Dennis, brother of GLORY heavyweight Demoreo, last appeared for GLORY in July 2016, where he suffered a loss to Brian Collette at GLORY 32 VIRGINIA.
“Me and my brother don’t turn down fights and any time I get the chance to fight the number one guy in the world I’m gonna take it, you know?” he says.
“I know for sure people are looking at me like I am gonna get knocked out but those are people who never been been in the ring with me.”
“I can guarantee that in the first minute of the fight it is going to be a lot different than everybody thought. But afterward I don’t want any new fans - y’all gotta bet on me in advance!”
With wins over the likes of Gokhan Saki, Benjamin Adegbuyi and Ismael Londt, Zhuravlev’s record speaks for itself. In July last year he took on former champion Saulo Cavalari and beat him for a second time to capture the interim light-heavyweight championship.
Dennis’ record is less accomplished, with neither the depth of experience or roll-call of known names that Zhuravlev’s has. But he is heading into this Saturday’s battle confident that he has evolved enough since GLORY 32 to shock his disbelievers.
“The big difference is that in my first two GLORY appearances I wasn’t really working any boxing at that time. In the last two years I’ve been working hard on it and its making a big difference in terms of combos and getting that punch count up. You guys will see a different product out there,” he says.
“I know he likes to brawl and every time I fight someone I try to do what they don’t like to do. So I’m gonna be letting him move forward while I move back and time him and then step in on him as he comes forward.”
The fight takes place this weekend at GLORY 52 LOS ANGELES at the Pacific Ballroom in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California.
Dennis and Zhuravlev headline the ‘SUPERFIGHT SERIES’ section of the event.
GLORY 52 SuperFight Series will stream live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT this Saturday, March, 31.