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GLORY 81 Full Fight Card Preview

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August 20th sees the blockbuster event by the world’s top striking organisation GLORY 81.

Jamal Ben Saddik will finally face Benjamin Adegbuyi in a long-awaited rematch between two of the top GLORY heavyweights.

Ben Saddik and Adegbuyi first met at GLORY 62 Rotterdam during a memorable one-night, eight-man heavyweight tournament.

The top two seeds faced each other in the tournament final, with Ben Saddik claiming the tournament crown after defeating Adegbuyi by KO despite a broken right hand.

While Adegbuyi believes Ben Saddik had the easier path to the finals and won their bout simply because he was the fresher fighter, Ben Saddik believes he’s at a different level.

Title Deciding Co Main Event

A Light Heavyweight title bout between top-ranked light heavyweight contender Luis Tavares and third-ranked Sergej Maslobojev, will serve as the co-main event for the heavyweight battle between Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi.

Tavares and Maslobojev are competing to become the fifth undisputed title holder in the division’s history.

Current GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Artem Vakhitov was amongst several Russian athletes to have their contracts released, thus vacating the Light Heavyweight title.

The event will also mark the first title defence for GLORY middleweight champion Donovan Wisse. Wisse claimed the middleweight title last September at GLORY 78 after defeating Yousri Belgaroui by TKO with a devastating knee.

At GLORY 81, he will face promotional newcomer German Juri de Sousa, who earned an immediate title shot through a series of impressive performances across different organizations in Europe.

Additionally, Stoyan Koprivlenski and Guerric Billet, the top two lightweight contenders in the world, will face off in a bout with major title implications on the line.

Both men will look to make their case for an opportunity to challenge Tyjani Beztati for the lightweight title.

GLORY 81 also features the return of Zakaria Zouggary. The top-ranked featherweight contender will step into the GLORY ring for the first time since December of 2019, where he put on a dominant performance against Asa Ten Pow.

He will face GLORY newcomer Rafik Habiat, who has over 70 wins on his resume.

Make sure to check out GLORY Kickboxing for full information on where to watch GLORY 81 live.

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