GLORY 22 is upon us now, which means that we will have a new top contender for the GLORY Lightweight Championship and we'll see Rico Verhoeven and Benjamin Adegbuyi lock horns for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. Follow us here at LiverKick for all of the news and updates throughout the day on the event, including results from the SuperFight Series and GLORY 22 proper.
The SuperFight Series begins at 1:30 Eastern time and GLORY 22 at 4pm Eastern. You can order the SuperFight Series through us.
GLORY 22 SuperFight Series
Shane Oblonsky (R3 - Dec.) Thomas Adamandopolous -- This was a close scrap between these two early on but Oblonsky was able to outshine him in the second and third rounds.
Serhiy Adamchuk (R3 - Dec.) Marat Grigorian -- Damn, this was a very good fight. Adamchuk showed a lot in the first round; crisp combos with his hands and really heavy body kicks that were doing some damage. Round two saw Marat come out very aggressive and do a lot of damage to Adamchuk, but Adamchuk was still moving really well. Round three I saw more for Marat, but Adamchuk showed some flashes of brilliance. The judges gave it to Adamchuk 29-28 across the board, which I'm not sure that I agree with, but it was a great performance from Adamchuk.
Yoann Kongolo (R3 - Dec.) Cedric Doumbe -- Interesting fight where both men were swinging for the fences and knew each other well enough to be able to counter or block. This led to a bit of a stalemate but Kongolo landed some of the cleaner shots so he got the nod.
Mourad Bouzidi (R3 - Dec.) Filip Verlinden -- Verlinden looked a bit off here, not really doing much and spending a lot of time against the ropes. Bouzidi was pretty much handling him throughout most of the bout.
Jamal Ben Saddik (R1 - TKO) Mamoudou Keta -- Respect to Keta, who looked to be limping, but that didn't matter. He was undersized and unprepared and Ben Saddik just ran through him.
Lightweight Tournament: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (R2 - KO) Davit Kiria -- Well damn. Sitthichai was looking stronger with the leg kicks in the first round, both men sort of feeling each other out. The second round started off with Sitthichai looking strong, but Kiria showing that heart that we all love about him with some strong punches. Sitthichai landed a beautiful, crazy knee to the gut and that was it, Kiria was down and out. Wow.
Lightweight Tournament: Josh Jauncey (R3 - TKO) Djime Coulibaly -- While Djime looked game, Jauncey was just too good. It's crazy to watch the evolution of Jauncey here in the GLORY ring like this, but he was piecing together solid combinations and chopping Djime down with leg kicks. Finally in round three Jauncey started to turn up the heat and dropped him what felt like over and over again, but was twice, for sure.
Zack Mwekassa (R1 - KO) Carlos Brooks -- Uhh yeah. Left hook destruction from Mwekassa. Lights out.
Lightweight Tournament Finals: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (R3 - Dec.) Josh Jauncey -- Josh Jauncey was incredibly game for a guy on the level that Sitthichai is. Jauncey was hanging right in there with him throughout the first round before a cut was opened up over his right eye. The fight continued on but Sitthichai's body kick became the story of the fight. Solid outing by both men but Sitthichai was just too good tonight.
GLORY Heavyweight Championship: Rico Verhoeven (C) (R5 - Dec.) Benjamin Adegbuyi -- Adegbuyi came out guns a'blazing in the first round, scoring with some big shots on the champion. It looked like Verhoeven was in some trouble early on but he held on and kept his wits about him. After that, though, pretty much one way traffic for Verhoeven. Verhoeven's cardio was simply superior and he was piecing together beautiful combinations until the very end. Adegbuyi had a few big moments late in the fight, but Verhoeven held on for the win.