Glory has announced the headlining fights for Glory 28, and it's already shaping up to be one of the biggest kickboxing events of the year. Coming live from Paris on Saturday, March 12, Glory 28 will feature three world title fights.
In the night's main event, Glory Heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven defends his belt against Mladen Brestovac. Verhoeven has been dominant in Glory and looks to make his 4th defense of the belt here. He comes in off of his very impressive KO victory over Benjamin Adegbuyi in December. Brestovac is the #3 contender in the division and is a veteran of the Eastern European scene. He holds wins over Jahfarr Wilnis, Mourad Bouzidi, and Sergei Lascenko, and was last seen in Glory on the losing end against Adegbuyi at Glory 24.
In a Light Heavyweight title fight, champion Saulo Cavalari faces Russian challenger Artem Vakhitov in what will be Cavalari's first fight since winning the belt at Dynamite!! last fall. Cavalari was originally scheduled to face Gokhan Saki, but an injury has pushed Saki out. Vakhitov is a tough Muay Thai fighter with only one loss in Glory - a split decision loss to Cavalari at Glory 20. He's 2-0 since including a very impressive win over top contender Danyo Ilunga. Glory has Vakhitov as the #4 contender.
The last title fight comes in the Featherweight division as recently crowned champion Serhiy Adamchuk faces #1 contender Mosab Amrani. Adamchuk won the belt in a controversial decision against Gabriel Varga in November; Amrani claims this shot with his dominant tournament victory at Glory 26.
Both Cavalari vs. Vakhitov and Adamchuk vs. Amrani will be a part of the Superfight Series. Airing as part of the main Glory 28 card will be Murthel Groenhart (who many feel is the rightful Glory Welterweight champion) vs. Cedric Doumbe, plus a Lightweight tournament that will include another controversial non-champion in Sittichai Sitsongpeenong - the consensus fighter of the year for 2015.
Get the full Glory 28 fight card below.
Glory next returns to action later this month with Glory 27 Chicago headlined by Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus III and airing on the ESPN networks live on Friday, February 26. Bloody Elbow will have live fight coverage here.
GLORY 28 FIGHT CARD
Heavyweight Title: Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac
Murthel Groenhart vs. Cedric Doumbe
Lightweight Semifinal: Sittichai vs. TBA
Lightweight Semifinal: TBA vs. TBA
GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES PARIS
Light Heavyweight Title: Saulo Cavalari vs. Artem Vakhitov
Featherweight Title: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Mosab Amrani
Freddy Kemayo vs. TBA
Eddy Nait Slimani vs. TBA