On Saturday, May 3, GLORY hosted its 16th event from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo.

The promotion’s welterweight title was up for grabs when Karapet Karapetyan squared off with Marc de Bonte in the night’s headlining affair.

The event also featured a four-man heavyweight contender tournament that included Sergei Kharitonov, Anderson “Braddock” Silva, Ben Edwards and Errol Zimmerman. The opening round pairings saw the Russian Kharitonov face off with the Brazilian Silva, while the Australian Edwards locked horns with the Curaçaoan Zimmerman.

Other notables on the card included former UFC heavyweight Pat Barry, who made his GLORY debut against fellow newcomer Zack Mwekassa in the heavyweight contender tournament reserve bout, heavyweight Jamal Ben Saddik and middleweight Artem Levin.

The event kicked off at 4:45 p.m. ET with four local contests. A six-fight GLORY Superfight Series followed, with the Spike TV-broadcast main card kicked off at 9 p.m. ET.

Main Card

The night’s main event featured a highly technical affair that saw Marc de Bonte edge Karapet Karapetyan on the scorecards and claim the welterweight title. De Bonte scored early in the fight with beautiful combinations. Karapetyan found his range in the second frame, marching forward and snapping back de Bonte’s neck with a jab. Karapetyan was the aggressor in the third frame as well, but de Bonte answered back in round four. The final round was the decider, as de Bonte did just enough to convince two of the judges of victory.

The heavyweight contender tournament final was a one-sided affair as Errol Zimmerman powered through Anderson Silva to capture the tourney crown. Zimmerman dropped Silva early with a knee, but the Brazilian was able to recover. A right hand sent Silva to the canvas again and Zimmerman prematurely celebrated, but it proved prophetic as he put Silva down a third and final time just seconds later to seal the win.

Zack Mwekassa spoiled the promotional debut of former UFC heavyweight Pat Barry, scoring a violent, first-round knockout in Barry’s own backyard. Barry came out throwing kicks and pressuring Mwekassa against the ropes. The Congolese fighter answered back, connecting with punches and slowing Barry’s onslaught. As the round progressed, Mwekassa began to land with frequency and Barry was forced to a knee. The fight continued, but Mwekassa delivered a vicious left uppercut that put Barry out for good with less than 30 seconds left in the first stanza.

In the other half of the tournament, Brazilian Anderson “Braddock” Silva came out firing against Russian Sergei Kharitonov. Silva threw a variety kicks early, but Kharitonov marched forward. Silva connected with a jab and uppercut that sent the Russian to the mat. Kharitonov recovered, but clearly lost the opening frame. Silva started round two landing at will, but Kharitonov came on late by backing the Brazilian against the ropes. Kharitonov went for broke in the final round, pushing the action and scoring with uppercuts from close quarters. Despite his efforts, Kharitonov fell short on the scorecards and Silva moved on to face Zimmerman.

The heavyweight contender tournament started off with a bang as Curaçaoan Errol Zimmerman survived some early trouble to stop Australian Ben Edwards in the first round. Edwards had Zimmerman pinned against the ropes and was landing through the guard, but Zimmerman landed a big right hand that dropped Edwards. The Aussie recovered and again pressured Zimmerman against the ropes. Zimmerman delivered another right hand that sent Edwards to the canvas and earned “The Bonecrusher” a spot in the tournament finals due to the two-knockdown rule.

Superfight Series

Heavyweight Benjamin Adegbuyi earned a second-round knockout over England’s Daniel Sam after pushing the action throughout the first half of the fight. Adegbuyi pressed Sam against the ropes and delivered shot after shot to the body, before scoring with a right hand in the waning seconds of the second frame.

One of the world’s best middleweights, Artem Levin, outworked Robert Thomas from the opening bell, scoring punch after punch from close quarters. Levin frequently initiated the clinch, which prompted the referee to take a point for holding. Nonetheless, Levin claimed the win on the scorecards.

Heavyweight Jamal Ben Saddik used his massive size and height advantage to bully Nicolas Wamba and earn a second-round TKO. Ben Saddik scored a knockdown in round one with a huge kick to Wamba’s chest. He then scored two additional knockdowns in round two with his hands, prompting the TKO stoppage.

Artem Vakhitov put on a dominant display in his light heavyweight match-up with Igor Jurkovic. Vakhitov dropped Jurkovic in the opening stanza with a straight right before battering Jurkovic’s body with punches and kicks through the remainder of the contest to earn the victory.

Welterweight Raymond Daniels scored one of the most devastating and impressive knockouts in recent memory, stopping Francois Ambang in the first round. Daniels first dropped Ambang in a wild exchange with a hook, but Ambang was able to recover. As soon as the fight continued, Daniels unleashed a spinning back kick flush to Ambang’s jaw that put him out for good.

Lightweight Josh Jauncey survived a first-round knockdown and fought back to force an extension round against Warren Stevelmans. In the extension round, Jauncey poured it on, scoring a knockdown of his own and taking home the win on the scorecards.

Undercard

The final undercard bout featured a war between Bellator veteran LT Nelson and Brian Camozzi. Camozzi claimed the opening round with constant pressure, but Nelson bounced back in the final two rounds, taking home the decision win.

In a 215-pound affair, Danny Mitchell battered Marcus Sursa from bell-to-bell. Sursa showcased a great chin just to survive, but Mitchell easily took the win on scorecards.

Bellator veteran Justin Houghton looked right at home in the GLORY ring, pressuring Alfredo Corona with combination after combination, and earning a lopsided unanimous decision win.

Flyweight Maureen Riordan scored a third-round TKO in her professional debut, stopping opponent Brenda Rodriguez with a flurry of punches after pushing the pace throughout the fight.

FULL RESULTS
Marc de Bonte def. Karapet Karapetyan by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) – for vacant welterweight title
Errol Zimmerman def. Anderson “Braddock” Silva by TKO (three-knockdown rule). Round 1, 2:30 – heavyweight contender tournament final
Zack Mwekassa def. Pat Barry by knockout (left uppercut). Round 1, 2:33 – heavyweight contender tournament reserve bout
Anderson “Braddock” Silva def. Sergei Kharitonov by unanimous decision (29-27 x3) – heavyweight contender tournament semifinal
Errol Zimmerman def. Ben Edwards by TKO (two-knockdown rule). Round 1, 2:50 – heavyweight contender tournament semifinal
Benjamin Adegbuyi def. Daniel Sam by knockout (right hand). Round 2, 2:59
Artem Levin def. Robert Thomas by unanimous decision (29-27 x3)
Jamal Ben Saddik def. Nicolas Wamba by TKO (three-knockdown rule). Round 2, 1:24
Artem Vakhitov def. Igor Jurkovic by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-27)
Raymond Daniels def. Francois Ambang by knockout (spinning back kick). Round 1, 1:47
Josh Jauncey def. Warren Stevelmans by unanimous decision (extension round)
LT Nelson def. Brian Camozzi by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Danny Mitchell def. Marcus Sursa by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Justin Houghton def. Alfredo Corona by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Maureen Riordon def. Brenda Rodriguez by TKO (punches). Round 3, 2:05