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GLORY featherweight champion Robin van Roosmalen has seen his next MMA appearance has been delayed by an unfortunate injury which occurred during the Dutchman’s most recent title defence.

“Pokerface” won’t fight on next week’s FFC 30 due to the eye injury he suffered in his most recent kickboxing outing on GLORY 45. MMA Plus confirmed the news with Van Roosmalen following a statement released by FFC.

Van Roosmalen, currently 2-0 in MMA, was scheduled to be the MMA headliner of FFC 30, which is due to take place on October 21 in Linz, Austria. A new headliner is expected to be announced soon as no opponent had yet been announced for the bout, FFC states.

The Dutchman suffered the injury on September 30, when he beat Serhiy Adamchuk in the main event of GLORY 45 in Sporthallen Zuid, Amsterdam. Van Roosmalen won by unanimous decision (3x 48-47, 2x 49-46) and left the Dutch capital with the belt, but also with a swollen left eye.

Van Roosmalen told MMA Plus via text message; “It’s not a serious injury blow: “Don’t wanna take risks, my health comes first.”

The Dutchman couldn’t say if he would be ready to fight on December 1st when Van Roosmalen could be facing GLORY 43 contender tournament winner Kevin VanNostrand on GLORY 48: New York in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

Before that could happen, Van Roosmalen and GLORY have to meet at the negotiating table. The win over Adamchuk was the last bout on Van Roosmalen’s current GLORY contract, which means “Pokerface” could be a free agent very soon.

“I don’t have a crystal ball, I don’t wanna get ahead of myself,” the Dutchman states about fighting for GLORY at the tail end of the year.