GLORY 21 has been announced for May 8 and will take place at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. Artem “The Lion” Levin will defend his middleweight championship in the main event.
Levin (50-4-1, 33 KOs) will defend his title against the winner of the one-night, four-man middleweight contender tournament at GLORY 20, April 3, from the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Russian champion is considered by many one of the pound-for-pound best kickboxers on the planet, and his return bolsters the promotion’s efforts to break the mainstream.
The two semifinal match-ups at GLORY 20 include, hard hitting, aggressive Dutchman Jason “Psycho” Wilnis (23-4-1, 6 KOs) against powerful Brazilian prospect Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (17-2-0, 10 KOs). In the second semifinal match-up, American sensation Wayne Barrett (5-2-0, 4 KOs) looks to redeem himself after back-to-back losses against Canadian muay thai world champion Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus (40-2-1, 24 KOs).
This means that Levin vs. Joe Schilling III, which fans have been calling out for, will remain dormant. However, should “The Lion” defend his crown, there is no question over who is next in line.
Schilling bested Levin back at GLORY 10: Los Angeles with an extension round unanimous decision. Levin equalled the series, with a unanimous decision win at GLORY 17: LA, the Last Man Standing tournament final.
With the Bellator and GLORY fighter Schilling residing in LA, expect him to appear in some capacity at GLORY 21. Hopefully, in a fight.
Also on the GLORY 21 bill, GLORY’s first ever one-night, four-man heavyweight qualification tournament. The winner will receive entry into the contender tournament, to earn a shot at the world champion Rico Verhoeven, later in 2015.
GLORY 21 will once again be working with Veteran Operation Wellness (VOW), a Spike campaign created to inspire veterans to make the same commitment to their health and wellness that they made to their country.