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Cedric Doumbe vs. Nieky Holzken II Headlines GLORY 42

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On Saturday, June 10th GLORY returns to Paris with GLORY 42 Paris headlined by GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe defending against former champion Nieky Holzken. Holzken, who at a time looked unstoppable, fell to Doumbe at GLORY: Collision in December and the social media exchanges have been heated ever since. Only two other fights are announced, including Jimmy Vienot against Casey Greene and Yoann Kongolo against Antoine Pinto.

GLORY 42 Paris

Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Nieky Holzken

Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: TBA vs. TBA

GLORY 42 SuperFight Series

Welterweight Headline Bout: Yoann Kongolo vs. Antoine Pinto

Welterweight Bout: Jimmy Vienot vs. Casey Greene

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Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry Headlining GLORY 41

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GLORY announced the finalized (well, as final as they can be) fight card for GLORY 41 Den Bosch today. The GLORY 41 SuperFight Series has somehow gotten even better with one of the most exciting fighters in the featherweight division, Zakaria Zouggary, making his way to GLORY to fight Anvar Boynazarov. The SFS card, which is capped off by Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung for the Featherweight Championship and Rico Verhoeven against Ismael Lazaar is perhaps one of the best GLORY shows on paper in a very long time.

GLORY 41 proper is a bit more subdued, featuring another heavyweight contender's tournament, this time with some fresh names. Anderson "Braddock" Silva will have another chance at redemption against Giannis Stoforidis while Xavier Vigney returns to fight D'Angelo Marshall. There is a featherweight bout between Chenglong Zhang and Wilson Sanches Mendes and a headliner (well, co-headliner) of the recently-cancelled bout between Hesdy Gerges and Chi Lewis-Parry.

GLORY 41 Holland

Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Featherweight Bout: Chenglong Zhang vs. Wilson Sanches Mendes

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Anderson Silva vs. Giannis Stoforidis

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Xavier Vigney vs. D’Angelo Marshall

GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Superfight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar

Featherweight World Title Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao

Welterweight Bout: Murthel Groenhart vs. Harut Grigorian

Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Mourad Bouzidi

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. TBA

Featherweight Bout: Zakaria Zouggary vs. Anvar Boynazarov

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Saulo Cavalari Looking to Make MMA Debut Soon

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The lure of mixed martial arts will always be one of the biggest threats to modern kickboxing, but will also serve to ensnare fighters looking to make some more money during the brief window of time that is their professional fighting career. We've seen Robin van Roosmalen, Rico Verhoeven and Tenshin Nasukawa all dip their toes into MMA of late and there will always be more. Gabriel Varga, who just recently jumped to Bellator Kickboxing, has spoken about possibly exploring MMA as well while under the umbrella of Scott Coker's Bellator. 

According to MMAFighting, the latest to be eye-balling a transition into the realm of MMA is none other than former GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Saulo Cavalari. Cavalari, who is just coming off of a loss to GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Artem Vakhitov at GLORY 38, has been training in jiu-jitsu for years and had been considering MMA as far back as 2013. What kept him in kickboxing? GLORY made him an offer and from there he's gone 7-2, including a run as the GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion. 

He's still currently under contract with GLORY and has his eyes set on regaining the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship, but says he'd like to make his transition this year and would ultimately like to become a UFC champion. 

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Verhoeven Replies to Gokhan Saki, Unveiling Untapped Goldmine for GLORY

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With Badr Hari back in prison, a long line of unexciting contenders growing and a fight with the debuting Ismael Lazaar looming for Rico Verhoeven, his attention has shifted focus to former GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki. Saki took to social media on Friday to go on the offensive against Verhoeven after the Lazaar fight was announced, claiming that Verhoeven was ducking the former two-division star. Now Rico Verhoeven has shot back, claiming that they were attempting to put together a Rico Verhoeven/Gokhan Saki super fight for May, until Saki refused. 

According to Verhoeven, multiple opponents have shied away from a possible confrontation with Verhoeven, including Jamal Ben Saddik who claims to have fallen off of a motorcycle and is unable to train. As for Saki? According to Verhoeven (in a story released by GLORY's official site), he was offered the fight but wanted a warm-up first.

“Now today Gokhan Saki has been all over social media calling me out, saying he wants a rematch. He put out a message saying that I am dodging him. I am not dodging you motherf—ker! You got offered this fight for May and you turned it down, you said you wanted to fight someone else first before you would fight me, so what the f—k are you talking about?

“He's been talking s—t for nothing. If he comes to fight me then great, let's go, but he got offered for May and he didn't want it. The only guy who wanted it was Ismael Lazaar, and it's going to be a good explosive fight. I am looking forward to showing my skills to my fans on home soil again, it's been a long time.”

And just like that, GLORY has created a possible grudge match for this year that while not as big as a Badr Hari rematch, would be huge for kickboxing fans. Saki, who hasn't fought in years now, would need to get back into the ring and the issues that have plagued his return recently (contract issues, knee problems) would need to subside, but if this fight actually happened, it would be huge. 

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Gokhan Saki to Rico Verhoeven: 'You Don't Have the Balls to Fight Me'

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When it rains it pours, and for former GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki, he's had enough of watching from the sidelines. The former champion, who has been attempting to make his comeback under the GLORY banner at light heavyweight to no avail, has been calling out the heavyweight champion for months now, with it only intensifying thanks to the announcement of the Lazaar/Verhoeven showdown scheduled for GLORY 41.

Earlier today Saki took to Instagram where he called out Verhoeven and he did not pick and choose his words.

@ricoverhoeven rico rico the immigration service called me, they wanna give you a refugee status because you are always running away from me. Pfff what a fleeing behavior, did you always run away as a kid when there where confrontations? Again you choose another opponent because you think you can stay the "CHAMP" longer that way. But If you think you just can run over Ismael, you are wrong. And deep inside you know you are not the real CHAMP. Even your management knows that you dont have the balls to fight me because a chance of losing should be excluded so you can show your face longer on tv shows acting fake. I'm going to find real men who want a real fight. Real men who never refuse a challenge and when they say that on tv they really mean it, they dont say it just for the show. I dont even wanna fight someone like you no more, there is no pride in you, so there is no Glory in the win. Too bad that getting bigger and more musculair doesnt give you balls. You really need to grow a pair. Rico rico rico ze hebben me net gebeld van de IND immigratiedienst, ze willen jou een vluchtelingstatus geven omdat je van me vlucht. Wat een vluchtgedrag ey, rende je vroeger als klein kind ook weg tijdens confrontaties? Weer kies je een andere tegenstander met de gedachte dat je "CHAMP" kan blijven. Maar als je denkt dat je even over Ismael heen loopt heb je het mis. En diep van binnen weet je dat je niet de echte CHAMP bent. Zelfs je management weet dat je niet de ballen hebt om tegen mij te staan omdat een kans op verliezen uitgesloten moet blijven zodat je langer op tv shows nep kan blijven doen. Ik zal maar echte mannen zoeken om tegen te vechten. Echte mannen die geen uitdaging uit de weg gaan en het ook menen en niet alleen op tv zeggen for the show. Ik wil niet eens tegen mensen als jij meer vechten, er zit geen trots in je en dus is er ook geen glorie in een overwinning. Jammer dat gespierder en groter worden er niet voor zorgt dat je wat ballen krijgt. #realmen #realfighters #fake #champ #ricoverhoeven #glory #kickboxing #boxing #fight #knockouts #noballs #crybaby

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"rico rico the immigration service called me, they wanna give you a refugee status because you are always running away from me. Pfff what a fleeing behavior, did you always run away as a kid when there where confrontations?

"Again you choose another opponent because you think you can stay the "CHAMP" longer that way. But If you think you just can run over Ismael, you are wrong. And deep inside you know you are not the real CHAMP. Even your management knows that you dont have the balls to fight me because a chance of losing should be excluded so you can show your face longer on tv shows acting fake.

"I'm going to find real men who want a real fight. Real men who never refuse a challenge and when they say that on tv they really mean it, they dont say it just for the show. I dont even wanna fight someone like you no more, there is no pride in you, so there is no Glory in the win.

"Too bad that getting bigger and more musculair doesnt give you balls. You really need to grow a pair."

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Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar Headlining GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

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Hot on the heels of a series of announcements, GLORY has announced that Rico Verhoeven will square off against former Enfusion Heavyweight Champion Ismael Lazaar to headline the GLORY 41 SuperFight Series in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. This makes the SuperFight Series packed full of stars and action, considering Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao for the Featherweight title is on the same card.

This will be a five-round, non-title super fight between the two big men, with Lazaar coming off of a rather successful run in Enfusion that included holding their world title before losing it to Jahfarr Wilnis. Also announced is Murthel Groenhart vs. Harut Grigorian in a bout that the entire Welterweight division will be watching very carefully.

GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Superfight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar

Featherweight World Title Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao

Welterweight Bout: Murthel Groenhart vs. Harut Grigorian

Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Mourad Bouzidi

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GLORY Announces GLORY 43 New York at MSG Theater

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With a promise of many, many shows in 2017 and us entering the second quarter, GLORY has gotten ahead of the game by announcing GLORY 43 New York, with the promotion returning to the Theater at Madison Square Garden in the heart of New York City. The venue, where the promotion has hosted the blockbuster GLORY 12 prior, is historic in its own right and makes for a great venue for combat sports.

While no fights have been announced yet, tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 10th and there is a promise of a card in the near future.

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GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven Returns at GLORY 41

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GLORY announced this afternoon that kickboxing royalty will once again be seen within the GLORY ring at GLORY 41. Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven will make his return to the ring at GLORY 41 on May 20th against an unnamed opponent. There are a wealth of contenders thanks to the continual GLORY heavyweight contender's tournaments, which means it could be just about any of the top heavyweights in the promotion come May 20th. 

Verhoeven was last seen in the ring in December when he squared off with Badr Hari in a bout that left many wanting, with both looking forward to a rematch. The only problem is that Badr Hari returned to prison on Monday and will serve seven months, making a return this year unlikely.

GLORY 41 Holland

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven (c) vs. TBA

Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: TBA vs. TBA

GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

Featherweight World Title Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao

Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Mourad Bouzidi

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Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao Official For GLORY 41 Den Bosch

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While GLORY 41 Den Bosch was already announced, Dutch fans have been wondering when the promotion would release more details and tickets for the event. Now, thankfully, in the wake of GLORY 39's Featherweight Tournament, the promotion has formerly announced the first details for the May 20th event in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. 

The feature attraction will be former Featherweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen looking to regain the title against tough Thai Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao. Petchpanomrung is hot off of his GLORY 39 tournament victory and will be looking to make an almost-immediate impact on GLORY after just two appearances by winning the title in his third. Of course, Robin will be looking to take the title back after it was stripped from him for missing weight in his defense against Matt Embree and to make the Netherlands proud. 

Also announced is yet another heavyweight contender's tournament. That will make a third contender awaiting GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and one has to wonder if they'll just do a fourth contender's tournament to have four contenders, then run a final contender's tournament and if they are creating a low-key 16-man tournament and just never announced it. There are no names announced for it just yet. 

The SuperFight Series will be headlined by Michael Duut vs. Mourad Bouzidi and also featuring Mike Lemaire vs. Zhou Wei. More will be announced shortly.

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GLORY 39 and GLORY 39 SuperFight Series Results

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GLORY 39 went down today, March 25th in Belgium, featuring two big title fights and a Featherweight Contender's tournament to see who will fight Robin van Roosmalen for the vacant GLORY Featherweight Championship. The one last-minute change is that Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Hesdy Gerges did not happen due to what was announced as "illness."

Both champions retained their belts, Sitthichai with a brutal knee for the finish in round four against a very game Dylan Salvador, and Cedric Doumbe via an absolute dismantling of a former foe proving that he has advanced quite far since their last meeting. Doumbe called out Murthel Groenhart after the bout.

GLORY 39

GLORY Welterweight Championship: Cedric Doumbe(C) (R5 - Decision) Yoann Kongolo

Featherweight Tournament Finals: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (R3 - Decision) Serhiy Adamchuk 

Jamal Ben Saddik (R3 - Decision) Guto Inocente

Featherweight Tournament: Serhiy Adamchuk (R3 - Decision) Nafi Bilalovski

Featherweight Tournament: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (R3 - Decision) Alexei Ulyanov 

GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

GLORY Lightweight Championship: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong(C) (R4 - TKO) Dylan Salvador

Marat Grigorian (R2 - TKO) Anton Petrov 

Qinghao Meng (R3 - Split Decision) Killian Moulon 

Harut Grigorian (R3 - Decision) Pavol Garaj 

Tyjani Beztati (R2 - TKO) Sabri Ben Henia 

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Go Inside GLORY 39 Fight Week Plus a Heated Weigh-In Video

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GLORY 39 is tomorrow in the afternoon, live from Brussels, Belgium. The event is headlined by Cedric Doumbe looking to finally chalk up a win over career-rival Yoann Kongolo and defend his GLORY Welterweight Championship for the first time. This time they have five rounds to work and it isn't in front of a hometown crowd for Kongolo, making this a must-see fight between two of the very best at Welterweight. In the lead-up to that, GLORY have released their usual Inside GLORY videos and they are pretty fun this time out, especially the second part with Chi Lewis-Parry where he recounts a drunken leg-kicking contest involving Todd Grisham, James Law and the GLORY crew. 

Inside GLORY

Then, of course, come the weigh-ins. Everyone weighed in, there were staredowns, you know the drill. Of course, this features Cedric Doumbe, who is a master at getting into his opponents' heads and, well, watch for yourself. It gets a bit heated.

GLORY 39 Weigh-Ins

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UK Road 2 Glory Winner Jamie Bates Rounds Out GLORY 40 SuperFight Series

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GLORY hasn't ran one of their feeder tournaments, Road 2 GLORY in quite a while, but a week and a half ago they ran a Road 2 GLORY event in the UK that saw local fighter Jamie Bates walk away with the tournament victory and a contract with GLORY. Instead of waiting, he'll be making his debut at GLORY 40 Copenhagen. He'll be facing American standout Richard Abraham in what should be an interesting challenge for the newcomer.

GLORY 40 Copenhagen

Middleweight World Title Headline Bout: Jason Wilnis vs. Simon Marcus

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Niclas Larsen vs. Yodkhunpon

Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Alex Pereira vs. Burim Rama

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Agron Preteni

GLORY 40 SuperFight Series

Welterweight Headline Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Jamie Bates

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Mohammed El-Mir vs. Simon Santana

Light Heavyweight Bout: Freddy Kemayo vs. Imad Hadar

Lightweight Bout: Josh Janucey vs. Antonio Gomez

Featherweight Bout: Yuhang Xie vs. Chris Mauceri

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GLORY Announces Additional 2017 Dates Including The Netherlands

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With lofty plans for increasing events in 2017, GLORY continues to announce events for the rest of the first half of 2017, including a third trip to the Netherlands on May 20th, a return to France on June 10th and New York City on July 21st. All of this with of course their next event, GLORY 39, happening on March 25th in Brussels and GLORY 40 on April 29th in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

GLORY 41 in Den Bosch, Netherlands will be headlined by Robin van Roosmalen competing for the GLORY Featherweight Championship that was stripped from him earlier this year after missing weight for a title defense against Matt Embree. 

Saturday, March 25 - Forest National in Brussels, Belgium

Saturday, April 29 - Forum Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark

Saturday, May 20 - Brabanthallen 's-Hertogenbosch in Den Bosch, Netherlands

Saturday, June 10 - AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France

Friday, July 21 - The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City

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Updated Cards for GLORY 39 and GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

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GLORY has released the finalized (at least until the last minute switches inevitably happen, right?) cards for both GLORY 39 Brussels and the GLORY 39 SuperFight Series. The SuperFight Series remains strong with Sitthichai defending the GLORY Lightweight Championship against Dylan Salvador, Marat Grigorian fights Anton Petrox, Hesdy Gerges battles the ever-mouthy Chi Lewis-Parry, Harut Grigorian battles Pavol Garaj, then we round out with Tyjani Beztati vs. Sabri Ben Henia and Junus Majandinov vs. Meng Qinghao. 

Of course, GLORY is a one-two punch with the cards, leading into GLORY 39 proper which features a Featherweight tournament with Petchpanomrung vs. Alexei Ylyanov and Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Nafi Bilalovski. Signs point to Adamchuk looking to regain contendership and his title, but anything can happen in these tournaments. The battle of the big men goes down in the co-main with Jamal Ben Saddik against Guto Inocente and then the main event is the third meeting between Cedric Doumbe and Yoann Kongolo, the key difference here is that Doumbe is the reigning GLORY Welterweight Champion looking to defend. 

All of this goes down on March 25th.

GLORY 39 Brussels

Weltwerweight World Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Yoann Kongolo

Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Guto Inocente

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Nafi Bilalovski

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Alexei Ulyanov

GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Dylan Salvador

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Anton Petrov

Heavyweight Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Welterweight Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Pavol Garaj

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. Sabri Ben Henia

Catchweight (150 lb / 68 kg) Bout: Junus Majandinov vs. Meng Qinghao

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GLORY 38 Live Results and Discussion

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GLORY 38 goes down tonight! Live from Chicago, Illinois featuring a night of light heavyweight action and much more. We'll be bringing you live results and updates from the event as they happen. The one bit of news is that Zack Mwekassa has been pulled from the card for an undisclosed medical reason, with Brian Collette serving as his replacement against Zinedine Hameur-Lain.

The GLORY 38 SuperFight Series starts at 8pm Eastern time on UFC Fight Pass, GLORY 38 live at 10:30pm Eastern time on ESPN3.

GLORY 38 Chicago

Light Heavyweight World Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov (Rd2 - TKO) Saulo Cavalari - Rd1: Great first round with both guys throwing hand combinations and low kicks while the other covers up and doesn't allow punches through. Vakhitov lands 1 good overhand right in the middle of a Cavalari combo near the end of the round. Rd2: Vakhitov drops Cavalari with an amazing combination of a right high kick followed by a left hook, right hook combo. Cavalari beats the count but gets clipped with another right hand and goes down again. Once again Cavalari gets up on 8 but Vakhitov corners him and lands punch after punch until the ref had seen enough.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Ariel Machado (Rd1 - KO) Zinedine Hameur-Lain - Rd1: Machado throwing heavy punches early while Zinedine looks lethargic and not throwing much. Zinedine lands a few nice grazing right high kicks but Machado takes them well and lands a good straight right, Zinedine turns his back and gets hit with a body shot then falls to his knees, the ref starts counting and Zinedine gets up too late.

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Antoine Pinto (Rd3 - Split Decision) Richard Abraham - Rd1: Pinto's kicks vs Abrahams punches is going to be the story of this fight, Pinto was controlling distance well with this kicks and didn't get hit by many punches. Rd2: Abraham has found a way to land his punches to the body once he gets inside but overall a slow paced round with Pinto keeping Abraham at bay with kicks. Rd3: Pinto comes out bouncing and moving a little more and throwing jabs but quickly reverts back to throwing body and high kicks. Late in the round Abraham finds a home for his right low kick and pushes Pinto off balance but the ref sees its a slip.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Ariel Machado (Rd3 - Decision) Danyo Ilunga - Rd1: Looks like its going to be another Ilunga war, Machado gets a cut on the top of his head from a headbutt but Ilunga getting caught with small punches when he throws his wide hooks. Rd2: Ilunga trying to box too much and not using his kicks and knees which he used to be so successful with. Machado catching Ilunga with shots and Ilunga too wild. Rd3: Bit of a controversial knockdown call by the ref giving the round to Machado, Ilunga landed a few punches at the end of the round but its too little too late.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Zinedine Hameur-Lain (Rd2 - KO) Brian Collette - Rd1: Zinedine proving to be a bit too much for Collette in the first. Nothing Colette did was effective and Zinedine dropped him with a good combo finished by a liver kick. Rd2: Zinedine show boating a little this round and eating a few right hands for it, then he lands an overhand right of his own and causes a video game like KO where Collette spun around and his chin bounced off the canvas.

GLORY 38 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi (ExRd - Decision) Anderson Silva - Rd1: Slow round with both guys feeling each other out and picking their shots. Silva landed a good left hook which was probably the best punch of the round. Rd2: Another slow round but Silva landed a great left high kick and wobbled Benny and was also slipping and countering with his left hook nicely. Rd3: Benny starts working his combos and low kicks and Silva is blocking no low kicks at all, eventually Benny kicks out both of Silvas legs with one kick and the ref gives Silva an 8 count. Both guys swing a few punches at the end and Benny gets the worst of it and is wobbled with a left hook. ExRD: Benny lands a good right uppercut, left hook combo and drops Silva. Silva gets up and walks forward for the rest of the but cant land much of importance to get that point back.

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Catalin Morosanu (Rd2 - KO) Maurice Greene  - Rd1: Greene misses a big high kick early and that allows Morosanu to get in and throw some bombs but nothing cleans lands. Greene landing some good counters through the round while Moroasnu swings at air. Rd2: Morosanu comes out swinging again and lands a left hook on Greenes chin and thats a wrap Greene goes down and the ref waves it off.

Welterweight Bout: Murthel Groenhart (R3 - KO) Thongchai Sitsongpeenong - Rd1: Thongchai starts off with some hard right low kicks until 1 is blocked and it looks to hurt his chin. Thonchai clinching quite a bit and lands a low knee. Once Groenhart gets up he lands some hard punches and wobbles Thongchai with multiple punches who gets saved by the bell. Rd2: Thongchai lands another knee to the groin early and the ref deducts a point but not much lands for the rest of the round for either fighter. Rd3: Murthel finds a home for his right uppercut, then follows up with a triple left hook to drop Thonhchai. He gets up on 8 and Murthel lands the uppercut and more left hooks, down goes Thongchai who doesn't beat the count this time.

Welterweight Bout: Daniel Morales (R3 - Decision) Pawel Jedrzejczyk - Pawel was completely cutting the ring off throughout most of the first round. Morales was throwing some decent punches, but mostly on the defensive early on. But Morales found a home for his uppercuts and began to find his range in the second half. Second round saw Pawel look to control the ring again, but Morales has found his range and looks a lot more comfortable. He's starting to mix in more kicks and his hands were landing with a bit more ease. The third round saw Pawel come to life a bit more, landing a lot more punches. 

Lightweight Bout: Niclas Larsen (R3 - Decision) Lukasz Plawecki - First round was an interesting one, Larsen dictating the pace and location of the fight. Plawecki looks a bit slow in comparison. Rounds two and three were pretty similar.

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LiverKick Blow-by-Blow: GLORY 38 Edition

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On Friday night, February 24th live from Chicago, Illinois, GLORY returns to the ring with GLORY 38. The event is set to make some further sense out of the ultra-competitive light heavyweight division by showcasing a GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship bout and also deciding a new contender in a tournament, with the winners of each going on to fight for the title at GLORY 40. 

GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship: Artem Vakhitov (Champion) vs. Saulo Cavalari (Challenger)

This is a rubber match between two of the divisions top fighters for one of the most important and prestigious of GLORY's titles. So no, that magical Gokhan Saki return didn't happen, but the division has proven itself to be one of the promotion's strongest even in his stead with fighters like Mwekassa, Cavalari and Vakhitov stepping up and proving themselves to be worthy. Each man holds a win over the other, but perhaps their last meeting where Vakhitov was able to wrestle the title free of Cavalari's grasp told us the most about what to expect from their third clash. 

While Cavalari has proven himself to be a scary presence in the division with heavy hands and the technique to go along with it, Vakhitov feels like he's moving on to a different level. Where Cavalari is more likely to brawl and grow sloppy, Vakhitov reins it in and tightens his game up. Cavalari walked away with a split decision in their first meeting and in their second Vakhitov had made sure to change his game plan up enough to where he could pick up a decisive win. So yeah, Cavalari is a knockout artist, but Vakhitov has the defenses to weather the storm and the offense that is able to nullify Cavalari's offense and keep him off balance enough for Vakhitov to impose his will. I think we actually see a more decisive Vakhitov win this time out, especially considering how he absolutely destroyed Mwekassa in his first title defense.

Winner: Vakhitov.

GLORY Light Heavyweight Tournament: Zack Mwekassa vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain, Danyo Ilunga vs. Ariel Machado

The winner of the main event will fight the winner of this tournament at GLORY 40, giving us a really good feel for the division and where it's headed. That being said, all four men are entering the tournament with at least one loss, which is a bit confusing when crowning a contender for a title. For example, Danyo Ilunga just lost to Michael Duut. Where's Michael Duut? Zinedine Hameur-Lain lost to Pavel Zhuravlev, where's Pavel? In Machado his loss was to a fighter in another weight class, so it feels weird but excusable, and for Mwekassa he lost his last title fight, which once again, feels excusable. 

Still, I'd be remiss if I wouldn't prefer this as Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Ariel Machado II and Mwekassa vs. Michael Duut. But I'm sure there are contractual situations, injuries and the usual chaff to worry about, so we've got what we've got and outside of those losses, there isn't a lot to complain about. While I initially see Danyo Ilunga vs. Zack Mwekassa in the finals, I'm not entirely sure that Ariel Machado doesn't beat Ilunga and fight Mwekassa. If so, I'm not sure that I pick Mwekassa over Machado considering Mwekassa still shows weaknesses to kick-heavy fighters. 

So yeah, if it's Danyo Ilunga against Mwekassa, I pick Mwekassa to win it all. But Machado is absolutely the dark horse here.

Winner: Mwekassa.

Richard Abraham vs. Antoine Pinto

For a while this fight baffled me. Why would this be on the main card in what is essentially the co-main event position? Abraham has a series of impressive wins, but not against any top fighters with any really visible knockouts and Pinto is making his debut. Then it struck me; Abraham is a local guy and there is this phenomenon in the United States where the arenas get packed full of friends and family of the local fighters on the card. After their guy fights, they leave. So while you might see a packed arena during the SuperFight Series, by the time the main event rolls around it's a sea of empty seats. So yeah, put Richard Abraham near the top of the card and you'll retain a lot of that crowd. 

I still don't get that mindset and why you would attend a show and not care about seeing some of the best fighters from around the world -- even out of curiosity -- but whatever. 

Pinto's brother made his debut recently and showed that coming from muay thai you really do need to adjust to kickboxing rules if you aren't a kick-punch kind of fighter. Has Antoine learned this lesson? My bet is not really, or at least not in enough time to properly figure it out. Abraham feels like GLORY's next American star and that's pretty cool.

Winner: Abraham.

Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva

Man, it's just tough to be a Braddock Silva fan sometimes. He's talented, skilled and destroys fighters outside of the top ten, but he takes on all-comers without fear and sometimes it just doesn't work out. Adegbuyi is a guy who has improved with every fight and I don't see that stopping any time soon. So power, technique and now cardio are all within his toolbelt heading into this fight. Is it just a tune-up fight? I guess so, but never count Braddock out.

Winner: Adegbuyi.

Murthel Groenhart vs. Thongchai

GLORY's Welterweight division has been tipped on its head with Nieky Holzken being dethroned by Cedric Doumbe, leaving the rest of the division in a state of flux. Who will be the next challenger and who will emerge as the next rising star? For Murthel Groenhart, who arguably held two wins over Holzken in everyone's eyes but the judges, this is a chance for a fresh start against a man who has only beaten him once prior. But his first draw is an incredibly tough opponent in Thongchai Sitsongpeenong.

Thongchai is a former Lumpinee Champion and current Rajadamnern 160lbs Champion, meaning that he's essentially one of the best in the world without question. His first foray into the GLORY ring was an impressive win over Casey Greene that showed that he didn't need to have a long adjustment period to the rules, he was just ready to go. Of all of the fights on this card, this is perhaps the most pick 'em. I think that Thongchai is incredibly skilled and tough, but this is Murthel's fight to lose. To Murthel this is a chance at redemption and to solidify his status as the uncrowned champion, for Thongchai it's just another fight.

Winner: Groenhart.

Catalin Morosanu vs. Maurice Greene

All due respect to Maurice Greene, but holy shit. Catalin Morosanu is an incredibly tough, incredibly exciting fighter who has proven himself time and time again as one of the best heavyweights in the world. In the latter half of 2016 Morosanu looked pretty rough and his signature cardio wasn't there, but he was suffering from a bad back injury that kept him out of the gym. Hopefully that is shored up.

The Romanian who credits Bob Sapp as his hero and inspiration has already proven himself to be a much, much better version of Bob Sapp. Shorter? Yes, but hits just as hard. Less muscular? Yes, but he's got incredible cardio and it means that he can throw bombs all night without slowing down. That has led to some incredibly exciting fights and it's very rarely that you'll walk away from a Morosanu fight without a surge of adrenaline running through your system. This is perhaps the most exciting GLORY signing at heavyweight in a long, long time.

Winner: Morosanu.

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Wilnis vs. Marcus III Headlines GLORY 40 Copenhagen

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Just ahead of GLORY 38 this coming week, GLORY has been on fire with announcing upcoming events. Looking to keep pace with itself, they have released the main event for GLORY 40 Copenhagen, which takes place on April 29th, which will be GLORY Middleweight Champion Jason Wilnis against former champion Simon Marcus. The two have built up a rivalry in GLORY over the Middleweight Championship and this rubber match is where they will hopefully settle the score once and for all.

Also featured on the card will be a Middleweight tournament featuring Alex Pereira against Burim Rama and Yousri Belgaroui vs. Agron Preteni. The SuperFight Series will feature a Light Heavyweight Title fight, the participants which will be decided at GLORY 38 this week thanks to a title fight and tournament. Josh Jauncey will return to the GLORY ring against Antonio Gomez and Freddy Kemayo will test his mettle against Imad Hadar.

GLORY 40 Copenhagen

Middleweight World Title Headline Bout: Jason Wilnis vs. Simon Marcus

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Niclas Larsen vs. TBA

Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Alex Pereira vs. Burim Rama

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Agron Preteni

GLORY 40 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight World Title Headline Bout: TBD vs. TBA

Lightweight Bout: Mohammed El-Mir vs. TBA

Light Heavyweight Bout: Freddy Kemayo vs. Imad Hadar

Lightweight Bout: Josh Janucey vs. Antonio Gomez

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Updated Fight Card for GLORY 39 Brussels

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While GLORY 38 is only a week away, GLORY is still hard at work on March's GLORY 39 Brussels. While most of the card has been assembled prior, they've went ahead and updated it with the participants in the GLORY Featherweight Tournament featured on the card. The tournament features former champion Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Anvar Boynazarov and Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Alexei Ulyanov.

GLORY 39 Brussels

Weltwerweight World Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Yoann Kongolo

Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Guto Inocente

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Anvar Boynazarov

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Alexei Ulyanov

GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Dylan Salvador

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Hysni Beqiri

Heavyweight Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Harut Grigorian

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. TBA

Catchweight (150 lb / 68 kg) Bout: Junus Majandinov vs. TBA

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Demoreo Dennis is Ready to Unveil The New and Improved Demoreo in 2017

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Fulfilling the dream of being a top athlete is no easy task.  It’s not only physically demanding, but also calls for sacrifices in every aspect of your life.  It’s a challenge that few are actually willing to accept.  As armchair athletes, we all can talk at ease about what someone should or should not be doing; we can easily critique an athlete’s performance on their field of play.  When it comes down to visualizing a goal and putting that dream into action are you actually there or still on the sidelines?  The struggle is real, but Demoreo Dennis, no stranger to challenges is putting his foot down and has made up his mind to accept whatever challenges he faces and give it all to be the best. 

An Oklahoma native and the eldest of four children children, Demoreo was inspired to give martial arts a try on a whim to simply lose weight and remain active after leaving college.  Before that time, he and his brother Myron, who is now also a professional kickboxer and MMA fighter, had played football in college and in that arena the name of the game was to be big and athletic. Once football was over Demoreo found himself weighing 460 pounds and just being a self-described fat ass instead of an athlete.  It was at that time he and Myron stepped into Kentrick Coleman's Academy of Martial Arts.  The initial workouts, according to Demoreo were grueling but having never had anything in his life defeat him, his will to preserve inspired him to go further.

Today with a kickboxing record of 12-7 and an MMA record of 6-3, Demoreo has found a home with Glory Sports International and has marked 2017 as the time when he will show the world that all his hard work and effort has not been in vain. 

His road in Glory has been no easy trek; currently he has no wins in this organization. In his Glory debut he faced the Englishman, Chi Lewis Parry at Glory 21 in San Diego, this bout ended with a KO loss.  Next, in early 2016, Dennis faced Glory newcomer, Guto Inocente at Glory 27 in Chicago. In a bout that stunned fans and critics alike Dennis suffered a devastating  KO via spinning kick early in round one.  In reflecting on that fight, Dennis stated that he could not have anticipated the spinning body kick and admits that Inocente’s style is quite different than his usual opponents.  Instead of getting tired, however, Dennis became inspired. The most significant inspiration being derived from his decision to travel to Holland and spend a few weeks at Mike’s Gym learning some new skills. The time spent under the tutelage of Mike Passenier gave him a renewed hunger for the sport, some new skills and a reshaping of his strategy.   Passenier who has trained some of kickboxing’s superstars including Murthel Groenhart, Melvin Manhoef and Badr Hari, introduced him to techniques which Dennis feels have improved his speed, balance strength and intelligence which has in turn, taken his game to a new height.  Dennis speaks fondly of his time in Holland stating that since that time he’s grown tremendously and he’s chomping at the bit to showcase the skills he’s been honing.

Like the mythological phoenix rising from the ashes, Dennis is now even more determined to ascend the world heavyweight kickboxing ranks.  According to his new philosophy, there is no such thing as ring rust or a day off; 150% effort must be given at all times in the gym.  He is not willing to waste any of his training days. 

On what he loves about combat sports in general, Dennis stated, that he started in the game to be a mma athlete, a sport which he still loves and practices regularly.  Kickboxing however is where his head and heart lies.

While he has no immediate fight plans Demoreo states that he will continue to train hard until he gets another shot in the ring.  Does he have any opponents in mind? Dennis states that his toughest opponent has always been himself, so taking on his own tendency to over-analyze and becoming more at ease in the ring is his first challenge.  After that? He’s ready for anyone.

While 2017 is just beginning, it will be interesting to see exactly what tricks Demoreo Dennis has up his sleeve.  In the meantime you can follow his progress on social media @SuperDemoreo on Twitter or on Facebook on his page of the same name. 

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Badr Hari To Return to Dutch Jail For Assault Charges

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After Badr Hari's previous two-year sentence was partially suspended, Dutch Supreme Courts decided today that Badr Hari would need to return to jail to serve the remainder of his sentence. This comes as a blow to anyone hoping for a rematch between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven and also explains why the public talk shifted from that to Rico Verhoeven to Remy Bonjasky in recent weeks.

Badr Hari will now be forced to serve the remaining six months of his time in jail in a Dutch prison after his failed appeal. This should be the end of the long, sad tale of Koen Everink after the middle-aged business-man was assaulted at a Dutch dance party at the Amsterdam ArenA all the way back in 2012. Hari plead that he had only hit Everink once, but the evidence pointed towards a more sustained assault, including a plate in his skull and needing surgery on his ankle to hold him together. Everink was found murdered in March of last year in what looks to be an unrelated assault. 

With Everink deceased and Badr serving the remainder of his sentence this should all be behind us, for now. Of course, if Badr reports to prison. [source]

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GLORY Announces GLORY 39 Featuring Doumbe vs. Kongolo 3 and More

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With GLORY 38 rapidly approaching GLORY has announced GLORY 39 Brussels, which takes place on March 25th featuring a headliner between GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe and career-adversary Yoann Kongolo. These two have a lot of history between the two of them, with Kongolo one of the few men to beat Doumbe, never mind twice. Kongolo earned his shot with a recent tournament victory, placing these two on a collision course.

Also featured will be a Featherweight tournament, entrants to be determined. The winner gets a shot at the champion, but if Robin was stripped it's unclear who that will be. Also on the card is Jahfarr Wilnis against Jamal Ben Saddik. One would have to think that someone is in line for a shot at Rico at some point and that somewhere along the line the division will sort itself out, but perhaps not yet. Jamal Ben Saddik beat contender Ismael Londt and Wilnis just lost in a tournament to Mladen Brestovac before Brestovac lost to Adegbuyi.

The SuperFight Series delivers, as always, with Sitthichai looking to defend his Lightweight Championship title against Dylan Salvador. What makes this more interesting? Dylan Salvador has a win over Sitthichai. Marat Grigorian fights Hysni Beqiri, Hesdy Gerges against Chi Lewis-Parry and Karim Benmansour fights Harut Grigorian to round out the card. 

GLORY 39 Brussels

Weltwerweight World Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Yoann Kongolo

Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Jamal Ben Saddik

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: TBA vs. TBA

GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Dylan Salvador

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Hysni Beqiri

Heavyweight Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Harut Grigorian

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Rico Verhoeven and Remy Bonjasky Agree to Fight

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If you thought that it sounded crazy that Rico Verhoeven and Remy Bonjasky would fight in 2017, you weren't the only one. As it turns out, it is perhaps closer to reality than we all thought. After the impossible happened last year and Rico Verhoeven stood toe-to-toe with Badr Hari in a GLORY ring, it looks like Remy Bonjasky will once again fight against the best in the world. 

Bonjasky, a three-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, will look to make his return after his retirement bout in 2014 with Mirko Cro Cop. Bonjasky had retired once prior after a recurring eye injury sidelined him in late 2009, only to return in 2013 with mixed results. Bonjasky challenged the winner of Rico/Badr and now it looks like he has his sights set on fighting Verhoeven. The video below if from Fight Stadium, as is the text below.

There has been no official confirmation from GLORY on the bout just yet.

Short translation:

Rico challenged Remy after Rico beat Badr in December. Remy said in december he would fight the winner of this fight (he expected Badr to win).

Remy told the Dutch tv-host Humberto Tan that he accepted Rico's challenge and that he needs 6 months to prepare himself. Despite his age (41) he is convinced he will beat Rico because he is still healthy. Remy also referred to George Foreman who was a boxing world champion at the age of 55.

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Zack Mwekassa vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain Rounds Out GLORY 38 Tournament

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The stage has been set for GLORY 38, now with the full card assembled in advance of the upcoming February 28th event. The one missing piece of the puzzle was in the show's Light Heavyweight Contender tournament, with rumors going around that it could be Stoica, or that it could be Duut. Instead we get a very-worthy Zinedine Hameur-Lain who holds a win over another tournament competitor in Ariel Machado. That means that Hameur-Lain will be taking on former Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Zack Mwekassa in what should be a slugfest.

Mwekass and Hameur-Lain is a rematch from GLORY 29, which saw Mwekassa score a decision victory over Hameur-Lain. Hameur-Lain would bounce back to win the GLORY 32 Contender's tournament, only to lose to Pavel Zhuravlev at GLORY 35. Both men want to be back in the hunt and a win here should be exactly that. 

GLORY 38 Chicago
Light Heavyweight World Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov vs. Saulo Cavalari
Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Antoine Pinto
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Danyo Ilunga vs. Ariel Machado
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Zack Mwekassa vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain

GLORY 38 Chicago
Heavyweight Headline Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson Silva
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Cătălin Moroșanu vs. Maurice Greene
Welterweight Bout: Murthel Groenhart vs. Thongchai
Welterweight Bout: Paweł Jędrzejczyk vs. Daniel Morales
Lightweight Bout: Łukasz Pławecki vs. Niclas Larsen

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LiverKick 2016 Awards: Event of the Year - GLORY Collision

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When it came to deciding which of the many events that happened in 2016 was the event of the year it wasn't an easy decision. What metrics do you weigh this by? Attendance? Hype? Quality on paper? How exciting the show was? In a lot of ways, there wasn't one show that embodied all of these things, or even a majority of them. Unlike in the past where a K-1 World Grand Prix show would easily be the event of the year, now kickboxing is fractured and spread across the world. China is putting on shows that millions of people are watching, each show an epic, day-long affair. K-1 Japan is putting on some of the most exciting shows in the world and KNOCK OUT burst onto the scene with a KO-heavy first event.

Yet, which event actually did the most for the sport of kickboxing? That answer was simple; GLORY Collision. The sold out event in Germany was a triple-header, featuring title fights, tournaments and the dream bout between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari. While the question can be asked if the event actually delivered the action promised, the reality was that it was a full arena, it had fans across the world interested in kickboxing and there was a big fight feel for the first time in a very long time. How GLORY is able to capitalize on that is up to them, but it has people in Europe reconsidering kickboxing as a big sport again and had more eyes than kickboxing has had in quite a while. 

 

The 2016 LiverKick Awards

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The Narratives Leading Out of GLORY 37: Van Roosmalen, Kongolo and More

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For a lot of people, GLORY 37 snuck up on everyone. It's easy to understand, there is a lot going on in the world right now and the brief reprieve that we had from the usual onslaught of kickboxing shows was perhaps a welcome one. But it's right back to it and GLORY 37 saw a lot of interesting things happen. So here we are, let's break them down.

The smaller ring meant more action. This was a product of the venue and what worked best there, I suppose, but man did it really impact the night. The larger, more standard ring makes a lot of sense when it comes to heavyweights duking it out, but for lighter weight classes it has always felt a bit large. The smaller ring absolutely impacted the fights and it was interesting to see who benefited from it and who didn't. The smaller ring meant that more technical, outside fighters like Adesanya and Embree found themselves against strong pressure fighters being pressured. In the case of Adesanya it is fair to say that a larger ring could have yielded a completely different result. While a fight is a fight, things like gloves, the size of the ring and the slickness of a mat might seem incidental but can have a huge impact on the action. 

Not everyone can instantly adjust to kickboxing rules. This feels like a big one. Zoila Frausto has primarily fought in MMA and muay thai, this was her first kickboxing bout and it showed. When the fight got close she couldn't throw elbows, clinch and start throwing knees and it led to the fight being exciting to watch, but a bit of a mess. The same can be said for Matt Embree, who is an incredibly talented fighter who had a bit of trouble when it came to van Roosmalen's Dutch style. 

California is a mess. The issue of Robin van Roosmalen's weight cut and him being stripped of the title is an interesting one. While Robin's post-fight speech did perhaps try to shift away the blame from himself and his camp for him missing weight, there is a valid point that I've heard from others in California that everything with the commission gets gummed up there. Robin didn't have an official scale during his cut, was "on" in his hotel scale only to find out that he missed weight. That can't feel good. Something was clearly not communicated well during this process and van Roosmalen seemed to feel that he could have made weight if things had gone more smoothly.

Expect judges to rule against logic. One of the problems with the growing pains of kickboxing is referees and judges that don't have a strong connection with the sport. According to the GLORY rules and what we can assume was a literal interpretation of them by the judges, Wilnis was always going to win that fight. It was an incredibly close fight that really could have gone to either guy. That is on both fighters. What isn't is how the judges score these fights. Adesanya landed the better shots throughout the fight and kept Wilnis on the defensive, unable to land many of his trademark bombs. Yet, Wilnis waded in with the earmuffs on and controlled the ring. I saw a lot of disappointment that Adesanya didn't get the nod, even people upset at one particular bad scorecard that gave Wilnis four rounds. 

Robin van Roosmalen is a beast at Featherweight. Seriously. Sure, the weight cut happened, but there's a difference between having to overcome the mentality of being done with a weight cut only to find out you were off and being able to know exactly where you stand. It was .8lbs, which in the grand scheme of things, isn't the end of the world. As long as Robin van make the weight he's going to be a near-unstoppable force in this division. 

Cedric Doumbe's first challenge is set. There's a natural narrative in Kongolo fighting Doumbe for a third time, with that being Kongolo holds wins over Doumbe. Doumbe has grown a lot since those fights and has looked incredible, but styles make fights. It'll be interesting to see how Doumbe holds up against Kongolo in their third outing and there is really a natural story built in to this fight. Embrace it.

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Card for GLORY 38 Chicago on Feb. 24th

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On the night of GLORY 37, GLORY has gone ahead and released the updated card for GLORY 38 Chicago, which takes place on February 24th featuring a Light Heavyweight Championship bout as well as a tournament featuring some of the top fighters in the weight class. The SuperFight Series is stacked as usual, with Adegbuyi vs. Braddock Silva, Catalin Morosanu making his GLORY debut, Groenhart vs. Thongchai and more.

GLORY 38 Chicago
Light Heavyweight World Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov vs. Saulo Cavalari
Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Antoine Pinto
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Danyo Illunga vs. Ariel Machado
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Zack Mwekassa vs. TBA


GLORY 38 Chicago SuperFight Series
Heavyweight Headline Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson Silva
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Cătălin Moroșanu vs. Maurice Greene
Welterweight Bout: Murthel Groenhart vs. Thongchai
Welterweight Bout: Paweł Jędrzejczyk vs. Daniel Morales
Lightweight Bout: Łukasz Pławecki vs. Niclas Larsen

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WATCH: GLORY 37 Weigh-Ins and Interviews

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The GLORY 37 weigh-ins have proven to be a big deal this time out, mostly due to Featherweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen missing weight and being stripped of the title. Now you can watch the weigh-in event thanks to GLORY, including interviews with van Roosmalen and Embree at the scales (starting at around 8:30).

Tune in tomorrow night at 10:30pm Eastern time on UFC Fight Pass for the GLORY 37 SuperFight Series and 1am eastern for GLORY 37 on ESPN3.

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