Holzken vs. Groenhart 3 Set for GLORY 34
GLORY’s upcoming event in Denver, Colorado, has added a highly anticipated trilogy bout. Nieky Holzken will defend his welterweight title against Murthel Groenhart at GLORY 34 on Oct 21.
Holzken (89-11, 46 KO) last fought Groenhart (60-20-3, 34 KO) at GLORY 26: Amsterdam in December of 2015. Holzken won a razor-thin split decision, but many viewers believed that Groenhart should have been awarded the victory. It was the first time the two had fought inside the GLORY ring but their second overall fight.
After beating Groenhart last year, Holzken defended the title again against Yoann Kongolo at GLORY 29: Copenhagen this past April.
GLORY 34 Denver will air on ESPN3 at midnight ET / 9 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 21, and will be replayed on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Sunday, Oct. 23.
The card was originally headlined by featherweight champion Gabriel Varga (28-3, 8 KO) defending his belt against former lightweight champion Robin “Pokerface” van Roosmalen (35-7, 19 KO). That fight will now headline the GLORY 34: Superfight Series card, which will air on UFC Fight Pass at 9:30 PM ET.
Here’s the GLORY 34 and Superfight Series cards as they now stand:
GLORY 34 Denver
Welterweight World Title Headline Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Murthel Groenhart
Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Middleweight Co-Headline Bout: Dustin Jacoby vs. TBA
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Thomas
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira
GLORY 34 SuperFight Series
Featherweight World Title Bout: Gabriel Varga (c) vs. Robin Van Roosmalen
Light Heavyweight Bout: Saulo Cavalari vs. Brian Douwes
Welterweight Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Michael Mathatha
Welterweight Bout: Casey Greene vs. Tongchai Sitsongpeenong
Featherweight Bout: Justin Houghton vs. Jonathon Wyderko