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Full Fight Card Announced For GLORY 32

GLORY has released the full fight card for GLORY 32, which will include the GLORY Featherweight title being defended in a rematch between new champion Serhiy Adamchuk and former champion Gabriel Varga. Also on the card is a Light Heavyweight contender tournament featuring the debut of Pavel Zhuravlev, which to longtime kickboxing fans is exciting. The GLORY SuperFight Series sees the Women's Super Bantamweight tournament continue, Anderson "Braddock" Silva looking to climb back up the rankings and Chi Lewis Parry taking on Maurice Greene.

GLORY 32 Virginia

Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Serhiy Adamchuk (c) vs. Gabriel Varga

Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Brian Collette vs. TBA

Light Heavyweight Tournament Bout B: Manny Mancha vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain

Light Heavyweight Tournament Bout A: Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Ariel Machado

GLORY 32 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Maurice Greene

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Anderson Silva vs. Gordon Haupt

Super Bantamweight Bout: Funda Alkayis vs. Vanessa De Waele

Welterweight Bout: Francois Ambang vs. Michael Stevens

Featherweight Bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Chris Mauceri

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Respect World Series 2 Results: Adegbuyi and Andrei Stoica Victorious

Danny Seth/Respect World Series

Respect World Series returned for their second event, this time taking place in London. The whole cast of fighters that fans have grown to know and love from Romania was there, with fan favorites Andrei Stoica and Benjamin Adegbuyi picking up big wins, while Bogdan Stoica and Sebastian Ciobanu had a bit more complicated of an evening in London. Respect was cool enough to post all of their fights on YouTube, as well.

Respect World Series 2

Benjamin Adegbuyi (R3 - Dec) Colin George 

Antonio Plazibat (R2 - TKO) Bogdan Stoica 

Daniel Sam (R3 - Dec) Vladimir Toktasynov 

Andrei Stoica (R1 - KO) Antonio Souza

Yousri Belgaroui (R1 - KO) Sebastian Ciobanu 

Marian Rusu (R1 - KO) Tomasz Czerwiński 

Arnold Oborotov (R3 - Dec) Gökhan Gedik 

Kazadi Mwamda (R2 - TKO) Anatoli Ciumac 

Ciprian Șchiopu (R2 - TKO) Jamie Bates 

Andrei Leuştean (R2 - KO) Dominik Matusz 

Marius Cimpoieru (R1 - No Contest) Ionuț Răducanu 

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WGP #31 Results: A New Heavyweight Champion is Crowned

In their 31st numbered show, WGP crowned a new heavyweight champion in Felipe Micheletti after a hard-fought five round war with Carlos Meza. Micheletti walks away as champion after years of hype and many believing that he would make a big impact on the kickboxing world. Wellington Uega won a one-night tournament by defeating Fernando Nonato in the finals after defeating Thiago Conceicao in the semi-finals.

WGP #31

Felipe Micheletti (R5 - Decision) Carlos ‘Cliford’ Meza 

Wellington Uega (R3 - Decision) Fernando Nonato 

Alex Oller (R3 - Decision) Alex Sandro ‘Canguru’ 

Renzo Martinez (R1 - KO) Gustavo Piacentini 

Julie Werner (R3 - Decision) Cristmi Páfaro 

Wellington Uega (R3 - Decision) Thiago ‘Golden Boy’ Conceição 

Fernando Nonato (R1 - KO) Diego Sebastião 

Maycon Oller (R3 - Decision) Alisson De Angellis 

Valdenir ‘Kakaroto’ (R3 - Decision) Morramad Araújo 

Felipe 'Artilheiro' Bocaz (R3 - Decision) Fernando Pato 

Elaine Lopes (R3 - Decision) Pâmela Mara 

Rodolfo 'Cavalo' (R3 - Decision) Kleber Henrique

Jhonatan Teodoro (R1 - KO) Fabio Lopes 

Isaias Silva (R3 - Decision) Maycon Barreto 

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GLORY Referee Stefano Valenti Responds to Criticism

(C) GLORY / Ben Pontier

During the last few events it has been notable that many fans, pundits and insiders within the kickboxing world have been vocal about the referees and judges at GLORY events. Stefano Valenti has been involved in some high-profile GLORY bouts over the last year, including a few of the fights at the recent GLORY 31. 

Three of the fights that he was involved with were the Saenchai vs. Eddy Nait-Slimani bout, Ismael Londt vs. Hesdy Gerges and the main event between GLORY Lightweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen and challenger Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong. I have joined in with the chorus of critics of Valenti and noted in our live coverage of GLORY 31 that whenever Valenti is in the ring there is a fear that something might go wrong. 

During the Saenchai bout he deducted a point from Saenchai, which seemed harsh considering the action in the ring, and during Ismael Londt vs. Hesdy Gerges he deducted a point from both fighters in the third round, just seconds away from the final bell. This comes after the notable point deductions from GLORY referee Al Wichers during Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus which heavily influenced the outcome of the bout. We criticize because while rule enforcement is important, there seems to be a lack of coherence among referees and a very real fear among fans (and fighters) that referees can influence the outcome of their bouts.

Late this week LiverKick received an email from referee Stefano Valenti where he looked to explain his side of the story. 

In all organizations and federations for which I have worked, and continue to do so (I think not for luck but I hope for merit), they appreciated me to follow regulations and instructions that are given to me by the leadership of each organization. Glory, Bellator, Victory, Oktagon, Wako, WMF, ISKA, etc.

That you points as conduct "terrible", is the way that Glory wants for all events Glory sanctioned , the result of extensive discussions during the briefing on the day before the event and reported in the special "referee clinic" written by the head and coordinator of the Glory Officials: REFEREE MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY INACTIVE CLINCH ! It's not Muay Thai Clinching!

While I have been and will most likely continue to be critical of referees for their calls, their job is difficult and they are forced to make split-second decisions. What's important, though, is that these decisions can and will be criticized because of how they can impact the careers of fighters. As we've seen, every referee has a different style just like fighters do, and at times those styles are more intrusive than others (Joop Ubeda, for example). 

Valenti explains that his calls were justified because they were done in accordance to GLORY's wishes, which is difficult to argue with. It should be noted that it is also the responsibility of fighters and their teams to understand and respect these rules and not place referees in a position to make these calls. It should be noted, though, that GLORY doesn't have a hand in the officiating, instead the ISKA handles that.

LiverKick has reached out to Mr. Valenti for further comment.

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