Pavel Zhuravlev defeated Saulo Cavalari by unanimous decision at GLORY 43 SuperFight Series and was crowned, GLORY interim light-heavyweight champion at the prestigious, Madison Square Garden on July 14, 2017.
‘Kicker vs. Puncher’ would sum-up the rematch between Zhuaralev and Cavalari, with the latter having a much higher kicking volume. However, there was more to the Ukranian’s performance than simply power punches as most would expect.
The Ukranian wasn’t just the stronger of the two, shoving the Brazilian to the canvas at one point, Pavel was the more composed and effective with his overall striking. Although there weren’t many (if any) high volume combinations by either of the two light-heavyweights, Zhuaralev’s rounded punches and movement at close range were decisive factors for the end result; knocking down Cavalari with a left hook in the dying seconds of the third and final round.
The victory secures Zhuaralev with a unification clash with the injured but official GLORY light-heavyweight champion, Artem Vakhitov. However, Cavalari has now lost three of his last four fights in GLORY including, two defeats to Vakhitov.
Cavalari will move on and focus purely on his professional MMA debut, against the UK’s Stuart Austin at Phoenix FC3 on, September 23 in London. However, are his days as one of GLORY’s top light-heavyweights behind him, especially with him transitioning into MMA where the rewards are potentially much higher?
GLORY debutant, Bailey Sugden, had an excellent winning performance against Arthur Sorsor and showcased his offensive fighting style and high volume work-rate, to announce himself as a future title contender in the GLORY featherweight division. Whilst another GLORY debutant, the American, Joel Taylor also had an existing win with three knockdowns to stop Ariel Sepulveda.
GLORY 43 SuperFight Series – Results:
Pavel Zhuravlev def. Saulo Cavalari via UD – new interim light heavyweight champion
Bailey Sugden def. Arthur Sorsor via UD
Joe Taylor def. Ariel Sepulveda by TKO by Rd2 TKO
Anissa Meksen def. Jady Menezes via unanimous decision
Itay Gershon def. Rafal Dudek via unanimous decision (UD)
Chenchen Li def. Terrance Hill by Rd1 KO
Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.