GLORY Kickboxing is back on Friday night with GLORY 58 in Chicago at the Sears Centre Arena with a full night of action.

The event’s card will play out in three segments: Four prelims (seen on PlutoTV and the official GLORY Kickboxing YouTube channel,)  fights from the Superfight Series (seen on UFC Fight Pass), and the four-fight main card, [seen on ESPN3] (free with an authenticated subscription to a participating cable company.)

Prelim action will begin on PlutoTV (channel 215) and YouTube early Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. EDT 3:45 p.m. PDT, followed by the Superfight Series at 8:30 p.m. EDT, 5:30 p.m. PDT, closing with the four-fight main card on ESPN3 at 10:30 p.m. EDT, 7:30 p.m. PDT.

Highlighting this card is a Middleweight main event matching incumbent champion Alex Pereira (6-3 in GLORY, 27-6 professionally) and No. 1 contender Simon Marcus (8-3-1 in GLORY, 49-4-2 professionally) for Pereira’s title.

Entering Friday night’s main event,  champion Pereira has posted a 4-1 record in his last five appearances and is currently on a four-fight winning streak. His last win came in GLORY 55 by first-round knockout vs. Yousri Belgaroui in a rematch of the featured Superfight in GLORY 49.

Challenger Marcus has likewise posted a 4-1 record in his last five appearances, most recently defeating Jahfarr Wilnis in the Superfight Series portion of GLORY 56 in Denver last month via split decision.

Let’s go with Pereira by first-round knockout.

Other fights on Friday’s card:

Benjamin Adegbuyi (10-3 in GLORY, 30-5 professionally) vs. Jahfarr Wilnis (5-4 in GLORY, 31-9-2 professionally) [Heavyweight, co-main event]

Richard Abraham (6-3 in GLORY, 13-6 professionally) vs. Omari Boyd (3-0 in GLORY, 11-1 professionally) [Welterweight]

Anvar Boynazrov (2-4 in GLORY, 91-26-2 professionally) vs. Bailey Sugden (2-1 in GLORY, 11-2 professionally) [Featherweight]

Featured Superfight: Junior Tafa (2-2 in GLORY, 18-3 professionally) vs. Haze Wilson (24-3 professionally) {First GLORY appearance} [Heavyweight]

Welterweight tournament semifinals and final:

Semifinal #1: Mike Lemaire (5-5 in GLORY, 20-5 professionally) vs. Omar Moreno (2-0 in GLORY, 27-7-1 professionally)

Semifinal #2: Casey Greene (3-5 in GLORY, 5-8 professionally) vs. Troy Jones (1-0 in GLORY, 7-1 professionally)

Final: TBD vs. TBD

Matt Baker (1-1 in GLORY, 21-6 professionally) vs. Thomas Jenkins (3-1 professionally) {First GLORY appearance} [Middleweight]

Four preliminaries on PlutoTV and YouTube.

Now, here’s what you can expect if you are a first-time viewer of GLORY Kickboxing.

Fights are of varying length. Non-title matches are a maximum of three rounds in length, with each round lasting three minutes. In the event of a tournament match, the fight is at least two rounds, but no more than three, at two or three minutes per round.

 

Title fights are a maximum of five rounds at three minutes per round.

GLORY Kickboxing also employs the knockdown rule for technical knockouts. Should a fighter score three knockdowns against his opponent in the same round, or should a fighter score four knockdowns against his opponent in the same match, that fighter wins by TKO.

Additionally, TKO victories can be scored by methods other than the three-knockdown rule:

  • Fighter’s opponent is unable to continue on the grounds that he’s no longer able to intelligently defend himself during the fight (this applies to an injury sustained from strikes other than illegal blows) (groin strikes, i.e.)
  • Fighter’s opponent is disqualified on the grounds of intentional illegal blows.
  • Fighter fails to answer the bell at the start of the next round.
  • Referee stoppage on the grounds that fighter’s opponent is less fit in comparison to, or has been clinically dominated by, the winner.
  • Fighter’s opponent is unable to continue the match on the advice of the fight doctor because of serious injury sustained by strikes other than illegal blows.
  • Fighter’s opponent is disqualified due to an illegal blow, intentional or otherwise (see #2.)
  • Disqualification after fighter’s corner comes into the ring and/or touches fighter during a match.
  • Fighter and/or his team resigns from the match (“throwing in the towel.”)

Now that you know who’s fighting and what to expect on Friday in GLORY 58, all that’s left to do is enjoy it. If you have plans for tonight, cancel them. Go see that movie some other time.

GLORY 58 at a Glance:

 Prelims: Friday, 6:45 p.m. EDT, 3:45 p.m. PDT, PlutoTV (channel 215) and YouTube

 Superfights: Friday, 8:30 p.m. EDT, 5:30 p.m. PDT, UFC Fight Pass

Main Card: Friday, 10:30 p.m. EDT. 7:30 p.m. PDT, ESPN3 [Alex Pereira vs. Simon Marcus in the main event for Middleweight title]

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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Content Creator at Armchair MMA , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC.
My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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