GLORY 34: Nieky Holzken vs. Murthel Groenhart III to Headline
By Press Release
New York, NY – GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the addition of a welterweight trilogy fight to the stacked GLORY 34 Denver card, taking place on Friday, Oct. 21 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Co.
The GLORY welterweight world championship is on the line when Dutch rivals Nieky “The Natural” Holzken (89-11, 46 KO) and Murthel “The Predator” Groenhart (60-20-3, 34 KO) meet for the third time – the second time inside the GLORY ring – as the headline bout of GLORY 34 Denver.
Since their last encounter at GLORY 26 Amsterdam in December of 2015, the champion Holzken successfully defended his title against Yoann Kongolo, while the challenger Groenhart defeated both Karim Benmansour and Yoann Kongolo during the welterweight contender tournament at GLORY 31 Amsterdam in June.
GLORY 34 Denver airs live on ESPN3 at midnight ET / 9 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 21, with a replay broadcast on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Sunday, Oct. 23.
The previously announced headline bout for GLORY 34 Denver – featherweight champion Gabriel Varga (28-3, 8 KO) defending his belt against former lightweight champion Robin “Pokerface” van Roosmalen (35-7, 19 KO) – will now headline the GLORY 34 SuperFight Series.
American welterweights Richard “Maximus” Abraham (10-3, 4 KO) and Casey “Go” Greene (5-6, 2 KO) were originally slated to do battle as part of GLORY 34 SuperFight Series, but will now each face new opponents.
Abraham, undefeated since debuting in February, welcomes South African newcomerMichael Mathatha to GLORY, while Greene introduces prospect Thongchai Sitsongpeenong (134-32) of Thailand to the organization.
Also, Michigan’s Justin “J-HO” Houghton will compete at featherweight, taking on hometown favorite Jonathon Wyderko of Colorado.
GLORY 34 SuperFight Series streams lives and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 21.
The announced bouts for GLORY 34 Denver and GLORY 34 SuperFight Series can be found below:
GLORY 34 Denver
Welterweight World Title Headline Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Murthel Groenhart
Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Middleweight Co-Headline Bout: Dustin Jacoby vs. TBA
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Thomas
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira
GLORY 34 SuperFight Series
Featherweight World Title Bout: Gabriel Varga (c) vs. Robin Van Roosmalen
Light Heavyweight Bout: Saulo Cavalari vs. Brian Douwes
Welterweight Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Michael Mathatha
Welterweight Bout: Casey Greene vs. Tongchai Sitsongpeenong
Featherweight Bout: Justin Houghton vs. Jonathon Wyderko
An opponent for Dustin Jacoby will be announced shortly to complete the card.
Tickets for GLORY 34 Denver and GLORY 34 SuperFight Series are on sale now and are priced at $150, $100, $75, $45, and $35. Tickets are available for purchase via AltitudeTickets.com or by phone at 866-461-6556.
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