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GLORY 35 fight card: Lightweight and light heavyweight title fights announced for Nice, France

GLORY Sports International

Two titles will be on the line when GLORY returns to Europe for GLORY 35 on Nov. 5, 2016. In fact, seven bouts for GLORY 35 and the GLORY 35 Superfight Series were announced earlier this week in a press release by the kickboxing promotion.

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (112-29-5) will defend his Lightweight title against Marat Grigorian in the main event inside Palais Nikaia in Nice, France. Sitsongpeenong won the GLORY Lightweight title via split decision over Robin van Roosmalen at GLORY 31. Grigorian -- currently the No. 2-ranked GLORY Lightweight -- has won three fights in a row, including a first-round knockout over Djime Coulibaly back at GLORY 30.

In the co-main event, Zinedine Hameur-Lain (56-13) takes on Pavel Zhuravlev (69-11) in a Light Heavyweight scrap. Hameur-Lain is coming off his GLORY 32 "Contender" tournament victory back in July, where he knocked out Warren Thompson and Ariel Machado in the same night. Meanwhile, Zhuravlev lost to Machado in the opening round of the GLORY 32 tournament.

The next GLORY Heavyweight title contender will be decided at GLORY 35 in the night's four-man "Contender" tournament. The first tournament match up will be between Jafar Wilnis (29-7-1) and Mladen Brestovac (50-11-1). The last semifinal match up will be announced at a later date.

In the main event of the GLORY 35 Superfight Series, GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Artem Vakhitov (16-5) will take on GLORY Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Zack Mwekassa (15-3) in a title unification bout.

Vakhitov defeated Saulo Cavalari at GLORY 28 by unanimous decision to win the title, but has been out with an injury and unable to defend his title. Mwekassa stepped in for the Russian champion at GLORY 31 to fight Mourad Bouzidi for the interim title, winning the bout by knockout in the opening round at GLORY 31.

The announced bouts for both GLORY 35 and GLORY 35 Superfight Series can be viewed below:

GLORY 35 Nice
Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Marat Grigorian
Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev
Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA
Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac

GLORY 35 SuperFight Series
Light Heavyweight Title Unification Bout: Artem Vakhitov vs. Zack Mwekassa
Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Eyevan Danenberg
Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby vs. Ji-Waen Lee
Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Dylan Salvador

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