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GLORY is returning to France.

The kickboxing promotion will hold an event at Palais des Sports de Gerland in Lyon on Saturday, October 28, featuring a light-heavyweight headlining bout between Artem Vakhitov (18-5), the current champion, and Ariel Machado (45-8), the No.2-ranked contender.

Vakhitov, 26, returns to action after suffering a broken hand in his TKO victory over Saulo Cavalari at GLORY 38 this past February. The Russian champion has now successfully defended his title twice since winning it at GLORY 28 in March of 2016, and owns a 7-1 record in GLORY competition.

Meanwhile, Machado, who is 3-2 in GLORY, earned his title shot after winning the GLORY 38 light-heavyweight “Contender” tournament. The 30-year-old Brazilian defeated Zinedine Hameur-Lain and Danyo Illunga to earn the Ramon Dekkers memorial trophy, and snap his two-fight losing streak.

In the co-main event, former welterweight champion Cedric Doumbe (67-5-1) will face Yohan Lidon (93-36), who is ranked No.8 in the division. Doumbe, in his last fight, lost the welterweight title by split decision to Murthel Groenhart. Lidon, meanwhile, lost a unanimous decision to Yoann Kongolo in his last contest at GLORY 42.

In addition to those two bouts, there will also be a “Contender” tournament held in the featherweight division. In the semi-finals, Fabio Pinca (102-25-3) will face Anvar Boynazarov (79-20-2), and Azize Hliali (17-14-1) takes on an opponent to be named later.

Featherweight and Lyon native Dylan Salvador (49-13-1) will headline the GLORY 47 Superfight Series against an opponent to be named later. And in a women’s super bantamweight contender bout, No. 3-ranked contender Anissa Meksen (92-30) takes on No. 8-ranked Funda “Findik” Alkayiş (29-2) for the right to face current champion Tiffany Van Soest.

The current GLORY 47 and GLORY 47 Superfight Series fight cards can be viewed below:


Light-heavyweight title: Artem Vakhitov vs. Ariel Machado
Featherweight tournament final: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight co-headline: Cédric Doumbé vs. Yohan Lidon
Featherweight semi-final: Azize Hliali vs. TBA
Featherweight semi-final: Fabio Pinca vs. Anvar Boynazarov

GLORY 47 Superfight Series

Featherweight headline: Dylan Salvador vs. TBA
Super bantamweight contender: Anissa Meksen vs. Funda Alkayiş
Middleweight bout: Ahaggan Yassine vs. Maxim Vorovski
Welterweight bout: Jimmy Vienot vs. TBA