Robin van Roosmalen remembers the first time he knew, without question, he eventually had to compete in mixed martial arts.
It’s a pretty simple story, really. An easy memory to recall. The veteran kickboxer knew he had to compete in MMA the first time he hit pads with 4-ounce gloves.
“I didn’t really like the game at first, the wrestling between standup,” van Roosmalen told ESPN. “But the small gloves, that’s what really drew me to it. Sometimes in training, I’ll get lazy with the big gloves. With small gloves, you can’t do that. You don’t want to get hit. It’s a whole different game.
“I was excited and scared at the same time. I put those smaller gloves on and said, ‘Wow. I need to hit somebody with these.'”
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Earlier this month, van Roosmalen, the only two-weight champion in Glory kickboxing history, announced his departure from the ring in order to pursue MMA full time. The 29-year-old will compete at 145 pounds.
Originally from the Netherlands, now fighting out of Hard Knocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, van Roosmalen hasn’t signed with an MMA promotion yet, but says a deal could be in place before the end of the year. end of the year.