SHENZHEN, China – On Monday, June 25, the world's premier stand-up combat league hosted the official GLORY 57 Shenzhen press conference from Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen in China.
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. 1) Liu Xu vs. Junchen Zhao
(No. 2) Tiehan Xu vs. Chao Wang
(No. 3) Li Deng vs. Alimu
(No. 4) Lei Feng vs. Wensheng Zhang
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.
Representatives from Mission Hills Group and Spring Group, GLORY 57 Shenzhen's respective hotel and airline & hospitality sponsors, were on hand for the occasion. Mr. Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group, and Mr. Xiangzhou, General Manager of Spring Tour's Theme Travel Department, addressed the audience, welcoming GLORY to Shenzhen.
Please find the video of the GLORY 57 Shenzhen press conference below:
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Video Credit: GLORY Sports International
Tickets for GLORY 57 Shenzhen are not yet on sale, but fans that connect with GLORY on WeChat (GLORY荣耀格斗) can register right now for pre-sale access.
GLORY 57 Shenzhen – part of the promotion's five-city Summer of GLORY 2018 campaign – takes place at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on Saturday, Aug. 25.
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