During the press conference, GLORY announced a fourth meeting between lightweight champion “Killer Kid” Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (120-30-5, 32 KO, fighting out of Thailand) and challenger Marat Grigorian (59-10-2, 35 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) at GLORY 57 Shenzhen on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Sitthichai has defended the lightweight title four times since capturing it in June of 2016, bringing his overall GLORY record to an astonishing 9-1 and cementing his place as the top lightweight in the world.
Following three decision losses to the champion, Grigorian will look to change the momentum of this series. The Armenian-Belgian star appears to be peaking, entering the bout on a seven-fight winning streak.
The organization also announced the participants and first round match-ups for a one-night qualification tournament featuring eight of China’s top lightweights all competing for a spot in the GLORY rankings.
Opponents were drawn to face the tournament’s top four seeds and the results of that drawing can be found below:
(No. 2) Tiehan Xu vs. Chao Wang
(No. 3) Li Deng vs. Alimu
(No. 4) Lei Feng vs. Wensheng Zhang
Plus, renowned Sanda fighter Zhang Kaiyin announced his participation at GLORY 57 Shenzhen, while Charlene Houghton was announced as the latest GLORY roster addition, expected to debut on an upcoming fight card.
Finally, GLORY introduced five fighters who will compete on the GLORY 57 SuperFight Series card: Liu Jia, Yuhang Xie, Chenchen Li, Chenglong Zhang and Mark Timms.