Cédric Doumbé vs. Murthel Groenhart headlines GLORY 44 Chicago on August 25, 2017 at the Sears Centre Arena, in a much anticipated grudge match between, two of the very best welterweights in the world; Doumbe had previously beat Groenhart at GLORY 28 Paris via unanimous decision.
As well as another 4-man contender tournament consisting of: Antoine Pinto, Casey Greene, Karim Benmansour and Harut Grigorian. Plus, Richard Abraham vs. Daniel Morales co-headline, in a battle of east coast bragging rights.
There’s no love lost between defending champion, Doumbe and former K-1 Max champion, Groenhart. The two rivals have been taking countless aim at one another via online and social media for almost couple of years now. With a return to winning ways and more consistent form by ‘The Predator’, Doumbé is facing a different type of offensive pressure-fighter compared to, his previous title defence against, Nieky Holzken at GLORY 42 Paris.
Antoine Pinto returns from both, recent knee surgery and a win (outside of GLORY) against, Aydin Tunkay at Thai Fight Paris in April. In his last GLORY appearance, Pinto defeated Richard Abraham at GLORY 38 Chicago by decision and on this occasion, Abraham has been matched-up against Daniel Morales who, is coming off a win over Pawel Jedrzejczyk from that same event too.
Casey Greene returns to the GLORY since his devastating loss via second round KO (and foot injury) to Thongchai Sitsongpeenong at, GLORY 34 Denver; and features in the 4-man (welterweight) contender tournament. Whilst Harut Grigorian returns from that controversial KO against, Murthel Groenhart, at GLORY 41 Den Bosch.
Karim Benmansour who, is coming of a split-decision win over, Alan Scheinson at GLORY 37 Los Angeles, has been matched-up against Grigorian, in the opposing semi-final (bracket) of the 4-man tournament.
Full fight card below and click here for the GLORY 44 SuperFight Series fight card too.
GLORY 44 Chicago – Fight card:
Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Murthel Groenhart
Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Daniel Morales
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Casey Greene vs. Antoine Pinto
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Karim Benmansour vs. Harut Grigorian