Glory 18: Return to Glory – Date & Full Card Announced
New York, NY – GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the return of elite kickboxing action with GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY, set to air live on SPIKE TV at 9/8c from Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Friday, November 7th.
The event marks GLORY’s debut on a new night, moving to Friday evenings for its return to SPIKE TV. Headlining GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY is the Lightweight World Title clash between reigning GLORY Lightweight Champion Davit Kiria (22-9-0, 7 KOs) and #2 ranked challenger Robin van Roosmalen (32-6-0, 19 KOs) in the third fight of a trilogy that began in 2011.
Van Roosmalen won each of the previous two encounters, with his latest victory coming nearly one year ago at GLORY 12: New York in November of 2013. In the co-headline bout of the evening, worlds collide as American knockout artist and #2 ranked middleweight Wayne Barrett (5-1-0, 4 KOs) meets Dutch Kickboxing specialist Jason Wilnis (21-4-1, 6 KOs), currently ranked #9. GLORY’s one-night, four-man tournament format returns with power punchers Brian Collette (21-2-0, 18 KOs) and Zack Mwekassa (11-1-0, 10 KOs) squaring off. On the other side of the Light Heavyweight Contender Tournament bracket, rising prospects do battle as Saulo Cavalari (28-2-0, 18 KOs) goes up against Artem Vakhitov (11-4-0, 3 KOs). The winners of each semifinal bout will then face off to earn the right to fight for the GLORY Light Heavyweight World Title at a later date. The full card for GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY can be found below:
GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY
Tournament Final Bout: Semifinal Bout A Winner vs. Semifinal Bout B Winner
Headline Bout: Davit Kiria vs. Robin van Roosmalen
Co-Headline Bout: Wayne Barrett vs. Jason Wilnis
Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Saulo Cavalari vs. Artem Vakhitov
Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Brian Collette vs. Zack Mwekassa