Kickboxing

ZINEDINE HAMEUR-LAIN vs ZACK MWEKASSA ADDED TO GLORY 38 TOURNAMENT

GLORY today announced the final entrant in its one-night, four-man light heavyweight contender tournament, as the world's premier kickboxing league returns to Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. for GLORY 38 Chicago and GLORY 38 SuperFight Series on Friday, Feb. 24.

Comprising the one-night, four-man light heavyweight contender tournament at GLORY 38 Chicago are two explosive semifinal bouts featuring top 10 talent. In addition to notching two career victories in a single evening, the tournament winner will earn an opportunity to face the reigning GLORY light heavyweight champion at a later date.

Former interim GLORY light heavyweight champion Zack "The Black Warrior" Mwekassa (15-4, 13 KO) returns in the night's first tournament semifinal scrap, looking to improve upon his No. 3 ranking against French knockout artist Zinedine "Good Boy" Hameur-Lain (56-14, 35 KO). Hameur-Lain, currently ranked No. 6 in the division, is a former contender tournament winner attempting to climb back into title contention.

Mere weeks removed from his 2016 Fight of the Year performance against Michael Duut, dynamic Congolese-German striker Danyo "Dibuba" Ilunga (57-10, 44 KO) takes on Brazil's Ariel Machado (43-8, 33 KO) in a tournament semifinal clash paring the No. 8 and No. 7 light heavyweights respectively.

The previously announced rubber match between GLORY light heavyweight champion Artem Vakhitov (17-5, 7 KO) of Russia and Brazilian rival Saulo "Cassius Clay" Cavalari (60-4, 49 KO) headlines GLORY 38 Chicago.

The complete five-fight card for GLORY 38 Chicago can be found below:

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 airs live at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN3.

In the headline bout of GLORY 38 SuperFight Series, taking place immediately before GLORY 38 Chicago, No. 1 heavyweight contender Benjamin "Mister Gentleman" Adegbuyi (27-4, 16 KO) of Romania finally crosses paths with world No. 9 Anderson "Braddock" Silva (40-15-1, 25 KO) of Brazil.

The complete five-fight card for GLORY 38 SuperFight Series can be found below:

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

WELTERWEIGHT QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCED FOR GLORY 30 LOS ANGELES

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the top-ranked welterweights who will do battle as part of the one-night, four-man Welterweight Qualification Tournament on Friday, May 13.

In addition to claiming two victories in a single night of action, the tournament winner at GLORY 30 Los Angeles will be granted entry into GLORY's Welterweight Contender Tournament later this year, with a title shot up for grabs for the last man standing.

Kicking off the card, live on ESPN3, No. 4 ranked Casey "Go" Greene (5-5, 2 KO), having competed at both middleweight and welterweight under the GLORY banner, meets muay thai fighter Richard "Maximus" Abraham (8-3, 4 KO), who impressed in his GLORY debut in February.

On the other side of the tournament bracket, veteran Francois "Bang Bang" Ambang (14-5, 6 KO) takes on Mexican prospect Daniel "La Maquina" Morales, ranked No. 9 and No. 10 in the division respectively.

The card for GLORY 30 Los Angeles thus far can be found below:

GLORY 30 Los Angeles
Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus (c) vs. Dustin Jacoby
Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales
Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Casey Greene vs. Richard Abraham

Additional match-ups for GLORY 30 Los Angeles and GLORY 30 SuperFight Series will be announced soon

GLORY 29 HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER TOURNAMENT COMPLETE

 GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the final entrant for its one-night, four-man Heavyweight Contender Tournament, part of the five-fight pure striking affair on April 16.

25-year-old Russian heavyweight prospect Kirill Kornilov (7-1) makes his GLORY debut, joining Dutch-Surinamese striker Ismael "Mr. Pain" Londt (36-6-1, 18 KO), 29-year-old Brazilian veteran Anderson "Braddock" Silva (39-13-1, 24 KO), and GLORY 24 Denver Contender Tournament runner-up Jahfarr Wilnis (29-6-1, 8 KO) of the Netherlands in GLORY's one-night, four-man Heavyweight Contender Tournament, finalizing the GLORY 29 card set for Forum Copenhagen in Denmark.

GLORY 29 Copenhagen is headlined by GLORY Welterweight World Champion Nieky "The Natural" Holzken (88-11, 46 KO) defending his title for the second time, taking on Swiss striker Yoann Kongolo (61-6, 45 KO), currently ranked No. 4 in the world.

The full five-fight card for GLORY 29 Copenhagen, including first round tournament match-ups, can be found below:

GLORY 29 Copenhagen
Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Yoann Kongolo
Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Niclas Larsen vs. Mohammed El-Mir
Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Anderson Silva vs. Ismael Londt
Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Kirill Kornilov

As part of GLORY 29 SuperFight Series, welterweight Meran Zangana, fighting out of Sweden by way of Kurdistan, now faces No. 8 ranked Jonatan Oliveira of Brazil. Zangana replaces Alex Harris, who was forced from the card due to injury.

Congolese knockout artist Zack "The Black Warrior" Mwekassa (13-3, 12 KO) headlines GLORY 29 SuperFight Series, returning to the GLORY ring for the first time since vying for the light heavyweight title in September of last year, taking on No. 8 ranked muay-thai practitioner Zinedine Hameur-Lain (54-12, 33 KO), fighting out of France.

The full five-fight card for GLORY 29 SuperFight Series can be found below:

GLORY 29 SuperFight Series
Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Zack Mwekassa vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain
Heavyweight Bout: Cihad Kepenek vs. Tomas Mozny
Welterweight Bout: Jonatan Oliveira vs. Meran Zangana
Lightweight Bout: Rhassan Muhareb vs. Abdou Karim Chorr
Welterweight Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Maximo Suarez

GLORY 28 PARIS & GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES PARIS CARDS FINALIZED

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the finalized cards for GLORY 28 Paris and GLORY SuperFight Series Paris, hosted by Accorhotels Arena on Saturday, March 12.

Joining previously announced No.1 ranked muay thai sensation Sittichai (106-29-5, 29 KO) in the one-night, four-man Lightweight Contender Tournament at GLORY 28 Paris are Sittichai's first round match-up, former champion and No. 2 contender Davit Kiria (24-12, 9 KO), as well as aggressive finisher Marat Grigorian (44-8-2, 26 KO) and his opening round opponent, Djimé (50-12-4, 18 KO) of France, ranked No. 5 and No. 6. in the division respectively.

Headlining GLORY 28 Paris is GLORY Heavyweight World Champion Rico "The Prince of Kickboxing" Verhoeven (47-10, 12 KO) defending his belt for the fourth time against veteran No. 3 contender Mladen "The Scorpion Sting" Brestovac (49-10-1, 32 KO) of Croatia. Feared Dutch-Surinamese striker Murthel "The Predator" Groenhart (58-19-3, 33 KO) takes on fellow welterweight Cédric Doumbé (55-4-1, 35 KO) of France in the co-headline bout.

The full five-fight card for GLORY 28 Paris can be found below:

GLORY 28 Paris
Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven (c) vs. Mladen Brestovac
Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Murthel Groenhart vs. Cédric Doumbé
Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Marat Grigorian vs. Djimé
Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Sittichai vs. Davit Kiria

For the first time ever, GLORY SuperFight Series Paris will feature two world titles up for grabs when red-hot Brazilian champion Saulo "Cassius Clay" Cavalari (32-2, 19 KO) puts his GLORY Light Heavyweight World Title on the line against 24-year-old Russian Artem Vakhitov (15-5, 6 KO), and newly crowned champion Serhiy Adamchuk (31-5, 14 KO) of Ukraine battles No.1 contender, Moroccan-Dutch Mosab "Jaguar" Amrani (55-10-4, 18 KO) for the GLORY Featherweight World Championship.

Rounding out the stacked GLORY SuperFight Series Paris card are four superfights.

In the heavyweight division, French talent Freddy "Crazy Horse" Kemayo (65-22-1, 45 KO) challenges 6'8" American prospect Xavier Vigney (9-1, 8 KO).
No. 3 ranked Jason "Psycho" Wilnis (26-6-1, 7 KO) meets No. 8 Filip "The Belgian Bull" Verlinden (44-14-1, 16 KO) in a middleweight match-up with potential title implications.
Serving as the reserve bout for the one-night, four-man tournament (at GLORY 28 Paris) is the lightweight scrap between Canadian superstar Josh Jauncey (23-6, 12 KO) and undefeated Russian Anatoly Moiseev (16-0, 4 KO).
GLORY newcomer Eddy Naït-Slimani (59-1, 17 KO) of France kicks off the action at featherweight with Brazilian Maykol Yurk (8-4, 6 KO).

The full six-fight card for GLORY Super Fight Series Paris can be found below:

GLORY SuperFight Series Paris
Light Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Saulo Cavalari (c) vs. Artem Vakhitov
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Freddy Kemayo vs. Xavier Vigney
Featherweight Title Bout: Serhiy Adamchuk (c) vs. Mosab Amrani
Middleweight Bout: Jason Wilnis vs. Filip Verlinden
Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Anatoly Moiseev
Featherweight Bout: Maykol Yurk vs. Eddy Naït-Slimani

SCOTT COKER LAUNCHES BELLATOR KICKBOXING

Scott Coker, President of Bellator MMA and one of combat sport's most accomplished promoters, will launch “Bellator Kickboxing” this April with his partners at Spike.

Bellator Kickboxing will feature many of the world’s best kickboxers including Joe Schilling, Raymond Daniels, Kevin Ross, Keri Melendez and Anastasia Yankova, who were in attendance at today’s press conference. The current Bellator MMA team based out of Santa Monica, CA will run the new league.

Coker has over 30 years of experience promoting combat sports, overseeing both K-1 and Strikeforce Kickboxing leagues during his illustrious career. “Kickboxing is a thrilling, non-stop action-packed sport that I believe will resonate with MMA fans,” said Coker. “Our first goal is to develop stars and showcase these incredible athletes on the #1 home for combat sports, Spike TV.”

The first event for Bellator Kickboxing will be a co-promoted show with Bellator MMA and Oktagon Kickboxing on April 16 at the Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy.

The Bellator Kickboxing event's headliner will feature Melvin Manhoef vs. Alexandru Negrea as well as a 5-round title fight when current ISKA 72kg champion Mustapha Haida will move up in weight to challenge Karim Ghajii for his ISKA 75 KG belt. Other participants competing at the inaugural Bellator Kickboxing extravaganza include Ross, Daniels and Denise Kielholtz.  Opponents for these participants will be announced in the near future.

The event will also include "Bellator 152," a mixed martial arts card will feature Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Rogers, and also features Bellator MMA stars Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, Brent Primus, Anastasia Yankova and A.J. McKee.

Bellator Kickboxing’s debut event will air on Spike Saturday, April 16 at 9:00pm ET/PT on brief tape delay. Earlier that day, Spike will broadcast Bellator MMA’s first international show, "Bellator 152," LIVE at 3:00pm ET.

Details on future events will be announced in the near future.

JOE SCHILLING VS. MIKE LEMAIRE HEADLINES GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES CHICAGO

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced a new headline bout for the GLORY SuperFight Series Chicago on Friday, Feb. 26.

Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. hosts crossover mixed martial arts and kickboxing star Joe "Stitch 'Em Up" Schilling (20-6, 12 KO), currently ranked No. 1 in the world, taking on fellow Californian Mike Lemaire (14-2, 7 KO) in a middleweight showcase bout.

Lemaire was previously scheduled to compete later in the evening, as part of the one-night, four-man North American Middleweight Contender Tournament at GLORY 27 Chicago. In his place, GLORY newcomer Karl Roberson will step in to face No. 4 ranked middleweight Dustin "The Hanyak" Jacoby (7-6, 5 KO) in the opening round of the one-night tournament. Jacoby enters the bout on a three-fight winning streak.

"Schilling stepped up on short notice to headline the SuperFight Series, adding another fantastic fight to an already strong card" said GLORY CEO Jon Franklin. "Being able to add a fighter of Joe's caliber to this event is a special treat for the fans. It's a credit to Mike Lemaire for recognizing this opportunity and seizing it as well."

The five-fight cards for GLORY 27 Chicago and GLORY Super Fight Series Chicago can be found below:

GLORY 27 Chicago
Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Levin (c) vs. Simon Marcus
Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Featherweight Co-Headline Bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Kevin VanNostrand
Middleweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Dustin Jacoby vs. Karl Roberson
Middleweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Wayne Barrett vs. Robert Thomas

GLORY SuperFight Series Chicago
Middleweight Headline Bout: Joe Schilling vs. Mike Lemaire
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Anderson Silva vs. Maurice Greene
Heavyweight Bout: Demoreo Dennis vs. Guto Inocente
Welterweight Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Pawel Jedrzejczyk
Welterweight Bout: Casey Greene vs. Daniel Morales

FEATHERWEIGHT REMATCH SET FOR CO-HEADLINE SLOT AT GLORY 27 CHICAGO

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the co-headline bout and one-night, four-man North American Middleweight Contender Tournament participants to round out the fight card for the organization's return to the Chicago area on Friday, Feb. 26.

GLORY 27 Chicago, from Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., will be co-headlined by a pivotal clash in the featherweight division. Representing a rematch of their first meeting at GLORY 23 in Las Vegas, Georgian kickboxing and mixed martial arts prospect Giga Chikadze (33-4, 20 KO), fighting out of Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif., looks to avenge last year's loss to muay thai world champion Anvar "The Uzbek" Boynazarov (80-21-2, 45 KO), coming from Stockton, Calif. by way of Uzbekistan.

Headlining GLORY 27 Chicago is the highly anticipated grudge match between reigning GLORY Middleweight World Champion Artem "The Lion" Levin (51-4-2, 34 KO) and red-hot No. 1 contender Simon "Bad Bwoy" Marcus (42-2-2, 24 KO), the rubber match of a championship trilogy that began in 2013. In order to find the next challenger for GLORY's middleweight title, earning the right to face the winner of Levin vs. Marcus later this year, GLORY is hosting a one-night, four-man North American Middleweight Contender Tournament on the same card.

In the first of two semi-final bouts at middleweight, heavy handed New Yorker (No. 4) Wayne Barrett (5-4, 4 KO) takes on rising Canadian star (No. 6) Robert "White Dragon" Thomas (8-3, 5 KO). The second semi-final scrap features a rematch between Colorado native (No. 3) Dustin "The Hanyak" Jacoby (7-6, 5 KO), currently riding a three-fight winning streak, and Mike Lemaire (17-2, 8 KO), fighting of of California.

The five fight card for GLORY 27 Chicago can be found below:

GLORY 27 CHICAGO
Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Levin (c) vs. Simon Marcus
Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Featherweight Co-Headline Bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Anvar Boynazarov
Middleweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Dustin Jacoby vs. Mike Lemaire
Middleweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Wayne Barrett vs. Robert Thomas

Several competitors announced for Bellator - Oktagon co-promotion in Torino on April 16

New details were revealed this afternoon regarding the co-promotion between Bellator MMA and Oktagon Kickboxing. The partnership is set to take place on April 16, 2016, when the two combat sports promotions join forces at the Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy.

Oktagon Kickboxing President Carlo Di Blasi was joined at Comune Di Torino this afternoon by several of the world-class fighters slated to take part in the highly anticipated event including Alessio Sakara and Brian Rogers who will face one another in a light heavyweight MMA match up.  Also in attendance this afternoon was Dutch knockout machine Melvin Manhoef, who will be competing in a kickboxing match up, and mixed martial artists Danilo Belluardo of Milan and Anastasia Yankova of Russia.

Although they were not in attendance at today’s press conference, it was announced that one of MMA’s most promising young prospects, A.J. McKee will be fighting Belluardo, and kickboxing standouts Raymond Daniels and Kevin Ross will be competing as well on April 16.

The event will feature both Bellator MMA and Oktagon Kickboxing bouts, with the Bellator MMA portion airing in the United States on SPIKE. Exact broadcast information and fight card will be announced in the near future.

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker was unable to be in Italy for this announcement, but added: “We are beyond excited to be announcing the participation of these incredible athletes alongside Carlo Di Blasi.  This is an incredible indication of the amazing show that we are putting together, and there is so much more to come!”

Oktagon Kickboxing President Carlo Di Blasi said: “When Scott Coker confirmed me of the coming of Bellator MMA in the Olympic city of Turin with Oktagon kickboxing I immediately thought this is actually the biggest hit ever in European history of fighting sport.

“The expectations are really high and I am sure the spectators at venue and on TV will keep this enthusiasm during the whole show.”

On April 16, Italy's own Alessio Sakara will be making his first appearance for Bellator MMA and looking to build upon his first-round TKO victory this past September. “Legionarius" has competed at 185-pounds for a majority of his nearly 14-year career but going forward the 34-year-old will be facing opponents at light heavyweight. With wins against Joe Vedepo, Thales Leites, and James Irvin already on his record, Sakara will have plenty to fight for when he enters the fray in front of a partisan crowd on April 16. It's worth noting that Sakara has also taken professional boxing tilts, compiling a record of 8-1 with six wins coming by way of knockout.

Sakara’s opponent Rogers recently moved up in weight classes, making the jump from 185 to 205-pounds. The 31-year-old Strikeforce veteran has been competing under the Bellator MMA banner since 2011 and has had 11 fights along the way. Most recently, "The Professional Predator" finished Virgil Zwicker via arm-triangle choke, putting the exceptional roster of Bellator MMA light heavyweights on notice. Now, the Denver, CO. based slugger looks to add to his impressive record of finishing fights when competes for the first time in 2016.

 

The 20-year-old McKee undoubtedly has the attention of everyone in the MMA world after a 3-0 start to his career, and for good reason.  The son of respected MMA veteran, Antonio McKee, A.J. fights with fearlessly aggressive, unorthodox approach that results in pure excitement and has fans and media alike clamoring for more. He will be facing Belluardo (5-1), who is sure to have the Italian fans in full support of his effort.

 

With his stoppage of up-and-coming Bellator MMA middleweight contender Hisaki Kato at the conclusion of 2015, the 39-year-old Manhoef has proven once again that he has plenty left in the tank. "No Mercy" has competed in more than 100 professional bouts during his combat sports tenure, with more than 50 of his victories coming by way of knockout. Look for that trend to continue when the dangerous striker returns to action in Northern Italy.

It's easy to classify Anastasia Yankova as "just another pretty face," but the 24-year-old Russian Muay Thai Champion has the fighting skills to more than match her good looks. Undefeated thus far in her budding MMA career, the Moscow native has attacked the limbs of both her opponents and earned early submission stoppages, piquing the interest of promotions around the globe. Ultimately, the Akademiya Box product recently signed a long-term contract with Bellator MMA, which continues to build out its impressive women's flyweight division.

The 35-year-old Ross is a highly regarded American Muay-Thai kickboxer. Ross has racked up a slew of championships during his 52-fight career, including the WBC Muay-Thai USA welterweight title, the WBC Muay-Thai International Super-lightweight title and the Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship. Known also as “The Soul Assassin,” Ross is working on a transition into the sport of MMA.

Daniels is a multi-time champion karate fighter who made a name for himself under the now defunct World Combat League banner. A confident, explosive striker who owns some of the most highlight-reel worthy knockouts in kickboxing history, Daniels has only been defeated four times in over 29 appearances while competing in some iteration of combat sports. Now, "The Real Deal" looks to showcase why he proudly wears the acronym "G.O.A.T." on the back of his tights when he fights in Torino, Italy on April 16.

2015 was a record-shattering year for the Scott Coker-led Bellator promotion. The success was powered by several major events including “Bellator 138: Unfinished Business,” which generated 2.9 million viewers and “Bellator: Dynamite 1,” which set company records for attendance and gate. The April 16 event in Torino marks Bellator’s first-ever event overseas, but it won’t be the last, as the promotion has announced plans for additional international events in London and Israel slated for later this year.

GLORY 26 & GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES AMSTERDAM WEIGH-IN RESULTS, PHOTOGRAPHS

On Thursday, Dec. 3, GLORY hosted the weigh-ins for GLORY 26 and GLORY SuperFight Series Amsterdam. The five-fight card for GLORY 26 kicks off live on ESPN3, tomorrow at 4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST, with a replay on ESPN2 in primetime on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST.

Please find the results and photographs of today's weigh-ins below:

GLORY 26 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Welterweight Title Headline Bout:
Nieky Holzken (169.3 lb / 76.8 kg) vs. Murthel Groenhart (169.1 lb / 76.7 kg)
Heavyweight Title Co-Headline Bout:
Rico Verhoeven (254 lb / 115.2 kg) vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi (263.2 lb / 119.4 kg)
Featherweight Contender Tournament Bout:
Mosab Amrani (142.6 lb / 64.7 kg) vs. ChiBin Lim (143.3 lb / 65 kg)
Featherweight Contender Tournament Bout:
Shane Oblonsky (142.9 lb / 64.8 kg) vs. Maykol Yurk (143.1 lb / 64.9 kg)

GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES AMSTERDAM WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Heavyweight Bout:
Errol Zimmerman (255.7 lb / 116 kg) vs. Thomas Vanneste (264.6 lb / 120 kg)
Light Heavyweight Bout:
Danyo Ilunga (207.2 lb / 94 kg) vs. Mourad Bouzidi (208.8 lb / 94.7 kg)
Light-Heavyweight Bout:
Fred Sikking (207 lb / 93.9 kg) vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain (203.7 lb / 92.4 kg)
Welterweight Bout:
Yoann Kongolo (169.5 lb / 76.9 kg) vs. Karapet Karapetyan (168.2 lb / 76.3 kg)
Lightweight Bout:
Perviz Abdullayev (154.3 lb / 70 kg) vs. Aziz Kallah (154.3 lb / 70 kg)

TWO TITLE FIGHTS OFFICIAL FOR GLORY 26 AMSTERDAM

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the finalized card for its year-end show, as RAI Amsterdam hosts the promotion's first card in Holland on Friday, Dec. 4, featuring two world title fights and a featherweight contender tournament.

In the headline bout of GLORY 26 Amsterdam, the first of two world titles is on the line as GLORY Welterweight World Champion Nieky "The Natural" Holzken (87-11, 46 KO) defends his belt against Dutch-Surinamese striker Murthel "The Predator" Groenhart (58-18-3, 33 KO).

Representing a rematch long in the making, the two were originally scheduled to do battle for the second time at GLORY 19 Virginia in February, before an injury sidelined Groenhart. Instead, "The Predator" defeated Nicola Gallo and Kharim Ghajji last week during the one-night, four-man Welterweight Contender Tournament at GLORY 25 Milan, securing his opportunity to avenge the 2010 loss to Holzken and capture GLORY gold.

The co-headline bout features another title holder who calls the Netherlands home in GLORY Heavyweight World Champion and Dutch native Rico "The Prince of Kickboxing" Verhoeven (46-10, 11 KO), taking on powerful Romanian Benjamin "Mister Gentleman" Adegbuyi (22-3, 14 KOs).

No. 1 ranked Adegbuyi, who faced Verhoeven at GLORY 22 Lille in June, earned the rematch by defeating Mladen Brestovac and Jahfarr Wilnis in an exciting one-night, four-man Heavyweight Contender Tournament at GLORY 24 Denver in October.

Moroccan-Dutch Mosab "Jaguar" Amrani (53-10-4, 16 KO) was the first participant to be announced for GLORY 26 Amsterdam's one-night, four-man Featherweight Contender Tournament. Joining "Jaguar" will be South Korean veteran ChiBin Lin (69-17, 40 KO), who meets Amrani, ranked No. 1 in the weight class, in the first of two semi-final bouts. In the second semi-final match-up, American dynamo Shane Oblonsky (10-4, 3 KO) welcomes GLORY newcomer Maykol Yurk (7-3).

The tournament winner will earn the next shot at newly crowned GLORY Featherweight World Champion Serhiy Adamchuk.

The eight bouts that have been announced for GLORY 26 Amsterdam and GLORY SuperFight Series Amsterdam can be found below. Two SuperFight Series Bouts have yet to be announced.

GLORY 26 AMSTERDAM
Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Murthel Groenhart
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Heavyweight Title Co-Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven (c) vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi
Featherweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Mosab Amrani vs. ChiBin Lin
Featherweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Shane Oblonsky vs. Maykol Yurk

GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES AMSTERDAM
Heavyweight Bout: Errol Zimmerman vs. Thomas Vanneste
Light Heavyweight Bout: Mourad Bouzidi vs. Michael Duut
Light Heavyweight Bout: Fred Sikking vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain

GLORY 25 & GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES MILAN POST-FIGHT PHOTOGRAPHS

On Friday, Nov. 6, GLORY hosted GLORY 25 and GLORY SuperFight Series Milan from PalaIper in Monza, Italy.

GLORY 25 & GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES MILAN WEIGH-IN RESULTS, PHOTOS

On Thursday, Nov. 5, GLORY hosted the weigh-ins for GLORY 25 and GLORY SuperFight Series Milan.

GLORY 25 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Lightweight Title Headline Bout:
Robin van Roosmalen (153 lb / 69.4 kg) vs. Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (154.3 lb / 70 kg)
Lightweight Co-Headline Bout:
Giorgio Petrosyan (154.3 lb / 70 kg) vs. Josh Jauncey (153.4 lb / 69.6 kg)
Welterweight Contender Tournament Bout:
Yoann Kongolo (169.3 lb / 76.8 kg) vs. Karim Ghajji (169.8 lb / 77 kg)
Welterweight Contender Tournament Bout:
Murthel Groenhart (168.4 lb / 76.4 kg) vs. Nicola Gallo (169.8 lb / 77 kg)

GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES MILAN WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Featherweight Title Headline Bout:
Gabriel Varga (143.3 lb / 65 kg) vs. Serhiy Adamchuk (143.3 lb / 65 kg)
Light Heavyweight Bout:
Danyo Ilunga (207.5 lb / 94.1 kg) vs. Artem Vakhitov (204.1 lb / 92.6 kg)
Middleweight Bout:
Vittorio Iermano (186.1 lb / 84.4 kg) vs. Samir Boukhidous (185.4 lb / 84.1 kg)
Welterweight Bout:
Stefano Bruno (169.8 lb / 77 kg) vs. Hosam Radwan (168.2 lb / 76.3 kg)
Lightweight Bout:
Anatoly Moiseev (153.9 lb / 69.8 kg) vs. Teo Mikelic (153.9 lb / 69.8 kg)

GLORY SuperFight Series Milan Headlined by Featherweight World Title Bout

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the full fight card for GLORY 25 Milan and GLORY SuperFight Series Milan, set to take place on Friday, Nov. 6. from the PalaIper in Monza, Italy.

For the first time ever, one of the organization's titles will be on the line in the headline bout of its SuperFight Series, when GLORY Featherweight World Champion Gabriel Varga (26-2, 8 KO) of Canada defends his belt against Amsterdam-based Serhiy Adamchuk (30-5, 14 KO), originally from Ukraine.

The two competitors were originally slated to square-off in September before Varga suffered an injury during training camp. Adamchuk went on to defeat muay thai world champion Anvar Boynazarov via unanimous decision at the 'Dynamite' event, earning this title shot in Milan.

"Adamchuk wasn’t really on my radar until he joined GLORY, but that win over Marat Grigorian really put him on the map," said Varga. "I’ve been watching tape on him and he looks like a good technical fighter and someone who comes to fight, so it should be a great fight.”

GLORY 25 Milan is headlined by the Lightweight World Championship clash between reigning Robin "Pokerface" van Roosmalen (34-6, 19 KO) of the Netherlands and challenger Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (103-28-5, 28 KO) of Thailand. Returning lightweight legend Giorgio "The Doctor" Petrosyan (81-2-1, 36 KO) and 22-year-old rising star Josh Jauncey (23-5, 12 KO) meet in the co-headline bout.

Varga continued, “We’re on one of the best cards of the year. Robin van Roosmalen vs. Sitthichai in the main event [of GLORY 25 Milan] is going to be a war; I am very excited about that fight. And then my friend and sparring partner Josh Jauncey is taking on the biggest challenge of his career when he faces Giorgio Petrosyan in the co-main event. Everyone is assuming Petrosyan wins that one, but honestly I’m seeing things from Josh in sparring which would make them think otherwise. When he gets loose and gets creative, he is very problematic, so that’s going to be an interesting fight.”

Filling out the card for GLORY 25 Milan is a one-night, four-man Welterweight Contender Tournament with championship implications. In the first of two semi-final bouts, Dutch-Surinamese striker Murthel "The Predator" Groenhart (56-18-3, 32 KO) takes on hometown favorite Nicola Gallo (22-9-1, 6 KO) of Italy. The second semi-final scrap pits powerful Swiss boxer and muay thai stylist Yoann Kongolo (60-5, 45 KO) up against unorthodox French karateka Karim "Gadjetboy" Ghajji (93-10-1, 49 KO).

The tournament winner will face GLORY Welterweight World Champion Nieky "The Natural" Holzken at GLORY 26 Amsterdam on Dec. 4.

The full fight cards for GLORY 25 Milan and GLORY SuperFight Series Milan can be found below:

GLORY 25 MILAN
Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong
Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Josh Jauncey
Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Yoann Kongolo vs. Karim Ghajji
Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Murthel Groenhart vs. Nicola Gallo

GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES MILAN
Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Gabriel Varga (c) vs. Serhiy Adamchuk
Light Heavyweight Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Artem Vakhitov
Middleweight Bout: Samir Boukhidous vs. Vittorio Iermano
Welterweight Tournament Reserve Bout: Stefano Bruno vs. Hosam Radwan
Lightweight Bout: Anatoliy Moiseev vs. Teo Mikelic

GLORY ANNOUNCES YEAR-END SHOW IN AMSTERDAM ON DECEMBER 4

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced its year-end show, featuring two world title fights and a featherweight contender tournament. RAI Amsterdam is slated to host GLORY 26, the promotion's first card in Holland, on Friday, Dec. 4.

In the headline bout, the first of two world titles is on the line as GLORY Heavyweight World Champion and Dutch native Rico "The Prince of Kickboxing" Verhoeven (46-10, 11 KO) takes on the one-night, four-man Heavyweight Contender Tournament winner from GLORY's upcoming card in Denver on Oct. 9.

The participants vying for the title shot in next Friday's tournament at GLORY 24 include powerful Romanian Benjamin "Mister Gentleman" Adegbuyi, Croatian southpaw Mladen "The Scorpion Sting" Brestovac, explosive Australian Ben "The Guvner" Edwards, and Dutch kickboxing specialist Jahfarr Wilnis.

The co-headline bout for GLORY 26 features another champion who calls the Netherlands home in Nieky "The Natural" Holzken (87-11, 46 KO). The newly crowned GLORY Welterweight World Champion will defend his belt against the winner of another contender tournament set to take place at GLORY 25 Milan on Friday, Nov. 6. The participants for that one night, four-man tournament will be announced shortly.

"We are proud to be able to host this historic event in Amsterdam with the blessing of Mayor Van der Laan's office," said GLORY CEO Jon Franklin. "After a year of negotiations by our team, the Dutch fans will finally be able to experience the world's top kickboxing league live.

"The Netherlands has such a rich history of kickboxing, from the world-renowned gyms to the numerous championship athletes the region has produced. In fact, three of our six reigning GLORY champions are Dutch and two of those champions, Rico and Nieky, are going to put on a show for their countrymen in December."

GLORY 26 Amsterdam will also feature a one-night, four-man Featherweight Contender Tournament, including the participation of Moroccan-Dutch Mosab "Jaguar" Amrani (53-10-4, 16 KO), currently ranked No.1 in the weight class.

Additional bouts for GLORY 26 Amsterdam, including tournament match-ups, will be announced at a later date.

Lightweight World Title Bout Headlines GLORY 25 Milan

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the headline bout for GLORY 25 Milan on Nov. 6. The PalaIper in Monza, Italy will host GLORY Lightweight World Champion Robin "Pokerface" van Roosmalen (34-6-0, 19 KO) defending his belt against GLORY 22 Contender Tournament winner Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (99-27-5, 26 KO).

The Dutch title holder is riding a three-fight win streak under the GLORY banner, most recently defeating rival Andy Ristie at GLORY 20 Dubai in April.

"I'm going to pressure [Sitthichai]. He doesn't like being put under pressure and pushed backwards," said van Roosmalen. "It will be a great fight and I look forward to keeping hold of this belt for a long time."

The challenger from Thailand stormed onto the scene in his promotional debut at GLORY 22 Lille in June, knocking out former lightweight champion Davit Kiria and notching a dominant unanimous decision victory over young contender Josh Jauncey in the same night to earn his No. 1 ranking and title shot.

"It is very difficult for an orthodox stance fighter to withstand the the damage from my powerful left kicks," said Sitthichai. "[Van Roosmalen] is tough and has good heart; he will be harder to hurt than my past opponents. He is also dangerous, a heavy puncher."

The recently announced bout match-up between returning Giorgio "The Doctor" Petrosyan (78-2-1, 35 KO) and 22-year-old rising star Josh Jauncey (23-5, 12 KO) will serve as the co-headline bout for GLORY 25 Milan.

Additional bouts for GLORY 25 Milan, including GLORY's one-night, four-man Welterweight Contender Tournament will be announced at a later date. The tournament winner will earn the next shot at GLORY Welterweight World Champion Nieky Holzken.

Josh Jauncey Battles Giorgio Petrosyan at GLORY 25 Milan on November 6

The return of master technician Giorgio "The Doctor" Petrosyan (78-2-1, 35 KO) to the GLORY ring was recently announced for GLORY 25 Milan from the PalaIper in Monza, Italy on Friday, Nov. 6.

GLORY today announced his opponent, 22-year-old rising star Josh Jauncey (23-5, 12 KO), fighting out of Vancouver, Canada.

"This is a must-see match-up between the living legend and the can't-miss prospect." said GLORY CEO Jon Franklin. "Jauncey has become a fan favorite very quickly, putting on a spectacular show each time he enters the GLORY ring.

"Petrosyan is currently fifth in the rankings and coming back from a long layoff to reclaim the top spot. Is he still at that level? And Jauncey has been on an absolute tear in the meantime. Is it too early or is he ready to jump into the title talk at only 22 [years old]? These are the questions that will be answered in November."

Since making his GLORY debut in May of 2014, Jauncey holds a 4-1 record in the organization and his last three victories have come by way of knockout.

Additional bouts for GLORY 25 Milan, including GLORY's one-night, four-man Welterweight Contender Tournament will be announced at a later date. The tournament winner will have earned the next shot at GLORY Welterweight World Champion Nieky Holzken.

"The Doctor" is Back! Giorgio Petrosyan Returns at GLORY 25 Milan on November 6

After nearly two years away, master technician Giorgio "The Doctor" Petrosyan (78-2-1, 35 KO) makes his long awaited return to the GLORY ring at GLORY 25 Milan from the PalaIper in Monza, Italy on Friday, Nov. 6."Giorgio is one of the best pound-for-pound strikers on the planet. In fact, he ranks among the very best of all time across [all] combat sports," said GLORY CEO Jon Franklin. "Fans worldwide will once again get to see 'The Doctor' go to work. At GLORY 25 he'll be facing a top lightweight on his home soil of Italy. This is a huge fight for Petrosyan and this event will be very special."

Additional bouts for GLORY 25 Milan, including Petrosyan's lightweight opponent and the participants in GLORY's one-night, four-man Welterweight Contender Tournament will be announced at a later date. The tournament winner will have earned the next shot at GLORY Welterweight World Champion Nieky Holzken.

GLORY 24 Fight Card Finalized, Jacoby vs. Barrett Serves as Co-Headline Bout

An elbow injury suffered in training has delayed the return of kickboxing veteran and former MMA stand-out Pat "HD" Barry to the GLORY ring. It was announced last week that Barry would face hungry newcomer Karl Roberson in the co-headline bout of GLORY 24 on Oct. 9. No timetable has been given for Barry's return.

In its place, the co-headline slot in Denver will be filled by Colorado local and recent GLORY Middleweight Qualification Tournament winner Dustin "The Hanyak" Jacoby (6-5, 5 KO) taking on heavy handed Wayne Barrett (5-3, 4 KO) of New York.

GLORY 24 is headlined by No. 2 ranked middleweight and American kickboxing star Joe "Stitch 'Em Up" Schilling (19-6, 11 KO) battling world No. 3, Dutch technician Jason "Psycho" Wilnis (24-5-1, 6 KO) in a pivotal bout for the division's title picture. 

In the first of two hard-hitting semi-final match-ups that comprise GLORY's one-night, four-man Heavyweight Contender Tournament, powerful Romanian Benjamin "Mister Gentleman" Adegbuyi (19-3, 14 KOs), fresh off his world title bout in June, faces Croatian southpaw Mladen "The Scorpion Sting" Brestovac (43-9-1, 28 KO). The second semi-final scrap pits explosive Ben "The Guvner" Edwards (36-10-3, 32 KO) of Australia up against Dutch kickboxing specialist Jahfarr Wilnis (22-5-1, 5 KO), brother of GLORY 24 headliner Jason Wilnis.

The tournament winner will earn the next shot at GLORY Heavyweight World Champion Rico Verhoeven.

The full five-fight card for GLORY 24, which airs live on Spike TV, can be found below:

Middleweight Headline Bout: Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis
Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Middleweight Co-Headline Bout: Dustin Jacoby vs. Wayne Barrett
Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Mladen Brestovac
Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Ben Edwards vs. Jahfarr Wilnis

Levin Injured, Wilnis Steps into GLORY 24 Headline Bout with Schilling, Pat Barry Returns

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the new headline and co-headline bouts for its next pure striking event, as Magness Arena in Denver plays host to GLORY 24 on Oct. 9.

The highly-anticipated trilogy fight between reigning GLORY Middleweight World Champion Artem "The Lion" Levin and bitter rival Joe "Stitch 'Em Up" Schilling is on hold after Levin suffered an elbow injury during training.

Replacing Levin, in a match-up that pits two top-three middleweights against each other, No. 3 ranked Jason "Psycho" Wilnis of the Netherlands will now meet world No. 2 Schilling in the headline bout of GLORY 24.

"While it's unfortunate that our champion was injured and we wish him a speedy recovery, we are still able to put together a fight between two of the very best middleweights in the world," said GLORY CEO Jon Franklin. "It speaks to the depth of talent on our roster and Jason [Wilnis] stepped-up with no hesitation.

"The third fight between Levin and Schilling will happen in the GLORY ring at some point, but make no mistake; this match-up at GLORY 24 has huge implications for one of our deepest divisions."

In the co-headline bout, kickboxing veteran and former MMA stand-out Pat 'HD' Barry makes his return to the GLORY ring, when he takes on hungry newcomer Karl Roberson. Barry was originally scheduled to face Mourad Bouzidi at GLORY 20 in April, but was forced to withdraw with a hand injury.

Additional bouts for GLORY 24, including the participants in GLORY's one-night, four-man Heavyweight Contender Tournament, will be announced at a later date. The tournament winner will earn the next shot at GLORY Heavyweight World Champion Rico Verhoeven.

Tickets for GLORY 24 go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. MT and are priced at $150, $50, and $35. Tickets will be available for purchase at denverpioneers.com/tickets and the Magness Arena box office.

Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez set for Bellator debut at Dynamite 1

A 120-pound Glory kickboxing bout pitting Ker Anne Taylor-Melendez (2-1) against Hadley “Relentless” Griffith (pro debut) completes the Spike-televised card of “Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” on September 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

For the first time ever, “Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” will feature both a Bellator MMA cage and a Glory kickboxing ring on one arena floor at the same time. In the evening’s main event, Tito Ortiz (18-11) will challenge the undefeated Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion, Liam McGeary (10-0) for the title.

Additionally, the previously announced fight card features a Glory kickboxing title fight featuring Zack Mwekassa (13-2, 12 KO) and Saulo Cavalari (31-2, 19 KO) for the vacant Light Heavyweight Championship, as well as Bellator MMA competitors Paul “Semtex” Daley (37-13-2) and Fernando “The Menifee Maniac” Gonzalez (24-13) also competing in Glory action, when they trade-in the MMA gloves for kickboxing gloves.

On the mixed martial arts side, Bellator MMA will also conduct a four-man, one-night light heavyweight tournament to determine the No. 1 contender in the division that features Phil Davis (13-3) taking on Emanuel Newton (25-8-1) and Linton Vassell (15-4-1) facing Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (15-4, 1 NC). Newly signed lightweight standout Josh “The Punk” Thomson (20-8, 1 NC) is also in action, when he makes his Bellator MMA debut against Mike “The Greek Assassin” Bronzoulis (18-8-1).

“Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” airs live and free on Spike at 9/8c. Tickets for the historic event start at just $30 and are on sale now at the SAP Center box office and are also available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com.

At only 31 years of age, Taylor-Melendez has previously competed in both kickboxing and muay Thai, but fully intends on transitioning to the sport of mixed martial arts in the near future. The spouse of former WEC and Strikeforce Champion Gilbert Melendez and co-owner of El Nino Training Center in San Francisco, Taylor-Melendez first took up combat sports close to 10 years ago, making a name for herself fighting in the Bay Area. After racking up a 4-1 amateur record, she took her talents to the professional circuit, where she currently holds a 2-1 kickboxing record.

A five-fight mixed martial arts veteran, Griffith will return to action for the first time in 2015, except this time it will be inside a Glory kickboxing ring. “Relentless” eagerly awaits her return to combat sports after being out of action for more than a year due to an injury that caused the amputation of the top of her middle finger. A native of Washington, and training in Colorado, Hadley will likely have plenty of fan support on September 19 in San Jose, Calif.