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Simon Marcus vs. Dustin Jacoby Announced for GLORY 30 Los Angeles

While GLORY 29 might still be a few weeks away that doesn't mean that we can't look forward to the future. That future is on May 13th in Los Angeles for GLORY 30 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Newly-crowned GLORY Middleweight Champion Simon Marcus will defend his title against newly-minted contender in Dustin Jacoby. Jacoby has clawed his way up the rankings within the division before winning this last tournament to earn his shot at the title, making huge strides in the few years he's competed as a kickboxer to be considered one of the best at his weight.

This should be an interesting battle for the title and really we'll see GLORY's first real homegrown star vie for a championship.

Also announced for the event is a Light Heavyweight contender's tournament.

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Kunlun Fight 39 Results and Kunlun Acquires Series B Financing, Making Them a Chinese Powerhouse

This past weekend Kunun Fight returned with their 39th numbered event in which we saw two more 70kg tournaments to decide who moves on to the next stage. Those two men are Artem Pashporin and Zhao Shuai, both men picking up decisions on their way to the top. Aso on the event we saw Buakaw defeat Kong Lingfeng via decision and Gu Gui defeat Abert Kraus.

To top things off, Kunlun Fight also secured its B round of financing today, securing 200 million RMB from Morningside Ventures. This places their valuation at over 350 million USD, which makes them the most valuable startup in combat sports in all of China. According to their investors sports in America make up for 3% of the GDP while in China it is currently only sitting at .3% of their GDP, meaning that there is a lot of room for expansion in the Chinese marketplace, which is only exasperated by the interest that promotions like Kunlun Fight have gained in just the last two years. 

Kunlun Fight 39

Buakaw Banchamek (R3 - Decision) Kong Lingfeng

Gu Gui (R3 - Decision) Albert Kraus

Zhang Meng (R3 - Decision) Ulrich Emmanuel

70kg Tournament Group C Semi: Artem Pashporin (R3 - Decision) Victor Nagbe

70kg Tournament Group C Semi: Li Zhuangzhuag (R3 - Decision) Bruno Miranda

70kg Tournament Group C Final: Artem Pashporin (R3 - Decision) Li Zhuangzhuag

70kg Tournament Group D Semi: Vladimir Konsky (R3 - Decision) Hakim Att Hma

70kg Tournament Group D Semi: Zhao Shuai (R3 - Decision) Seyedisa Alamdrnezam

70kg Tournament Group D Final: Zhao Shuai (R3 - Decision) Vladimir Konsky

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Artem Levin Talks About the Fallout From GLORY 27, the Future and More

On Friday, February 27th Glory returned to Chicago and headlining the event was the third installment of the epic battle between Simon Marcus and Artem Levin. Glory 27 did not disappoint from the first bout to the last, fighters electrified the crowd with stunning knockouts and hard fought battles. The main event was not without drama. The night ended with reigning champion Artem Levin being disqualified after he failed to continue fighting. In a statement he later released to the public, Levin apologized to his fans for letting them down, however, he revealed that he felt self respect was far more important than winning or losing. In a follow-up conversation with Levin, he expressed his view point and gave an idea of what is to come.

Levin: The refereeing was strange from the very beginning. There were thoughts after the fight, perhaps, I overreacted and ended the fight early, but after another time I’ve watched the fight, I realized that I was right about everything. The referee was charged-up from the start, beginning with the fictitious knockdown. They’ve taken way the belt for the second time using this referee. The 4-man tournament in Los Angeles in 2013 involved the referee beginning the count after a punch to shoulder in the extra round. Also during this event the referee began the count in the first round and took points from me in the next rounds due to mutual clinching. This referee has done the same thing each time refereeing my fights. I decided in the third round to exit and to stop the absurdness and nonsense. Some say, that I should have continued and fight until the final bell, but the referee would have taken a point another time and I’d be disqualified by him. So I thought I should make a decision. I rely on me only, I decide my fate myself, thus I made the decision! Numerous Americans, Canadians, and websites around the world supported me. I am sure that I’ve done the right thing!

As far as his immediate plans, Levin continued: I’ve got many suggestions, but I’ve signed with GLORY at the current time. The future is interesting, time will show whether I will be perfoming. I’d like to leave it without comment. I will say that one of my main aim is to perform in Russia I've been fighting abroad through all my career in foreign promotions, with foreign supporters, with foreign referees. Now I’d like to fight for my native fans in my country with the best opponents!

As I footnote to Levin's comments, I asked Glory CEO, Jon Franklin to give some of his feedback on the incident.

Jon Franklin: ISKA held a special session during the rules meeting to triple check that the athletes understood clinching and holding rules. The rules are available to the athletes and it is the responsibility of the athletes to know and understand all rules of competition. If an athlete has a question about the referee or judging, there is a proper procedure in place for review after the bouts. One of the rules is that refusing to fight will result in a disqualification. That is what happened.

It remains to be seen whether Levin will in some way attempt to appeal the disqualification on some ground or if he will just prepare himself for Levin-Marcus IV.

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WLF - Glory of Heroes Fight Card

On April 2nd, WLF will be hosting their Glory of Heroes event in Shenzhen, China. WLF is the biggest fighting promotion in China at the moment and they don`t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

For this card they had an interesting concept. They have 4 fighters (2 Chinese and 2 Foreigners) at the 63kgs, 67kgs, and 70kgs weight class and they allowed the fans to vote on the match ups. Pretty cool idea and it has made for some great match ups with the amazing talent they have.

Fight Card

Super Fight - Israel Adesanya vs Alex Pereira

70kgs - Enriko Kehl vs Yi Long

70kgs - Josh Jauncey vs Xu Yan

67kgs - Fabio Pinca vs Yinghua Tie

67kgs - Jomthong vs Qiujian Liang

63kgs - Yukiya Nakamura vs Wei Rui

63kgs - Emmanuel Lique Cañaveral vs Deng Zeqi

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