GLORY 38 takes place at the Sears Center, Chicago on February 24, 2017 with a stacked line-up of fights on both the main event and SuperFight Series sections; headlined by, a rematch between defending light-heavyweight champion, Artem Vakhitov, making his first defence against, Saulo Cavalari, in what will be the pair’s second rematch (both have a win over each other).
As always with a night of GLORY Kickboxing, there is also a 4-man light-heavyweight tournament featuring, GLORY‘s former (interim) light-heavyweight champion, Zack Mwekassa; a Muay Thai vs. Muay Thai clash in Richard Abraham vs. Antoine Pinto; and Romanian kickboxing politician, Cătălin Moroșanu making his GLORY debut against US kickboxer, Maurice Greene.
GLORY 38 Chicago – Fight card:
Artem Vakhitov (c) vs. Saulo Cavalari – Light-heavyweight title defence for Vakhitov
Richard Abraham vs. Antoine Pinto – Welterweight
Light Heavyweight Tournament:
Final: Winner of semi-final A vs. winner of semi-final B
Semi-final A: Zack Mwekassa vs. Zinedine Hamuer-Lain
Semi-final B: Danyo Illunga vs. Ariel Machado
Niclas Larsen returns to GLORY Kickboxing after almost three years away, due to serious ill-health and the reoccurrence of a major staph infection (three separate times) that almost resulted in the, 70kg WKU world Muay Thai champion, having to have a leg amputated. Larsen has had an incredibly tough time in recent years but after learning to walk again and being cared for by his wife (and mother to their two young children), is more than ready to return to the biggest stage for kickboxing and resume his promising career against Polish kickboxer, Łukasz Pławecki.
Murthel Groenhart is also back in action since losing to former GLORY welterweight champion, Nieky Holzken at, GLORY 34. “The Predator” will face former Lumpinee stadium champion, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong who, is coming off a very impressive KO win over Casey Greene on the same night Groenhart last fought too.
GLORY 38 SuperFight Series – Fight card:
Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson Silva – Heavyweight
Cătălin Moroșanu vs. Maurice Greene – Heavyweight
Murthel Groenhart vs. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong – Welterweight
Paweł Jędrzejczyk vs. Daniel Morales – Welterweight
Łukasz Pławecki vs. Niclas Larsen – Lightweight