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On Friday the 13th, in an arena on the outskirts of Los Angeles, GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, gave combat sports fans another edition world-class kickboxing with some of the sports biggest stars.
In addition to a stacked men’s card, which include Joe Schilling, Simon Marcus and Dustin Jacoby, GLORY introduced a new women’s bantamweight division that was brought into the fray by rising star Tiffany “Time Bomb” Van Soest.
The complete fight card included a SuperFight Series and main event world championship for the Middleweight strap between Champion Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus (43-2-2, 24 KO) making his first title defense against No. 3 ranked Dustin “The Hanyak” Jacoby (9-6, 7 KO), who enters the bout riding a five-fight winning streak, all five coming by way of knockout.
GLORY 30 Los Angeles
Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus (c) vs. Dustin Jacoby
In the main event of the evening, contender Dustin Jacoby squared off against newly crowned champion Simon Marcus in a highly-anticipated middleweight bout. Marcus, who recently defeating long-reigning champion Artem Levin earlier this year, made his first title defense against a hungry Jacoby who feels 2016 is his year to shine.
Marcus, who uses his clinch consistently to keep the longer fighter at bay, landed a looping overhand right that sent Jacoby to the canvas for the first knockdown of the night. Jacoby fought through the round, but was behind on the scorecards going into the second round.
Rounds two and three were technically-sound rounds for both fighters with each man displaying skill and heart, but the power and elusiveness of Marcus appeared to be too much for Jacoby.
In the fourth round, Jacoby was able to find his spots by leading with his jab and following with kicks. However, Marcus’s awkward style and ability to use head movement minimized Jacoby’s attacks before Marcus could tie up to catch his breath.
The final round began with Jacoby going down hard due to a vicious body shot. with blood in the water, Marcus continued the attack and began to land looping overhand rights. In the end Marcus retains his middleweight strap and welcomes the next willing challenger.
Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Francois Ambang
After grueling fights to begin the night, Richard Abraham and Francois Ambang made one final walk to the Glory cage with the goal of taking home the Welterweight Tournament belt and earning a future shot at the divisions champion.
Both men were cautious at the outset of the fight before Abraham began to land a stiff jab, followed by his persistent overhand right.
Ambani started the second round by targeting Abraham’s body and was able to make some progress in the clinch by landing knees to the body and head. A flying knee from Abraham nearly landed at the end of the round, but was ruled a slip by the referee. The entire round included great back-and-forth action as both men looked for an opportunity end the fight.
After a grueling round three Richard Abraham takes the Welterweight Final via judges split decision (29-28, 30-27 Abraham, 29-29 Ambang).
Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales
In the second qualifier bout, Francois Ambang took control of round one by landing two booming left high-kicks that saw Daniel Morales withering in pain. Morales was able to regain some momentum in the round by working Ambani’s body and changing levels.
Morales started round two landing a straight righthand that was able to keep Ambang at bay. Ambang, who had a physical advantage of Morales continued his attack on the legs but appeared to get tired at the end of the round. A close second round made round three a sudden-death situation for both fighters.
In a close contest Francois Ambang moves on (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) to face Richard Abraham in the Welterweight Tournament Final.
Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Casey Greene vs. Richard Abraham
Rising star Casey Greene faced his toughest test to date as he took on Glory newcomer Richard Abraham in the first fight of the Glory 30 card. Abraham was not shy about making his presence known, landing several big overhand righthand that appeared to hurt Greene. A late attack by Greene was a saving grace that may have salvaged the first round.
In the second round, the action started fast and Abraham unleashed a furious combination that staggered Greene and caused an awful cut above his left eye. Abraham wasted no time in continuing the barrage of punches that kept Greene in a bad spot through the entire round. A hard body shot by Abraham at the end of the round capped off another impressive frame for the newcomer as Greene faced an uphill battle going into the third and final round.
After controlling the third round, Richard Abraham earned a tough victory over Casey Greene (29-27, 29-27, 28-28) and moves on to the Welterweight Finals.
Kicking off GLORY 30 SuperFight Series on UFC FIGHT PASS, newly-signed striking sensation Tiffany “Time Bomb” van Soest (14-2-1, 5 KO) comes home to California for her GLORY debut. Dutch-stylist Esma “Fight Queen” Hasshass (9-2, 3 KO), fighting out of Morocco, steps in on short notice to replace Van Soest’s original opponent in the super bantamweight (122 lb / 55.5 kg) bout.
In the GLORY 30 SuperFight Series headline bout, top middleweight contender and hometown favorite Joe “Stitch ‘Em Up” Schilling (21-6, 12 KO) returns to the site of his classic one-night tournament title at GLORY 10, facing 25-year-old Dutch-kickboxing phenom Jason “Psycho” Wilnis (27-6-1, 7 KO).
Due to an injury sustained during training, Chi Lewis-Parry has been forced to withdraw from his fight with UFC veteran Guto Inocente (30-7, 17 KO). In his place, Dutch heavyweight Brian “Bad Ass” Douwes will make his GLORY debut and face Inocente in the co-headline bout of GLORY 30 SuperFight Series.
Results for GLORY 30 SuperFight Series:
GLORY 30 SuperFight Series
Middleweight Headline Bout: Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis
The rematch between Joe Schilling and Jason Wilnis started as expected; with speed and power. Wilnis, who was injured in the first fight and couldn’t not continue employed the same strategy in the rematch allowing Schilling to throw punches and seemingly tire himself out. Schilling was able to capitalize on his teeps, straight rights and vicious right hook landing at will in round one
In the second round, the local crowd was behind Schilling as he was able to touch-up Wilnis with a vicious three-punch combo that Wilnis bleeding. Wilnis mustered the ability to land some big shots at the end of the round, but it appeared that Schilling was ahead going into the final frame.
The final round ended with a controversial knockdown that saw Schilling hitting the mat from an overhand right from Wilnis. Schilling quickly disputed the call from the referee, but the knockdown stood going into the final bell.
To the crowd’s dismay, Jason Wilnis walks away with the majority decision against Joe Schilling in a surprising upset (29-27, 29-27, 28-28).
Super Bantamweight Bout: Tiffany van Soest vs. Esma Hasshass
With Glory announcing ground-breaking news for women’s kickboxing this week, the fight between Tiffany Van Soest and Esma Hasshass carried significant weight as Van Zant is seen as the new “face” of Glory in a new bantamweight division that would be developed over a multi-month period and include an 8-women tournament.
In round one the pace was fast and furious as Hasshass appeared to initiate things early. In the middle of the round, Van Soest landed a massive right hook that floored Hasshass to the crowd delight.
Round two led off with consistent pressure from Van Soest that started a cheer of “Tiffany” from the young females in the crowd. Hasshass had some bright spots in the second round, but Van Soest was able to handle the second round convincingly.
The third and final round was a mirror image of the first two, with Van Soest using her head movement, footwork and technique to land her shots and evade damage from Hasshass. Van Soest worked the body throughout the round and landed several leg kicks that damaged Hasshass. Tiffany Van Soest leaves her Glory debut with an impressive win via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26).
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Brian Douwes vs. Guto Inocente
In the first heavyweight fight of the night, Brian Douwes and Guto Inocente struck early and often in a clash that saw both men moving slowly to their corner at the end of the round. Inocente had a clear advantage with the leg kicks and appeared to slow Douwes down with his barrage of kicks.
Douwes took a vicious head-kick from Innocent in round two that caused the referee to look closely at his health. Innocent showed off his athleticism with several spinning kicks and backfists that had Douwes tired and confused.
After three grueling rounds of heavyweight action, Guto Inocente took the unanimous decision victory (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Karl Roberson
Mike Lemaire from San Diego’s Art of 8 Training Center handed out two vicious knockdowns in the first round against prospect Karl Roberson. Going into the second round, the advantage was clearly in favor of Lemaire before a push-kick from Roberson knocked Lemaire down for the first time. The knockdown was ruled a slip despite the crowds reaction.
In the third and final round, Lemaire continued the pressure despite Roberson’s late attack that may have won the young fighter the final round.
Mike Lemaire took the bout by unanimous decision on all three judges scorecards (30-26, 30-26, 30-26).
Light-Heavyweight Bout: Manny Mancha vs. Warren Thompson
In the opening fight of the Glory 30 SuperFight card, Manny Mancha and Warren Thompson didn’t wait long to unload a barrage of kicks and close-range punches. The first round was managed brilliantly by Mancha as the applied pressure throughout the round.
Mancha continued the onslaught in round two by applying pressure and landing a stiff straight left that continually found a home on Thompson’s chin.
In the final round, both fighters committed to the fight as if the fight was a split decision going into the last frame. Mancha continued working hard by applying pressure whereas Thompson chose to counter when spots opened up. The fight ended with Manny Mancha taking home a unanimous decision victory over Warren Thompson (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).