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Glory Kickboxing announced last week that Chicago will serve as the host City for Glory 38. The Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, just outside of Chicago, will house the event on Feb. 24.
Headlining the card will be the rubber match between light heavyweight champion Artem Vakhitov and Saulo Cavalari. Vakhitov (17-5, 7 KOs) has racked up a 6-1 record in Glory and captured the promotion’s belt by edging Cavalari (60-4, 49 KOs) via decision at Glory 28: Paris in March. The Brazilian had previously beaten Vakhitov by split decision at Glory 20 last April. Vakhitov last fought on Nov. 5, when he knocked out Zack Mwekassa at Glory 35: Nice to retain his title.
Another match has been added to the card is “Chopper” Chi Lewis-Parry (8-, 4 KOs) and Catalin “The Carpathian Death” Morosanu (42-10, 25 KOs). The matchup will anchor the Glory 38 SuperFight Series undercard.
Glory 38: Chicago will be aired live on ESPN3 beginning 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT immediately following the Glory 38 SuperFight Series undercard, which streams live on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
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Former Glory middleweight champion Simon Marcus will return to the ring in the co-headlining slot of Glory 34, the company announced late Monday night. “The One” will oppose Dustin Jacoby over three rounds to round out the main card.
Marcus (44-3-2, 24 KOs) lost his title to Jason Wilnis at Glory 33 last month, marking the first time the Canadian has ever lost inside the Glory ring.
Jacoby (9-7, 7 KOs) hasn’t fought since May, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Marcus at Glory 30. After struggling mightily for the promotion -- Jacoby lost five straight bouts inside the Glory ring -- the Coloradan turned things around by winning his next five, all by knockout. His impressive streak catapulted him into a title fight with Marcus and now it’s his turn to try and turn things around again.
Nieky Holzken (89-11, 46 KOs) will defend his crown against fellow Dutchman Murthel Groenhart in the main event of Glory 34: Denver, which goes down on Oct. 21 at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., just outside Denver. The two have met twice previously with “The Natural” coming out on top both time as Holzken edged his foe by the thinnest of margins on both occasions.
Also slated for the event will be a four-man same-night Middleweight Contender Tournament featuring Israel Adesanya (63-3, 27 KOs), Alex Pereira (20-4, 11 KOs), Robert Thomas (8-4, 5 KOs) and Yousri Belgaroui (19-2, 10 KOs) will round out the Glory 34 main card.
The original Glory 34 main event between newly-crowned featherweight champion Gabriel Varga (28-3, 8 KOs) as he makes his first defense against former lightweight champ Robin Van Roosmalen (35-7, 19 KOs) will now serve as the headliner of the Glory 34 SuperFight Series undercard.
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Glory, the world’s leading kickboxing promotion, announced last Tuesday that its Heavyweight Contender Tournament at Glory 35 next month is ready to go.
Romania’s Benjamin Adegbuyi (25-4, 16 KOS) has been added to the card to fight Hesdy Gerges (49-17-1, 23 KOs) to round out the one-night four-man tournament to determine who will be the No. 1 contender for heavyweight championship, currently held by Rico Verhoeven. The other half of the bracket will see Jahfarr Wilnis (29-7-1, 8 KOs) taking on Mladen Brestovac (50-11-1, 33 KOs).
Glory 35: Nice will be anchored by the lightweight championship between titlist Sittichai (112-29-5, 30 KOs) defending his crown against Marat Grigorian (48-9-2, 29 KOs). The previously-announced light heavyweight showdown between Zinedine Hameur-Lain and Pavel Zhuravlev will round out the main card, airs live on ESPN3 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on Nov. 5 from Nice, France.
Glory also announced last Tuesday that French natives Nicholas Wamba (46-7, 21 KOs) and Nordine Mahieddine (18-6, 11 KOs) will collide in a heavyweight battle to finalize the Glory 35 SuperFight Series undercard.
Headlining that portion of the event will be the light heavyweight title unification battle between reigning champ Artem Vakhitov and interim” titlist Zack Mwekassa. Rounding out the undercard will be a welterweight duel between Karim Benmansour and Eyevan Danenberg; Josh Jauncey will fight Dylan Salvador at lightweight; and the women’s super bantamweight grand prix continues as Amel Dehby will square off against Ji-Waen Lee.
The Glory 35 SuperFight Series streams lives and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, also on Nov. 5.
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Glory announced on Wednesday that it has signed Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym, who will fill in for the injured Mosab Amrani to face Eddy Nait-Slimani in the co-main event of the Glory 31 SuperFight Series undercard.
Saenchai (315-43-2, 55 KOs) is regarded by many as arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in muay Thai history. He has captured the legendary Lumpinee Stadium championship in four different weight classes as well as WMC and WBC titles and the 2010 Toyota Cup tournament championship.
“Saenchai is not only one of the best muay Thai fighters in the world right now, but one of the very best ever,” said Glory Head of Talent Operations Cor Hemmers. “With Amrani falling off the Amsterdam card, this was the first chance to get our new signing in front of the fans. We came together and now the stage is set for June 25.”
Glory 31 will take place at RAI Amsterdam in Holland on June 25. The SuperFight Series will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass with the main card following live on ESPN3. The live stream on UFC Fight Pass will begin at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
The Glory 31 SuperFight Series undercard will be headlined by Zack Mwekassa (14-3, 12 KOs) taking on Mourad Bouzidi (79-22-2, 34 KOs). Glory announced that their scrum will be for the interim light heavyweight title, with the winner to face reigning champ Artem Vakhitov, who is recovering from injuries.
The rest of the SuperFight Series card will see Isis Verbeek taking on Irina Mazepa in a super bantamweight bout within Glory’s Super Bantamweight Grand Prix; Josh Jauncey opposing Anatoly Moiseev in a lightweight affair; and Maximo Suarez versus Eyevan Danenberg in a welterweight contest.
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Glory 32 “Virginia” will take place on July 22 inside the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., the promotion announced Tuesday. The event will be televised live on both ESPN3 and UFC Fight Pass.
Glory 32 will be anchored by a championship rematch, as featherweight champ Serhiy Adamchuk (33-5, 14 KOs) will defend his title against Gabriel Varga. The Ukrainian snatched the belt away from Varga (27-3, 8 KOs) via five-round decision at Glory 25 “Milan” in November and now the Canadian seeks vengeance.
Adamchuk defended his title at Glory 28 “Paris” by out-pointing Mosab Amrani and then stepped up on last-minute notice at Glory 29 “Copenhagen” last month to fight Mohammed El Mir at lightweight. Adamchuk won a unanimous decision in an entertaining battle.
Meanwhile, Varga stayed active fighting for another promotion. The Toronto native rebounded from his loss by dominating Liu Wei in China and winning the Hero Legends featherweight crown in January.
Additional matches for Glory 32 as well as the full SuperFight Series undercard will be announced soon.
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