GLORY News & Notes: GLORY 74, Tafa, Wisse

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GLORY 74 will take place on 21 December at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Netherlands before the Collision 2 event featuring Rico Verhoeven vs Badr Hari 2.

The promotion made GLORY 74 official this week, and three previously-announced bouts have been made official for the GLORY 74 main card. Two other bouts were confirmed for the GLORY 74 Superfight Series.

GLORY 74
21 December, 2019
Gelredome, Arnhem, Netherlands
(Start Time: 7 p.m. local time, 1 p.m. New York)
-Middleweight: Alex Pereira (Brazil) vs Ertugrul Bayrak (Turkey)
-Light Heavyweight: Michael Duut (Netherlands) vs Ariel Machado (Brazil)
-Lightweight: Massaro Glunder (Moluccan Republic) vs Mohamed Jaraya (Morocco)

GLORY 74 Superfight Series
(Start Time: 5 p.m. local time, 11 a.m. New York)
-Heavyweight: Jahfarr Wilnis (Netherlands) vs Antonio Plazibat (Croatia)
-Middleweight: Donovan Wisse (Suriname) vs Cesar Almeida (Brazil)

After GLORY 74 is the Collision 2 event, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. local Dutch time. In addition to the Rico Verhoeven-Badr Hari main event, a match between featherweight contenders Zakaria Zouggary and Asa Ten Pow is confirmed for Collision 2.

Badr-Rico 2 Heading to PPV?
GLORY Kickboxing listed Fight Pass as the broadcaster for GLORY 74 and the GLORY 74 Superfight Series on its homepage. Fight Pass is not listed as the broadcaster for GLORY: Collision 2, meaning it’s possible fans outside the Netherlands will have to purchase Rico-Badr 2 on a pay-per-view basis.

Tafa Returns at GLORY 73

Samoan power-puncher Junior “The Juggernaut” Tafa will return at the GLORY 73 event taking place on 7 December in Shenzhen, China.

Tafa, who is based in Australia, meets fellow heavyweight Oleh Pryimachov of Ukraine as part of the GLORY 73 Superfight Series.

It’s the first bout for Tafa since a unanimous decision loss to Turkey’s Cihad Kepenek at GLORY 65 in May.

Tafa was scheduled to face America’s Demoreo Dennis last weekend in Chicago, but the bout was scrapped because of visa issues.

Currently ranked ninth among the GLORY heavyweights, Tafa has a 3-4 record in bouts with the organization. All three of his wins have been by first-round stoppage.

Pryimachov, who is making his GLORY debut, is an accomplished amateur Muay Thai fighter, with multiple IFMA championships.

Wisse Signs New Contract

In other GLORY news, the organization announced last week it signed Suriname’s Donovan Wisse to “a new multi-fight, multi-year deal.”

Wisse, 22, is currently the second-ranked contender in the middleweight division. Brazil’s Alex Pereira is the current middleweight champion, and has held the title since 2017.

Wisse has compiled a 4-1 record in GLORY competition, and is currently on a three-fight win streak. In his last three starts, he’s beaten contenders Matej Penaz and Yousri Belgaroui and former champion Jason Wilnis.

His only loss in Glory was to number-one ranked Ertugrul Bayrak via split decision at GLORY 62.

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