GLORY 27 Chicago – Countdown to GLORY (Full Episode)
By PDG Staff
GLORY returns on February 26th with the GLORY Middleweight World Championship and a one-night, four-man North American Middleweight Contender Tournament to Chicago.
GLORY 27 Chicago, airing live on ESPN3 at 10:00 PM EST from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., will be co-headlined by a pivotal clash in the featherweight division. Representing a rematch of their first meeting at GLORY 23 in Las Vegas, Georgian kickboxing and mixed martial arts prospect Giga Chikadze (33-4, 20 KO), fighting out of Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif., looks to avenge last year’s loss to Muay Thai world champion, (80-21-2, 45 KO), coming from Stockton, Calif. by way of Uzbekistan.
Headlining GLORY 27 Chicago is the highly anticipated grudge match between reigning GLORY Middleweight World Champion Artem “The Lion” Levin (51-4-2, 34 KO) and red-hot No. 1 contender Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus (42-2-2, 24 KO), the rubber match of a championship trilogy that began in 2013. In order to find the next challenger for GLORY’s middleweight title, earning the right to face the winner of Levin vs. Marcus later this year, GLORY is hosting a one-night, four-man North American Middleweight Contender Tournament on the same card.
In the first of two semi-final bouts at middleweight, heavy handed New Yorker (No. 4) Wayne Barrett (5-4, 4 KO) takes on rising Canadian star (No. 6) Robert “White Dragon” Thomas (8-3, 5 KO). The second semi-final scrap features a rematch between Colorado native (No. 3) Dustin “The Hanyak” Jacoby (7-6, 5 KO), currently riding a three-fight winning streak, and Mike Lemaire (17-2, 8 KO), fighting of California.