GLORY kickboxing returns to Europe later today (Sat., Nov. 5, 2016) with GLORY 35 at Palais Nikaia in Nice, France., the promotion's first fight over seas since GLORY 31, which took place in Amsterdam.
The five-fight main card will be headlined by a Light Heavyweight title unification bout as current champion, Artem Vakhitov (16-5) faces interim champion, Zack Mwekassa (14-3) and will air live on ESPN3 at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT with a replay broadcast on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The GLORY 35 "Superfight Series" will air live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 2 p.m. ET.
Mwekassa is coming off a technical knockout victory over Mourad Bouzidi at GLORY 31 this past June. Vakhitov, meanwhile, has been recovering from an injury after defeating Saulo Cavalari for the title by unanimous decision at GLORY 28 this past March.
In the co-main event, Pavel Zhuravlev (69-11) takes on Zinedine Hameur Lain (56-13).
The one-night, four-man tournament will take place in the Heavyweight division. In the semifinal match ups, Benjamin Adegbuyi (22-4) faces Hedsy Gerges (49-17-1) and Jafarr Wilnis (29-7-1) takes on Mladen Brestovac (49-11-1).
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of the ESPN3 main card, which begins at 5 p.m. ET this afternoon. In addition, MMAmania.com will also deliver LIVE fight coverage of GLORY 35's "Superfight Series," which begins at 2 p.m ET on UFC Fight Pass.
GLORY 35 Quick Results:
Artem Vakhitov def Zack Mwekassa via TKO RD 2 2:23
Tournament final: Adegbuyi def Brestovac via unanimous decision (30-27 X5)
Pavel Zhuravlev def Zinedine Hameur Lain via TKO RD1 1:58
Tourament semi: Benjamin Adegbuyi def Hesdy Gerges via unanimous decision (30-27 X5)
Tournament semi: Mladen Brestovac def Jahfarr Wilnis via knockout RD1 2:06
GLORY 35 'Superfight Series' Quick Results:
Nicolas Wamba def Nordine Mahieddine via unanimous decision (30-27 X4, 29-28)
Karim Benmansour def Eyevan Danenberg via split decision (29-28 X4, 28-29)
Amel Dehby def Jiwaen Lee via unanimous decision (30-27 X5)
Christian Baya def Josh Jauncey via unanimous decision (29-27 X2, 30-27, 28-28X2)
Petpanomrung Kiatmookao def Stanislav Renita via unanimous decision (30-27 X5)
Cedric Castaigna def Vang Moua via unanimous decision (30-25 X4, 29-26)
*Note: There are five judges for today's event.
GLORY 35 Play-by-Play Updates
Zack Mwekassa vs. Artem Vakhitov
RD1: Jab by Avkhitov lands. Mwekassa throws a punch to the body. Punch to the body by Vakhitov. Vakhitov lands a low kick and Mwekassa falls down to the canvas. Mwekassa comes forward, but Vakhitov blocks them. Mwekassa goes to the body. Jab and a low kick lands for Vakhitov. Left blocked by Vakhitov. Vakhitov lands a low kick. One-wo combo bloked by Vakhitov and a low kick lands. Jab landed by Mwekassa backs up Vakhitov. High kick blocked by Vakhitov. Low kick lands for Vakhitov at the bell.
RD2: Combo for Mwekassa to start off the second. A jab backs up Vakhitov once more. One-two to the body by Mwekassa and he backs Vakhitov up with a puch kick. Left hand misses for Vakhitov. Left hook blocked by Vakhitov. Right to the body by Mwekassa. Double up on the jab for Mwekassa. Vakhitov misses a right hand. Low kick lands for Mwekassa. Vakhitov drops Mwekassa with a stiff jab. Mwekassa whiffs badly on a punch and he gets dropped a second time. Mwekassa still dazed and Vakhitov lands again. Mwekassa has no balance and throws a back kick as he is falling down for a third time. Referee Paul Nichols waves it off.
Final result: Artem Vakhitov def Zack Mwekassa via TKO RD 2:23
Tournament final: Adegbuyi vs. Brestovac
RD1: Tobias Gerold is the referee again. Benny goes to the body with a punch. Low kick by Benny. Jab by Brestovac. Right to the body and a left to the head by Benny. Knee to the body by Brestovac is blocked by Benny. Low kick by Brestovac. Left hand by Benny gets through the guard of Brestovac. Right to the body by Benny. Left to the body lands for Brestovac. Outside low kick by Benny and a nasty inside low kick.
RD2: Knee by Brestovac is blocked. Body kick lands for Brestovac. High kick misses by Brestovac. Outside low kick lands for Benny. HIgh kick is blocked by Benny. RIght hand gets through the guard of Brestovac. Leg kick by Benny looks to have hurt Brestovac. Right hand missed by Benny. Benny pushes Brestovac into the corner. Big combo and Brestovac blocks most of the strikes, but he did lands a left.
RD3: Both come out firing to start the third. High kick blocked by Benny. Outside low kick by Benny. Big left hook lands for Benny. Knee to body by Benny. High kick blocked by Benny. One two combo blocked by Benny. HIgh kick blocked by Benny. Right to the body and a low kick Benny. The discomfort showing on Brestovac's face. Benny unloadding with punches. Big right hook sends Brestovac a few steps backward. High kick grazes benny. Outside low kick lands for Benny. Low kick again for Benny.Aother big punch by Benny gets through. Right to the body by Brestovac,. Benny coming forward and the bell sounds.
Final result: Benjamin Adegbuyi def Mladen Brestovac via unanimous decision (30-27 X5)
Zinedine Hameur Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev
RD1: Tobias Gerold is the referee. Low kick by Zhuravlev lands. And another. And another. And another that wobbles Zinedine. Low kick lands by Zinedine after he misses a punch. High kick misses by Zinedine. Body kick by Zinedine lands. Huge overhand right hand lands for Zhuravlev. He lands another right after a flurry and the ropes break Zinedine's fall and Gerold rules it a knockdown. Zhuravlev comes in for the kill and hurts Zinedine again. He stays on him and Zinedine was bent over and covering up. Gerold steps in and waves it off.
Final result: Pavel Zhuravlev def Zinedine Hamur Lain via TKO RD1 1:58
Tourament semi: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac
RD1: Paul Nicholls is your referee. Low kick by Wilnis. Jab by Wilnis. Wilnis comes forward and lands a punch to the body. Body kick by Brestovac. Left hook by WIlnis. Knee attempt by Brestovac doesn't get through. Push kick by Brestovac. Jab by Wilnis. High kick by Brestovac misses. Kick by Brestovac blocked. HIgh kick lands on the button by Brestovac and freezes Wilnis. Brestovac than lands a clean right and drops Wilnis. He beats the count but Nicholls calls it.
Final result: Mladen Brestovac def Jahfarr WIlnis via knockout RD1 2:06
Tournament semi: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Hesdy Gerges
RD1: Paul Nicholls is your referee. Combo to the body by Adegbuyi. Low kick by Gerges. Another low kick by Gerges. Jab by Gerges. Two-punch combo and a low kick by Benny. Jab by Gerges. left to the body by Benny. Two punches blocked by Gerges, but Benny lands to the body. Low kick by Gerges. Jab by Benny. Uppercut lands for Benny. Inside low kick by Gerges. Jab by Benny. Inside low kick by Benny. Outside low kick by Gerges. Left to the body again by Benny. Combo blocked by the high guard of Gerges.
RD2: One-two combo backs Gerges into the corner. Left hook lands for Benny. They trade low kicks. Two body shots by Benny. They trade low kicks again. Gerges comes again with a low kick. Benny throws a knee, but misses. They trade low kicks again, but Benny staying busy with his hands. Two to the body by Gerges. Right straight by Benny gets through the guard of Gerrges.
RD3: Right to the body by Benny. Low kick by Benny and a combo by Gerges. Jab by Benny. Inside low kick by Benny. Jab by Benny. Benny moves out of the way of a low kick. Benny blocks a combo by Gerges. Gerges blocks a combo by Benny with his guard. Left to the body by Benny gets through. Hook-cross comb by Benny rocks Gerges. High kick by Bennyalmost lands clean, but slides off Gerges shoulder. One-two to the body by Benny. Gerges throws heavy as does Benny. Both starting to tire. The bell sounds. Should be a sweep on the cards for Benny.
Final result: Benjamin Adegbuyi def Hesdy Gerges via unanimous decision (30-27 X5)