Doumbe Defeats Holzken Again

In a rematch of their GLORY: Collision bout, Cedric Doumbe defeated Nieky Holzken via split decision to retain the GLORY welterweight championship in the main event of GLORY 42: Paris.

Back at the GLORY: Collision event in December, Doumbe scored a split decision win over Holzken, who was the champion at that time. It was regarded as one of the biggest upsets in the modern era of kickboxing, as well as Holzken’s first GLORY loss and his first professional kickboxing loss since 2012.

The anticipated rematch got off to a hot start in front of a rowdy crowd at the AccorHotels Arena. After the opening round, an announcement was made to order fans who were too close to ringside to return to their seats.

The fight, especially in the opening two rounds, saw one constant — Doumbe took the approach of firing several shots and combinations, while it seemed Holzken focused on one-punch power shots. Holzken also threw little to no leg kicks, after promising before the bout he would look to land several of them.

With open scoring, we were able to see that most of the judges gave three of the first four rounds to Doumbe, likely for being the more active fighter, with one giving three to Holzken and one having it a draw entering the final round.

Some minor controversy came with about 10 seconds left in the final round, as Holzken landed a spinning back kick and Doumbe went down into the ropes; however, the referee ruled it a slip. Commentators for GLORY quickly noted, however, the kick did not look powerful enough to cause a knockdown.

While one judge gave the fight to Holzken by a score of 49-46, Doumbe got the decision from the other judges, one scoring the bout 48-47, while the other three giving it 49-46.

Outside of the main event, the event saw Christian "Bad News" Baya increase his GLORY record to 3-0 after winning the lightweight contender tournament. After defeating Anatoly Moiseev via split decision in the main card opener, he defeated Massaro Glunder via split decision in the co-main event to win the tournament. Glunder advanced to the final with a two-knockdown rule TKO win over Niclas Larsen.

Murthel Groenhart earned a knockout win over Harut Grigorian after Grigorian dropped his hands. A brawl ensued in the ring after the bout.

GLORY 42: Paris Main Card (3 p.m., ESPN2):
GLORY welterweight championship: (c.) Cedric Doumbe def. Nieky Holzken via split decision (46-49, 49-46, 48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Lightweight contender tournament final: Christian Baya def. Massaro Glunder via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Welterweight: Murthel Groenhart def. Harut Grigorian via KO (Rd. 2)
Lightweight contender tournament semi-final: Massaro Glunder def. Niclas Larsen via TKO (Rd. 1, 2:18)
Lightweight contender tournament semi-final: Christian Baya def. Anatoly Moiseev via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29, 28-29, 30-27) 

GLORY 42: Paris SuperFight Series Card (12:30 p.m., UFC Fight Pass):
Welterweight: Yoann Kongolo def. Yohan Lidon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Heavyweight: Nicolas Wamba def. Jhonata Diniz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Light heavyweight: Zinedine Hameur-Lain def. Freddy Kemayo via KO (Rd. 1, 2:35)
Featherweight: Serhiy Adamchuk def. Dylan Salvador via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Marat Grigorian def. Antonio Gomez via KO (Rd. 2, 2:02)
Welterweight: Francois Ambang def. Remy Vectol via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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