Davit Kiria (James Law/GLORY)

GLORY 18 Heads to Oklahoma on Nov. 7, Features Kiria-Van Roosmalen

After a quiet summer, GLORY has announced plans for its next fight card.

The kickboxing promotion will visit the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 7. The event is appropriately dubbed Return to Glory. The event will broadcast on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.

In the night’s main event, lightweight title holder Davit Kiria will take on Dutch powerhouse Robin van Roosmalen. Kiria captured gold at GLORY 14 in March with a knockout of Andy Ristie. It marked the Georgian fighter’s fifth win inside the GLORY ring. Van Roosmalen, meanwhile, bounced back from a loss to Ristie with decision win over Marat Grigorian in April. The 24-year-old defeated Kiria last November and will look to do so again with the title on the line.


The co-main event will feature hard-hitting middleweight Wayne Barrett and Holland’s Jason Wilnis. Barrett was last in action in June, falling short in the promotion’s Last Man Standing tournament.

The card will also feature a four-man, light heavyweight contender tournament. The bracket features a match-up of knockout artists as Brian Collette and Zack Mwekassa lock horns, while Saulo Cavalari meets Artem Vakhitov in the other half of the ladder.

More bouts for the event are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Current GLORY 18 Fight Card
Davit Kiria vs. Robin van Roosmalen – for lightweight title
Co-Headline Bout: Wayne Barrett vs. Jason Wilnis
Saulo Cavalari vs. Artem Vakhitov – light heavyweight contender tournament semifinal
Brian Collette vs. Zack Mwekassa – light heavyweight contender tournament semifinal