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GLORY Results: GLORY 61 SuperFight Series

Keep up to date with everything happening with GLORY’s premier event in New York City

In what has become a tradition, GLORY Kickboxing returns to New York for another night of exciting fights. Live inside the Hammerstein Ballroom, several fighters are looking for a distinct advantage in The Big Apple. One of the most exciting aspects of GLORY is its SuperFight Series, put on before the main card.

The SuperFight Series will be available on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7:30 pm.m ET. Keep up to date with the results of the stacked card as the night goes on.

Super Bantamweight – Chommanee Sor Taehiranvia def. Ashley Nichols via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

The first upset of the night. A fairly even bout until Nichols got the advantage in round two. Throughout the bout the referee would get involved as both fighters would not stop hitting the ropes. Chommanee was almost deducted a point for holding. It appeared that didn’t matter in the end, as she walked away with the victory in her GLORY debut.

Lightweight –  Justin Houghton def. Vince McGuinness via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
New York’s McGuinness was knocked off of his feet early in the first round, but he held his ground and looked strong the rest of the round. Houghton brought pressure leading into round two, and stayed on guard.

While McGuinness attempted to gain some momentum in round two, Houghton continue to fire away, landing key shots heading into round three. Once again, Houghton dropped McGuinness before the end of the round. While McGuinness put on a show, it was not enough to be int he judges favor.

Welterweight – Charles Rodriguez def. Malik Watson-Smith via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)

First of all, Rodriguez came out to Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way”, becoming the lead contender in song of the night.

Kicks were the name of the game for Rodriguez, at one point wildly swatting Malik with them in the first. However, Malik was swinging in the second round. Both utilized kicks to tire each other out. Rodriguez would gain some sort of advantage in round two, keeping Malik up against the ropes. There was a delay as Malik got caught in the eye, but momentum never left Rodriguez’s side.

It turns out, the eye injury of Malik Watson-Smith was enough to call the fight off. Calling it an accidental foul, the judges scored the bout in favor of Rodriguez.

Featherweight – Asa Ten Pow def. Niko Tsigaras via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Fighting out of Brooklyn, Niko made his first return to New York since GLORY 55.

In one of the most exciting bouts of the night, both Tsigaras and Ten Pow were throwing haymakers at one another. Ten Pow’s combinations were a lot stronger, however, heading into round two.

Second round was all Ten Pow. Repeated strikes and flying kicks were just too much for Tsigaras to handle. The third round was more of the same, as Tsigaras was getting abused with strikes. While he tried to stage a comeback against Ten Pow, the latter came back with vicious strikes of his own.

Featherweight – Kevin VanNostrand def. Massaro Glunder via unanimous decision (28-27, 28-27, 28-27) 

VanNostrand looked fantastic in the opening round, utilizing speed and power to take the advantage.

From that point on, it was a slugfest. Glunder took down VanNostrand early on, to the delight of the crowd. That was the first knockdown of the night for either men.
It was a game of cat and mouse in the third. Glunder picked on VanNostrand while the latter tried to follow suit. Towards the end of the round VanNostrand hit Glunder with a big boot, with momentum knocking the latter down. That finishing sequence was the icing on the cake for a unanimous decision victory, with the crowd booing the result.

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