Doumbe Retains, Kiatmookao Wins Tourney
With a lot of bad blood heading into the fight, and performing a lot of taunting throughout, Cedric Doumbe cruised his way to a split decision victory over Yoann Kongolo to retain the GLORY welterweight championship in the main event of GLORY 39: Brussels.
Meanwhile, Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao won the four-man featherweight tournament to earn the right to fight Robin van Roosmalen for the vacant GLORY featherweight title in the future.
Doumbe opened up his GLORY 39 fight with a successful combination, but Kongolo attempted combinations of his own to get on the inside. Towards the end of the first round, Doumbe mixed punches well, but Kongolo caught him with a knee to the head, forcing Doumbe to stumble to the ropes, but Doumbe managed to survive the round.
A punch from Doumbe early on clipped Kongolo. Kongolo attempted to play defense with offense, but Doumbe went in for the kill, although unsuccessfully. Halfway through the second, Kongolo switched stances and nailed Doumbe with a nice European uppercut, stunning him briefly. Doumbe then switched stances constantly and moved around a lot, seemingly frustrating the challenger and throwing him off his game.
Entering round three, Doumbe had thrown twice the number of total strikes than Kongolo had. Doumbe threw a knee that seemed to hurt Kongolo about halfway through the third, and Doumbe followed it up with shot after shot, but Kongolo still stood.
A sense of urgency seemed to come over Kongolo early on in the fourth, as he landed a hard shot to the head of Doumbe. Kongolo seemed more active, throwing more combinations and finally landing some body shots. Doumbe focused on fighting on the outside, which appeared to frustrate the challenger — to the point where he threw (but missed) a cheap shot after the referee’s call for a break.
Doumbe continued to be agile and jump around, getting into the head of Kongolo. Kongolo threw a punch while Doumbe was on the ground after a slip, forcing the ref to step in and warn both fighters. Throughout the round, Doumbe continued to taunt, while Kongolo could not find anything to rock the champion.
Kiatmookao faced off with former champion Serhiy Adamchuk in the final bout of GLORY 39’s featherweight tournament. Kiatmookao defeated Alexei Ulyanov by unanimous decision in the first semifinal bout of the evening, while Adamchuk defeated Nafi Bialovski by unanimous decision in the other. Kiatmookao overwhelmed his semifinal opponent with kick after kick, while Adamchuk simply overwhelmed his with strikes, setting up a kicker vs. boxer bout in the final.
Adamchuk came out just as aggressive as he did against Bialovski. Kiatmookao attempted to use his kicks to counter, but Adamchuk did land a couple of combinations. About a minute in, Adamchuk landed a strong right hand and forced a clearly damaged Kiatmookao into retreat. Kiatmookao definitely had a better second round. He landed a lot more low kicks, but he surely did damage in other levels, as Adamchuk’s back was covered with welts and marks at the end of the second round.
As the third round got underway, a lot of head shots came from Adamchuk, while Kiatmookao delivered a lot more body shots. A lot of clinching occurred in the third round, mostly initiated by Kiatmookao. While the third round was very competitive, neither man seemed to dominate, leaving a lot of speculation as to what the judges would rule. Ultimately, Kiatmookao was given a split decision victory and the tournament win, earning a fight against Robin van Roosmalen for the vacant GLORY featherweight title.
In a heavyweight contest that featured a lot more of single shots than combinations, Jamal Ben Saddik defeated Guto Inocente via unanimous decision. Following the bout, Saddik called out heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven, who was on commentary for this contest. The two shared an intense staredown in the ring. Verhoeven did not consider Saddik a challenge, criticizing this bout as boring, but Saddik said he’s beaten Verhoeven before and can do it again.
In the main event of the GLORY 39 SuperFight Series, Sittichai Sitsongpeenong stopped Dylan Salvador with a body kick at the end of round four to retain the GLORY lightweight championship.
GLORY 39 Brussels Results:
GLORY welterweight championship: (c.) Cedric Doumbe def. Yoann Kongolo via unanimous decision (48-47, 50-45, 50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Featherweight tournament final: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao def. Serhiy Adamchuk via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jamal Ben Saddik def. Guto Inocente via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight tournament semifinal: Serhiy Adamchuk def. Nafi Bialovski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight tournament semifinal: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao def. Alexei Ulyanov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
GLORY 39 SuperFight Series:
GLORY lightweight championship: (c.) Sittichai Sitsongpeenong def. Dylan Salvador via KO (Rd. 4, 2:58)
Marat Grigorian def. Anton Petrov via KO (Rd. 2, 1:45)
Meng Qinghao def. Killian Moulun via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Harut Grigorian def. Pavol Garaj via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tyjani Beztati def. Sabri Ben Henia via TKO (Rd. 2, 2:05)