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Danyo Ilunga's Eyes are on the Prize at GLORY 26

The terms humble and ferocious are difficult to equate, however, they are two of two of the first words that come to mind when describing Danyo Ilunga. Although still quite young by industry standards,  Ilunga has already fought the best of the best in his weight class and strives to, in the end be the best. Conversations with Ilunga are philosophical,  at times existential, but very well grounded, shaped largely by his past trials and the visions he intends to mold into future realities.  

His current reality is a rematch with Mourad Bouzidi who he is scheduled to face at Glory 26 in Amsterdam at the RAI arena on Friday, December 4th.   2015 has been filled with triumphs and losses for Ilunga,  but he plans to end the Glory combat sports year on a high note.  Improvements in his overall skill levels are what Ilunga states will make the difference in his match with Bouzidi and in 2016. At this moment the light heavyweight belt is in Brazil,  in 2016, who knows. Ilunga's eye is on the prize. 

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Glory 26 and Superfight Series Live Results

Glory 26 will start be starting with the superfight series at 1:30pm EST/ 10:30am PST. You can watch them Live on ESPN 3 or on Eversport.tv. If for any reason you cannot watch we will have the live results for you right here.

Glory 26

Welterweight Title - Nieky Holzken def. Murthel Groenhart (Split Dec)

FW Tournament Finals - Mosab Amrani def. Maykol Yurk by KO Rd 1 (Liver Kick)

Heavyweight Title - Rico Verhoeven def. Benjamin Adegbuyi by KO Rd 1 (straight right)

FW Semifinal - Mosab Amrani def. Chi Bin Lim by KO Rd 1 (left hook to the liver)

FW Semifinal - Maykol Yurk def. Shane Oblonsky by TKO Rd 2 (2 knockdowns)

Superfight Series

Thomas Vanneste def. Errol Zimmerman by Split Dec

Mourad Bouzidi def. Danyo Ilunga by Split Dec

Zinedine Hameur-Lain def. Fred Sikking by Unanimous Dec

Yoann Kongolo def. Karapet Karapetyan by Unanimous Dec

 Perviz Abdullayev def. Aziz Kallah by Unanimous Dec

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Murthel Groenhart Looks for a Chance at the Ultimate GLORY in Rematch with Holzken

Funny how quickly the tide turns in the world of combat sports.  Just just a mere four months ago I spoke with current welterweight title contender,  Murthel Groenhart prior to his fight with Chad Sugden at Glory 22. Among our topics of conversation were his desire to become the top fighter in his division as as well as his strong desire to avenge a prior loss to the current title holder, Nieky Holzken.  Now on the eve of  Glory 26: Amsterdam, Groenhart is poised to do just that.  After a year out of the Glory ring prior to his bout with Sugden,  Groenhart has come back to the Glory stage with a vengeance, skillfully demonstrating to the combat sports community why he deserves a shot at being the number one welterweight champion. Last month in Milan, Groenhart took on Nicola Gallo and Karim Ghaji, electrifying the crowd with TKO and decision wins respectively.  He is  known as "The Predator," but could equally be called "Lionhearted" as he is confident in his skills as a fighter and his manner of  approaching each opponent stealthily and with deadly determination.  At not even thirty years of age, Groenhart has had over eighty fights and sees his reign in the division as just beginning.

A long time trainee at Mike's Gym, Groenhart varies his training, practicing a variety of disciplines including MMA and boxing.   His focus, however, remains chiefly on becoming the champion in his weight class in Glory. Groenhart has achieved his dreams in other arenas such as K-1 and now has a plan of attack in Glory.  On Friday,  December 4th at the RAI Arena in Amsterdam,  Groenhart will have the chance to have either a dream fulfilled or deferred.  Like many of his peers, Groenhart thanks his fans for support and even the haters for the attention. At the end of the day,  he encourages fans around the world to continue watching him as some surprises are sure to be in store. At an event that promises to be a night of action packed match-ups.  It also promises to give fans some of the rematches they've longed to see as well as to offer second chances.  Such is the case for Murthel Groenhart, for here he has a shot at not only a rematch, but redemption and an ultimate shot at Glory.

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Benjamin Adegbuyi is Ready for a Second Shot at Rico Verhoeven

It's not always when you start the race, but when you finish.  Only five years into the professional fight game,  Benjamin Adegbuyi has taken the Glory ring by storm.  In his second shot at the heavyweight title he takes on current champion,  Rico Verhoeven,  for part deux on Friday, December 4th at the RAI arena in Amsterdam.  Ahead of this event I had the opportunity to meet with  Benny and learn more about his past, present and his vision for the future.

Prior to becoming a professional, Benny expressed having a good understanding of the dedication and commit required to becoming a fighter and ultimately a champion in his field. Before his formal induction,  Adegbuyi worked as a bouncer in Italy and Romania and was never far from the gym, even spending some time kickboxing although not professionally. After constant urging by friends to give the sport a try he decided that he was willing to make all the sacrifices required to become a dominant force in the field. Adegbuyi now commits to the full-time demands of clean eating,  rigorous training, a rather subdued social life and his roles as a partner and father. 

In his first meeting with Verhoeven,  Adegbuyi gave the crowd a demonstration of how and why he had such a meteoric rise in SuperKombat and subsequent rapid transition to contender status in Glory.  In the end, however,  dreams of Glory gold evaded him as he appeared to tire during the final round, leaving the ring with a unanimous decision loss to Verhoeven.  Even in the face of this loss, Adegbuyi demonstrated several things: fearlessness, power and the ability to defend himself against a far more experienced opponent.   Today, Adegbuyi can objectively evaluate his past performance and states that he has trained even harder in preparation for this rematch.   While Verhoeven is known for his boxing, powerful inside low kicks and in and out style of movement,  Benny too has taken on the challenge of sparring with professional boxers, improving his overall cardio and defensive technique. This  includes his ability to block and more effectively counter Verhoeven's style of movement 

Not known for trash talk, Adegbuyi promises to give his best at Glory 26 and undaunted by any thoughts of losing he  is committed to becoming the best heavyweight in the world.  Taking the heavyweight gold Friday night would mean "everything," states Adegbuyi.  He added, however, that no matter what happens on Friday he would like to thank his family, friends and fans for believing in him and urges us all to keep watching him and Glory for the best fights in the world!  On Friday,  December 4th, the world will indeed be watching to find out if the heavyweight title bout will end with either the phrase, "and still...." or "the new heavyweight champ!"

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