GLORY kickboxing have today announced the addition of a welterweight trilogy fight to the stacked GLORY 34 Denver card, taking place on Friday, Oct. 21 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Co.
The GLORY welterweight world championship is on the line when Dutch rivals Nieky “The Natural” Holzken (89-11, 46 KO) and Murthel “The Predator” Groenhart (60-20-3, 34 KO) meet for the third time – the second time inside the GLORY ring – as the headline bout of the Denver.
Since their last encounter at GLORY 26 Amsterdam in December of 2015, the champion Holzken successfully defended his title against Yoann Kongolo, while the challenger Groenhart defeated both Karim Benmansour and Yoann Kongolo during the welterweight contender tournament at GLORY 31 Amsterdam in June.
The previously announced headline bout for GLORY 34 Denver – featherweight champion Gabriel Varga (28-3, 8 KO) defending his belt against former lightweight champion Robin “Pokerface” van Roosmalen (35-7, 19 KO) – will now headline the GLORY 34 SuperFight Series.
American welterweights Richard “Maximus” Abraham (10-3, 4 KO) and Casey “Go” Greene (5-6, 2 KO) were originally slated to do battle as part of GLORY 34 SuperFight Series, but will now each face new opponents.
Abraham, undefeated since debuting in February, welcomes South African newcomer Michael Mathatha to GLORY, while Greene introduces prospect Thongchai Sitsongpeenong (134-32) of Thailand to the organization.
Also, Michigan’s Justin “J-HO” Houghton will compete at featherweight, taking on hometown favorite Jonathon Wyderko of Colorado.
The announced bouts for GLORY 34 main card SuperFight Series can be found below:
GLORY 34 Denver
Welterweight World Title Headline Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Murthel Groenhart
Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Middleweight Co-Headline Bout: Dustin Jacoby vs. TBA
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Thomas
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira
GLORY 34 SuperFight Series
Featherweight World Title Bout: Gabriel Varga (c) vs. Robin Van Roosmalen
Light Heavyweight Bout: Saulo Cavalari vs. Brian Douwes
Welterweight Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Michael Mathatha
Welterweight Bout: Casey Greene vs. Tongchai Sitsongpeenong
Featherweight Bout: Justin Houghton vs. Jonathon Wyderko