GLORY 35 is going on now in Nice, France. An undisputed Light Heavyweight champion will be crowned here tonight. Follow us for all of the action, as well as on twitter at @LiverKickdotcom.
GLORY 35 NICE
Light Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov (R2 - TKO) Zack Mwekassa - These guys came here to fight, the first round featuring Vakhitov looking for the punches and low kicks -- which have always worked against Mwekassa -- but Mwekassa has been training with Nick Hemmers and is utilizing that Dutch style a bit more with the defense and mixing in the kicks. Every Mwekassa punch that lands makes this sickening thud. Ouch. Mwekassa really looks more complete and in round two it showed, but Vakhitov is slick. He landed a few big straights that snuck through and Mwekassa went down. Not once, not twice, but three times before the fight was waved off. Wow.
Heavyweight Contender Tournament Final: Benjamin Adegbuyi (R3 - Dec) Mladen Brestovac - Benny should be more tired than Brestovac, but he looks like a new fighter tonight. Brestovac was going for the kill with the head kick in the first round, but Benny was applying pressure and landing his big hand combinations. Round two saw more aggression from Adegbuyi while Brestovac was working his kicks to no real avail. The third round was the power and aggression of Benny against the heart and determination of Brestovac. Really good showing for both men.
Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Pavel Zhuravlev (R1 - TKO) Zinedine Hameur-Lain - Pavel Zhuravlev is an absolute monster. He just swarmed and when he smelled blood in the water he went for the kill. Amazing performance.
Heavyweight Contender Tournament Bout: Mladen Brestovac (R1 - KO) Jahfarr Wilnis - Here we go again. Wilnis was the aggressor throughout the round, then Brestovac with the same kick that got him the win last time connected and Wilnis froze before taking a brutal right hand that put him down and out. Poor Wilnis.
Heavyweight Contender Tournament Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi (R3 - Decision) Hesdy Gerges - It's hard not to love both of these guys. Interesting first round that saw Benny walk Gerges down. Gerges has his high guard and tight basics, but Benny hits very, very hard, even if he's hitting gloves. The second round saw Gerges on the offensive more, while still being defensive. Both men were throwing solid combos and defending a lot, making it tough to say who won, but Gerges walking down Benny perhaps gave him an edge in R2. The third was close, but Benny has really shored up his style by training with Dennis Krauweel, being a bit more technical. He landed a few big shots, which should give him an edge.
GLORY 35 SUPERFIGHT SERIES
Heavyweight Bout: Nicolas Wamba (R3 - Dec) Nordine Mahieddine - These two are looking to rip each other's heads off, but not having much luck with it. Wamba is controlling the ring and perhaps landing the better strikes in this fight. Neither man is having much luck.
Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour (R3 - Split Dec) Eyevan Danenberg - This has been an interesting fight, a lot of clinching and the ref keeps shouting "final warning" but not actually doing anything. There isn't a lot to say about this fight. They flailed strikes at each other, sometimes they landed, but this was the sort of fight that you find yourself gazing out the window during and saying, "oh wait, this is a fight."
Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby (R3 - Dec) Jiwaen Lee - First round saw Lee applying pressure but Dehby landing some solid counter strikes. The second saw Dehby come alive, much to the adoration of the local Nice crowd. Round three saw a lot of action from Dehby, even going for big moves like a spinning backfist, much to her local crowd's delight.
Lightweight Bout: Christian Baya (R3 - Dec) Josh Jauncey - First round was interesting, with Baya applying a lot of pressure, but not landing a lot of shots. A lot of feeling out on both parts, but Josh started to open up later on in the round. The second round was interesting, as Jauncey came out aggressive with low kicks and hand combinations. Baya was able to find his right hook a few times, but it was all Jauncey until this left uppercut landed and wobbled Josh. Baya swarmed and after a few vicious flurries Jauncey fell to his knees. Jauncey was able to get back up, but the damage was done. The third round saw Jauncey come out with an understanding that he needed to do something big and he did. Finally right before the bell he landed a jumping knee that stunned Baya in the corner, he swarmed but Baya was able to hold out for the bell. Wow. Incredible fight. The judges give it to Baya and really, it seemed like it should've been a draw, but the first round was so close. Great fight, both men should be proud.
Featherweight Bout: Petpanomrung Kiatmoo9 (R3 - Dec) Stanislav Renita
Featherweight Bout: Cedric Castaigna (R3 - Dec) Vang Moua