Periera Looks for History at GLORY 68

While it’s normal to see fighters move weight classes throughout their careers, and MMA promotions have seen a “champ-champ” movement, such a thing has not occurred in GLORY Kickboxing — that is, possibly until now.

GLORY middleweight champion Alex Pereira will attempt to become the first GLORY kickboxer to hold championships in two weight classes simultaneously at GLORY 68 in Miami, where he and Donegi Abena will do battle for the interim GLORY light heavyweight championship.

Pereira was looking for a true champion vs. champion battle for the light heavyweight championship. Current GLORY light heavyweight champion Artem Vakhitov, however, broke his hand during his title defense against Abena in June at GLORY 66, forcing him out of action for at least the rest of 2019.

Pereira will enter this fight on a six-fight win streak. He won the GLORY middleweight title by defeating Simon Marcus at GLORY 46 in October 2017. He successfully defended the title with finishes of Yousri Belgaroui twice (GLORY 49 and GLORY 55) and defeated Marcus in a rematch (GLORY 58) before a 91-second knockout of Jason Wilnis at GLORY 65 in May.

For Abena, this will be a second chance to gain gold following the GLORY 66 title fight with Vakhitov, which he lost via close, controversial split decision. Abena enters this fight on a three-fight win streak, winning both fights he had under the GLORY banner before the title fight with Vakhitov (vs. Stephane Susperregui at GLORY 68 and vs. Michael Dutt at GLORY 64).

The co-main event of the evening will see Miami’s own Asa Ten Pow look to remain unbeaten under the GLORY banner, as he takes on Bailey Sugden.

The GLORY 68 SuperFight Series will be headlined by a women’s super bantamweight clash between former champions Tiffany van Soest and Jady Menezes. Meanwhile, the preliminary card will feature the third fight under the GLORY banner for teenage star Rebekah Irwin, who takes on Crystal Lawson.

GLORY 68 takes place from the James L Knight Center in Miami, Florida, on September 28.

The fight card thus far can be found below:

MAIN CARD:

Alex Pereira (BRA) (30-6, 19 KO’s) vs. Donegi Abena (SUR) (24-6, 6 KO’s)
for the Interim World Light-Heavyweight Championship (209 lbs / 95 kgs)

Asa Ten Pow (USA) (10-1, 5 KO’s) vs. Bailey Sugden (UK) (12-4, 2 KO’s)
Featherweight Bout (143 lbs / 65 kgs)

Troy Jones (USA) (12-1, 10 KO’s) vs. Ammari Diedrick (UK) (19-7, 5 KO’s)
Welterweight Bout (170 lbs / 77 kgs)

Mike Lemaire (USA) (22-5, 8 KO’s) vs. Richard Abraham (USA) (14-7, 4 KO’s)
Welterweight Bout (170 lbs / 77 kgs)

Josh Jauncey (CAN) (30-9, 15 KO’s) vs. Itay Gershon (ISR) (16-5, 6 KO’s)
Lightweight Bout (154 lbs / 70 kgs)

SUPERFIGHT SERIES CARD

Tiffany van Soest (USA) (19-4-1, 6 KO’s) vs. Jady Menezes (BRA) (13-3, 5 KO’s)
Super-Bantamweight Bout (122 lbs / 55.3 kgs)

Sergej Maslobojev (LIT) (29-5, 19 KO’s) vs. TBC 
Light-Heavyweight Bout (209 lbs / 95 kgs)

Ivan Galaz (CHL) (58-9, 15 KO’s) vs. Matt Baker (USA) (23-7, 12 KO’s)
Middleweight Bout (187 lbs / 85 kgs)

Abraham Vidales (MEX) (14-0, 11 KO’s) vs. TBC
Featherweight Bout (143 lbs / 65 kgs)

Chommanee (THA) (92-17-1, 15 KO’s) vs. Aline Pereira (BRA) (5-1, 1 KO)
Super-Bantamweight Bout (122 lbs / 55.3 kgs)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Rebekah Irwin (USA) (6-2, 1 KO) vs. Crystal Lawson (USA) (2-1, 1 KO)
Super-Bantamweight Bout (122 lbs / 55.3 kgs)

Nick Chasteen (USA) (10-6) vs. Keemaan Diop (USA) (3-1, 2 KO’s)
Welterweight Bout (170 lbs / 77 kgs)

Ross Levine (USA) (3-0, 3 KO’s) vs. Sean Choice (USA) (8-3)
Welterweight Bout (170 lbs / 77 kgs)

Omari Boyd (USA) (13-2, 1 KO) vs. Charles Rodriguez (USA) (9-1, 4 KO’s)
Lightweight Bout (154 lbs / 70 kgs)

Official press release from GLORY

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