GLORY returns to Europe later this afternoon (Sat., June 25, 2016) for GLORY 31 at RAI Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The headliner is a Lightweight title fight rematch between current champion, Robin van Roosmalen (35-6) and No. 1-ranked contender, Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (108-29-5). Van Roosmalen won their first encounter at GLORY 25 in a highly-controversial split decision.
The five-fight main card will air at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN3 and replay on Sunday (June 26, 2016) at 8 p.m. ET.
The GLORY 31 "Superfight Series" will air on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET.
In the co-main event, Ismael Londt (38-6-1) will take on Hedsy Gerges (49-15) in a Heavyweight contest. Londt defeated Anderson Silva and Jahfarr Wilnis to win the GLORY 28 "Contender" tournament in his debut with the promotion. Gerges returns after a lengthy suspension, which stemmed from legal troubles. However, the charges against Gerges were recently annulled and he was reinstated by GLORY. HIs last fight inside the promotion was a decision loss to Benjamin Adegbuyi. He compiled a 4-1 record outside of GLORY.
In addition to those two match ups, GLORY 31 will feature a one-night, four-man tournament in the welterweight division. In the semi-final matchups, Murthel Groenhart (60-20-3) will face GLORY newcomer Karim Benmansour (46-5) and Yoann Kongolo (61-7) will battle Harut Grigorian (42-5).
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE coverage of the ESPN3 main card, which begins at 4 p.m. ET this afternoon. In addition, MMAmania.com will also deliver LIVE fight coverage of GLORY 31s "Superfight Series," which begins at 1:30 p.m ET on UFC Fight Pass.
GLORY 31 Quick Results
Sittichai Sitsongpeenong def Robin van Roosmalen via split decision 48-47, 47-48, 48-47
Tournament final: Murthel Groenhart vs. Yoann Kongolo via unanimous decision 29-27, 29-27, 29-27
Ismael Londt def Hedsy Gerges via split decision 28-27, 27-28, 28-27
Tournament semifinal: Yoann Kongolo def Harut Grigorian via split decision 29-28, 28-29, 30-27
Tournament semifinal: Murthel Groenhart def Karim Benmansour via TKO (three knockdowns) RD3 1:08
GLORY Superfight Series Quick Results
Zack Mwekassa def Mourad Bouzidi via TKO (3 knockdowns) RD1 1:14
Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym def Eddy Nait-Slimani via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-28)
Isis Verbeek def Irina Mazepa via split dec (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Anatoly Moiseev def Josh Jauncey via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Eyevan Danenberg def Maximo Suarez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
GLORY 31 Play-by-Play updates
Robin van Roosmalen vs. Sittichai Sitsongpeenong
RD1: Step-in knee lands to the body for Sittichai. Low kick lands for Sittichai. Teep lands for Sittichai. Left round kick is blocked by RvR. Round kick to the body gets through. Uppercut sneaks through the guard of van Roosmalen.One-two thrown by RvR doesn't get through. Uppercut and a left straight land for Sitticahi.
RD2: Round kick lands for Sittichai. Outside low kick by van Roosmalen. Low kick by Sittichai. Both fighters exchange punches. RvR landing some jabs now. Uppercut by Sittichai snaps back RvR's head. Low kick lands for Sittichai.Step in knee to the body by Sittichai. Teep off the mark for SIttichai. Outside low kick lands for Sitichai
RD3: Jab by RvR. High kick blocked by RvR. High kick blocked by SIttichai and it knocks RvR off balance. Low kick and a jab by Sittichai. Uppercut again by Sittichai. Low kick by RvR. Round kick to the body by Sittichai. RvR hits an uppercut. Low kick by RvR lands. Knee is blocked by RvR. Low kick by RvR. Left straight by Sittichai is blocked by RvR. PUnch to the body by Sittichai.Jump knee is blocked by RvR. Left straight connects and a kick to the body as well.
RD4: Low kick by Sittichai lands. Uppercut by Sittichai connects. RIght striaght by RvR lands. Another uppercut by Sittichai lands. Jab by RvR gets through the guard of Sittichai. Step-in knee blocked by RvR. Jab by RvR lands cleanly. High kick blocked by RvR. They clinch and Valenti splits them up. Body kick blocked by RvR. Low kick by RvR. Sittichai again with the outsdie kick. Sittichai's thigh is black and blue.
RD5: RvR ate a low blow to start the round and the ref gave him a few seconds to recover. Low kicks land for RvR. RvR lands a nasty combination. Knee from the clinch. High kick blocked by RvR. Right hook lands for RvR. High kick blocked again by RvR. Both fighters are in the pocket swinging with bad intentions. THey clinch up again and Valenti separates them. Sittichai locks up a clinch and tries to throw knees but he can't get anything going. Great battle by both fighters.
Final result: Sittichai def van Roosmalen via split decision 48-47, 47-48, 48-47
Tournament final: Murthel Groenhart vs. Yoann Kongolo
RD1: Tobias Gerald is your referee. Both fighters tentative early, likely to conserve energy. Right to the body by Kongolo. Jab by Kongolo gets through the guard of Groenhart. High kick missed by Kongolo. Right straight blocked by Kongolo. Low kick lands for Kongolo. Left hand missed by Groenhart. Groehnart tosses Kongolo out of the clinch. Left hand missed by Groenhart. Right to the body lands for Kongolo. Big exchange between both fighters before the end of round.
RD2: Kongolo doubling up on his jab trying to get inside on Groenhart. Left to the body by Kongolo. Body kick partialy gets though for Groenheart. HIgh kick by Groehnart is blocked. Groenhart slips to canvas. RIght to the body lands again for Kongolo. Low kick lands for Kongolo. High kick blocked by Kongolo. Step-in knee does not get through for Groenhart. Kongolo badly misses a right hand in the corner. Kongolo gets Groenhart in the corner, but Groenhart escapes. Groenhart drops Kongolo with a jumping knee. After the bell sounded, Groenhart keep swining and had to be warned by the referee.
RD3: Low kick by Kongolo lands. Groenhart comes forward aggressively. Low kick by Kongolo. Low kick lands for Groenhart. Jumping knee by Groenhart doesn't get in. Knee lands for Groenhart and he is starting to land more frequently now. Kongolo tries a spinning-back kick, but to no avail. Right hand connects for Kongolo. Right to the body by Kongolo. Kongolo coms roaring back. Big left hand to the body by Kongolo. Knee by Groenhart doesnt' get through. Right hand missed by Groenheart. Jab followed by a knee from Groenhart. Yongolo misses a right hand just before the bel.
Final result: Murthel Groenhart def Yoann Kongolo via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Ismael Londt vs. Hedsy Gerges
RD1: Gerges all over Londt early on with huge punches in the corner. Another flurry and Gerges is continuing to pressure Londt. Teep by Londt, but Gerges walks through it. Low kick lands for Gerges. Uppercut through the guard of Londt connects. Low kick checked by Londt. Jab by Gerges lands and he backs Londt up.Jab and a low kick land for Gerges. Another low kick lands for Gerges.
RD2: Low kick starts the second round for Gerges. One-two for Londt is blocked by Gerges. Jump knee is blocked by Gerges. Inside low kick by Gerges. Jab connects for Gerges. Left to the body lands for Londt who is swinging heavy here. Low kick by Gerges. Overhand right blocked by Gerges. Londt clinches and Valenti separates. Low kick again by Gerges. Knee to the body from the clinch lands for Gerges. BIg left hand is way off the mark for Londt. Two more punches off the mark for Londt. They clinch again and are separated by Valenti. Low kick lands for Londt. One-two lands for Gerges.
RD3: Low kick by Gerges starts off the third. THey clinch and Valenti separates them. Londt connects on a punch on the inside. RIght hand by Londt off the break. Gerges shoves Londt to the canvas. Valenti warns him. THey clinch again and both look exhausted. Both fighters were docked a point by Valenti for holding. Londt goes down but it was a slip after being pushed by Gerges. Left hook is blocked by Gerges. One-two blocked by Londt. Uppercut missed by Gerges. Low kick ands for Gerges. Londt with a right hand off the break.
Final result: Ismael Londt def Hedsy Gerges via split decision (28-27, 27-28, 28-27)
Tournament semifinal: Yoann Kongolo vs. Harut Grigorian
RD1: Low kick by Kongolo. Both in the pocket, Grigorian tried for a knee but missed. Landed a nice punch to the body afterward. Low kick again by Kongolo. Jump knee by Grigorian with a flurry but did not connect. Another clinch attempt to land a knee fails for Grigorian. Right to the body for Grigorian. Both in the pocket swinging and they clinch up. Teep by Grigorian. Knee attempt again by Grigorian misses. Jab by Grigorian. Another knee attempt by Grigorian is shut down by Kongolo. Low kick by Kongolo. Valenti warns Grigorian for holding.
RD2: Grigorian misses a big right hand. Valenti separates them. Left hook missed by Grigoian. Misses a knee again. Uppercut doesn't connect for Kongolo. CLinch and a knee to the body. Warned by Valenti, but he was throwing a knee strike. Two jabs are blocked by Grigorian, who returns with a right hook that misses. Low kick by Kongolo. Jump knee by Kongolo is blocked. Low kick by Kongolo lands. Valenti warns Grigorian again not to hold. Right to the body by Grigorian. Left and a right connect for Kongolo.
RD3: Spinning-back kick blocked by Grigorian. Right straight blocked by Kongolo. Nice left hook right uppercut combo landed by Kongolo. Two big punches missed by Grigorian and Kongolo lands a soild right hand. Spinning-back kick by Kongolo is blocked, but sends Grigorian back a few steps. One minute left. Grigorian looks tired. Back kick by Kongolo doesn't land. Right hand missed by Kongolo. Back to the body for Benmansour.
Final result: Kongolo def Grigorian via split decision 29-28, 28-29, 30-27
Tournament semi-final: Murthel Groenhart vs. Karim Benmansour
RD1: Tobias Gerald is your referee. Groenhart comes forward aggressively with a right and a knee and scores the early knockdown. Valenti ruled Benmansour grabbed the ropes to hold himself up. Two knockdowns in a round of a tournament fight and the fight is ruled a TKO. Three in the fight and it is a TKO too. Groenhart is all over Benamansour with punches, knees and not letting Benmansour. RIght straight connects for Groehnart. Benmansour lands a kick to the body. Left jab by Groenhart. Jumping knee by Groenhart. Valenti admonishes Benmansour for holding.
RD2: Groenhart with a pair of kicks to the body to start it off. Benmansour missed a teep. Left to the body lands for Benmansour.Jab by Groenhart. Knee misses by Groenhart. Teep by Groenhart pushes Benmansour backward. They clinch and Valenti separates them. Jab gets through the guard of Benmansour. Low kick lands for Benmansour. Right to the body by Benmansour. Inside low kick by Groehhart. Outside low kick by Benmansour. They clinch up again. Right missed by Groehhart. Benmansour slipped to canvas after eating a knee but it's not ruled a knockdown.
RD3: Groenhart gets Benmansour in trouble again with a high kick followed by a push kick and he drops him into the ropes. Benmansour beats the count and Groenhart knocks Benmansour again with a right hand to seal the TKO win.
Final result: Murthel Groenhart def Karim Benmansour via TKO RD3 (three knockdowns) 1:08
GLORY Superfight Series Play-by-Play updates
Zack Mwekassa vs. Mourad Bouzidi
RD1: Tobias Gerald is your referee. Interim light heavyweight title up for grabs here. Mwekassa connects on a huge shot and Bouzidi goes down. Mwekassa smells blood and rushes in and drops Bouzidi again. Mwekassa all over Bouzidi, beating him pillar to post and he gets the third knockdown for the win.
Final result: Zack Mwekassa def Mourad Bouzidi via TKO (3 knockdowns) RD 1 1:47
Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym vs. Eddy Nait-Slimani
RD1: Nait-Slimani comes in fast and furious and slips after a high kick. Saenchai clinches up and Valenti haults the action. Axe kick by Saenchai doesn't get through. Low kick by Saenchai. Round kick doesn't get through for Nait-Slimani. They clinch and Saenchai throws Nait-Slimani off. Saenchai lands a high kick and then a solid straight left and Nait-Slimani goes down. Saenchai catches kick and sweeps Nait-Slimani to the canvas. Valenti warns him. Back kick by Nait-Slimani missed.
RD2: High kick by Nait-Slimani. Saenchai gets docked a point by Valenti for holding a kick too long after catching it. Bad all as Saenchai was throwing a punch after catching it. Wow, that makes things interesting now. Outside low kick by Nait-Slimani. Saenchai clinches along the ropes. Jumping knee missed by Nait-Slimani. Saenchai lands a low kick that sweeps Nait-Slimani's foot out from under him. Low kick to the body by Saenchai.
RD3: Nait-Slimani comes forward aggressively and throws a body kick. Saenchai blocks a high kick. Saenchai attempted a cartwheel kick, but it did not land. Saenchai clinches up. Low kick lands for Saenchai. Another warning by Valenti for Saenchai. Low kick buckles the leg of Nait-Slimani. Saenchai with another warning after a clinch.Body kick by Saenchai.
Final result: Saenchai def Nait-Slimani via unanimous decision 29-26, 29-26, 29-28)
Isis Verbeek vs. Irina Mazepa
RD1:Stefano Valenti is your referee. One two lands for Mazepa. Left hook lands for Verbeek. Verbeek catches a kick and Valenti warns her and breaks up the action. Low kick lands for Mazepa. High kick missed by Verbeek. Low kick lands for Verbeek. Spinning-back kick off the mark by Mazepa. Verbeek sweeps Verbeek, but not warned or penalized. Verbeek marches forward with a pair of jabs, but Mazepa blocks both. Left hook missed by Verbeek. Verbeek hits a low kick and Mazepa slips to the mat.
RD2: Verbeek moves in with punches and they end up in the clinch. Mazepa lands a spinning-back kick that stunned Verbeek. Left hook lands and Verbeek slips and catches the ropes but it's not ruled a takedown. Mazepa taking full control here. Mazepa coming forward still and landing some solid punches. Mazepa coming forward with more pressure. Spinning-back kick missed by Mazepa.
RD3: Mazepa comes forward to start the last round. Backs Verbeek in the corner and they clinch up. Another spinning-back kick by Mazepa. Verbeek clinches and attempts to throw knees but can't. Mazepa slips to the mat. Low kick lands for Mazepa. High kick missed by Verbeek, who looks exhausted now. Mazepa hits two right hands. Mazepa comes forward and misses. Verbeek lands a left hand. Big spinning-back kick off the mark for Mazepa.
Final result: Verbeek def Mazepa via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Josh Jauncey vs. Anatoly Moiseev
RD1: Tobias Gerald is your referee. This should be a fun scrap. High kick blocked by Jauncey. Right hand missed by Jauncey. Body kick blocked by Jauncey. RIght hand connects for Jauncey as he backs Moiseev up. Low kick lands for Moiseev. High kick by Moiseev misses the mark. Step-in knee missed by Jauncey. Low kick lands for Moiseev. Another low kick lands for the Russian. Another step-in knee by Jauncey doesn't get through. Jab by Jauncey connects through the guard of Moiseev. Body kick by Jauncey gets through. Low kick lands for Jauncey.
RD2: Right hand missed by Moiseev. Jauncey shells up and blocks a combo. High kick blocked by Moiseev. Spinning-back fist blocked by Jauncey. Step-in knee followed by a low kick by Jauncey. Jauncey shells up again to block a combo by Moiseev. High kick blocked by Moiseev. Two punches to the body by Jauncey land. Low kick lands for Jauncey. Low kick by Moiseev. Left to the body and a low kick land for Jauncey. Inside low kick lands for Jauncey. Jab by Jauncey. Spinning-hook kick partially lands for Moiseev but he was slipping to the mat so his foot did not connect. Jauncey moved to canvas by the leg of Moiseev but it is correctly not ruled a knockdown.
RD3: Push kick to the face lands for Moiseev, but Jauncey continues forward. Low kick missed by Jauncey. Knee blocked by Moiseev. Combination thrown by Jauncey and he finishes with a nice low kick. Right to the body. Right to the body by Jauncey. Jab gets through the guard of Moiseev. Knee an a right are blocked by Moiseev. Left hand connects for Moiseev. Moiseev connects on a left hook and dazes Jauncey, who is on rubber legs but stays on his feet. Moiseev came forward but couldn't land the knockdown. Jauncey throws a high kick but it's blocked. Right hand blocked by Jauncey. Camera shows Jauncey's nose is busted up pretty bad.
Final result: Anatoly Moiseev def Josh Jauncey via 29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Eyevan Danenberg vs. Maximo Suarez
RD1: Low kick by Suarez and another. Danenberg lands a jab and evades a hook by Suarez. Right straight lands for Danenberg. Danenberg finding a home for his jab. Body kick blocked by Danenberg. Another jab by Danenberg, who is giving Suarez trouble with his length and reach. Low kick missed by Suarez. Knee blocked by Suarez. Two more jabs by Dannenberg. Knee to the body from the clinch by Danenberg.
RD2: Low kick by Suarez. Danenberg connects on a high kick and drops Suarez. Suarez took an eight and got back up to his feet. Danenberg comes forward with big punches. Head kick blocked by Suarez. Suarez clinches up. Blood showing from Suarez's face. He's coming aggressively now with low kicks. Danenberg continues to utilize his range. He blocks a body kick by Suarez. Suarez misses a big left hook. Knee to the body in the clinch for Danenberg. Left to the body lands for Suarez. Danenberg with another knee to the body. Body kick blocked by Suarez.
RD3: High kick blocked by Suarez. Two low kicks by Suarez. Left hook gets through the guard for Danenberg. Low kick and kick to the body by Danenberg. Suarez clinches up. High kick blocked by Danenberg. Suarez hit with a low blow. Referee haults the action briefly. Low kick lands for Suarez. Danenberg moves forward and misses a right hand. Right hand misses and Danenberg attempts knee to the body in clinch but doesn't connect. Suarez clinches again. Body kick connects for Danenberg and he finishes the fight with a flurry of punches.
Final result: Danenburg def Suarez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)