October 10, 1986
|Other names||The Predator|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)|
|Fighting out of||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
Murthel "The Predator" Groenhart (born October 10, 1986) is a Dutch-Surinamese super middleweight kickboxer fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands for Mike's Gym, where he is trained by Mike Passenier. He is the 2008 K-1 Italy Oktagan champion and K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament Champion.
As of 28 September 2016, he is ranked the #4 welterweight in the world by LiverKick.com.
Murthel began his kickboxing career fighting on small shows in the Netherlands. He made his SLAMM debut in 2006, losing both of his fights with the organization, including a decision loss to Leroy Kaestner at B-Klass level. In 2008, Murthel was invited by the K-1 organization to take part in an eight-man tournament, which had originally been intended for heavyweights but was changed later for fighters around the 75 kg bracket. Murthel won the competition in spectacular fashion, dispatching all three of his opponents by stoppage on the night to take the title in Milan.
The performance at the K-1 tournament led to Murthel being invited to take part in a fight within the It's Showtime organization – the Netherlands biggest kickboxing organization. He lost his debut to It's Showtime Reality winner Sem Braan but impressed enough to be invited back for further matches. Although an impressive fighter with a good knockout ratio, Murthel has had up and down performances within the organization, winning fights against the likes of Yassin Boudrouz and Joep Beerenpoot by knockout, but losing to Vladimir Moravcik and being knocked out by Ali Cenik, fights he should have been expected to do better in. Murthel has also fought and lost to top class fighters such as Cosmo Alexandre and Nieky Holzken – with the loss against Holzken after an extension round, being slightly unfortunate for some who felt Murthel deserved more. Despite some inconsistent performances, Murthel won the vacant E.M.T.A. European title at the start of 2010, defeating Amir Zeyada in an impressive showing.
He ventured up to the 79 kg division to face Marc de Bonte at Glory 2: Brussels on October 6, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium and scored another come-from-behind victory as he knocked his opponent out with a knee strike in the second round.
He went on to win the K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament Final in Athens, Greece on December 15, 2012, stopping Yasuhiro Kido and Mike Zambidis before knocking out his stable-mate Artur Kyshenko in the final.
Groenhart lost to Davit Kiria via unanimous decision at Glory 10: Los Angeles - Middleweight World Championship Tournament in Ontario, California, United States on September 28, 2013. He joined the Blackzilians camp in preparation for the fight.
He was expected to fight Shemsi Beqiri on the Glory 14: Zagreb undercard in Zagreb, Croatia on March 8, 2014 but Beqiri withdrew due to an injury was replaced by Teo Mikelić. Mikelić dropped him with a right cross early in round one but Groenhart climbed off the canvas and went to work, opening a cut on the Croatian that prompted a doctor's stoppage after the first round.
Replacing his stablemate Artur Kyshenko who conceded that he would be unable to make the contracted weight of -71 kg/156 lb, Groenhart stepped in to face Dzhabar Askerov at Legend 3: Pour Homme in Milan, Italy on April 5, 2014. He was fortunate not to be counted by referee Atsushi Onari in the early goings after succumbing to knockdown courtesy of a left hook by Askerov, but he soon made quick work of the Russian, dropping him with a right hook before putting him away with a left hook inside the opening round.
- 2016 Glory Welterweight Contender Tournament Winner
- 2016 WFL -76 kg Tournament Champion
- 2015 Glory Welterweight Contender Tournament Winner
- K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament Champion
- 2010 E.M.T.A. K-1 rules European champion −76 kg
- 2008 K-1 Italy Oktagon tournament champion −75 kg
- 2007 Angels of Fire II tournament title −75 kg
64 Wins (36 (T)KO's), 23 Losses, 3 Draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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- Teo Mikelić uskočio na Glory 14 protiv Groenharta!(Croatian)
- Mirko Filipović poražen kontroverznom odlukom sudaca, ostali sunarodnjaci brutalni(Croatian)
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- Artur Kyshenko vs Dzhabar Askerov Fight Cancelled
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