Thiago Silva To Debut At GLORY 48
UFC veteran Thiago Silva makes his GLORY debut on Fridy December 1st at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Silva, will make his GLORY debut at light heavyweight and his opponent is yet to be announced, be sure to follow FIGHT SPORTS for up to date coverage.
GLORY 48 New York will also feature a one-night, four-man middleweight qualifying tournament. The qualifying tournament winner will be granted entry into an upcoming middleweight contender tournament – a system in place to determine GLORY’s future title challengers.
In the first of two tournament semifinal match-ups, GLORY veteran Wayne Barrett who started in the New York fight scene, returns to the GLORY ring for the first time in almost two years. His opponent will be No. 7-ranked middleweight Robert Thomas, who most recently earned ‘Knockout of the Night’ honors at GLORY 44 SuperFight Series in August. The pair of fighters have met once before, with Barrett edging Thomas by decision at GLORY 27 Chicago.
Mike “The French Rock” Lemaire will serve as one half of the other tournament semifinal match-up, with his opponent to be announced shortly. Should Lemaire advance to the tournament final round, he will seek revenge against either Barrett or Thomas, who each hold a win over the Muay Thai practitioner.
The previously announced featherweight title fight between champion Robin van Roosmalen and challenger Kevin VanNostrand has been put on hold, as Van Roosmalen recovers from an eye injury. VanNostrand will remain on the card and meet the winner of this Saturday’s featherweight contender tournament for the interim featherweight belt in New York.
The tournament entrants vying for this interim title opportunity at GLORY 47 Lyon are Fabio Pinca, Anvar Boynazarov, Azize Hlali, and Abdellah Ezbiri.
The current fight card for GLORY 48 New York can be found below:
GLORY 48 New York
Interim Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Kevin VanNostrand vs. TBD
Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Thiago Silva vs. TBA
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Robert Thomas vs. Wayne Barrett
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Mike Lemaire vs. TBA
GLORY 48 SuperFight Series, the five-fight card taking place ahead of GLORY 48 New York, will feature the debut of recent roster addition Chris Camozzi and another appearance for New York’s own “Super” Elvis Gashi who had an impressive debut in Glory’s last New York appearance.
With nearly 15 years of striking experience, Camozzi will face middleweight Kyle “Wicked” Weickhardt, while Gashi squares off against WAKO Team USA athlete Nate “The Natural” Richardson.
Also contested at lightweight, Itay Gershon returns following a successful debut at GLORY 43 SuperFight Series, taking on Justin “J-Ho” Houghton..
GLORY 48 SuperFight Series is headlined by super bantamweight world champion and MMA fighter Tiffany “Time Bomb” van Soest looking to build off of the momentum of August’s knockout victory into her next bout against a top-ranked challenger. Like VanNostrand, her opponent will be determined this Saturday, when France’s Anissa Meksen, ranked No. 3, goes toe-to-toe with Turkey’s Funda Alkayiş, ranked No. 8. The winner will face Van Soest in New York.
The current fight card for GLORY 48 SuperFight Series can be found below:
GLORY 48 SuperFight Series
Super Bantamweight Title Headline Bout: Tiffany van Soest vs. TBD
Middleweight Bout: Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Weickhardt
Lightweight Bout: Itay Gershon vs. Justin Houghton
Lightweight Bout: Elvis Gashi vs. Nate Richardson