Glory Kickboxing is in Illinois at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, for Glory 44. The main event is a grudge match between France’s Cédric Doumbé & Dutchman Murthel Groenhart, for the Glory Welterweight championship.
The night starts off with the Super Fight Series on UFC Fight Pass, which is headlined by Germany’s Meryem Uslu (36-10-1) challenging Tiffany Van Soest (17-2-1) for the Women’s Glory Super Bantamweight title. The Glory 44 main card will have a 4 man welterweight tournament. The co-main event is also a Welterweight contest with Illinois’s own Richard Abraham (11-5) squaring off with Mexico’s Daniel Morales (3-1).
The main event has Murthel “The Predator” Groenhart (66-22-3) challenging Cédric Doumbé (67-4-1) for the Glory Welterweight title. The two have fought before with Doumbé taking a unanimous decision win at Glory 28. Since the loss Groenhart has won 5 of 6 and 3 straight. Doumbé lost his Glory debut to Yoann Kongolo and has since won 4 straight by decision. Doumbé won the title at Glory 36 and has twice successfully defended it, including avenging the loss to Kongolo.
Glory 44 Main Card
WW Championship: Murthel Groenhart def. Cédric Doumbé by (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) split decision
WW Tournament Final: Harut Grigorian def. Antoine Pinto by (29-28 x2, 30-27) unanimous decision
WW: Richard Abraham def. Daniel Morales by (30-26 x3) unanimous decision
WW Tournament Semifinal: Antoine Pinto def. Zach Bunnell by (29-28 x2, 30-27) unanimous decision
WW Tournament Semifinal: Harut Grigorian def. Karim Benmansour by (30-27 x2, 29-28) unanimous decision
Super Fight Series
Super BW Championship: Tiffany van Soest def. Meryem Uslu by TKO (strikes) 0:36 R4
HW: Michal Turynski def. Cătălin Moroșanu by (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) split decision
MW: Dustin Jacoby def. Sean Choice by TKO (3 knock downs) 2:18 R1
MW: Robert Thomas def. Warren Thompson by KO (punches) 2:36 R3
LW: Nate Richardson def. Rafael Dudek by (30-27, 29-28 x2) unanimous decision
FW: Victor Pinto def. Adrian Maxim by (29-28, 27-30, 29-28) split decision