This past weekend at GLORY 44 Chicago Murthel Groenhart was able to overcome a new career-rival in Cedric Doumbe, one of the men seen as the pound-for-pound best in the sport. Murthel, after years of struggles, triumphs and disappointments was able to take his place as the king of the competitive Welterweight division. GLORY has put together a video looking back on the event in all of its, erm, glory.
GLORY 44 goes down tonight, live from Hoffman Estates, Illinois with a Welterweight-filled evening featuring two world titles on the line in Cedric Doumbe’s Welterweight Championship against Murthel Groenhart and Tiffany van Soest’s Super Bantamweight Championship against Meryem Uslu. The SuperFight Series airs live on UFC FightPass starting at 7pm eastern/4pm pacific while GLORY 44 airs live on ESPN 3 at 10:00pm eastern/7:00 pacific and we’ll be cover the event live, as it happens. Follow us on Twitter, @liverkickdotcom, @JayJauncey and @dvewlsh for more updates. GLORY 44 CHICAGO Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Murthel Groenhart (R5 – Split Decision) Cédric Doumbé [read more]
Tomorrow night GLORY returns to Chicago with GLORY 44 Chicago, featuring Cedric Doumbe looking to defend his GLORY Welterweight Championship against a very game Murthel Groenhart. The SuperFight Series will see GLORY Women’s Super Bantamweight Champion Tiffany van Soest look to defend against the last-minute replacement that is Meryem Uslu. The SuperFight Series airs live on UFC FightPass starting at 7pm eastern/4pm pacific while GLORY 44 airs live on ESPN 3 at 10:00pm eastern/7:00 pacific. GLORY 44 CHICAGO WEIGH-IN RESULTS Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé (169 lb / 76.7 kg) vs. Murthel Groenhart (168.5 lb / 76.4 kg) [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]
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that someone like Romanian kickboxer Catalin Morosanu is essentially a living legend in his home of Romania. Yet, he is. While kickboxing has had its recent struggles in Asia, Europe and has failed to really catch on in North America, in the Southeastern European nation of Romania it has a huge following. One of the many reasons why is Romanian kickboxing legend Catalin Morosanu. He’s known for his crazy, balls-to-the-wall fighting style, his never-say-die attitude and while he might look like the kind of guy you’d see guarding a drug kingpin in a superhero movie, [read more]
On Friday, August 25th GLORY presents GLORY 44 Chicago live from the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The main event sees Cedric Doumbe fight Murthel Groenhart with Doumbe looking to once again defend his GLORY Welterweight Championship. Continuing with the Welterweight theme Richard Abraham fights Daniel Morales and there’s a Welterweight tournament featuring Casey Greene vs. Antoine Pinto and Karim Benmansour vs. Harut Grigorian. On the SuperFight Series Tiffan van Soest will look to defend her GLORY Super Bantamweight Championship against Funda Alkayis, Catalin Morosanu will brawl with Michal Turynski, Dustin Jacoby returns to fight Sean Choice, Warren Thompson [read more]
On August 25th GLORY returns to the Chicago area with GLORY 44, featuring two big title fights on the card as well as a few other featured attractions. The main event of GLORY 44 Chicago is Cedric Doumbe defending the GLORY Welterweight Championship against Murthel Groenhart. Doumbe defeated Groenhart at GLORY 28, but Groenhart has fought hard to earn his spot in this title fight and will be bringing his A-game, for sure. Also on the main card is Chicago-native Richard Abraham against Daniel Morales. On the SuperFight Series we have Tiffany van Soest defending her GLORY Super Bantamweight Championship [read more]
Traditional logic told us that if kickboxing were to get big in the United States it would be in the media capitals and muay thai-strong cities of Los Angeles and New York. While GLORY has seen some success in those markets and ran them multiple times, it feels like America’s third Metropolis in Chicago has become a far hotter market for kickboxing than the other two, perhaps in part due to the large Romanian population in the area. GLORY is looking to take full advantage of that fan base, which they previously have with fighters like Daniel Ghita, by bringing [read more]