After what has been a rather tepid night of fights in Germany for GLORY, the main event of the GLORY SuperFight Series delivered in a huge way. In a rematch between Danyo Ilunga and Michael Duut both men decided to go all-out and beat the ever-living snot out of each other. While the term is thrown out a bit too often, this could easily be considered the fight of the year by most metrics.
While the fight wasn't a marvel of technical acumen and precision, it was a fight that helped to encapsulate all of the great things about kickboxing. Duut went out there looking to entertain and Ilunga was swiftly swept up into that vortex of violence, with both men trading downs throughout the fight leading to a majority draw. That meant extra round.
The extension round went as the rest of the fight did; both men trading blows, wobbling each other and making roaring come backs before Duut finally dropped Ilunga with just seconds left to go. Ilunga was able to fight back to his feet, but that was enough to seal the deal for Duut and to even up the series between the two fighters at one win apiece. If you missed it, the fight can be viewed on UFC Fight Pass.
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.
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