News: GLORY Champion Heading to UFC?, Doumbe Vows Aggression, All Star 4 Update

GLORY middleweight champ Alex Pereira caused a stir on social media when the Brazilian fighter posted a picture on his Instagram page showing him holding a UFC contract. Pereira’s post in Portugese translates to “Thank you God.One more step! August 10th in Las Vegas, more information soon .. cheer for me,” according to Google Translate.

Currently, the UFC does not have Friday August 10 reserved with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, according to the Commission’s website. Promoters often don’t reserve the date until a few weeks before a fight though. The Twitter hardcore fans are speculating Pereira will be fighting on Dana White’s Contender show as opposed to one of their PPV or TV events.,

Pereira’s announcement leads one to ask what this means for Pereira and the middleweight division. Is Pereira a promotional free agent who’s relinquished his middleweight title? Is GLORY allowing the hard-hitting Brazilian to test the waters based on the understanding he’ll return to defend his title soon? Former middleweight champion Simon Marcus and the winner of Saturday’s clash between  top rated Yousri Belgaroui and another former champ Jason Wilnis figure to be in line for a title shot soon.

GLORY has yet to comment on the situation and Pereira is still listed as the organization’s champion on their website. It will be interesting to see if Pereira is planning to return to defend his title or yet another kickboxer who’s defected to MMA for bigger paydays.

Doumbe: “I will go to Destroy”
Former GLORY Welterweight champion Cedric Doumbe vows a more aggressive approach in his ring return Saturday at the GLORY 53 Superfight Series in Lille, France. Doumbe plans to leave the outcome out of the judges’ hands when he faces Thai veteran Thongchai Sitsongpeenong.

“Especially now, I change my style a little bit. I started to change it against (Yohan) Lidon and now it’s completely different. I will go to destroy. I don’t want to let judges decide for me now this time. I want to show everybody that I can knock somebody out,” Doumbe said in an interview with Bazooka Joe on the GLORY YouTube channel.

Doumbe has been more slickster than slugger during his stint in GLORY. He’s shown sharp technique and a difficult style, but never been able to finish an opponent. Doumbe’s title winning effort against Nieky Holzken and his two successful title defenses against Yoann Kongolo and Holzken all went five rounds. After losing the belt on a split decision to Murthel Groenhart and another close loss to Alim Nabiyev, Doumbe vows to fight more aggressively.

“Punch hard. Kick hard. And step in, step in, step in,” he said, when asked what he will do differently.

The GLORY Welterweight Title has changed hands since Doumbe lost to Groenhart. Groenhart’s reign came to an abrupt halt with a stunning first round knockout defeat to Harut Grigorian. Doumbe still sees himself as the man to beat in the division.

“What does that mean?” he said, when asked about the recent title changes in the division. “Murthel was not a real champ. Nieky was a real champ but his time is done. I’m the new. I defend once, twice, and the third, they rob me.”

““Harut, I’m happy for him because he take his vengeance. He has one belt, so good for him. But he will stay with that one belt, because I will beat him and take back the title and I will defend it again, again, and again.”

““It’s not a joke. I really think I will be champion after Harut and keep my belt.”

All Star 4 Update
Danish fighter Niclas Larsen, a veteran of Kunlun Fight and GLORY, announced he will fight on the All Star Fight 4 event that takes place on May 21 in Hong Kong. Larsen was scheduled to face Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek at All Star Fight 3 in April, but was sidelined by a nasty skin infection. Larsen’s opponent on May 21 is another popular Thai fighter, Petchtanong.

All Star Fight 4 is headlined by Buakaw against Victor Nagbe.

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