Weekend Preview: GLORY 53, Enfusion, Kunlun Fight

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There are a number of events taking place this weekend. GLORY returns to France. Enfusion has their fourth show in four weeks, as they have a big show in The Hague, Netherlands. Meanwhile, Kunlun Fight 74 has a 61.5kg 8 man tournament. There are some smaller shows on the calendar as well.

GLORY 53 features two title matches. In the headline bout, lightweight champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong defends his title against young upstart Tyjani Beztati. Beztati, 16-2(6), has only lost once competing for GLORY, a points defeat to Stoyan Koprivienski last December. He’s beaten some talented fighters such as Niclas Larsen, but the young Dutch-Moroccan doesn’t figure to have more than the proverbial puncher’s chance against the Thai superstar. Sitthichai looked as sharp as ever in soundly defeating Chris Baya on points in February, and has a huge edge in professional experience-over 150 professional fights compared to Beztati’s listed 18. Beztati does have a big size advantage though, and if he is able to make his size and power factors, he may have a shot.

Anissa Meksen will face Amel Dehby in a GLORY Super Bantamweight Title bout. With both fighters being French, national bragging rights will be on the line in addition to championship gold.

Prior to the GLORY 53 main card, the GLORY 53 Superfight Series will take place. Cedric Doumbe headlines against Thongchai, and the charismatic Doumbe vowed a more aggressive style after two straight split decision losses. The Superfight Series took a hit when Mohamed Jaraya and Jason Wilnis had to pull out of their bouts because of injury, but there is still a four man featherweight tournament in addition to the Doumbe-Sitsongpeenong bout.

Here are the complete cards (subject to change) for GLORY 53, GLORY 53 Superfight Series, and the GLORY 53 Prelims.

GLORY 53 Lille (Saturday 330pm ET, 1230pm PST, ESPNews Televising in U.S.)
Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (c) vs. Tyjani Beztati
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Jahfarr Wilnis
Super Bantamweight Title Bout: Anissa Meksen (c) vs. Amel Dehby
Light Heavyweight Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Michael Duut
Featherweight Bout: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Abdellah Ezbiri

GLORY 53 Superfight Series (UFC Fight Pass, 1pm ET 10am PT)
Welterweight Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong
Middleweight Bout: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Dawid Kasperski
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Bout: Alan Scheinson vs. Anghel Cardos
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhii Adamchuk vs. Azize Hlali
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Victor Pinto vs. Buray Bozaryilmaz

GLORY 53 Prelims (Only top 3 bouts to be shown, 1145 ET, 845am PT, GLORY YouTube channel, GLORY Facebook page and Pluto TV)
Heavyweight Bout: Valentin Ponthieux-Anicet vs. Quentin Domingos
Catchweight (72.5 kg) Bout: Paul Guislain vs. Jannes Vercaemst
Catchweight (67 kg) Bout: Sidy Barry vs. Badr Houdoe
Welterweight B-Class Bout: Jordan Fichelle vs. Stanislas Diarra

Enfusion #67 The Hague
Enfusion 67 takes place Saturday in The Hague, Netherlands. There are two title fights scheduled for the main card, including a 75kg title scrap between Redouan Laarkoobi and Aziz Kallah. Laarkobi has had a busy year-he beat Nordin van roosmalen by close decision to win the belt but was dominated by Endy Semeleer in March in Abu Dhabi. Kallah is a tough customer, and it should be a good one.
Semeleer faces Nordin Ben Moh in a 72kg matchup, and Ismael Benali faces Paul Jansen in a 70kg battle. There’s also a female title fight on the card.

The Enfusion card is available on pay per view through Fite TV or to subscribers of the Enfusion Live website.
Kunlun Fight 74
Here is a tentative fight card for Sunday’s Kunlun Fight 74 event in China. The action starts very early Sunday morning/Saturday night for U.S. fans. The card is available for purchase at Fite TV for only $5.99 USD with replays available. Artur Kyshenko is scheduled to fight in a 85kg contest, and Dutch legend Albert Kraus is also scheduled to fight on the show.

KunLun Fight 74 Fight Card (Subject to Change)
Sunday May 13, 2018 (Sunday 0240 EST, 1140pm PST Fite TV PPV)
Winner Semifinal 1 vs Winner Semifinal 2-2018 KLF 61.5KG World Championship
Wang Kehan (CHI) vs. Auriele Fromont-63KG Super Fight
Huang Kai (CHI) vs. Danil Vinnik-76KG Super Fight
Winner C vs. Winner D-2018 KLF 61.5KG World Championship
Winner A vs. Winner B-2018 KLF 61.5KG World Championship
Artur Kyshenko (UKR) vs. Timur Aylyarov (RUS)-85KG Super Fight
Jiao Fukai (CHI) vs. Albert Kraus (HOL)-72KG Super Fight
Asihati (CHI) vs. Arturs Gorlovs-100 +KG
Zheng Zhaoyu (CHI) vs. Fernando Nonato (BRA)-76KG Super Fight
Bo Fufan (CHI) vs. Jente Nnamadim (GER)-80KG Super Fight
Lin Qiangbang (CHI) vs. Taiga (JAP)-2018 KLF 61.5KG World Championship-Match D
Wang Wenfeng vs. Cristian Spectu (ROM)-2018 KLF 61.5KG World Championship-Match C
Jiao Daobo (CHI) vs. Daniel Puertas Gallardo (SPA)-2018 KLF 61.5KG World Championship-Match B
Zhao Chongyang (CHI) vs. Seksan Somai (THA)-2018 KLF 61.5KG World Championship-Match A

Partouche Kickboxing, Warrior’s Cup
If that wasn’t enough kickboxing, there are two other events available for pay per view purchase on Fite. The Partouche Kickboxing tour is based in France, and they have an event Saturday. Warrior’s Cup 36 will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey Saturday night, with some of the East Coast’s top amateur talent competing.

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