajadamnern World Series champion Thananchai, the Shootboxing & RISE champion has opted to take on the GLORY contender instead – at least for the time being.