News: Chub Retains FFC Title, Ilunga to Face Douwes, Meksen Promises Big KO

Chub Retains Title

Final Fight Championship held its latest event Thursday at the Fight Dome at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The multi-discipline fight card featured professional MMA, boxing, and kickboxing.

In the sole kickboxing bout, Ukraine’s Mykyta Chub retained his FFC Middleweight Kickboxing Title with a fourth-round stoppage over Brazilian challenger Wellington Uega.

The win marked Chub’s second successful defense of his FFC crown. He defeated Glory veteran Francois Ambang by five-round unanimous decision at FFC 36 in May. Chub, who fights out of Florida, won the FFC title by split decision over Andi Vrtacic last November.

According to the FFC press release, Chub is interested in moving down in weight to challenge the organization’s welterweight champion, Shkodran Veseli.

Ilunga Announces October Opponent

Former It’s Showtime Champion and Glory veteran Danyo “Dibuba” Ilunga announced he’ll meet Dutchman Brian Douwes at the Steko’s Fight Night event on 3 October in Munich, Germany. The bout will be for Ilunga’s WKU Title.

Ilunga is coming off a stoppage win over Fred Sikking, also at a Steko’s event. Douwes has been mainly fighting in Holland lately on smaller shows, but the K-1 and Glory veteran is now back in a big profile bout.

Also scheduled for action at the Steko’s Fight Club event is top Turkish fighter Erkan Varol. Varol, who has been busy co-promoting the popular KOK Fight Series Turkey events, meets Germany’s Dardan Morina.

Meksen Promises “big KO”

Glory World Super Bantamweight Champion Anissa Meksen is promising “a big KO” in her next title defense.

The talented Meksen retained her title with a first-round TKO win against Sofia Olofsson at GLORY 66 in June. With a record of 99-4, it seems Meksen is looking for a big knockout to celebrate a milestone 100th career victory. 100 wins is a huge accomplishment for any professional fighter, and it will be further testament to the greatness of one of the best female fighters in any combat sport.

Who’s next for Meksen?

She could face the winner of the Tiffany van Soest-Jady Menezes bout taking place at Glory 68 in Miami. She’s already defeated American van Soest twice, and thoroughly thrashed Menezes in their rematch at Glory 61 last November. Menezes had previously defeated Meksen by highly controversial decision at Glory 56 in August 2018.

Another option is the winner of the Christi Brereton-Sarah Moussaddak bout taking place at Glory 69 on 12 October in Dusseldorf. Brereton is currently the fourth-ranked contender, and acquitted herself well in a decision loss to Olofsson in May. French teenager Moussaddak is strangely not a ranked contender in the recent Glory ratings despite being 2-0 with the organization. She defeated Korea’s Jiwaen Lee by split decision in March, and followed up with a unanimous points win over countrywoman Aurore Dos Santos in June.

Mykyta Chub Photo Courtesy of Final Fight Championship

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