GLORY 56 Live Results
A pair of title bouts headlines tonight’s GLORY 56 Denver, which takes place from the 1stBank Center.
In the main event, Artem Vakhitov defends the GLORY Light Heavyweight Title against Danyo Ilunga. The two previously clashed at the GLORY 25 SuperFight Series, which saw Vakhitov earn a win by unanimous decision.
This will be Vakhitov’s first bout since last October’s GLORY 47 when he defeated Ariel Machado via unanimous decision in a title defense. Vakhitov was won six straight and looks for his fourth defense of the GLORY gold. His challenger is Ilunga, who has snapped a five-fight losing streak with back-to-back wins. After knocking out Michael Duut at GLORY Redemption last December, he earned a decision win over Fraser Weightman at the GLORY 54 SuperFight Series back in May en route to this title shot.
In the co-main event, GLORY Women’s Super Bantamweight Champion Anissa Meksen celebrates her 100th bout in professional kickboxing, as she defends the title against Jady Menezes. Meksen, who has lost just three times in her pro career, has won all five of her GLORY appearances since her promotion debut in July 2017. That bout was at the GLORY 43 SuperFight Series against Menezes, which Meksen won via unanimous decision.
Meksen won the title at GLORY 48 and has made one successful title defense (with one non-title bout in-between). Menezes, meanwhile, has not fought in GLORY since the loss and seeks revenge tonight.
The GLORY 56 SuperFight Series will be headlined by the fourth meeting between middleweights Simon Marcus and Jason Wilnis. The pair first met in April 2015 at GLORY 20 in the finals of a middleweight contender tournament, with Marcus winning via split decision before capturing the title at GLORY 27. The two rematched in September 2016 at GLORY 33, with Wilnis taking the title with a third-round TKO. The third meeting came in April 2017 at GLORY 40, with Marcus regaining the strap with another split decision.
GLORY 56 Main Card
GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship: (c) Artem Vakhitov def. Danyo Ilunga via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
GLORY Women’s Super Bantamweight Championship: Jady Menezes def. (c) Anissa Meksen via split decision (48-47, 45-50, 48-47)
Featherweight: Serhiy Adamchuk def. Anvar Boynazarov via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight: Massaro Glunder def. Quade Taranaki via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-24, 30-24)
GLORY 56 SuperFight Series Card
Middleweight: Simon Marcus def. Jason Wilnis via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Heavyweight: D’Angelo Marshall def. Antonio Dvorak via TKO (Rd. 1, 2:14)
Lightweight: Justin Houghton def. Troy Sheridan via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)
Heavyweight: Myron Dennis def. Steve Paprocki via TKO (Rd. 1, 1:49)
Light Heavyweight: Chris Camozzi def. John King via TKO (Rd. 2, 2:48)
Middleweight: Ryot Waller def. Zach Wells via KO (Rd. 3, 0:57)
GLORY 56 Prelims Card
Lightweight: Lorawnt-t Nelson def. Vince McGuinness via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Welterweight: Sean Choice def. Thomas Diagne via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Featherweight: Houssam El Kasri def. Ben Acosta via TKO (Rd. 1, 2:47)
Welterweight: Charles Rodriguez def. Justin Moss via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)