GLORY Kickboxing makes its debut in Strasbourg, France Saturday with an event at the Rhenus Sport arena, home to the French basketball team Strasbourg IG.
The fight card (subject to change) includes 17 bouts total, including the title fight doubleheader on the GLORY 64 main card. Here’s a quick look.
GLORY 64 Prelims: Ulianov vs Glunder Headlines
Saturday’s fight card starts with the GLORY 64 Prelims. The headline bout of the preliminary card is a featherweight (65 kg) contest between Aleksei Ulianov and Massaro Glunder.
Ulianov, fighting out of the Russian Federation, got off to a rough start in GLORY. He lost decisions to Petch and Giga Chikadze in his first two bouts, and then an unintentional clash of heads caused his bout with Bailey Sugden to be ruled a no-contest. In his last GLORY bout, Ulianov defeated young contender Zakaria Zouggary by unanimous decision to pick up his first GLORY victory.
Glunder had a two fight win streak snapped when he lost a decision to Kevin Vannostrand in November. Glunder knocked down the American, and may have pulled it out if not for a controversial point deduction by the referee in the final round.
In other notable GLORY 64 Prelims action, Ertugrul Bayrak returns after an upset decision over previously unbeaten Donovan Wisse in December. The Turkish fighter faces Jakob Styben of Germany.
Unbeaten French fighter Sarah Moussaddak makes her GLORY debut. Moussaddak stepped in on late notice to replace Esma Hasshass on the card. She’ll face Jiwaen Lee of South Korea.
GLORY 64 PRELIMS (GLORY YouTube Channel: Start at 1600 London, 11 a.m. New York, 8 am Los Angeles)
-Featherweight: Aleksei Ulianov (Russia) vs Massaro Glunder-Headline bout
-Lightweight: Guerric Billet vs. Michaël Palandre (France)-(Co-headline bout)
-Middleweight: Ertugrul Bayrak (Turkey) vs. Jakob Styben (Germany)
-Featherweight: Vincent Foschiani (Germany) vs. River Daz (Austria)
-Super Bantamweight: Sarah (France) vs. Jiwaen Lee (KOR)
-Welterweight: Dani Traoreja (Germany) vs Jeremy Antonio (France)
-Middleweight: Daniel Krost (France) vs Mathieu Ceva (France)
GLORY 64 Superfight Series: Nabiyev, Groenhart Battle for Next Shot
After the GLORY 64 Prelims take place, next up is the GLORY 64 Superfight Series portion of the event.
This is a stacked Superfight Series card featuring a former champion and a number of contenders, as well as a couple of exciting prospects.
The Superfight Series headline bout features Murthel Groenhart facing Alim Nabiyev in a bout between two of the best 77 kg fighters in the world. Groenhart is the former champion who lost his title by stunning first round knockout to Harut Grigorian last year. Nabiyev is a young fighter looking to earn a second title shot after a decision loss to Harut last summer. The winner figures to be the next challenger for the title.
Popular French fighter Zinedine Hameur-Lein looks to get back on track. The knockout artist faces Artur Gorlov, who had a very good showing against Luis Tavares at GLORY 62 in December. Gorlov lost the decision, but some thought he did enough to win.
D’Angelo Marshall faces Daniel Skvor in a heavyweight match-up.
The exciting Arian Sadikovic makes his GLORY debut after he recently signed a contract with the organization. Sadikovic faces veteran Mike Lemaire, who fights out of San Diego by way of France.
Lemaire campaigned for a spot on a GLORY card in France, his country of birth. He’ll look for a win in his homeland, but it won’t be easy against the hard-hitting Sadikovic.
Exciting Israeli Itay Gershon returns to the GLORY ring after a sensational performance against Trevor Ragin last summer. Gershon faces British warrior William Goldie-Galloway.
GLORY 64 SUPERFIGHT SERIES (Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass, 1800 London, 1300 New York, 1000 Los Angeles)
-Welterweight: Murthel Groenhart (Netherlands) vs Alim Nabiyev (Azerbaijan)-(Main Event)
-Light Heavyweight: Zinedine Hameur-Lein (France) vs Artur Gorlov (Latvia)
-Heavyweight: D’Angelo Marshall (Curacao) vs. Daniel Skvor (Czech Republic)
-Middleweight: Mike Lemaire (France) vs Arian Sadikovic (Bosnia)
-Middleweight: Matěj Peňáz (Czech Republic) vs. Donovan Wisse (Suriname)
-Lightweight: Itay Gershon (Israel) vs. William Goldie-Galloway (Great Britain)
The main card features a championship doubleheader, with Harut Grigorian defending his GLORY Welterweight World Title against former champion Cedric Doumbe. Grigorian is making his second title defense. He was supposed to face Doumbe last October at GLORY 60 but withdrew because of illness days before the fight. Doumbe has won three straight since a decision loss to Nabiyev at GLORY 51 last March.
France’s Anissa Meksen defends her Super Bantamweight Title against Tiffany Van Soest in a rematch in the other title bout. Meksen defeated the American by unanimous decision in their first bout, and has said she’ll be more aggressive in the rematch.
In a bout between light heavyweight contenders, fourth-ranked Michael Duut meets Donegi Abena, currently the top ranked challenger to division king Artem Vakhitov. The young Abena defeated fellow contender Tavares last year in an event with another organization, and also defeated top Romanian fighter Andrei Stoica last summer. He made a successful GLORY debut in October, and figures to be Vakhitov’s next challenger if he can defeat the hard-hitting Duut.
A featherweight bout between Abdellah Ezbiri and Anvar Boynazarov rounds out the main card.
GLORY 64 Main Card (Start Time 2000 London, 1500 New York, 1200 Los Angeles)
-Welterweight: Harut Grigorian (Armenia) vs Cedric Doumbe (France)-For Grigorian’s GLORY World Welterweight Title
-Super Bantamweight Anissa Meksen (France) vs. Tiffany Van Soest (USA)-For Meksen’s GLORY World Super Bantamweight Title
-Light Heavyweight: Michael Duut (Netherlands) vs Donegi Abena (Suriname)
-Featherweight: Abdellah Ezbiri (France) vs Anvar Boynazarov (Uzbekistan)