On August 25th in Shenzen, China Sitthichai will once again look to defend his GLORY Lightweight Championship against an old foe that he knows quite well in Marat Grigorian. Grigorian, with his fourth fight against the Thai pound-for-pound king will be looking to show his growth as a fighter and person. GLORY released this profile on Grigorian ahead of the fight.
Today GLORY released the full fight card from GLORY 57 Shenzen, which features a pretty impressive eight-man lightweight tournament featuring all Chinese talent that spans the prelims and SuperFight Series. The show’s headliner is a GLORY Lightweight Championship bout between Marat Grigorian and champion Sitthichai, in yet another meeting between the two men. Has Marat grown enough to be able to take Sitthichai out for good? That’s the question and the recent victories that Grigorian holds may be the key to him finally usurping the king of the division. The card also features what should be a fun bout between [read more]
In what was a night of somewhat suspect decisions, the 70kg Kunlun tournament, which has become the de facto top tournament of its kind worldwide, ended in a shocking first round knock out when Marat Grigorian was able to knock Superbon Banchamek out with a flurry of punches. Superbon was at one time an unstoppable force at 70kg, but a loss in the Enfusion tournament last year put a dent in his aura, only for Marat Grigorian to punch a hole through it tonight in China. Truly an awe-inspiring moment. This also helps to reshuffle the balance of power at [read more]
Kunlun Fight is looking to deliver the 1-2-punch with their second big night of tournaments in November at Kunlun Fight 67. On November 12th they’ll run the final 8’s of their 66kg world championship tournament and their massive 70kg world championship tournaments. These are some of the best tournaments in town with some big names competing on them. The winner of the 70kg tournament will undoubtedly be the #1 70kg fighter in the world. That’s a big deal. KLF 66kg World Championship Final 8: Yang Zhuo vs. Wei Ninghui KLF 66kg World Championship Final 8: David Emjia vs. Gu Hui [read more]
In a way, it’s hard not to feel for Marat Grigorian. Clearly one of the top lightweights in the world, he has the unique problem on his hands of being a championship-caliber fighter, he just doesn’t have a title. There’s a very key reason for that, though; Sitthichai. Not only is Sitthichai one of the toughest fighters in the world, Sitthichai is a guy who has defeated Marat Grigorian not once, not twice but three times now; two times in the GLORY ring and once in Kunlun. He’s coming off of a knockout of Antonio Gomez at GLORY 42 now [read more]