BROOMFIELD, Colo.--GLORY kickboxing returns tonight (Fri., Oct. 21, 2016) with GLORY 34, the promotion's third consecutive fight card in the United States.
The five-fight main card takes place at 1STBANK Center and will air live on ESPN3 starting at 12 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT. The main bout features a welterweight title scrap between the current champion Nieky Holzken (89-11) and No. 2-ranked contender Murthel Groenhart (60-20-3).
The GLORY 34 "Superfight Series" airs on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. ET.
This will mark the third time the two welterweights have faced one another, and the second time they've faced off in the GLORY ring. Holzken defeated Groenhart by split decision back at GLORY 26 last December in Amsterdam.
The co-main event will feature middleweight Dustin Jacoby (9-7) and former 185-pound champion Simon Marcus (44-3-2) in a rematch from GLORY 30, where Marcus won the bout via unanimous decision.
In addition to those two matchups, the customary one-night, four-man contender tournament will take place in the middleweight division. In the semifinal matchups, Ariel Machado (43-7), who will be stepping in for Alex Pereira, faces GLORY newcomer Yousmi Belgaroui, and Israel Adesanya (63-3) takes on Robert Thomas (8-4).
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE coverage of the ESPN3 main card, which begins at 12 a.m. ET this evening. In addition, MMAmania.com will also deliver LIVE fight coverage of GLORY 34's "Superfight Series," which begins at 9:30 p.m ET on UFC Fight Pass.
GLORY 34 Quick Results
Nieky Holzken def Murthel Groenhart via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Tournament Final: Israel Adesanya def. Yousri Belgaroui via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Simon Marcus def Dustin Jacoby via TKO (broken arm) RD2 0:01
Israel Adesanya def Robert Thomas via unanimous decision (30-25, 29-26, 30-25)
Yousri Belgaroui def Ariel Machado via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
GLORY 34 Superfight Series Results
Robin van Roosmalen def Gabriel Varga via TKO RD4 3:00 (didn't answer the bell for 5th round)
Saulo Cavalari def Brian Douwes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Thongchai Sitsongpeenong def Casey Greene via knockout RD2 2:58
Richard Abraham def Mike Mathetha via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Justin Houghton def Jonathon Wyderko via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
GLORY 34 Play-by-Play updates
Nieky Holzken vs. Murthel Groenhart
RD1: Oscar Martinez is your referee. Left hand lands for Groenhart. The champ lands an inside low kick. Push kick by Groenhart. Left hook is blocked by the guard of Holzken. Right straight is blocked by Holzken. Left hand just gets through the guard of Holzken and lands for Groenhart. Groenhart blocks a Holzken punch with his guard.Spinning back kick doesn't land for Holzken. Jab by Groenhart gets through. Holzken goes southpaw and lands a low kick. Body kick by Holzken. Groenhart lands a right hand clean and goes after him. Holzken pushes him off.
RD2: Right to the body by Groenhart. Low kick by the champ. Left to body and low kick by Groenhart. Inside low kick by Holzkn. Spinning back kick to the body by Holzken. Left gets thought the guard of Holzken for Groenhart. Low kick by Groenhart. Jumping knee by Holzken clipped Groenhart. Inside low kick lands and wobbles Groenhart. Knee by Groenhart misses. Another nasty low kick by Holzken. Jab to the body by the champ. Another cutting low kick followed by an outside low kick.
RD3: Jab lands for Groenhart. Groenhart comes forward aggressively, clinches up but can't land anything. Groenhart comes in flying with jumping knee and misses and gets hung up and goes over the ropes. Holzken avoids a right but Groenhart. Push kick by the champion. Jab, uppercut by Groenhart doesn't get through. Low kick lands for Holzken. HOlzken backs up again to avoid the strikes of the challenger. Right hand off the mark for Groenhart. Right cross lands for the champion.
RD4: Groenhart comes in aggressively once again. Holzken throws a big punch, but slips to the canvas. They clinch and Holzken falls to ground and Groenhart lands a knee. Should be a point deduction for an illegal blow. RIght hand gets behind the guard of Groenhart and lands for Holzken. Left to body lands for Groenhart. Groenhart pushes Holzken up against the ropes. Low kick lands for the champ. Spinning back fist missed by the champ. Groenhart fires away but the champ uses great movement to avoid all his punches. Groenhart pushed Holzken to the floor while he lost balance.
RD5: Low kick by the champion. One two blocked by Holzken. Push kick by Holzken. Another push kick. Low kick lands for the champ. Left to the body by Groenhart. High kick blocked by the champ's guard. Right hand by the champ lands. Groenhart comes forward. The champ blocks with his guard and lands a low kick off the break. Groenhart misses a knee. Uppercut gets though for Groenhart. Groenhart misses a punch. Both fighters look exhausted. Knee to body lands for Groenhart. Groenhart pushing Holzken into corner. Both fighters exhausted.
Final Result: Nieky Holzken def Murthel Groenhart via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Tournament Final: Israel Adsanya vs. Yousri Belgaroui
RD1: RIght hand lands for Belgaroui. Adesanya slips to canvas. Left straight lands for Adesanya. Low kick lands for Belgaroui. Knee int he clinch by Adesanya. Jab lands, right hand misses for Belgaroui. Low kick lands for Belgaroui. Left straight lands for Adesanya. The clinch again. Back fist misses for Belgaroui.
RD2: Belgaroui lands a jab. Adesanya eats a right hand. Belgaroui lands a knee to the body. Adesanya feints a knee. Left hook blocked by the guard of Belgaroui. Right hand misses for Adesanya. Adesanya blocks a high kick. Grazing right hand lands for Belgaroui. Left hook by Begaroui is blocked. One two to the body lands for Adesanya. High kick misses badly for Adesanya.
RD3: Left hook missed by Adesanya. High kick off the mark for Adesanya. Right hand missed by Belgaroui. Low kick blocked by Adesanya. Right hand lands for Belgaroui. Left hook missed by Adesanya. Knee to body in clinch lands for Adesanya. HIgh kick blocked by Adesanya. RIght hand lands for Adesanya. HIgh kick blocked by Belgaroui. Short right lands for Belgaroui. RIght hand missed by Belgaroui. Left hook by Adesanya doesn't get through. High kick missed by Belgaroui. Belgaroui missed a spinning-back kick.
Final Result: Israel Adesanya def Yousri Belgaroui via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Dustin Jacoby vs. Simon Marcus
RD1: Tim Mills is your referee. Push kick by Jacoby. Inside low kick lands for Jacoby. Low kick lands again for Jacocy and Marcus stumbles. Marcus misses a right hand. Left straight lands for Jacoby. Push kick by Marcus. Jacoby covers up and pushes him away. Low kick lands for Marcus. Low kick again by Marcus. Marcus catches low kick by Jacoby. Right hand lands clean for Marcus. PUsh kick by Marcus. Right hand misses for Jacoby. Uppercut lands for Jacoby, but not flush. Right to the body by Marcus and a knee to body before bell.
Jacoby looked at by doctors. Appears to have a broken arm. Can't continue.
Final Result: Simon Marcus def Dustin Jacoby via TKO RD2 0:01
Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Thomas
RD1: Thomas comes forward and they clinch up. Kick caught by Thomas. Right hand missed by Thomas. High kick blocked by Thomas. Right lands for Adesanya behind the buard of Thomas. LEft hook missed by Adesanya. Left straight lands for Adesanya. Low kick lands for Adesany. Right hand missed by Adesanya. Right hand missed by Thomas. RIght hand lands or Adesanya. Front kick by Adesanya misses. Spinning hook kick by Thomas misses badly.
RD2: Push kick by Adesanya sends Thomas to the canvas. Low kick lands for Thomas. Knee to the body by Adesanya and Thomas goes down to a knee. He beats the count and gets to his feet. Uppercut by Adesanya. Thomas misses on a combo. Adesnaya flicks a kick up high. RIght hand missed by Thomas.Body kick lands for Adesanya. Right to body lands for Adesanya. Body kick blocked by Adesanya.
RD3: Side kick by Adesanya to the body of Thomas. Thomas moves forward. Thomas lands a one two. Adesanya lands a right hand and misses on a knee. SIde kick again by Adesanya. Left high kick landss flush to the face of Thomas. He beats the count. Adesanya charges in with a flying knee, but misses.
Final Result: Israel Adesanya def Robert Thomas via unanimous decision (30-25, 29-26, 30-25)
Yousmi Belgaroui vs. Ariel Machado
Final Result: Yousri Belgaroui def Ariel Machado via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
GLORY 34 Superfight Series updates
Gabriel Varga vs. Robin van Roosmalen
RD1: Oscar Martinez is your referee. Low kick lands for RvR early. Left hook blocked by RvR. Knee to body lands for Varga. Double up on jab for Varga. Push kick for Varga. Left to body lands for Varga. Step--in knee lands for Varga. Right ot the body lands for Varga. Combination by RvR and he lands a low kick. Knee by Varga grazed the chin of RvR. Left to body lands for RvR. Push kick upstairs missed by Varga. Kick blocked byVarga. PUsh kick by Varga. Left hook landed by Varga. RvR fires away but Varga shells up in defense. RvR clinches.
RD2: RIght hand lands for RvR and Varga goes down. Varga beats the count. RvR pressed forward into the corner and landed several punches to the body. Varga landed a step in knee and RvR connected on a body punch to drop Varga for a second time. Varga made it back up to his feet.
RD3: RvR getting aggressive and coming forward. Right hand blocked. Right low kick lands. Varga clinches up. High kick blocked by Varga. Left hook off the mark for RvR. Still coming foward. Varga clinches. Left to body by RvR. Varga pushes him away. Low kick lands for Varga. Low kick lands for RvR. RvR lands a right straight though the guard. Left hand blocked by RvR. Push kick landed by Varga to face of RvR.
RD4: Push kick by Varga. THey both exchange and Varga lands a left hand.RvR misses and eats another left hand by Varga.RvR blocks the push kick of Varga. Short right lands for Varga. Slip by RvR. Spinning-back fist misses for Varga. Right hand misses for RvR. RIght hand lands through the guard of RvR for Varga. Left hand lands for RvR. RIght straight lands for RvR. Low kick by RvR. Uppercut lands for RvR. RIght to the body for Varga. Left to the body for RvR. He has a jumping knee blocked. Varga clinches up. Uppercut lands for RvR. Left to body and right hand lands for RvR.
Varga's corner has thrown in the towel.
Final Result: Robin van Roosmalen def Gabriel Varga via TKO RD4 3:00
Saulo Cavalari vs. Brian Douwes
RD1: Both fighters meet in the middle. Cavalari and Douwes clinch and fall to the floor. Action resumes and Cavalari lands a knee in the clinch. Low kick lands for Cavalari. Cavalari misses a high kick. Left to the body for Cavalari. Low kick lands for Cavalari. Jump kick misses and a right straight lands for Cavalari.
RD2: Right to the body by Douwes. They clinch. Low kick lands for Cavalari. Douwes comes up empty on a combination and eats a pair of low kicks by Cavalari. They clinch again. Right hand blocked by the guard of Cavalari. Crowd begins to boo. Left to body by Douwes. Referee Tim Mills stops the bout and warns both fighters for holding. Douwes clinches again and Cavalari lands a pair of low kicks.
RD3: Low kick lands for Cavalari and Douwes falls to canvas. Referee halts the bout for Douwes holding again. Not sure if a point was taken .They clinch again. Douwes lands a punch to the body. Cavalari lands a low kick.
Final Result: Saulo Cavalari def Brian Douwes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Casey Grenne vs. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong
RD1: Sitsongpeenong lands a low kick to start it off. He lands another one after they clinch up. Greene fires a combo, but Thongchai avoids it and gets in a punch. Right hand lands for Tongchai. Greene eventually goes down, but it's ruled a slip.
RD2: Low blow in the clinch lands to the groin of Greene. Referee Tom Johnson halts the bout. They resume action and clinch up. Body kick blocked by Greene. Thongchai lands a big punch and Greene wobbles and falls awkwardly to the canvas. He beats the count, but is clearly still in a daze, but referee allows it to continue. THey clinch up and Greene slips and falls to the canvas. The commissioner jumps on the apron to try and get the fight stopped. Thongchai levels Greene with a nasty left hook for the KO.
Final Result: Thongchai Sitsongpeenong def Casey Greene via knockout 2:58
Richard Abraham vs. Mike Mathetha
RD1: Matheha missed a high kick early. Abraham pushed Mathetha in the corner and looked to unload but came up empty. Left hook lands for Abraham. Left to the body by Mathehta. Low kick lands for Abraham. RIght hook lands for Abraham behind the guard of Mathetha. Kick blocked by Abraham. Left hook by Abraham and he eats a body kick.
RD2: The two clinched up and the ref separated them and halted the bout. Not sure why. Abraham landed a big punch to the body. Mathetha landed a grazing kick to the face. Abraham went to the body once more with success. Spinning hook kick misses for Mathetha.
RD3: Inside low kick lands for Abraham. And another. Left uppercut lands for Mathehta. Mathetha slips to canvas. Both fighters swinging heavy and wild. Jumping knee to lead in with a left hook for Mathetha, but Abraham covers up. Low kick lands for Abraham. Right straight gets thought the guard for Abraham. Right straight again for Abraham. Mathetha throws up a kick and his foot gets caught on the rope. Rolling thunder misses for Mathetha and Abraham throws a back kick before the bell.
Final Result: Richard Abraham def Mathetha via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Justin Houghton vs. Jonathon Wyderko
RD1: Low kick and a left hook land for Houghton. Low kick lands for Wyderko. Another left hand lands for Houghton before he blocks a high kick of Wyderko. Houghton doubles up on a jab and misses a jumping knee. Inside low kick lands for Wyderko. Low kick lands again on the outside for Houghton. Outside low kick lands for Wyderko. Houghton answers with one of his own. Right straight lands for Houghton. Right/left combo lands for Houghton before the bell.
RD2: Low kick lands for Wyderko. RIght cross lands for Houghton. Houghton lands a right through the guard of Wyderko, who clinches up. The ref separates them. Left jab lands for Houghton. Inside low kick lands for Wyderko. Another jab lands or Houghton. Jab by Houghton and Wyderko answers with a one-two combination. Right straight though the guard lands for Houghton. Wyderko doubles up on a jab. Houghton lands a stiff right. Wyderko answers with one of his own before the bell sounds.
RD3: Houghton lands a left to start it off. Wyderko falls to the canvas after missing a spinning back kick. Push kick by Wyderko. Left hook misses by Wyderko. Wyderko moves forward. Low kick lands for Houghton. Wyderko pushes forward and they clinch up. Left hook missed by Houghton. RIght hand misses for Wyderko. Both fighters looking tired now. Right hook lands for Houghton. Wyderko answers with a right of his own. Jab by Wyderko lands. RIght hand lands for Houghton. Right hand lands for Wyderko. Houghton clinches. And the bell and the fight.
Final Result: Justin Houghton def Jonathon Wyderko via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)