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GLORY 28 preview and predictions for ‘Verhoeven vs. Brestovac’ on ESPN3

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GLORY kickboxing heads to Paris, France for its second fight card of the year on Sat. (March 12, 2016) with GLORY 28 at Accor Hotels Arena.

The main event is a heavyweight title fight between current champion, Rico Verhoeven (47-10) and No. 2-ranked contender Mladen Brestovac (49-10-1).

Verhoeven has been pretty much unstoppable lately and has defended his title four straight times, winning nine straight with the promotion to improve his GLORY record to 10-1. His last loss was against Andrey Gerasmichuk at Kunlun Fight 15 in China back in January of 2015, a fight he dropped by decision.

Brestovac had won 12 straight until a technical knockout loss to Benjamin Adegbuyi in the GLORY 24 heavyweight “Contender” tournament last October. “The Scorpion Sting” is 1-1 in GLORY competition and owns a knockout win over Jahfarr Wilnis.

The co-main event is a welterweight bout between Murthel “The Predator” Groenhart (58-19-3) and Cedric Doumbe (55-4-1). Groenhart dropped a split decision against current champion, Nieky Holzken at GLORY 26 this past December and prior to that won the GLORY 25 welterweight “Contender” tournament by defeating Karim Ghajji and Nicola Gallo.

Doumbe dropped a decision to Yoann Kongolo his last time out at GLORY 22.

In addition to those two contests, there will be a four-man lightweight “Contender” tournament. In the semifinals, Sittichai Sitsongpeenong will face former lightweight champion, Davit Kiria, and Marat Grigorian will take on Anatoly Moiseev.

Let’s take a closer look at the matchups:

Rico Verhoeven (47-10) vs. Mladen Brestovac (49-10-1) heavyweight title fight

Brestovac has had a great deal of success in his career, but it must be noted that he has only a handful of fights against the best in the world. “The Scorpion Sting” was handled fairly easy by Benjamin Adegbuyi his last time out in the semi-finals of the GLORY 24 “Contender” tournament. Adegbuyi hacked ….View full article

Source:: mma mania