When it comes to professional kickboxing fans have become accustomed to fights falling apart and replaced. GLORY 53’s SuperFight Series will be no different as Eyevan Danenberg was originally slated to face off against former GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe, but due to an injury, will be forced to drop out. Replacing him will be the man that Danenberg defeated in a contender tournament, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong. Thongchai still has a solid month to prepare for Doumbe, meaning that this is last-minute but not exactly last-minute and should have a solid camp leading into this fight and ample time to prepare [read more]
Tomorrow in Lyon, France GLORY returns with GLORY 47 Lyon, featuring Artem Vakhitov looking to defend his GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship against Ariel Machado. Also featured is former GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe taking on Yohan Lidon, a Featherweight tournament and more. The five-fight card for GLORY 47 Lyon will be carried live tomorrow on ESPN3 at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT. The event will replay the following evening on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. The five-fight card for GLORY 47 SuperFight Series streams live and exclusively tomorrow on UFC FIGHT PASS at 1 [read more]
When Cedric Doumbe defeated Nieky Holzken it looked like Doumbe would be the king of the division for a long time to come. When he dispatched Yoann Kongolo and fooled on Holzken again it seemed to be all-but-confirmed. Then along came Murthel Groenhart with a plan and intent to follow that plan. That plan was enough to defeat the heckling counter-puncher in Doumbe and left Doumbe back at the start, once again needing to prove himself for another shot at the title. This weekend at GLORY 47 Doumbe fights the very tough Yohan Lidon in a war to prove to [read more]
As we pointed out in the latest edition of the LiverKick Podcast, there were a few glaring omissions on the GLORY 47 fight card with just two weeks left, which thankfully GLORY has released the final few fights to fill in those blanks for us. The GLORY 47 card is shaping up with Vakhitov defending the Light Heavyweight belt against Ariel Machado, Cedric Doumbe vs. Yohan Lidon, then the featherweight tournament featuring Azize Hliali vs. Abdella Ezbiri and Fabio Pinca vs. Anvar Boynazarov. The SuperFight Series is now completely with a French headliner between Florent Kaouachi vs. Abdarhmane Coulibaly, Dylan [read more]
This Friday evening at GLORY 44 Chicago Cedric Doumbe, the GLORY Welterweight Champion, will look to once again defend his title, this time against Murthel Groenhart. Doumbe has proven himself to be the best in the world, beyond a shadow of a doubt, largely thanks to his series of fights with Nieky Holzken where he was able to systematically dismantle the once-king of the division not once, but twice. GLORY has uploaded the second fight on their YouTube channel in preparation for the upcoming title fight and here you can watch Doumbe school on a frustrated Holzken and marvel at [read more]
While the world is weighing in on the morality and legality of Murthel Groenhart’s knockout blow on Harut Grigorian (note: it was legal) from GLORY 42 this weekend, both fighters have apparently moved on. What better way to show it than a photo of both men standing together in an embrace backstage after the fight? I’m sure this will still be a topic of much debate, but it appears that Grigorian and his team are over it and Murthel is gearing up for his upcoming title fight against reigning GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe, who, by the way, is one [read more]
The next challenge for Cedric Doumbe has been decided in Murthel Groenhart, who scored a controversial knockout over Harut Grigorian before he was assaulted by two fighters from the stands. Since then Groenhart has been all over the media, from the post-match assault to his controversial knockout. Cedric Doumbe had a lot to say about Holzken, who he believes is one of the best fighters in the world, but not quite on his level. As for his thoughts on Murthel? They aren’t complimentary. “No, c’mon, Murthel did something wrong in this fight,” he explained in a post-fight interview. “I saw [read more]
Tomorrow marks GLORY’s 42nd event, live from Paris, France. Main eventing the show is former Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken looking to regain his crown from Cedric Doumbe. Both men seemed in good spirits at the weigh-ins, Holzken seemed unfazed by Doumbe’s mental games, including wearing trunks saying “EndOfNieky” on them. The GLORY 42 SuperFight Series airs Saturday afternoon, live on UFC Fight Pass at 12:30 eastern/9:30am Pacific while GLORY 42 airs live on ESPN3 at 4pm eastern/1pm pacific.
This weekend in Paris at GLORY 42 Nieky Holzken and Cedric Doumbe will fight in a rematch from GLORY Collision, where once again the GLORY Welterweight Championship is on the line, but this time there is a different champion. Holzken originally won that championship on December 21st, 2013, only to lose it almost exactly three years later on December 20th, 2016. While Holzken has lost outside of GLORY, including since the launch of GLORY, this remains the only loss on his record within the promotion, leaving him at 12-1 heading into the rematch. The question is: can this fight be [read more]
We’re just over a week away from the much-anticipated rematch between GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe and the former, longstanding champion Nieky Holzken, whom Doumbe dethroned to take the title back in December. In between then Doumbe has had one title defense, against a career rival in Yoann Kongolo who actually held two wins over the champion’s head. The sheer growth of Doumbe was on full display during this fight, watch as the usually-composed Kongolo became unhinged as the fight wore on and he found himself unable to touch the smiling Doumbe. Incredible fight.