Glory 30 went down in California last night with the main event being Simon Marcus vs. Dustin Jacoby for the Glory middleweight championship.
Marcus scored two knockdowns of Jacoby to earn his first title defense by unanimous decision. In the first round a punch grazed Jacoby knocking him off balance and to the canvas and then in the fifth round a perfectly placed liver kick sent Jacoby to the mat. Despite having strong offense, Marcus showed spectacular defense as he avoided Jacoby’s power punches.
In the co-main event Marat Grigorian score a spectacular first round knockout of Djime Coulibaly. Grigorian backed him into the ropes and delivered a perfectly placed head kick that sent Coulibaly face first into the canvas with a little over one minute left in the round.
In the night’s welterweight tournament Richard Abraham outpointed Francois Ambang in the tournament final to earn his spot in a future Glory contenders tournament. Both fighters wanted the win bad as they held nothing back, but in the end Abraham was able to edge out a split decision.
In the Superfight Series Portion of the event Jason Wilnis likely earned a title shot with his majority decision win over Joe Schilling. It was a close bout between these two with Wilnis looking to land big shots while Schilling adopted a stick and move game plan. As the fight was nearing the end it seemed the judges would have a tough decision on their hands but a right hand from Wilnis clipped Schilling and he hit the canvas. Schilling jumped up immediately protesting the knockdown but the referee was already counting. The knockdown sealed the deal and Wilnis go the nod from the judges.
Tiffany Van Soest and Esma Hasshass made history by being the firs two female fighters to compete in the Glory ring. The quarterfinal of the Glory women’s bantamweight tournament was all Van Soest. It seemed this fight wasn’t going the distance when she leveled Hasshass in the first round with a right hand, but in the end Van Soest settled for a unanimous decision win.