GLORY 5 London is coming up on March 23 from the Excel Arena in London, England and already with a main event of Remy Bonjasky vs. Tyrone Spong, the full fight card was released today featuring a number of marquee names and match-ups. The match-ups that had already been announced were Remy Bonjasky vs. Tyrone Spong, along with Jordan Watson vs. Steve Moxon and Liam Harrison vs. Mosab Amrani.
We'll start off with a battle of a new star and a long time veteran between Andy Ristie and Albert Kraus, which takes place at GLORY's lightweight limit of 70kg. Ristie broke out on the scene last year before only losing to Andy Souwer at the end of the year. Kraus comes into this fight off winning three fights in one night in China on New Year's Eve. It's a good, competitive match-up, as the verdict is still out there on Ristie to some degree.
From there we have a light heavyweight bout, which in GLORY is at 95kg, between the It's Showtime champ Danyo Ilunga and new signee Stephane Susperregui. It's another interesting match-up, as Ilunga can get wild and Susperregui is very tricky and unorthodox. It should make for an action packed fight. Another light heavyweight bout on the card sees Raymond Daniels of the United States against a to be determined opponent.
Here's where it gets really interesting, as Steve Wakeling fights Simon Marcus in GLORY's middleweight division of 85kg. Both guys are primarily Muay Thai fighters but they're also some of the best fighters at the respective weights that they've fought at. Here both of them will be fighting higher in weight than they normally do but I don't think it will be a problem as they're not small guys for the weight anyway. To me this is one of the most intriguing fights on the card.
One division below Marcus and Wakeling is the welterweight division in GLORY at 77kg, and that's where Duoli Chen and Maxim Vorovski will fight. Vorovski has had trouble making 70kg in the past, culminating with him missing weight for the GLORY Final 16 in May. Chen is a quickly rising up and comer at 77kg and last year only had one blemish on his record, losing to L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni, which there's definitely no shame in.
The remaining three fights include some new additions to GLORY. At 70kg, newly signed Johann Fauveau will fight Warren Stevelmans, who despite losing three in a row at one point last year, still managed to end the year on a good note, beating Dzhabar Askerov on something like three day's notice. This is a good test for Fauveau, who beat Jordan Watson in May and is looking to make a splash on the big stage.
At heavyweight, Singh Jaideep makes his GLORY debut against Yong Soo Park of South Korea. Finally, we have a catchweight fight, though the weight hasn't been specified, between GLORY Final 8 participant Tim Thomas and new addition Reece McCallister.
Tickets are now on sale to the public here.
Tyrone Spong (Suriname) vs. Remy Bonjasky (Netherlands)
Andy Ristie (Suriname) vs. Albert Kraus (Netherlands)
Stephane Susperregui (France) vs. Danyo Ilunga (Congo)
Liam Harrison (UK) vs. Mosab Armani (Morocco)
Jordan Watson (UK) vs. Steve Moxon (Australia)
Raymond Daniels (USA) vs. TBC
Singh Jaideep (UK/India) vs. Yong Soo Park (South Korea)
Steve Wakeling (UK) vs. Simon Marcus (Canada)
Maxim Vyrovski (Russia) vs. Duoli Chen (China)
Johann Fauveau (France) vs. Warren Stevelmans (South Africa)
Reece McAllister (UK) vs. Tim Thomas (UK)