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Former Glory Kickboxing double champ Robin van Roosmalen transitions full-time to MMA

James Law, Glory Sports International

A top kickboxing star is making the move to mixed martial arts.

Robin van Roosmalen, the first-ever man to win two championships for Glory Kickboxing, will transition full-time to MMA, his new management team Paradigm announced Thursday evening. Paradigm also represents the likes of Conor McGregor, Cris Cyborg and Glory heavyweight star Rico Verhoeven.

Van Roosmalen, 29, has won 10 of his last 12 bouts in Glory, recently losing his featherweight belt in September. The Netherlands native now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., training at Hard Knocks 365 under decorated coach Henri Hooft.

Van Roosmalen, who has a black belt in judo, is already 2-0 in MMA and boasts a 40-8 record in kickboxing. He will compete at featherweight in MMA, per the Paradigm release.

”After 10 years competing at the highest level in kickboxing, I am proud to officially announce that I will be crossing over to mixed martial arts full time,” van Roosmalen said in a statement. “I have been training with the world class team at Hard Knocks 365, and I know that I can make an immediate impact in the biggest promotions in the world. I am excited to be working with Audie Attar, Tim Simpson and Paradigm Sports Management, and I have full confidence in my team as we take the next steps in my fighting career. Thank you to all my supporters, friends and family - the best is yet to come.”

Van Roosmalen will join the likes of Israel Adesanya, Gokhan Saki and others who have recently left Glory and kickboxing to focus fully on MMA.

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