GLORY Announces China Card Featuring Bigfoot Debut
On October 14th, GLORY kickboxing brings their brand to mainland China for the first time for GLORY 46 and GLORY 46 SuperFight Series.
The card will feature many natives including the decorated Sanda practitioner, Xiang Ye as he battles Junior Tafa of Australia in the co-main event of that evening’s card. The fight will be under GLORY rules.
Tafa, who stands 6’6 and is a protege of UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt looks to defeat Ye, who holds the distinction of not only being a member of the Chinese National Team in Sanda, but a World Cup win in 2016 and three National Game wins in 2014,16, and 17.
GLORY 46 China will also feature the first global broadcast of a Professional Sanda bout, in which Hongxing Kong will take on Yang Sun. This special attraction will be contested at 60 kilograms under professional Sanda rules.
Another Tagou student, member of the Chinese National Sanda Team, and Grand Slam honoree, Kong won the China Wushu Sanda Championship (60 kg) in 2014 and 2015, the Asia Games Wushu Sanda Championship (60 kg) in 2014, the World Wushu Sanda Championship (60 kg) in 2015, and National Games Wushu Sanda Championship (60 kg) most recently in 2017.
Earlier in the evening we will see the SuperFight Series featuring a double headliner featuring Shanghai “Tiger” Gao take on Muay Thai specialist Khaial “Hulk” Dzhaniev in a catchweight bout. In the second co-headliner, former special police officer Lei “War Cop” Xie faces off against the number two ranked feather weight “The Professor” Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao at a catchweight of 68 kilos.
In the main headline bout of the SuperFight Series Antônio “Bigfoot” Silva makes his GLORY debut as he faces GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven in a non-title confrontation.
Below is the official card for both events.
GLORY 46 China
Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus vs. Alex Pereira
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Xiang Ye vs. Junior Tafa
Professional Sanda (60 kg) Bout: Hongxing Kong vs. Yang Sun
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Chenglong Zhang vs. Quade Taranaki
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Chenchen Li vs. Masaya Kubo
GLORY 46 SuperFight Series
Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Antônio Silva
Catchweight (72 kg) Co-Headline Bout: Shanghai Gao vs. Khaial Dzhaniev
Middleweight Bout: Wei Zhou vs. Andre Walker
Catchweight (53 kg) Bout: Zaza Sor. Aree vs. Liu Jia
Catchweight (68 kg) Bout: Lei Xie vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao
Lightweight Bout: Qinghao Meng vs. Pascal Schroth