GLORY 52 Line-Up Shuffled, Middleweight Tourney Scrapped
By Press Release
DENVER – GLORY, the world’s premier stand-up combat league, today announced the revised fight cards for both GLORY 52 Los Angeles and GLORY 52 SuperFight Series, airing live from the Pacific Room at the Long Beach Arena on Saturday, March 31.
Middleweight contender Robert Thomas suffered a concussion during training and has been forced to withdraw from GLORY 52 Los Angeles. Thomas was part of a one-night contender tournament, intended to feature the four top-ranked middleweights in GLORY. Following this shake-up, the remaining three middleweight tournament contenders have been rebooked.
Former two-time GLORY middleweight champion Simon “The One” Marcus (47-4-2, 26 KO, fighting out of Canada), currently ranked No. 2, will remain on the card, meeting Bang Muay Thai product Zack “King of War” Wells (4-0, 4 KO, fighting out of the United States) in the GLORY 52 Los Angeles co-headline bout.
No. 1-ranked Yousri Belgaroui (23-4, 11 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) and No. 3-ranked Jason “Psycho” Wilnis (30-8-1, 8 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) were originally scheduled to compete in the middleweight contender tournament, but will instead square off as part of GLORY 53 SuperFight Series from Lille, France on Saturday, May 12.
Two bouts from GLORY 52 SuperFight Series have been moved to GLORY 52 Los Angeles, comprising the now final four-fight card.
UFC veteran Chris “Kamikaze” Camozzi (1-0, KO, fighting out of the United States) returns following his kickboxing debut, a stoppage of Kyle Weickhardt in December, taking a step up against top 10-middleweight Mike “The French Rock” Lemaire (19-5, 8 KO, fighting out of the United States).
Plus, Bulgarian bruiser Stoyan “The Sniper” Koprivlenski (9-1, 4 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), ranked No. 3 following his lightweight contender tournament victory at GLORY 49 Rotterdam, faces No. 7-ranked lightweight Josh Jauncey (26-9, 15 KO, fighting out of Canada).
The complete four-fight card for GLORY 52 Los Angeles can be found below:
GLORY 52 Los Angeles
Featherweight Unification Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Kevin VanNostrand (ic)
Middleweight Co-Headline Bout: Simon Marcus vs. Zack Wells
Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Chris Camozzi
Lightweight Bout: Stoyan Koprivlenski vs. Josh Jauncey
GLORY 52 Los Angeles will be carried live on ESPN3 at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on Saturday, March, 31.
The 53-kilogram (116.8 pounds) non-title bout between GLORY super bantamweight champion Anissa Meksen (94-3, 30 KO, fighting out of France) and Ashley“AK-47” Nichols (12-4, fighting out of Canada) has been moved to GLORY 52 SuperFight Series.
Paul “Reaper” Banasiak (5-2, 2 KO, fighting out of the United States), who debuted at GLORY 48 New York, and GLORY newcomer Troy “Trouble” Jones, a WAKO Team USA member from Minnesota, will meet at middleweight.
The current card for GLORY 52 SuperFight Series can be found below:
GLORY 52 SuperFight Series
Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Myron Dennis
Catchweight (53 kg) Bout: Anissa Meksen vs. Ashley Nichols
Middleweight Bout: Paul Banasiak vs. Troy Jones
Featherweight Bout: Zakaria Zouggary vs. Bailey Sugden
One additional GLORY 52 SuperFight Series bout will be announced shortly.
GLORY 52 SuperFight Series will stream live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Saturday, March, 31.
Tickets for GLORY 52 Los Angeles and GLORY 52 SuperFight Series, with prices ranging $40 – $150, are on sale now and available for purchase at ticketmaster.com.
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