Five Bouts Added to Glory ‘Collision 3’

By Blaine Henry Sep 13, 2021

Glory Kickboxing has added five fights to its Oct. 23 “Collision 3” card, including several with potential title implications. Joining the lineup are: Donegi Abena (24-8) vs. Sergej Maslobojov (31-5), Alim Nabiyev (51-8) vs. Troy Jones (13-2), Stoyan Koprivlenski (11-4) vs. Bruno Gazani (66-7-1), Ertugrul Bayrak (18-6) vs. Matej Penaz (23-3), and Michael Duut (43-13) vs. John King (9-6-1).

Abena comes into “Collision 3” riding a three-fight losing streak and looking to turn things around after a 2-0 start in Glory. His opponent, Maslobojov, has won his first two with the promotion, his last being a TKO at Glory 75. Maslobojov looks to notch another win and keep moving up the light heavyweight ladder.

In the welterweight division, Nabiyev is 5-2 in Glory and looks to make a statement with a rebound following his loss to Cedric Dombue. Jones has a fantastic record in Glory at 5-1 and is looking for a shot at the title with a win over Nabiyev.

Koprivlenski, who is the No. 5 ranked lightweight, is an even 4-4 in Glory with his last loss coming to Josh Jauncey. Gazani is a perfect 3-0 in Glory coming out on top of two close split decisions.

2-1 Bayrak is looking for redemption after his last loss to Alex Pereira, who has departed Glory for the UFC. He has a win over now-champion Donovan Wisse. Penaz, on the other hand, looks to make a splash and earn a title shot and a rematch with Wisse, who defeated him at Glory 64.

Glory staple Michael Duut is 6-9 with the promotion and looking to snap a string of three straight losses. King is new to the promotion compared to Duut. His 1-2 record in Glory has him coming off a 10-second knockout of Tom Matlon at Glory 72.

Glory 79, titled “Collision 3,” takes place on Oct. 23 at GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands. The event is headlined by MMA veteran and former K-1 World Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem, who returns to kickboxing and challenges Rico Verhoeven for the Glory heavyweight title. Tickets go on sale Sept. 14.

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