GLORY kicks off 2016 with a return trip to “Windy City.”
GLORY World Series — the world’s leading kickboxing promotion — today (Weds., Jan. 6, 2015) announced it would return to Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 26, 2016, with GLORY 27, which will feature a main event between Middleweight champion Artem “The Lion” Levin (50-4-2) and No.1 ranked contender Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus (42-2-2).
The card will take place at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., the same venue as GLORY 11, and once again be broadcast on ESPN platforms.
Marcus defeated Levin back in 2013 at Lion Fight 9, winning by unanimous decision. The highly-anticipated rematch at GLORY 21 in May 2015 ended in a controversial draw, making the trilogy fight all the more awaited by kickboxing fans around the globe.
“Neither man was satisfied with the result of their fight in May [of 2015],” said GLORY CEO Jon Franklin in a press release. “Levin thinks he won. Marcus thinks he won. The judges scored it a draw. We’ve set this grudge match for GLORY’s first card of 2016 to put all that to bed. If this fight is anything like the last one, the fans in Chicago are in for an incredible show once again.”
The rubber match will be the first return to the GLORY ring since the GLORY 21 rematch for both Middleweight standouts. The rematch was originally materializing for GLORY 24, but Marcus suffered an undisclosed injury. Levin was then set to face Joe Schilling, until the champion was forced to pull out with an elbow injury.
In addition to the main event, GLORY 28 will feature a four-man, one-night Middleweight “Contender” tournament, with participants to be named at a later date.
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