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GLORY 40 Live Results

Glory 40 Copenhagen goes down today, live from Denmark featuring GLORY Middleweight Champion Jason Wilnis looking to defend against former champion and one of the best in the world in Simon Marcus. Jay is in the arena with his brother, so follow @LiverKickdotcom for updates where I'll be talking about the fights live.

SuperFight Series (FightPass)

Yuhang Xie (R3 - Dec) Chris Mauceri

Josh Jauncey (R2 - TKO) Antonio Gomez

Freddy Kemayo (R2 - TKO) Imad Hadar

Mohammed El-Mir (R3 - Dec) Simon El Santana

Jamie Bates (R3 - Dec) Richard Abraham  

GLORY 40 (ESPN2)

Tournament: Yousri Belgaroui (R3 - Dec) Agron Preteni

Tournament: Alex Pereira (R3 - TKO) Burim Rama

Niclas Larsen (R3 - Dec) Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai

Tournament Final: Yousri Belgaroui (R3 - Dec) Alex Pereira

GLORY Middleweight Championship: Simon Marcus (R5 - Split Dec) Jason Wilnis (C) 

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Cedric Doumbe vs. Nieky Holzken II Headlines GLORY 42

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

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.

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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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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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