Kevin VanNostrand wins Glory 43 Featherweight tournament; Glory 43 & Superfight Series Recap and photos

By: Mozz Manzoor

NEW YORK (Mon, July 17, 2017)– Glory Kickboxing made a thunderous return to Madison Square Garden on Friday, July 14th. TKOs galore, and hotly contested decisions whipped the packed crowd into a frenzy that would not let up. The star of the night was Kevin VanNostrand who defeated ­Mo Abdurahman, then Giga Chikadze en route to winning the Featherweight Contender Tournament.

VanNostrand made short work of Mo Abdurahman finishing him in the first round, to collect his ticket to the final. Giga Chikadze did his part to make it to the final by defeating Aleksei Ulianov. This set up a rematch from 2016, that saw Chikadze take the decision win. The two men fought to exhaustion in a wild, and very close fight. VanNostrand took the decision.

Glory 43 Featherweight Tournament

The main even featured a heavyweight throwdown where Guto Inocente fought back from an early scare, thanks to a beautiful overhand left from Benjamin Adegbuyi. Guto went on to take a very close decision.

Glory 43 Main Event

The Co-main event featured a back and forth war between Elvis Gashi and Josh Jauncey. This fight had a third participant – the crowd. You would think Gashi’s namesake had taken the stage to shake his hips, from the screams coming from the fans. Jauncey found success early in round one, but Elvis scored a beautiful TKO to win the fight in round 2.

Glory 43 Co-Main

Headlining the Superfight Series portion of the event was a fight for the interim light heavyweight belt. Pavel Zhuravlev defeated Saulo Cavalari by decision.

Glory 43 Superfight main

The highlight of the night for me, personally, was the fight that opened the night’s action. Chenchen Li scored a beautiful knock out over Terrence Hill. It was the only KO of the night sans T. His excitement, post-fight was contagious. The young man could not stop dancing, and the entire audience fed off him. It truly set the tone for the night. I am certainly excited to see him fight again.

Chenchen Li v Terrence Hill

You can view the full results below.

Glory 43 Superfight Series

Glory 43

Guto Inocente def. Benjamin Adegbuyi via decision
Kevin Vannostrand def. Giga Chikadze via decision (Featherweight tournament final)
Elvis Gashi def. Josh Jauncey via TKO
Kevin Vannostrand def. Mo Abdurahman via TKO (Featherweight tournament semifinal)
Giga Chikadze def. Aleksei Ulianov via split decision (Featherweight tournament semifinal)

Superfight Series

Pavel Zhuravlev def. Saulo Cavalari via decision (Interim light heavyweight title)
Bailey Sugden def. Arthur Sorsor via decision
Joe Taylor def. Ariel Sepulveda via TKO
Anissa Meksen def. Jady Menezes via decision
Itay Gershon def. Rafal Dudek via decision
Chenchen Li def. Terrance Hill via knockout

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