On Friday, Jan. 20, GLORY kickboxing returned to California for GLORY 37: Los Angeles.
In the night’s main event, newly crowned middleweight champion Jason Wilnis put his belt on the line against recent tournament winner Israel Adesanya. Wilnis earned the title at GLORY 33 in September, upsetting then-champion Simon Marcus. Adesanya, meanwhile, earned his title shot by winning the one-night, four-man GLORY 34 contender tournament in Denver.
Also on the night’s main card, a one-night, four-man welterweight contender tournament featured Alan Scheinson and Karim Benmansour in one half of the ladder, while Yoann Kongolo and Konstantin Khuzin competed on the other side of the bracket.
In the SuperFight Series, featherweight champion Robin van Roosmalen was slated to defend his title for the first time against Canadian challenger Matt Embree. However, the Dutchman van Roosmalen missed weight and was stripped off his title. Embree, who captured the one-night, four-man featherweight contender tournament at GLORY 33 with a pair of knockouts, was still eligible to win the title with a victory..
GLORY 37 took place from The Novo at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. The main card aired live on ESPN3 at 10 p.m. PT, with a replay on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 22. The SuperFight Series streamed live on UFC Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Jason Wilnis def. Israel Adesanya by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) – for middleweight title
Yoann Kongolo def. Karim Benmansour by knockout (punches). Round 3, 2:57 – welterweight tournament final
Guto Inocente def. D’Angelo Marshall by unanimous decision (10-9 – extension round)
Karim Benmansour def. Alan Scheinson by split decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29) – welterweight tournament semifinal
Yoann Kongolo def. Konstantin Khuzin by unanimous decision (30-27 x3) – welterweight tournament semifinal
Robin van Roosmalen def. Matt Embree by knockout (punches). Round 4, 2:00
Jhonata Diniz def. Tomas Mozny by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-27)
Warren Thompson def. Mike Lemaire by unanimous decision (29-28,, 29-28, 30-27)
Zoila Frausto def. Daniela Graf by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Giga Chikadze def. Victor Pinto by knockout (liver kick). Round 1, 2:03
Andre Walker def. Miguel Cosio by TKO (corner stoppage). Round 3, 2:37
Jermaine Soto def. Mario Navaro by unanimous decision
Jared Papazian def. Travis Garlits by split decision
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