Artem Vakhitov vs Saulo Cavalari for kickboxing light heavyweight title headlines Glory 38 Chicago
Kickboxing light heavyweight championship Artem Vakhitov (r) vs Saulo Cavalari (l) headlines Glory 38 Chicago on Friday February 24, 2017

Light heavyweight kickboxing championship Artem Vakhitov vs Saulo Cavalari headlines Glory 38 Chicago at Sears Centre Arena on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Artem Vakhitov of Russia (17 – 5 – 0) is a current promotion’s inaugural light heavyweight champion. Saulo Cavalari of Brazil (60-4-0) is the number one contender and a former title holder. Moreover the pair has previously fought twice. Brazilian took a split decision in April 2015 in Dubai. Russian earned a unanimous decision last March in Paris as well as became a new champion.

Since, Vakhtikov defended his belt against Zack Mwekassa last November in Nice. Meanwhile Calavari defeated Brian Douwes last October in Denver. Thus, the decider will find out is the baddest man in the light heavyweight kickboxing.

In the semi-main event American Richard Abraham (11-3-0) takes on Frenchman Antoine Pinto (130 – 36 – 1). The program also comprises the four-man contender tournament. In the first semi-final German Danyo Ilunga (57-11-0) goes up against Brazilian Ariel Machado (43-8-0). In the second semi-final the representative of Congo-Nishasa, Zacj Mwekassa (15-4-0) is battling out against Zinedine Hameur Lain of France (56-14-0). Ranked No. 12 American Brian Collette (23-3-0) is a reserve fighter in the tournament.

The card of the super fight series includes five bouts. Benjamin Adegbuyi is fighting Anderson “Braddock” Silva. Catalin Morosanu squares off with Maurice Greene. Murthel Groenhart is going up against Thongchai. Also on the card Pawel Jedrzejczyk vs Daniel Morales and Lukasz Plawecki vs Niclas Larsen.

Official weigh-in ceremony was held yesterday. Event stars 7 PM (CST). The Glory 38 Chicago airs live on ESPN. The Super Fight Series available on UFC Fight Pass.

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Parviz Iskenderov

Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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