Glory 44: Chicago - Doumbé vs. Groenhart 2 - August 25 (Official Discussion)

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Glory 44: Chicago - Doumbé vs. Groenhart 2 - August 25 (Official Discussion)

Post by Kingfedor on Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:45 am


Glory 44
August 25, 2017
Sears Centre Arena
Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA


Main Card:
Cédric Doumbé (67-4)       vs.     (66-22) Murthel Groenhart  
Main Event |  Title Fight | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77 kg)
Richard Abraham (11-5)     vs.              (1-3) Daniel Morales  
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77 kg)
Casey Greene (5-7)            vs.          (131-36) Antoine Pinto  
Main Card | Contender Tournament Semi-Finals | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77 kg)
Harut Grigorian (44-11)       vs.     (48-7) Karim Benmansour  
Main Card | Contender Tournament Semi-Finals | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77 kg)

Superfight Series:
Tiffany Van Soest (17-2)       vs.            (29-2) Funda Alkayis  
Superfight Series |  Title Fight | Women's Super Bantamweight | 121 lbs (55 kg)
Cătălin Moroșanu (43-10)      vs.         (21-9) Michal Turynski  
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120 kg)

GLORY 44 Chicago to Feature Welterweight Championship Bout

After settling the score with Nieky Holzken at GLORY 42 Paris in June, reigning and defending GLORY welterweight world champion Cédric "The Best" Doumbé (67-4-1, 39 KO, fighting out of France) sets his sights on yet another rival in Murthel "The Predator" Groenhart (66-22-3, 38 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands).

Their grudge began when Doumbé, at the time a rising contender, defeated Groenhart in March of 2016. Bleeding into interviews and onto social media, the pair's spirited back-and-forth will finally come to a head at GLORY 44 Chicago, with championship gold on the line.

Heading into the rematch, the 24-year-old Doumbé has won four fights in a row under the GLORY banner, including two victories over Nieky Holzken – widely considered kickboxing royalty – and is currently on a 12-fight winning streak overall.

Groenhart, currently ranked No. 1 at welterweight, is a veteran of GLORY and a staple of the championship level kickboxing scene for over a decade. His most recent victory also came at GLORY 42 Paris, grabbing headlines for his knockout of feared striker Harut Grigorian.

Also, Tiffany “Time Bomb” van Soest (17-2-1, 5 KO, fighting out of the United States) is set to make the first defense of her super bantamweight world title, taking on Muay Thai fighter Funda “Findik” Alkayiş (29-2, 12 KO, fighting out of Turkey), who challenges for the belt following a dominant decision over Vanessa De Waele last July at GLORY 32 SuperFight Series.

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