AMSTERDAM: Minnesota’s Troy ‘Trouble’ Jones (13-1, 11 KO’s) will travel to Lyon, France next week to face Amsterdam’s Murthel ‘The Predator’ Groenhart (68-24-3, 39 KO’s) for the interim world welterweight championship in the new GLORY 70 LYON main event.
Jones formally accepted the call-up on Wednesday night following the withdrawal of welterweight champion Cedric ‘The Best’ Doumbé from his scheduled world title defense against Groenhart.
Doumbé has been struggling with an elbow injury throughout his training camp and on Sunday sought medical advice, whereupon he was advised to withdraw from the bout and arrange scans of the elbow to determine if surgery will be necessary.
With early indications being that Doumbé faces a potentially extended layoff, Groenhart was informed that an interim world welterweight championship would be created – provided there was any fighter willing to step up and face him on less than two weeks’ notice.
Troy Jones answered the call. Having scored a first-round knockout win at GLORY 68 MIAMI on September 28, the #4-ranked welterweight has stayed in competition shape and was ready to seize the opportunity when it presented itself.
“I’m extremely excited to take this fight. My goal from the beginning was to become the first man in America to win the undisputed GLORY world championship and this interim title is a big step towards that. I know I’m going to shock the world next weekend,” the Minneapolis-based striker commented.
Fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Groenhart is the former GLORY welterweight champion and would have been fighting a rubber match against Doumbé as the two are 1-1 against each other.
Groenhart’s list of wins in GLORY includes victories over Doumbé and two other former GLORY welterweight champions, Harut Grigorian and the late Marc de Bonte, plus wins over top-ten opponents such as Mohamed Jaraya and Yoann Kongolo.
The winner of the five-round fight will receive the GLORY Interim World Welterweight Championship title belt, placing him in pole position to challenge for the undisputed world welterweight championship when Doumbé is clear to return to competition.
“Stepping up on such short notice to face a fighter of Groenhart’s caliber says a lot about Troy Jones. Seizing these kind of opportunities can be breakthrough moments in a fighter’s career and Jones is absolutely positive that this is going to be his,” remarked GLORY CEO Marshall Zelaznik.
GLORY 70 LYON takes place Saturday, October 26 at the Palais des Sports de Gerland, Lyon, France. The event airs live in France on RMC Sports 4 and streams live worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.