Davit Kiria (R) battles Robin van Roosmalen (James Law/GLORY)

GLORY 18 ‘Return to Glory’ Results: Van Roosmalen Edges Kiria, Cavalari Captures Tourney

On Friday, Nov. 7, GLORY hosted its 18th event, dubbed Return to Glory, from the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

In the night’s main event, lightweight title holder Davit Kiria took 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 looked to do so again with the title on the line.

The co-main event featured 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 alsod feature a four-man, light heavyweight contender tournament. The bracket featured a match-up of knockout artists as Brian Collette and Zack Mwekassa locked horns, while Saulo Cavalari met Artem Vakhitov in the other half of the ladder.

The night’s main card aired live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.

Saulo Cavalari def. Zack Mwekassa by TKO (head kick). Round 3, 0:20- light heavyweight contender tournament final
Robin van Roosmalen def. Davit Kiria by majority decision (48-46, 48-46, 47-47) – lightweight title
Jason Wilnis def. Wayne Barrett by unanimous decision (29-26×3)
Saulo Cavalari def. Danyo Ilunga by unanimous decision (30-27×3) – light heavyweight contender tournament semifinal
Zack Mwekassa def. Brian Collette by knockout. Round 2, 0:45 – light heavyweight contender tournament semifinal
Benjamin Adegbuyi def. Hesdy Gerges by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Randy Blake def. Warren Thompson by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Robert Thomas def. Mike Lemaire by knockout. Round 3, 1:06
Josh Jauncey def. Jae-Gil Noh by knockout. Round 2, 1:14
Omari Boyd def. Ian Alexander by knockout. Round 3, 2:17