GLORY held it’s first event in New York in nearly four years on July 14, as GLORY 43 took place from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In somewhat of an upset fashion, Guto Inocente was victorious in the main event, defeating Benjamin Adegbuyi, who entered the second-best heavyweight in kickboxing. Hard exchanges took place throughout, with each fighter nearly scoring a knockdown. Both men were wobbled in the first (though Inocente appeared to get the worst of it), while Adegbuyi was rocked in the second. After a closely-contested third round, the bout went to the judges’ scorecards, where Inocente won on a split decision — 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
In addition, Kevin VanNostrand won the featherweight tournament held at the event. VanNostrand, who defeated Mo Abdurahman via first-round TKO earlier in the night, faced off with Giga Chikadze, who scored a split-decision win over Aleksei Ulianov, in the tournament final. After a dominating first round from VanNostrand, and Chikadze being deducted a point in the second, Chikadze tried his best to go on an offensive flurry. But, it was not enough, as VanNostrand scored the unanimous decision. As a result, VanNostrand earns a future GLORY featherweight title shot.
The preliminary SuperFight Series card was headlined by a bout to determine the interim GLORY light heavyweight champion, as Saulo Cavalari took on Pavel Zhuravlev. Zhuravlev dominated the bout and took the title, sweeping the judges’ scorecards 30-26, 30-26, 29-28.
GLORY 43: New York Results:
Guto Inocente def. Benjamin Adegbuyi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
GLORY Featherweight Tournament Final: Kevin Vannostrand def. Giga Chikadze via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Elvis Gashi def. Josh Jauncey via TKO (Rd. 2, 2:59)
GLORY Featherweight Tournament Semifinal: Kevin Vannostrand def. Mo Abdurahman via TKO (Rd. 1, 1:52)
GLORY Featherweight Tournament Semifinal: Giga Chikadze def. Aleksei Ulianov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
GLORY 43: New York SuperFight Series Results:
For the interim GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship: Pavel Zhuravlev def. Saulo Cavalari via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Bailey Sugden def. Arthur Sorsor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Joe Taylor def. Ariel Sepulveda via TKO (Rd. 2, 2:55)
Anissa Meksen def. Jady Menezes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Itay Gershon def. Rafal Dudek via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chenchen Li def. Terrance Hill via KO (Rd. 1, 1:45)