GLORY kickboxing heads back to Europe this afternoon (Fri., Nov. 6, 2015) after two straight cards in the U.S. with GLORY 25 from The Palalper in Monza, Italy.
The fight card will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between current champion, Robin van Roosmalen (34-6) and No. 1-ranked contender Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (103-28-5).
In his last fight, van Roosmalen defended his belt for the first time in a unanimous decision win over Andy Ristie at GLORY 20. "Poker face" won the belt by defeating Davit Kiria by split decision at GLORY 18 last November. Sitsongpeenong defeated both Kiria and Josh Jauncey in the GLORY 22 "Contender" tournament to earn the title shot against van Roosmalen.
The co-main will see kickboxing legend Giorgio Petrosyan (81-2-1) return to GLORY action against rising Canadian, Josh Jauncey (23-5). "The Doctor's" last fight in GLORY was a knockout loss to Andy Ristie. After some time away from the sport, Petrosyan returned to action earlier this year and won two fights on the Italian regional scene. Jauncey finished Coulibaly Djime in the opening round of the GLORY 22 tournament before succumbing by decision to Sitsongpeenong in the final.
There will also be a one night, four-man "Contender" tournament in the welterweight division. The semifinal pairings are Murthel Groenhart (56-18-3) vs. Nicola Gallo (19-7) and Yoann Kongolo (60-5) vs. Karim Ghajji (94-11-1).
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GLORY 25 QUICK RESULTS
Robin van Roosmalen def Sittichai Sitsongpeenong via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Tournament Final: Murthel Groenhart def Karim Ghajji via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-27)
Giorgio Petrosyan def Josh Jauncey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tournament semi-final: Karim Ghajji def Yoann Kongolo via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Tournament semi-final: Murthel Groenhart def Nicola Gallo via TKO (cut) RD2 (1:03)
Featherweight title fight: Serhiy Adamchuk def Gabriel Varga via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Artem Vahkitov def Danyo Illunga via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Vittorio Lemano def Samir Boukhidous via TKO (cut) RD 2 (2:30)
Stefano Bruno def Hosam Radwan via TKO RD 2 2:37
Anatoly Moiseev def Teo Mikelic via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)
GLORY 25 LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY ESPN3 RESULTS
Robin van Roosmalen vs. Sittichai Sitsongpeenong
RD1: Stefano Vallenti is your referee. Low kick land for RvR. And another. High kick blocked by Sittichai. Left high kick blocked by RvR again. Knee blocked by RR. Low kick lands for RvR. Sittichai meauring with a jaband lands a low kick. Lw kick misses for RR. Low kick lands for Sittichai. RvR misses a low kick. Left kick to the body by Sittachai. Combo by RvR and he finishes with a kick to the body. High kick off the mark by SIttichai. Outside low kick lands for RvR. Teep by Sittichai. Step in knee doesn't connect by Siticahi. Knee to body as RvR comes forward.
RD2: Sittichai again measuring with his right jab. Left round kick doesn't connect. Again with the left high kick to the head but blocked by RvR. Teep by Sittichai. Teep again by Sittichai. Outside low kick by Sittichai. Left hook blocked by Sittichai. Low kick lands for RvR. Low kick lands for Sittihcai. Low kick again lands for SIttichai. Still measuring with right jab. Low kick by Sittichai. RvR landsa right through the guard of Sittichai. Left high kick blocked by RvR. Stop in knee doesn't connect by Sittichai. Low kick by RvR land. Right hand lands by the champion. Left to body by Sittichai lands. Inside low kick lands.
RD3: Low kick land for RvR. Low kick by Sittichai lands. Left straight thought the guard lands by SIttichai. RVR lands a quick combo. Teep by Sittichai. Knee to body by Sittichai. Left kick blocked by RvR. They clinch up and ref separates them. They clinch again. High kick blockd by RvR. Jumping knee is blocked by RvR. Teep by Sittichai and a step in knee connects to the body. Another knee to the body lands for Sittichai. Teep lands for Sittichai. Left kick to the body lands. High kick by Sittichai is blocked by RvR
RD4: Low kick by RvR lands. RvR coming forward. Teep by Sittichai. Combo connects by Sittichai. Right uppercut to the body by RvR. Teep and and outside low kick by Sittichai. They clinch up again. One two gets though the guard by Sittichai. Teep to top of thigh by Sittichai. Left kick to body and inside low kick by Sittichai. RvRlands a low kick and a jab. And an uppercut on the break. Teep to body by Sittichai. RvR misses badly with a kick and falls down.Knee misses by Sittichai. Left kick to the body lands for Sittichai and he avoids a hook thrown by RvR.
RD5: Step in knee up the middle by Sittichai. RvR lands a low kick. Low kick by RvR. Knee attempt fails by Sittichai. Low kick lands by Sittichai. Uppercut on clinch break misses by RvR. Left kick to the body lands for Sittichai. Jump knee by SIttichai doesn't get though. Nor does a high kick that is blocked by RvR. Low kick lands for Sittichai and he evades hook by RvR. Left straight land for Sittichai. Knee misses. Right land for RvR. Left gets through the guard for SIttichai.
Final Result: van Roosmalen def Sittichai via unanimous decision 48-47, 48-47, 48-47
Tournament final: Groenhart vs. Ghajji
RD1: Tobias Gerold is your referee. Low kick lands by Ghajji. Groenhart clinches up and they are separated by ref. Low kick lands for Groenhart. Low kick lands for Ghajji again. Low kick land for Groenhart. Knee form the clinch by Groenhart. Low kick by Ghajji. RIght hook lands by Groenhart and he lands another right as Ghajji is hurt and he drops him for the nocdown.Groehart smelling blood here and looking to end it and he continues to pour it on. Right hook again lands for Groehahrt. Another knee by Groenhart and he is relentless.
RD2: Groenhart immediately comes out as agrressive as the first round. Low kick lands by Ghajji. Groenhart clinches up. Ref warns Groenhart for leading with his head. Both fighters miss knees. Groenhart eats a low kick. Groenhart appears to be tiring. Jab by Groenhart lands. Uppercut and right hook land for Ghajji. Low kick lands for Ghajji too. One two land for Groenhart.
RD3: Inisde low kick land for Groenhart. Ghajji lands a llow kick. Groenhart misses a knee. Low kick and a jab and a knee by Groenhart. Lowkick lands for Ghajji. Right misses by Groenhart. Ghajji misses combo. Both fighters swinging wildly in the pocket. Left to the body by Ghajji. Jab by Groenhart. Right hand lands by Groehhart.
Final Result: Murthel Groenhart def Karin Ghajji 29-27, 29-27, 30-27) to win "Contender" tournament
Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Josh Jauncey
RD1: Tobias Gerold is the third man in the ring. Jauncey lands a low kick. He evades a kick by Petrosyan. Kick to body lands for Jauncey. Right hook misses by Petrosyan, but he lands a counter left on Jauncey. Low kick lands for Petrosyan and he walks the Candian down. Petrosyan slips two punches. Petosyan has Jauncey against the ropes. Counter left seems to have dropped Jauncey but ref rules it a lisp. Left misses by Jauncey and Petrosyan slips. Petrosayn throws Jauncey to the canvas. Kick to body for Petrosayn. Jauncey lands a low kick. Clinch by Petrosyan. Jauncey slips a left hand. Right uppercut lands for Jauncey.
RD2: Jauncey misses a right hand. Jauncey slips a right hand. Kick to body by Jauncey lands. Jauncey slips the attack by Petrosyan. Petrosayn pushes off from the corner. Right straight misses by Jauncey. Low kick lands by Petrosyan. Teep lands by Petrosyan. Jauncey slips and clinches and then whiffs with a right. Right hook bloked by Petrosyan. Petrosyan lands a big left kick to the body. Right jab lands for Petrosyan and a left hand lands as well.
RD3: Jauncey slips a right hand. Pertosyan lands a left cross and a low kick. Left hook misses by Jauncey as does a spinning-back kick. Left hand lands for Petrosyan. Left head kick lands for Petrosyan as well. Right hand lands for Petrosyan. Left kick to the body by Jauncey. Left hook lands for Jauncey and Petrosyan counters with a irght hand of his own. Another kick to the body by Petrosyan. Blood on right eye of Jauncey. Left straight blocked by Petrosyan. Juauncey clinches. Right hand behind the guard of Jauncey lands for Petursoyan. Short uppercut lands for Jauncey slips a right hand.
RD2: Jab is blocked by Kongolo. SLip by Kongolo. Ghajji goes to the body. Low kick lands for Ghajji. RIght hook by Ghajji lands cleanly. THey clinch. Kongolo clinches up. Left and lands for Kongolo. He clinches and ref breaks them up. RIght straight gets thought the guard for Ghajjji. Right hand lands agian for Ghajji. Low kick lands for Kongolo Kongolo misses a spinning back fist.
RD3: BOth come aggressive in final round. HIgh kick by Ghajji misses. Left to body lands for Ghajji. Uppercut misses by Kongolo.Knee to body by Ghajji lands. Right jab lands for Ghajji. Jab misses by Kongolo. Step in knee also misses. Jumping kick misses by Kongolo. Ghajji tries a knee. Left to body lands for Kongolo. Low kick lands for Kongolo.Uppercut by Kongolo lands. Both look tired. They clinch up. Spinning hook kick misses by Kongolo and he eats a right hand by Ghajji.
Final Result: Ghajji def Kongolo via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Tournament semifinal: Murthel Groenhart vs. Nicola Gallo
RD1: Tobias Gerold is your referee. Groenhart starts things off with a pair of jabs. Gallo goes upstairs with a kick but it is blocked. Groenhart misses with a right hook. High kick by Gallo is blocked by Gallo. Body kick caught by Groenhart. Left kick to the leg lands for Groenhart. Gallo clinches up. Groenhart misses with a front kick. Jab lands for Groenhart and a punch to the body. Groenhart opens up with a combination but most are blocked by Gallo.High kick misses by Groenahrt who is gettingmore aggressive. Jab blocked by Gallo. Gallo misses a left hand and his high kick is blocked by Groenhart.Spinning- back fist misses by Gallo. Groenhart lands a jab. Gallo misses a right hand. Groenhart marches forward with a combo at the bell.
RD2: Groenhart attempts a knee from the clinch but it doesn't get all the way through. He follows with a right hand behind the guard. Groenhart attacks with a jumping knee and it gets through the guard of Gallo. Cut on face of Gallo and fight is stopped for doctor to check it and the fight is waved off. A knee must have gotten through earlier in the round.
Final Result: Groenhart def Gallo via TKO (cut) RD 2 (1:03)
Featherweight title fight: Gabriel Varga vs. Serhiy Adamchuk
RD1: Stefano Vallenti is your referee. Both in center and Varga strikes first with a low kick. He lands another but Adamchuk answers with a low kick of his own.Two more low kicks by Varga who slipped a punch before landing. They clinch and ref breaks him. They clinch once again. Varga misses on a left. Right to the body lands for Varga. Another clinch and Vallenti breaks them. HIgh kick blocked by Varga. Right to body and Adamchuk clinches again. Push kick by Varga. Varga marches forward and Adamchuk clinches again. Left hook lands by Varga.
RD2: Varga walking down Adamchuk once again and Adamchuk clinches up. Left to body gets through for Adamchuk. Right straight gets through the guard for Adamchuk. Low kick by the Ukrainian lands. Push kick by Varga and Adamchuk clinches again. Step in knee misses by Adamchuk. Varga continues to come forward and Adamchuk clinches up again. Right hand misses by Varga. Low kick lands by Adamchuk. They clash heads on a clinch and Varga suffers a cut because of it.
RD3: Low kick lands by the champion. Knee lands for Adamchuk to the body. They clinch one again. Adamchuk slips a right hand and clinches. Low kick misses by Adamachuk. They clinch again and fall to canvas. Varga seems annoyed at all the clinching. Push kick by Varga and Adamchuk clinches yet again. Varga comes forward and Adamchuk clinches once again. Low kick lands by Varga. Ref warns Adamchuk to not lead with his head during clinches. Left to body by Varga and Adamchuk clinches again. Jump round house misses by Varga. Punch to body for Varga and round ends.
RD4: low kick lands for Adamchuk. Varga works the body with several punches that connect. Adamchuk throws a combo and a few get through. Varga comes forward and Adamchuk clinches. Varga misses a left hand. Left kick to body caught by Adamchuk. Adamchuk slips a right hand and clinches. Adamchuk clinches Varga coming in again. Varga works inside and lands a punch to the body. Right hand behind the guard of Adamchuk lands for Varga. PUsh kick and a left hook lands for Varga before the bell.
RD5: Adamchuk comes forward and Varga misses a spinning-back kick. Adamchuk more aggressive here. Another clinch by Adamchuk. Jumping knee fails for Varga. Varga comes forward with a right hand and Adamchuk clinches. Adamchuk clinches and punches Varga to back of head. Looks to be frustrated. Head kick lands for Varga. Adamchuk clinches. Shockingly ref has not taken a point yet from Adamchuk. Left to body by Varga lands. Adamchuk comes forward and throws but nothing gets through. Low kick lands for Adamchuk.
Final Result: Serhiy Adamchuk def Gabriel Varga via unanimous decision 48-47, 48-47, 48-47 to win featherweight title
Danyo Illunga vs. Artem Vahkitov
RD1: Stefano Vallenti is your referee. Both fighters aggressive to start it off. Low kick lands for Illunga. Step in knee does not get through for Illunga. Vahkitov clinches and the ref breaks them. Left to the body by Vahkitov. Low kick lands by Illunga and Vahkitov clinches again. Both fighters throwing in the pocket but not a lot of strikes are connecting. Low kick again by Illunga. Right hand misses by Vahkitov. Two low kicks by Illunga. Vahkitov throws a one-two and a low kick of his own. Left hook misses. RIght uppercut and left hook land for Vahkitov. He has Illunga in trouble. The Russian is pouring it on but he can't get the knockdown.
RD2: Knee attempt by Illunga does not get through. Vahkitov clinches up. Back kick to the body lands for Vahkitov. Right straight gets through the guard for the Russian. High kick almost gets through for Illunga. Low kick lands for Illunga. They clinch and ref breaks them. Push kick lands for Illunga. Right uppercut gets through again for Vahkitov. Back kick to the body lands again for Vahkitov. Ref stops it due to Vahkitov's mouth piece falling out.Left jab and low kick land for Vahkitov. Ilung comes forward but misses. He tries for a knee but can't get it through.
RD3: Low kick and a right to the body both land for Illunga. Right hand by the Russian lands. Outside low kick by Illunga finds its mark. The clinch and it's broken up by the ref. Push kick by Illunga followed by a low kick that lands. Another low kick by Illunga and he throws a knee but it misses. Vahkitov slips a punch and lands a right hand. Right straight lands for Vahkitov. Illunga lands a right. Right to the body by Vahkitov. Spinning back kick to the body lands for Vahkitov. Vahkitov blocks a combo by Illunga. Vahkitov lands a right low kick. And the bell. Great fight.
Final Result: Artem Vahkitov def Danyo Illunga via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Vittorio Lemano vs. Samir Boukhidous
RD1: Tobias Gerald is your referee. Lemano misses a low kick and a jab. Samir throws a heavy right and lands. Jab by Lemano lands. Samir coms forward and clinches and throws a couple of knees that don't connect. Jab lands again for Lemano. Samir clinches again. Jab by Lemano lands again. One two lands for Samir. Lemano clinches and ref breaks them. Low kick lands for Lemano. Knee to body by Samir gets through. One-two combo by Samir backs Lemano up.
RD2: Lemano clinches but can't get a knee through and ref breaks them up. Ref warns Samir on low knees. Step in knee by Lemano and ref breaks them after they clinch.The knee landed. Low kick misses by Samir. Ref breaks the clinch once again. Right hand by Samir followed by a knee that doesn't get through. Lemano clinches and throws another knee but no success. Samir bleeding over his left eye. Ref calls for doctor to look at the cut, which is actually between his eyes. Doctor rules he cannot continue.
Final Result: Vittorio Lemano def Samir Boukhidous via TKO RD 2 (2:30)
Stefano Bruno vs. Hosam Radwan
RD1: Tobias Gerald is the third man in the ring. High kick by Rowan is blocked by Bruno. Knee to body from Bruno. Radwan lands an inside low kick. Left by Bruno lands and Radwan falls to canvas but it is ruled a slip. Radwan lands a left and Bruno slips as well and that is ruled a slip also. Jab by Bruno and he lands another straight right through the guard of Radwan lands a knee on Bruno. Push kick to the body by Bruno lands. Low kick lands by Radwan. Left to the body by Bruno. Both fighters missing punches before the bell.
RD2: Radwan lands an inside low kick. Bruno misses a big right hand. Right to body lands but follow up high kick misses by Bruno. Another inside low kick by Radwan. High kick to body by Bruno. Bruno connects with straight right after missing a knee and Radwan goes to one knee for the knockdown. Bruno comes forward again and connects and Radwan goes to a knee for a split second, but Gerard doesn't notice and it's not ruled a knockdown. Push kick by Bruno. Big knee by Bruno lands and Radwan goes down again for the second time. Gerald has seen enough and waves it off.
Final Result: Stefano Bruno def Hosman Radman via RD 2 TKO 2:37
Anatoly Moiseev vs Teo Mikelic
RD1: Stefano Vallenti is your referee. Moiseev mises spinning hook kick.Combination by Moiseev finds its mark. Low kick lands for Mikelic. Outside low kick lands for Moiseev. Spinning back fist blocked by Mikelic. Low kick lands for Mikelic. Back kick by Moiseev misses the mark.
RD2: Mikelic attacks with a jab and low kick. High kick blockd by Moiseev. Spin kick by Moiseev misses. Mikelic tries one of his own that misses. Moiseev connects on a big left hook along the ropes and it is ruled a knockdown due to ropes breaking Mikelic's fall. Mikelic goes to body and head. Moiseev attacks to the body with punches. Right to the body by Moiseev. Front kick to the face lands for Moiseev. Mikelic returns to body/head combination and both land.
RD3: Mikelic blocks a combination. Low kick lands for Moiseev. Straight gets through the guard for Mikelic. Fighters clinch against the ropes. Right to head is blocked but left to body lands for Moiseev. Head kick blockd by Moiseev. Combo blocked by Moiseev. Inside low kick by Mikelic lands. Head kick blocked Moiseev. Mikelic slips to canvas on a kick attempt. Mikelic comes foward and Moiseev lands knee to the body.