Marcus Controversially Wins Back Title

The controversy of a split decision hit hard on Saturday, and it hit a trilogy bout that took place in the main event of GLORY 40: Copenhagen.

At GLORY 40, Simon Marcus defeated Jason Wilnis via split decision to regain the GLORY middleweight championship. Plenty in the Forum Copenhagen in Denmark, as well as GLORY fans on social media, voiced some displeasure, feeling Wilnis should have retained the title.

The two previously met in the finals of the GLORY 20 middleweight tournament — Marcus won via split decision there as well. Wilnis didn’t let the judges decide anything at GLORY 33 back in September, however. At that event in Trenton, New Jersey, Wilnis earned a TKO victory to win the GLORY middleweight title from Marcus.

Marcus scored early with several leg kicks. Marcus continued to pound away at the defending champion, but Wilnis was able to score some as well.

Not only did Marcus seem to win the first, but he seemed to have control over the second round as well. Marcus continued to land kicks to the leg and body of Wilnis with his left leg. And while Wilnis seemed to take kicks well, showing off his durability, Marcus seemed to get more of the offense in.

Marcus continued to pound away at Wilnis’ body, but the defending champion managed to land a noticeable hard hook to the challenger’s body. While that’s not much, Wilnis did seem to slowly gain momentum from that point forward. The fourth round was filled with several hard shots from Wilnis, stumbling Marcus, though Marcus did not get knocked down.

The final round saw Wilnis take control with both punching on offense, as well as smart counterpunching. Some people felt that Marcus’ slow down from the third round on did him no favors, and Wilnis should have received the win.

However, the judges ultimately gave the decision to Marcus with quite the range of scores — 48-47, 47-48, 46-49, 49-46 and 48-47.

Who knows — maybe we will see a fourth bout between the longtime GLORY middleweight rivals.

The main card also featured a four-man middleweight tournament. Yousri Belgaroui advanced to the final by defeating Agron Preteni, thanks to a barrage of leg kicks and knees, and Alex Pereira — who won the middleweight tournament at GLORY 14 – got through Burim Rama’s leg kicks with his boxing and earned a TKO win in the third round. The final bout saw Belgaroui run through, defeating Pereira via unanimous decision with 30-27s across the board.

As a result, Belgaroui will have a GLORY middleweight title bout in the future.

GLORY 40: Copenhagen Results:
GLORY middleweight championship: Simon Marcus def. (c.) Jason Wilnis via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 46-49, 49-46, 48-47)
Middleweight tournament final: Yousri Belgaroui def. Alex Pereira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Niclas Larsen def. Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight tournament semifinal: Alex Pereira def. Burim Rama via TKO (three-knockdown rule) (Rd. 3, 1:42)
Middleweight tournament semifinal: Yousri Belgaroui def. Agron Preteni via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

GLORY 40: Copenhagen Superfight Series Results:
Jamie Bates def. Richard Abraham via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mohammed El-Mir def. Simon Santana via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Freddy Kemayo def. Imad Hadar via TKO (Rd. 2, 2:21)
Josh Jauncey def. Antonio Gomez via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) (Rd. 2, 1:05)
Yuhang Xie def. Chris Mauceri via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

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