GLORY 45: Amsterdam Recap

Robin van Roosmalen successfully retained the GLORY Featherweight Championship against Serhiy Adamchuk in the main event of GLORY 45: Amsterdam, which took place from the Sporthallen Zuid in the Netherlands.

A former GLORY featherweight champion himself, Adamchuk’s strategy appeared to be non-stopping moving around the ring to cut off Roosmalen’s power. In the opening round, Adamchuk was moving with speed, occasionally mixing in knees. Adamchuk also did quite a bit of clinching when Roosmalen attempted to land power shots, frustrating the champion early on.

Adamchuk continued this strategy into round two. While it looked like he could hold his own against Roosmalen in the center of the ring, he chose to move to the ropes to create space, letting Roosmalen apply the pressure onto him throughout the round. That had an effect on the challenge, as by the time the midway point of round three came around, Adamchuk looked tired and ate small flurries of punches and kicks from Roosmalen.

Adamchuk came out a little more aggressive in round four, realizing he needed to change strategy. But nothing was going for him, as it was another round dominated by Roosmalen. Sensing he needed a finish, Adamchuk came out firing and jumping on Roosmalen at the start of the final round. With about 10 seconds left, Adamchuk threw a a rolling thunder kick. Adamchuk landed a combination, hurting Roosmalen, but it was too little, too late.

With three judges giving scores of 48-47 and two scoring the bout 49-46, Roosmalen won on all the scorecards and retained his title.

That main event was the only bout on the main card to go the distance, with three of the other four bouts not making it past the first round.

Four men competed in a light heavyweight contender tournament at GLORY 45. Manny Mancha advanced to the final round thanks to a second-round injury – a broken hand — suffered by his semifinal opponent, Imad Hadar. But the tournament belonged to Michael Duut, who knocked out Dragos Zubco in a little more than 30 seconds in the semifinal before knocking out Mancha in just 12 seconds to win the tournament.

Heavyweights Hesdy Gerges and Mladen Brestovac also competed in a headlining bout — described as a battle of low kicks (Gerges) versus high kicks (Brestovac). While Greges utilized low kicks early on, it took just one head kick about 30 seconds into the fight from Brestovac to get a knockout.

GLORY 45: Amsterdam Results (3:30 p.m., ESPN3):
GLORY Featherweight Championship: (c.) Robin van Roosmalen def. Serhiy Adamchuk via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
GLORY Light Heavyweight Contender Tournament Final: Michael Dutt def. Manny Mancha via KO (Rd. 1, 0:12)
Heavyweight: Mladen Brestovac def. Hesdy Gerges via KO (Rd. 1, 0:37)
GLORY Light Heavyweight Contender Tournament Semifinal: Manny Mancha def. Imad Hadar via TKO (injury) (Rd. 2, 1:22)
GLORY Light Heavyweight Contender Tournament Semifinal: Michael Duut def. Dragos Zubco via KO (Rd. 1, 0:36)

GLORY 45: Amsterdam SuperFight Series Results (1 p.m., UFC Fight Pass): 
Middleweight: Yousri Belgaroui def. Jason Wilnis by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) (Rd. 1, 2:47)
Featherweight: Zakaria Zouggary def. Massaro Glunder by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati def. Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight Bout: Eyevan Danenberg def. Wellington Uega via TKO (Rd. 2, 1:50)
Catchweight (73 kg) Bout: Kevin Hessling def. Stoyan Koprivlenski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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