GLORY kickboxing returned to the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday, March 25, for GLORY 39: Brussels.

The promotion’s second trip to Belgium featured two championship bouts between familiar foes. In the main event of the evening, GLORY welterweight champion Cédric Doumbé put his title on the line for the first time against a man who had beaten him twice, Yoann Kongolo. Doumbé took the title from long-reigning champion Nieky Holzken at the Combat Press Kickboxing Event of the Year, GLORY Collision, in December 2016. The Swiss challenger earned his shot at the belt after two victories in one night at GLORY 37 in January.

The top pound-for-pound kickboxer in the world, Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong, defended his GLORY lightweight title for the second time against the winner of the GLORY 36 lightweight contender tournament, Dylan Salvador. Sitthichai fought for the first time in 2017 after stringing together 55 wins and just five losses in the past five years. Salvador failed to take home the GLORY title in the rubber match.

The featherweights are on display when four men competed for the next shot at the GLORY featherweight title, which is currently vacant after Robin van Roosmalen missed weight for his scheduled title defense at GLORY 37. Former champion, Serhiy Adamchuk topped the group that featured Thailand’s Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao, Russia’s Alexei Ulyanov, and local favorite Nafi Bilalovski.

In the other action, top-10 heavyweights Jamal Ben Saddik and Guto Inocente clashed on the main card, top-10 lightweight Marat Grigorian took out late replacement opponent Anton Petrov, and welterweight knockout artist Harut Grigorian toppled Slovakia’s Pavol Garaj.

The GLORY 39 Super Fight Series aired live at 1 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass. The main card aired live at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN 3. The event replays on ESPN 2 on Sunday night.

FULL RESULTS
Cédric Doumbé def. Yoann Kongolo by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45, 50-45, 48-47) – for welterweight title
Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao def. Serhiy Adamchuk by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – featherweight tournament final
Jamal Ben Saddik def. Guto Inocente by unanimous decision (30-27 x 5)
Serhiy Adamchuk def. Nafi Bilalovski by unanimous decision (30-27 x 5) – featherweight tournament semifinal
Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao def. Alexei Ulyanov by decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28) – featherweight tournament semifinal
Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry -bout cancelled
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong def. Dylan Salvador by TKO (right knee to the body). Round 4, 2:58 – for lightweight title
Marat Grigorian def. Anton Petrov by TKO (strikes). 1:45
Qinghao Meng def. Killian Moulun by split decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Harut Grigorian def. Pavol Garaj by unanimous decision (30-27 x 5)
Tyjani Beztati def. Sabri Ben Henia by TKO (referee stoppage). Round 2

About The Author

Zach Aittama
Staff Writer

Zach Aittama became a fan of martial arts at an early age. Hooked on the sport after one experience, Zach started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as a teenager. Watching the sport only increased his interest, building a fascination for combat sports around the globe. Years of training and two amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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