November 23, 1984
The Hague, Netherlands
|Native name||مراد بوزيدي|
|Other names||The Silent Power|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||95.1 kg (210 lb; 14.98 st)|
|Reach||75.5 in (192 cm)|
|Fighting out of||The Hague, Netherlands|
Giel de Jager
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mourad "The Silent Power" Bouzidi (Arabic: مراد بوزيدي) (born November 23, 1984) is Dutch–Tunisian heavyweight kickboxer, fighting out of Dojo Kamakura/Team Aerts in The Hague, Netherlands. He is the current Dutch Heavyweight W.F.C.A. kickboxing champion.
Biography and career
Mourad Bouzidi was born in The Hague, Netherlands and started practicing Muay Thai at the age of 10. He had his first fight at the age of 13. Bouzidi still resides in The Hague and trains both at Team Kamakura and Team Aerts under Peter Aerts.
Bouzidi rose to prominence in May 2004 when he defeated Sergey Razvodovskiy, Szilard Szecsei and Konstantin Gluhov on the same night to win the Draka European Championships at +90 kg. He then beat Daniel Leko on March 25, 2005 to win the WKN European Muay Thai title at -96 kg. However, he lost the belt only two months later when he was defeated by Daniel Ghita at Local Kombat 14 "Lupta capitală".
On June 3, 2006, he made his K-1 debut in the 8-man tournament at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Seoul. He defeated Iranian strongman Mehdi Mirdavoudi by unanimous decision in the quarter-finals, but then lost out to local fighter Kim Min-Soo in the semis. In June the following year, he lost to Gökhan Saki at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Amsterdam. He then returned in February 2008 when he beat Hesdy Gerges at K-1 MAX Netherlands 2008 The Final Qualification.
He defeated Henriques Zowa via unanimous decision on June 15, 2008 to win the WFCA Dutch Muaythai Super Heavyweight (+95 kg) title.
Bouzidi then began competing for the It's Showtime promotion regularly and took wins over Hasan Gul, Rustemi Kreshnik and Errol Zimmerman between 2008 and 2009 before recording his first promotional loss to Brice Guidon at It's Showtime 2009 Barneveld in November 2009. On February 13, 2010, he faced Badr Hari for the It's Showtime Heavyweight Championship at It's Showtime 2010 Prague and was knocked out in the second round.
On October 16, 2010, he beat Anderson "Braddock" Silva in the quarter-finals of the 2010/11 United Glory World Series at United Glory 12 in Amsterdam. Advancing to the semi-finals in Charleroi on March 19, 2011, Bouzidi lost to Brice Guidon via technical knockout at United Glory 13. He then faced Errol Zimmerman for the second time in his career in a super fight at United Glory 14 in Moscow, losing via decision to bring the pair's rivalry to 1-1.
He competed in the sixteen-man 2012 Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam at Glory 4: Tokyo - 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam in Saitama, Japan on December 31, 2012 and arm injuries were the story of the night for Bouzidi. At the tournament's opening stage, he was drawn against his trainer, the legendary Peter Aerts. Aerts took the first round but broke his right hand and was unable to come out for the second, gifting Bouzidi a passage to the quarter-finals where he came up against Daniel Ghiţă. After a close first round, Bouzidi injured his right arm in round two by throwing an awkward punch that was then countered by a powerful kick from Ghiţă. He was unable to continue and was counted out by the referee.
He was expected to face Brian Collette at Glory 15: Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey on April 12, 2014 but Collette withdrew after suffering an injury and was replaced by Randy Blake. Bouzidi defeated Blake via unanimous decision.
- 2008 WFCA Dutch Muaythai Super Heavyweight (+95 kg) champion
- 2006 K-1 World Grand Prix in Seoul semi finalist
- 2005-2006 World Champion WFCA
- 2005-2006 European Champion WKN
- 2004-2005 World Champion WFCA
- 2005 Champion Tournoi Marrakech
- 2004-2005 European Champion DRAKA
- 2002-2003 The Eight Tournament Champion
69 Wins (34 (T)KO's, 34 decisions), 23 Losses, 3 Draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
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- "Artikel". www.fightnewz.net.
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