Danyo “Dibuba” Ilunga
Danyo “Dibuba” Ilunga (born January 31, 1987) is a Congolese-German Muay Thai kickboxer currently competing in GLORY’s Heavyweight division. Ilunga is a four-time Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion – most notably being the former It’s Showtime 95MAX World Champion.
As of 2 November 2015, he is ranked the #1 light heavyweight in the world by GLORY.
Ilunga was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo as one of seven children. The son of a prominent politician and the grandson of a local chief, the family had to flee due to the recurring conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, resettling in Germany. A fan of martial arts films starring actors such as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jackie Chan, Ilunga’s main motivation to compete in kickboxing was watching the legendary Remy Bonjasky’s fights. In 2007 at the age of 19, Ilunga took up kickboxing under the tutelage of K-1 Germany 2003 Champion and now trainer, Asmir Burgic. Ilunga would go on to train with Bonjasky himself. Ilunga’s father, who later became a pastor, did not initially approve of Ilunga’s career path, but his viewpoint switched after seeing his son win multiple titles and have a wealth of success in the sport.
2013 Glory 95kg Slam Tournament Runner-up
2011–2013 It’s Showtime 95MAX world champion -95 kg (2 title defences)
2010 I.K.B.O. Muaythai heavyweight world champion -95 kg
2010 I.M.C. Muaythai world champion -95 kg (1st title defence)
2009 German King Cup (K-1 rules) heavyweight tournament champion +95 kg
2009 I.M.C. Muaythai world champion -95 kg
2009 W.K.A. (K-1 rules) heavyweight European champion -95 kg
2008 “1-King” International (K-1 rules) super heavyweight tournament champion +100 kg
IFMA national German champion
|Style||K1, Muay Thai|
|Fight Record||57-10-0 (44 KO)|
|Team||Fighting Gym Waldbröl|
|Trainers||Asmir Burgic Remy Bonjasky|
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