GLORY Kickboxing celebrates their historic 50th Fight Card tonight in the Windy City. Fighters from all over the world and local favorites combine to showcase their talents at GLORY 50 at the UIC Pavilion.
The Super fights Started out with a bang, literally, as Diego Llamas won his GLORY debut against Justin Houghton with a first round TKO.
Next was the return of, Chicagoan, Danny Morales taking on Omari Boyd. In what appeared to be a back-and-forth fight, Boyd took a split decision victory. After the announcement, Boyd had plans of his own and proposed to his girlfriend with TIM Hughes as the ring barer. Boyd is having the best night of anyone so far.
The fireworks continued in the next Bout between Omar Moreno and Casey Greene. After surviving an early attack, Moreno was able to fight his way back and force an extra round. Moreno, with all of the momentum, as able to take the 4th round and victory.
The final fight saw Sitthichai put his belt on the line against Christian Baya. In what seemed like a one-sided Bout, Sitthichai controlled the ring as well as the … time of possession, tying up Baya through five rounds and getting a unanimous decision victory.
GLORY 50 Super Fights started with a Heavyweight Tournament featuring Guto Inocente vs. Junior Tafa and Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. D’Angelo Marshall. The first fight ended quickly with a dominant performance knockout by Benjamin Adegbuyi over D’Angelo Marshall.
The second tournament fight went the distance between two heavy hitters who showed incredible toughness as Inocente and Tafa went to the judges tables. While Inocente won the decision, it was Tafa who would step in against Adegbuyi from an injury Inocente suffered during the first bout.
The co-main event featured another Chicago favorite in Richard Abraham who battled to a decision victory over Malik Watson-Smith. Watson-Smith had some early success, but Abraham kept pushing forward throughout the course of the fight causing Watson-Smith to tangle with Abraham. In the bout, Watson-Smith lost two points taken from the referee because of those tangles.
The main event would be a revenge victory for Hairut Grigorian defeating welterweight champion Murthel Groenhart after an explosive fight after their bout in Paris last year. Grigorian came out with fire and was able to overpower the former champ. After a series of head shots, Groenhart went to the canvas barely getting up before the count. Shortly later, the referee stopped the bout with a Grigorian victory.
Ryan Sprague will be live at the UIC Pavilion with live updates to the fights.
Complete GLORY 50 Results below:
Reginald Ledford def. Hugo’s Serrano via unanimous decision
Robert Lee def. Jon Crocello via unanimous decision
Jimmy Do def. Dominique Jefferson via unanimous decision
Matt Zilch def. Nam Ho via unanimous decision
Adam Edgerton def. Connor Waddell via split decision
Matthew Paul def. Robert Morrow via 2nd round KO (1:13)
Diego Llamas def. Justin Houghton via TKO (1st round 1:40)
Omari Boyd def. Danny Morales via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Omar Moreno def. Casey Greene via unanimous decision Extra Round (37-36, 37-36, 37-36, 37-36, 37-36)
Lightweight World Title:
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong def. Christian Baya via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Heavyweight Qualifying Tournament:
Guto Inocente def. Junior Tafa via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Benjamin Adegbuyi def. D’Angelo Marshall via 1st round KO (:36)
Bejamin Adegbuyi def. Junior Tafa via TKO (2nd Round :34)
(Inocente ruled out due to cut suffered during fight)
Richard Abraham def. Malik Watson-Smith via unanimous decision (30-25, 29-26, 29-26, 29-26, 29-26)
Welterweight World Title:
Hairut Grigorian def. Murthel Groenhart via TKO (1st round 2:06) and wins Welterweight Belt.