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.
For the full results of the event, click here. Photos of the main event between Vakhitov and Ilunga can be found here, while photos of the Menezes-Meksen title tilt can be viewed here.
Below is a photo gallery of the night’s action show by Amanda Armstrong of Combat Press. Click an image for a larger version.
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