GLORY Kickboxing returns to Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday, April 29, for GLORY 40: Copenhagen.
In the evening’s headliner, GLORY middleweight champion Jason Wilnis puts his belt on the line against former champion Simon Marcus. The pair have met twice previously, with Marcus edging Wilnis on the scorecards in the first meeting at GLORY 20: Dubai. Wilnis won the title when he stopped Marcus in the third round at GLORY 33: New Jersey to even the score. Now the Dutchman will attempt to defend his title for the second time in the rubber match of this middleweight rivalry.
The next shot at the middleweight title will be decided when four fighters compete in a one-night middleweight contender tournament. In the semifinals, top-10 middleweight Alex Pereira takes on Sweden’s Burim Rama and rising middleweight prospect Yousri Belgaroui meets Croatia’s Agron Preteni. Brazil’s Pereira previously won a GLORY middleweight contender tournament at GLORY 14 with wins over former title challenger Dustin Jacoby and Sahak Parparyan.
In the rest of the night’s action, Denmark’s Niclas Larsen defends his home turf against Thailand’s Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai. Former top-10 lightweight Josh Jauncey looks to end his two-fight skid inside the promotion against Spanish bruiser Antonio Gomez. GLORY 30 welterweight contender tournament winner Richard Abraham takes on England’s Road to GLORY U.K. tournament winner Jamie Bates. Lastly, one of Denmark’s most experienced kickboxers, Mohammed El-Mir, looks for his first win inside the GLORY ring when he fights the debuting Norwegian Simon Santana.
The fighters will hit the scales on Friday, April 28.
Niclas Larsen (153.9 lb / 69.8 kg) vs. Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai (153 lb / 69.4 kg)
Alex Pereira (186.1 lb / 84.4 kg) vs. Burim Rama (184.7 lb / 83.8 kg) – middleweight tournament semifinal
Yousri Belgaroui (186.5 lb / 84.6 kg) vs. Agron Preteni (186.5 lb / 84.6 kg) – middleweight tournament semifinal
Nikola Kovacevic (183.4 lb / 83.2 kg)- middleweight tournament reserve fighter
Richard Abraham (168.7 lb / 76.5 kg) vs. Jamie Bates (168.4 lb / 76.4 kg)
Mohammed El-Mir (146.6 lb / 66.5 kg) vs. Simon Santana (146.2 lb / 66.3 kg)
Freddy Kemayo (207 lb / 93.9 kg) vs. Imad Hadar (203.5 lb / 92.3 kg)
Josh Jauncey (153 lb / 69.4 kg) vs. Antonio Gomez (153 lb / 69.4 kg)
Chris Mauceri (142.2 lb / 64.5 kg) vs. Yuhang Xie (142 lb / 64.4 kg)