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Glory 27 Chicago – RESULTS & PHOTOS

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

Glory 11 – Results, Reactions, and Pics!

It was an epic night for Muay Thai and Kickboxing fans worldwide and especially in America. GLORY, the cream of the crop when it comes to Kickboxing aired on American TV, nationwide for the first time in history. And the fighters, no doubt aware that they were on national television, did not fail to deliver. Out of the 17 fights on the card, 6 aired on television. And all 6 that did air were absolutely jaw dropping in their excitment. Probably one of the biggest stories of the night were that 24 year old Dutchman Rico Verhoeven stunned the world by defeating fan favorties Gokhan Saki and Daniel Ghita en route to the Glory Heavyweight Tournament Championship and a $250,000 grand prize. When discussing his win, Rico Verhoeven had this to say:

“I said I was going to do it and I did it. I have been dreaming of this since I was six years old and I always believed it would come true. I told myself every day since I was six years old that I would be a champion and today it came true. I always believed in myself. I did it for my daughter. She’s nearly three years old so she understands some things which are said to her. I promised her I was going to come back with the title and the prize money. I was thinking about that promise; that’s what kept me going in the final minutes and gave me the power to win the tournament. I’m really happy we were able to have such exciting fights for the SPIKE TV debut. I think we showed all the US fight fans what kickboxing is all about. This is our time now. GLORY is here to stay.”

In the other big news of the night Tyrone Spong defeated Nathan Corbett, got his revenge over the Australian, and further demonstrated that he deserves his nickname of “King of the Ring”.

“Everything went according to plan. I am very happy with the outcome; it all went exactly as planned. There was a lot of talk about the rematch and settling scores but there was no pressure for me. There is some bad blood but that’s in the past now after this fight. I think I played my part tonight for SPIKE and for the organization and for the sport. More and more I am becoming the face of GLORY and I deliver. I put in a lot of hard work to live up to this role as an ambassador for the sport and the organization here in the United States. I will keep working hard and I will continue to deliver.”

And Joseph Valtellini put on a masterful performance against Kharim Ghajji en route to Glory’s #2 spot and no doubt a shot at the Glory Welterweight title currently held by Nieky “The Natural” Holzken.

“Ghajii was really tough. He’s had over 100 fights and you could feel that in his quality and the way he responded to things. I hit him with some really hard shots, some big head kicks and I was like damn, how are you still standing up? It was one of the toughest fights of my career without a doubt. I move to number two in the rankings now and I’ve booked my spot in the welterweight tournament taking place in Tokyo this November. I can’t wait for that. I am coming for that number one spot that Nieky Holzken is in right now. I am going to be number one. I’ve always said it and now I am going to do it.”

It was definitely a historic night for Kickboxing in America, and if the turnout shown at Chicago’s Sears Centre Arena is any indication of the following GLORY can muster, than there is no doubt that next month’s event in New York and any subsequent events, will only continue to showcase that Kickboxing in America and especially GLORY, is the evolution of combat sports. Muay Thai and Kickboxing are here to stay!

GLORY 11 FULL RESULTS:

Glory 4-Man Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final
Rico Verhoeven def. Gokhan Saki by Majority Decision
Daniel Ghita def. Anderson Silva by KO in Rd. 1

Glory 4-Man Heavyweight Tournament Final
Rico Verhoeven def. Daniel Ghita by Unanimous Decision

Glory 4-Man Heavyweight Tournament Reserve Bout
Errol Zimmerman def. Hesdy Gerges by TKO in Rd. 3

Super Fights
Tyrone Spong def. Nathan Corbett by KO in Rd. 2
Joseph Valtellini def. Karim Ghajji by TKO in Rd. 3

Under Card
Sergei Kharitonov def. Daniel Sam by Unanimous Decision
Danyo Ilunga def. Michael Duut by TKO in Rd. 1
Saulo Cavalair def. Filip Verlinden by Unanimous Decision
Steve Moxon def. Reece McAllister by KO in Rd. 3
Gabriel Varga def. Jose Palacios by Unanimous Decision
Troy Sheridan def. Michael Mananquil by Unanimous Decision
Maurice Greene def. Yang Rae Yoo by Unanimous Decision
Aaron Swenson def. Billy Rose by KO in Rd. 2
Kyle Weickhardt def. Quartus Stitt by Unanimous Decision
Ian Alexander def. Austin Lewis by Split Decision
Axel Mendez def. Jordan Weiland by Unanimous Decision