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GLORY 78: BADR VS WRZOSEK takes place Saturday, September 4, and is headlined by heavyweight kickboxing legend Badr Hari, who will meet rising prospect Arkadiusz Wrzosek in a three-round bout. In the GLORY 78 co-main event, Alex Pereira and Artem Vakhitov will rematch for the light heavyweight title. The two previously fought in January, where Pereira edged Vakhitov via split decision on the judges’ scorecards, a result that sparked controversy around the kickboxing community.
Other heavyweight bouts on the card include Levi Rigters vs. Tomas Mozny, Tarik Khbabez vs. Antonio Plazibat, and Nordine Mahieddine vs. Raul Catinas. The vacant middleweight and lightweight titles will also be on the line at GLORY 78. In the middleweight division, a rematch between top contenders Donovan Wisse and Yousri Belgaroui will occur, this time with a GLORY champion’s belt at stake. In their first meeting, Wisse defeated Belgaroui by unanimous decision. In the lightweight division, former title challengers Tyjani Beztati and Elvis Gashi look to avenge title fight losses in 2019 and earn the division’s title for the first time.
Completing the card, GLORY 78 will feature a welterweight matchup between top contenders Hamicha and Dmitry Menshikov, as well as a key light heavyweight bout between Luis Tavares and Sergej Maslobojev. The winners of each fight will put themselves in a prime position to challenge for their respective division’s title. Additionally, exciting lightweight prospects Itay Gershon and Guerric Billet will compete against each other in a matchup that promises fireworks.
“This card is one of GLORY’s strongest ever, certainly since the start of the pandemic,” said Scott Rudmann, Executive Vice-Chairman of GLORY. “As Europe and the world comes out of the crisis, we are delighted that we have been given permission by the relevant Dutch authorities to have a full-scale live audience. We know our fans have been very keen to see our athletes live at an event, and it’s a pleasure to bring them to Rotterdam Ahoy, the venue where we hosted our latest great events.”
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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