Murthel Groenhart overthrew Cedric Doumbe via split decision last night in the headline bout of GLORY 44 Chicago, to be was crowned as the new GLORY welterweight champion. Whilst Tiffany van Soest made her first defence of the women’s GLORY super-bantamweight title with an emphatic stoppage win over Meryem Uslu in the main event on, GLORY 44 SuperFight Series.
Groenhart who, is a former K-1 Max champion, reinforced his kickboxing legacy by capturing the GLORY welterweight championship that had eluded him on three previous occasions against former GLORY champion, Nieky Holzken. Doumbe had been the first fighter in GLORY Kickboxing to end Holzken’s four year unbeaten streak and would defeat him again by decision at GLORY 41 Den Bosch.
The future of the welterweight division certainly looks exciting with not only another newly crowned champion but more so, with Harut Grigorian winning the 4-man Welterweight Contender Tournament final on the night against, Antoine Pinto which, should secure another rematch with Groenhart; following Harut’s controversial KO loss to, “The Predator” at GLORY 42 Paris.
Ful results from both the GLORY 44 Chicago and GLORY 44 SuperFight Series fight cards below.
GLORY 44 Chicago – Results:
Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Murthel Groenhart def. Cedric Doumbe via split decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
Welterweight Tournament Finals Bout: Harut Grigorian def. Antoine Pinto via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Richard Abraham def. Daniel Morales via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout: Antoine Pinto def. Zach Bunnell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) and advances to the Welterweight Tournament Finals.
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout: Harut Grigorian def. Karin Benmansour via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) and advances to the Welterweight Tournament Finals
GLORY 44 SuperFight Series – Results:
Super Bantamweight Title Headline Bout: Tiffany van Soest def. Meryem Uslu via TKO (4th Rd. :36)
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Michal Turynski def. Catalin Morosanu via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Middleweight Bout: Dustin Jacoby Def. Sean Choice via 1st Rd TKO (1st Rd. 2:18)
Middleweight Bout: Robert Thomas def. Warren Thompson via KO (2nd Rd. 2:32)
Lightweight Bout: Nate Richardson def. Rafael Dudek via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight Bout: Victor Pinto def. Adrian Maxim via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.