GLORY will be making its return to Brussels, Belgium for GLORY 39, which takes place at Vorst National on Saturday March 25, 2017. This will be the first GLORY fight card in “The Capital of Europe” since GLORY 2 back in October of 2012.
Headlining the five-fight main card will be a welterweight title fight between Cedric Doumbe (65-4-1) and Yoann Kongolo (64-8), the promotion announced on Thursday. MMA Plus first reported the city and venue on Wednesday.
Doumbe won the welterweight title at GLORY Collision after defeating Nieky Holzken by split decision, ending the now-former champion’s undefeated streak in GLORY competition. At GLORY 37, Kongolo won the one-night, four-man “Contender” tournament by defeating Karim Benmansour and Konstantin Khuzin, to earn a shot at the welterweight strap. The Swiss challenger holds two wins over Doumbe, including a unanimous decision win in their last encounter at GLORY 22 in 2015.
The co-main event for GLORY 39 will feature a collision of heavyweights as the No.3-ranked Jahfarr Wilnis (30-8-1) will face Jamal Ben Saddik (31-5), who is currently ranked No.6.
The one-night, four-man “Contender” tournament will be taking place in the featherweight division. Those four contestants will be announced at a later date.
Another title will be on the line earlier in the evening at the GLORY 39 Superfight Series when GLORY lightweight champion, Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (113-30-5) defends his title against No.1-ranked lightweight Dylan Salvador (49-11-1).
In his last fight, the Thai champion successfully defended his lightweight crown against Marat Grigorian at GLORY 36. On that very same evening, Salvador–who was making his GLORY debut–earned his title shot by winning the lightweight “Contender” tournament.
In the co-main event of the GLORY 39 Superfight Series, Marat Grigorian (48-9-2) will face Hysni Beqiri (49-2) in a lightweight battle.
Rounding out the card will be a heavyweight tilt between Hesdy Gerges (49-18-1) and the UK’s “Chopper” Chi Lewis-Parry (8-1), and a welterweight matchup between Harut Grigorian (43-10) and Karim Benmansour (48-7-2).