GLORY 25 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting cards that we've seen all year thus far with Robin van Roosmalen vs. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong headlining the event for the GLORY Lightweight Championship. For the fans in Italy, though, the feature attraction is the return of the doctor as Giorgio Petrosyan takes on Josh Jauncey. To top it off there will be a welterweight contender's tournament, the GLORY Featherweight title will be decided and Ilunga takes on Vakhitov. This is quite a day of fights.
So join us here on LiverKick for all of the action. For those here in the United States, to watch the SuperFight Series live you'll have to do so through EverSport for $10. The SuperFight Series begins at 1:30pm eastern. As for GLORY 25, while it will be airing on tape delay on ESPN2, to watch it live on ESPN3 you'll need to be a cable or satellite subscriber and to check out WatchESPN at 4pm eastern. WatchESPN is also available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast, Xbox, Roku and more for those that are so inclined.
GLORY Lightweight Championship: Robin van Roosmalen(C) (R5 - Unanimous Decision) Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong-- This was academic. In fact, Sitthichai didn't even get out of second gear in this fight. He dominated, did exactly what he wanted to. Robin fought valiantly and landed a good deal of punches, but Sitthichai was just the better fighter.
I wrote that before the decision was rendered. The decision was, somehow, for Robin van Roosmalen. Literally the worst decision that I've ever, ever seen. These judges should never be allowed to judge another fight ever again. They just robbed Sitthichai.
Welterweight Tournament Finals: Murthel Groenhart (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Karim Ghajji -- Man, what a damned fight. First round started off well enough, but then Murthel Groenhart turned up the heat and this turned into a Mike's Gym slaughter like we've seen with other fighters from Mike's Gym. Ghajji went down and things looked grim. Yet, he hung out. I commented that Murthel was going to gas out and he came out strong in the beginning of round two until he began to fade. From there he was still throwing strikes but spending a lot of time in the ropes while Ghajji went to work. Round three was more of the same, but Murthel came back strong and was throwing some big shots. Great, great fight.
Giorgio Petrosyan (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Josh Jauncey -- What is there to say? Giorgio Petrosyan is back and he looked tremendous. The same Doctor that we've all known and loved for years avoiding just about everything that Jauncey threw at him while landing his legendary counters. I can't stress enough how good that Jauncey looked here, though. He was right there with Petrosyan avoiding just about every big shot thrown at him. The problems came for him when he came in too close to Petrosyan and Petrosyan was throwing those close knees and short punches.
Welterweight Tournament: Karim Ghajji (R3 - Majority Decision) Yoann Kongolo -- Interesting fight. Ghajji was a bit more careful in there while Kongolo was incredibly active all fight. But Kongolo wasn't doing a lot of damage. Ghajji scored a mildly controversial knockdown in round one and that really sealed the fight for him. Kongolo won round two by being more active, but the third round was incredibly close, with Ghajji potentially edging things out with a few great punch combinations. Solid fight, could have gone either way.
Welterweight Tournament: Murthel Groenhart (R2 - TKO [cut]) Nicola Gallo -- Wasn't really much here. Murthel controlled the fight early on and opened up a cut. Once the ref and doctor checked on it that was that.
GLORY 25 SuperFight Series
GLORY Featherweight Championship: Serhiy Adamchuk (R5 - Decision) Gabriel Varga(C) -- This was an absolutely ugly fight. There's really no way around that. Both men are sound technicians and the fight that we got included Varga throwing a few strikes, then plowing headfirst into Adamchuk who would then land a few shots and headlock him before the ref broke it up. Literally five rounds of that. Both men are tremendous talents, but this was ugly.
Artem Vakhitov (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Danyo Ilunga -- My god, what a fight. Danyo Ilunga at times doesn't seem like he has it all together, but in this fight we really saw one of the best performances by Ilunga that we've seen in a long time. This fight was all about Ilunga's length and kicks against Vakhitov's punch combinations. Ilunga was holding strong early on, but Vakhitov came roaring back with a combination with his hands that should have put Ilunga down, but didn't. The second round was slower, a bit more deliberate, but Ilunga looked to be landing the better strikes. The third round is where Vakhitov really laid into his punches here. Ilunga looked to be in control, but Vakhitov threw everything at him. Tremendous fight by both men, nobody has anything to be ashamed of.
Vittorio Iermano (R2 - TKO [Cut]) Samir Boukhidous -- Interesting fight. Boukhidous seemed like the better fighter, landing the cleaner strikes and controlling the ring. Yet. Iermano landed a big knee in round two that connected on the forehead of Boukhidous and opened up a pretty gnarly cut. Once the ref had it checked out the fight was called.
Stefano Bruno (R2 - TKO) Hosam Radwan -- Radwan looked pretty good, but his defenses left a lot to be desired. Bruno landed a lot in the first round, both men technically went down but the ref didn't call it. The second round saw Bruno just working Radwan over, Radwan going down three times but the ref completely missing the second time somehow. The third knockdown was all that the ref needed to see before stopping it. Solid win by Bruno.
Anatoly Moiseev (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Teo Mikelic -- While Mikelic was game throughout this fight, this fight was all Moiseev. Moiseev was controlling most of the action, having Mikelic backpedaling throughout the fight. A knockdown in second round helped Moiseev to run away with the fight, but Mikelic was too banged up in R3 to make any sort of comeback. Good showing by Moiseev.