Glory 27 took place last night Friday, February 26th at the Sears Center Arena in Chicago. The card featured a few match ups that were highly anticipated by die hard Kickboxing fans. The first hotly anticipated bout was that of Joe Schilling vs Mike Lemaire. Joe Schilling announced last week that he would be fighting for Bellator MMA’s new Kickboxing promotion aptly named Bellator Kickboxing. With that said Schilling still had two fights left on his Glory contract and thus took a fight with San Diego’s (by way of Paris, France) Mike Lemaire.
The other main draw of the night was the rematch between Simon “Bad Boy” Marcus and Artem “The Lion” Levin for the Glory Middlewight World Title. Marcus got the W over Levin under Muay Thai rules at Lion Fight 9 in 2013 but when Marcus and Levin met again under Glory Rules last year the two middleweight stars fought to a controversial draw that somewhat caused some bad blood between the two. The Glory 27 main event was supposed to be the opportunity for the two to finally settle the bad blood in the ring. In our opinion it did nothing to put the controversy to rest. Overzealous reffing by Al Wichgers caused the main event to turn into a spectacle. Wichgers gave Levin a standing 8 count after being thrown out of the ring by Simon Marcus, and then deducted 2 points from Levin for excessive clinching although in reality both fighters were guilty of excessive clinching, holding, catching each others legs, etc…
After Wichgers deducted the second point, Levin decided to call it quits and thus pretty much handed over the Glory Middleweight title to Simon Marcus. We don’t fault Glory or the fighters for what transpired, it was just the strangest outcome we have seen for what was a highly anticipated rematch between two of world’s best middleweight fighters.
As of this writing, we don’t know the details of Levin’s Glory contract but we believe it’s safe to say Levin may not be entering the Glory ring again anytime soon.
With that said, the night also featured a middleweight contender tournament wear Dustin Jacoby once again showed that he has truly become a dangerous fighter in the middleweight division after defeating newcomer Karl Roberson and the always tough Wayne Barrett en route to become the contender tournament champion.
With Levin’s situation seemingly unknown and Joe Schilling with only one fight left on his Glory contract after his win over Mike Lemaire, it seems that Dustin Jacoby should be the next in line to challenge for the Glory Middleweight World Title.
All in all, Glory 27 was an exciting night of fights capped off once again by a strange occurrence. Below are the full results of the event as well as pictures taken by Glory’s official photographer, James Law.
GLORY 27 RESULTS
Middleweight Title: Simon Marcus def. Artem Levin by DQ (Levin refused to continue) in Rd. 3
Finals: Dustin Jacoby def. Wayne Barrett by KO in Rd. 2
Giga Chikadze def. Kevin VanNostrand by Unanimous Decision
Semifinal: Dustin Jacoby def. Karl Roberson by KO in Rd. 3
Semifinal: Wayne Barrett def. Robert Thomas by Unanimous Decision
SUPERFIGHT SERIES RESULTS
Joe Schilling def. Mike Lemaire by Unanimous Decision
Anderson Silva def. Maurice Greene by Unanimous Decision
Guto Inocente def. Demoreo Dennis by KO in Rd. 1
Richard Abraham def. Pawel Jedrzejczyk by Unanimous Decision
Casey Greene def. Daniel Morales by Unanimous Decision