GLORY And Artem Levin Part Ways
Former GLORY middleweight champion Artem "The Lion" Levin has come to terms with GLORY, and the two will be bedfellows no longer.
GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin confirmed the news to MMAMania on Thursday evening.
"GLORY 30 was the last fight on Artem Levin’s contract. As an organization, we are allowing him to negotiate freely and we have released him from the typical exclusivity period in our agreements," Franklin said. "So basically, at this point, we do not plan to pursue to negotiate a further contact with Artem."
Levin, lost the title to current champion, Simon Marcus, at GLORY 27 this past February. The end of the fight happened when Levin quit and walked out of the ring in the third round, protesting being docked a point for the second time in the fight for excessive holding.
That behavior was frowned upon by Franklin and made fans very unhappy.
"Everybody, including Artem, was frustrated with his last fight against Simon Marcus," Franklin said. "Maybe it was a style thing, but refusing to continue was not how anybody wanted that one to end."
However, that was not the lone reason for releasing Levin, as Franklin explained. "It was a combination of all things really … multiple reasons."
Levin is currently 50-5-2 overall and leaves GLORY as the No.2-ranked middleweight. As for his next home, one can only wonder, but Bellator Kickboxing 2 is coming up next week and is certainly on the hunt for more big-name fighters.