GLORY 65 preview
Kickboxing returns to UFC Fight Pass this Friday morning and afternoon. Drew Zuhosky has a preview.
After two months away, GLORY Kickboxing returns to UFC Fight Pass this Friday morning and afternoon with GLORY 65 from Utrecht, The Netherlands’ Central Studios.
The 13-fight card will, as always be streamed exclusively to UFC Fight Pass on Friday. Three prelims begin the action at 11:30 a.m. EDT, 8:30 a.m. PDT, followed by five Superfights at 1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. PDT.
This event culminates with the four-fight main card at 3 p.m. EDT, noon PDT on the streaming platform.
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This is the first of a day-night tripleheader of combat sports on Fight Pass. That night, Broadway Boxing will stream to the platform at 8:30 p.m. EDT, 5:30 p.m. PDT, with Cage Fury Fighting Championships presenting CFFC 74 in Atlantic City at 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT.
Let’s turn our attention back to GLORY 65, whose main card features a championship doubleheader.
In the co-main event of GLORY 65, the promotion’s Lightweight championship is at stake, as incumbent champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (122-30-5 pro, 11-1 in GLORY) battles No. 1 contender Marat
Grigorian (60-11-1 pro, 7-5 in GLORY).
The main event sees the promotion’s Middleweight championship up for grabs. Champion Alex Pereira (29-6 pro, 7-3 in GLORY) fights No. 3 contender Jason Wilnis (31-9-1 pro, 8-7 in GLORY) for the title.
As usual, both championship fights are a maximum of five rounds at three minutes per round.
Co-Main Event: GLORY Lightweight Championship:
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong vs. Marat Grigorian
Contender Comparison: (Note: Information for reach advantage
was not accessible on the GLORY Website.)
Heading into this title match, challenger Grigorian is the taller contestant, standing 5-foot-10, two inches
taller than champion Sitsongpeenong’s 5-foot-8 frame.
Sitsongpeenong has posted a record of 5-0 during his last five GLORY Kickboxing appearances, most
recently scoring a unanimous decision win vs. Josh Jauncey during GLORY 61 last November in New York
City on ESPN3 to retain the belt.
In the other corner, challenger Grigorian has posted a 4-1 mark in his last five GLORY Kickboxing matches. Last time out, he won via split decision against Christian Baya during the Superfights in the
Dec. 8 GLORY 62 card on Fight Pass.
Prediction: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong by first-round TKO.
Main Event: GLORY Middleweight Championship:
Alex Pereiravs. Jason Wilnis
Entering Friday’s main event, champion Pereira is the taller contestant, standing 6-foot-4, four inches taller than challenger Wilnis’ frame at six feet even. Pereira has gone 5-0 in his last five GLORY Kickboxing fights, winning last time out via unanimous decision against Simon Marcus in GLORY 58 last September on ESPN3. In the other corner, Wilnis has gone 2-3 in his last fights, scoring a third-round TKO against Jacob Rodriguez during the Superfights of GLORY 63 on Feb. 1 in Houston on Fight Pass. The only other win in that span came against current UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya (unanimous decision in GLORY 37 on Jan. 20, 2017.)
Prediction: Pereira by second-round knockout.
Two other fights make up this main card:
No. 1 contender Yousri Belgaroui (25-5, 6-3 GLORY) vs. Donovan Wisse (12-1, 2-1 GLORY)
No. 4 contender Eyevan Danenberg (28-7, 5-2 GLORY) vs. Yassine Ahaggan (33-7, 1-1 GLORY)
For the complete GLORY 65 card and pairings, click here.
GLORY 65 at a Glance:
Prelims: Friday, 11:30 a.m. EDT, 8:30 a.m. PDT, UFC Fight Pass
Superfight Series: Friday, 1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. PDT, UFC FightPass
Main Card: Friday, 3 p.m. EDT, noon PDT, UFC Fight Pass
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