2012 is a big year for Golden Glory, as they've put up a total of a million dollars in prize money for three tournaments. Before the tournaments kick off though, there will be a stacked event on this Friday, March 23 in Moscow, Russia.
Headlining is four time K-1 World Grand Prix champion, Semmy Schilt, as he finally makes his return to the ring after over a year off. As expected, Semmy isn't just going to hop right back in against a top fighter. He'll fight Brice Guidon in a suitable match-up for Semmy to shake off the ring rust. Guidon lost to Gokhan Saki in the finals of last year's heavyweight tournament that United Glory put on. Since then, he's picked up two wins in a row.
Right before Semmy is a big fight in Errol Zimmerman vs. Jerome Le Banner. Zimmerman has been on fire since 2011, having won seven in a row. JLB is still pushing forward and still has enough gas left in the tank to make this fight competitive. The last of the three main fights is friend of LiverKick, Mark Miller taking on Sergei Kharitonov. Mark made his return to the sport last year at the Glory World Series Final, knocking out Nikolaj Falin in just four seconds. Sergei's last fight was in MMA but he knocked out Mighty Mo with a vicious uppercut at the same event that Mark fought at last year.
More kickboxing. In a -98kg bout, light heavyweight-turned heavyweight Ali Cenik continues his stint as a heavyweight against the Lithuanian fighter, SergejMaslobojev. Igor Jurkovic, fresh off a win just over a week ago at Cro Cop Final Fight over Freddy Kemayo, fights K-1 veteran Zabit Samedov in a heavyweight contest. Jamal Ben Saddik, who stopped Rico Verhoeven last year, faces Vitaly Oparin at heavyweight.
Yes, there's some non-heavyweight kickboxing action on the card. Robin van Roosmalen had to pull out of his fight with Dzhabar Askerov so Maxim Vorovski stepped in to replace him in a -72.5kg. Nieky Holzken got slotted into the card just recently and he'll face David Kyria at -73.9kg. That's it for kickboxing, and there's four MMA bouts to start the show.
You can purchase and watch the event at gfl.tv. Full fight card:
MMA -95 kg Ilir Latifi (Sweden) vs Vladimir Gerasimchik (Russia)
MMA -65 kg Cesario di Domenico (Brazil) vs Murad Machayev (Russia)
MMA -76 kg Anatoly Safranov (Russia) vs Gasan Umalatov (Russia)
MMA HW Ricco Rodriquez (USA) vs Ruslan Magomedov (Russia)
KB -73,9 kg Nieky Holzken (Netherlands) vs David Kyria (Georgia)
KB -72,5 kg Maxim Vorovski (Russia) vs Dzhabar Askerov (Russia)
KB HW Jamal Ben Sadik (Belgium) vs Vitaly Oparin (Ukraine)
KB HW Igor Jurkovic (Croatia) vs Zabit Samedov (Russia)
KB -98 kg Ali Cenik (Turkey) vs Sergej Maslobojev (Lithuania)
KB HW Sergei Kharitonov (Russia) vs Mark Miller (USA)
KB HW Errol Zimmerman (Curaçao) vs Jerome Le Banner (France)
KB HW Semmy Schilt (Netherlands) vs Brice Guidon (France)