On Friday, Aug. 10, GLORY Kickboxing returned to the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., for GLORY 56: Denver.
In the night’s main event, one of the world’s top pound-for-pound greats, Artem Vakhitov, defended his GLORY light heavyweight title against resurgent contender Danyo Ilunga, who had won two straight under the GLORY banner. Vakhitov entered the ring on a six-fight winning streak including two victories over former GLORY champ Saulo Cavalari, knockouts over top-10 middleweight Loren Javier Jorge and former top-10 light heavyweight Zack Mwekassa, and a 2015 victory over Ilunga at GLORY 25 to kick of his winning streak.
In addition to the headliner, GLORY women’s super bantamweight titleholder and the world’s top-ranked female kickboxer Anissa Meksen lost her belt in controversial fashion against Brazil’s Jady Menezes, top-10 featherweight Serhiy Adamchuk pushed himself up the rankings against experience 100-plus fight veteran Anvar Boynazarov, and former top-10 featherweight Massaro Glunder pushed his GLORY winning streak to two against New Zealand’s Quade Taranaki.
The night’s SuperFight Series card was headlined by a pair of former GLORY middleweight champions. Simon Marcus and Jason Wilnis met for the fourth time to potentially secure another fight with current GLORY middleweight king Alex “Poatan” Pereira.
The preliminary card action kicked off on YouTube/Facebook/Pluto TV at 8 p.m. ET. The SuperFight Series aired live at 9:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass. The main card streamed live on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 12 a.m. ET on ESPN 3.