Tonight, after months and months of waiting, GLORY returns to the airwaves with GLORY 18 Oklahoma. We'll see Davit Kiria look to defend the GLORY Lightweight Championship against Robin van Roosmalen and a Light Heavyweight contender's tournament featuring Brian Collette, Zack Mwekassa, Saulo Cavalari and Danyo Ilunga.
Also in action will be Wayne Barrett vs. Jason Wilnis. So join us at 9pm Eastern time for GLORY 18.
Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Saulo Cavalari (R3 - TKO) Zack Mwekassa - This was an interesting fight, for sure. Saulo Cavalari was looking very concerned throughout the first round, backing up and legitimately afraid of Mwekassa's fists. Then he started scoring leg kicks. Round two saw a lot more leg kicks and Mwekassa was looking a bit slower and less steady on his feet thanks to those low kicks. Round three saw him continue to work the low kicks and then when Mwekassa was expecting a low kick Saulo connected with a crazy head kick that put Mwekassa down. Zack fought to his feet but was wobbly and the ref called it.
GLORY Lightweight World Title: Robin van Roosmalen (R5 - Majority Decision) -- What a fun fight. Kiria tends to start off a bit slow, but he was landing single, clean shots against van Roosmalen. It was easy to score the first two rounds for Robin, but then in round three a huge left hand put Robin down. Round four was a close round, almost impossible to figure out which guy should get it, but Robin was landing more shots thoughout and in the fifth round was in control, securing the fight and the championship.
Jason Wilnis (R3 - Decision) Wayne Barrett -- This fight went into the opposite direction that everyone suspected that it would. Barrett came out strong, but Wilnis was able to overpower him, knocking him down a few times in R1 and once in R2 but Barrett surviving to the end.
Semifinal: Saulo Cavalari (R3 - Decision) Danyo Ilunga -- This was a messy, messy fight that saw Cavalari land more clean shots while Ilunga struggled to do much of anything.
Semifinal: Zack Mwekassa (R2 - KO) Brian Collette -- Oh my god. Collette is without a doubt the more complete fighter, but Mwekassa's hands are just leagues above most muay thai or kickboxing guys. The way that he was slipping in the jabs and the hooks were incredible. He downed Collette at the end of round one with a right hook, but Collette fought back to his feet. Round two was pretty quick with Mwekassa landing a hook that seriously looked like it killed Collette. Oh my god.
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