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.