Glory 21 has come and gone and like many combat sports events these days, it did not end without its fair share of controversy. The Spike TV broadcast began at 11 pm EST/9 pm PT, and many of the fights with the main event being the only exception, were a bit of a mismatch
The heavyweight qualifier tournament was really always going to have a Xavier Vigney vs. Chi Lewis-Parry final. In the semi-finals of the tournament both Lewis-Parry and Vigney dispatched their opponents with ease. Vigney knocked out a seemingly unprepared Maurice Jackson. Jackson came into the fight with a 31-0 record but it looked like he had never taken a leg kick in his entire career as a single leg kick by Vigney already had him looking for the exit signs. A right cross by Vigney was the beginning of the end as the big man folded and a few Vigney uppercuts had him turning his back and trying to avoid more punishment. With Jackson offering no semblance of defense, the referee had no choice but to stop the fight. Vigney wins the bout by KO in Rd. 1
In the other heavyweight tournament semi-final, Demoreo Dennis connected early with a stiff cross that let Chi Lewis-Parry know he was in a fight but eventually Parry found a home for his punches and landed a hard right cross towards the middle of the first round to end the fight for good. Lewis-Parry wins the bout by KO in Rd.1
Before the tournament final and main event, Glory’s “human highlight reel” Raymond Daniels, faced off with an overmatched Justin Baesman, a 16-7 MMA fighter making his kickboxing debut. Baesman had no answer for Daniels’ arsenal of whirlwind like attacks. Daniels spun his way to yet another victory as he caught Baesman with a spinning heel kick to the liver that had the kickboxing debutante grimacing in pain. He tried to answer the count but could not. Daniels wins the bout by KO in Round 1.
In the heavyweight tournament final, Xavier Vigney and “Chopper” Chi Lewis-Parry would finally be able to settle the animosity that had built up after a bit of shoving at the weigh-ins. Both big men came out firing but Vigney had the better head movement and was able to avoid most of Lewis-Parry’s heavier shots. Both fighters were looking for the knockout but it looked as if Vigney was the man with the better gas tank. Lewis-Parry was no doubt looking for yet another first round knockout but when he couldn’t find it early, he began to look frustrated and winded. As both men went to their corners after Round 1, Vigney looked the fresher of the two. In round 2, both fighters were once again looking for the KO but Lewis-Parry was gassed. A big right by Vigney hurt Lewis-Parry, Vigney swarmed and landed a big body shot that ended the fight. Xavier Vigney wins the tournament final by KO in Rd. 2
After a main card full of KO’s and some pretty uneven match ups, it was time for the main event. This was the fight everyone had really come to watch. Canada’s Simon “Bad Boy” Marcus versus Russia’s Artem “The Lion” Levin. Much to everyone’s surprise, the fight played out a lot like their previous encounter under the Lion Fight Productions banner. Levin did a great job of slipping punches and avoiding Marcus’ attack but surprsingly, Levin clinched and held Marcus’ after pretty much every exchange. However, this was not a Muay Thai fight and the referee had to continue to remind Levin of that. Marcus scored well with body kicks, a couple of head kicks, and some big knees throughout the fight, Levin was clearly the better boxer with crisp head movement and accuracy in his punches, but he kept holding. In Round 3, the ref deducted a point for Levin’s propensity to clinch with Marcus.
Regardless of the point deduction, Levin fought roughly the same for the remainder of the bout. It seemed as if Marcus’ had pushed the pace enough to win the fight and the point deduction surely would guarantee Marcus’ the win. It would not be so. A score of 48-46 for Marcus and two scores of 47-47 made the fight a majority draw and Artem Levin would keep his Glory middleweight belt. Simon took to the mic and called the decision “bullshit”, while Artem complained that the referee’s decision robbed him of a win.
The confusion surrounding the decision will most likely set up an electric rematch with a Simon Marcus who will now be pretty angry and determined to beat an Artem Levin that he no doubt already believes he beat twice. Meanwhile, Joe Schilling will be chomping at the bit to get his rubber match with Levin as their current record versus one another stands at 1-1. But Filip Verlinden is surely looking to show the current trident at the top that he might have something to say about who will be the next Glory Middleweight Champion of the world. It will be interesting to see what Glory will do with the middleweight match ups in the near future.
GLORY 21 RESULTS:
Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus, Majority Draw
Heavyweight Final: Xavier Vigney def. Chi Lewis Parry, KO R2 1:50
Raymond Daniels def. Justin Baesman, KO R1 0:51
Heavyweight Semifinal: Chi Lewis Parry def. Demoreo Dennis, KO R1 1:40
Heavyweight Semifinal: Xavier Vigney def. Maurice Jackson, KO R1 1:32
GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES RESULTS:
Mike Lemaire def. Casey Greene, UD
Giga Chikadze def. Ken Tran, KO R3 2:19
Maurice Greene def. Ashley Epps, KO R1 2:12
Manny Mancha def. Andre Walker, KO R3
Omari Boyd def. Chris Carradus, Maj. Dec.