Tiffany van Soest faces Meryem Uslu at Glory 44 Chicago
Tiffany van Soest / Pic: Facebook / Glory World Series

Glory 44 Super Fight Series has a new main event

The Glory 44 Super Fight Series will stream live on UFC Fight Pass this Friday, August 25 from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman States, Chicago, IL. It was announced today that the German newcomer Meryem Uslu (36-10-1) will replace Turkish fighter Funda Alkayis in the Glory 44 Fight Series. Uslu will fight for the super bantamweight title in the main event against current champion, Tiffany ‘Time Bomb’ van Soest (17-2-1).

Tiffany Van Soest, the current Glory super bantamweight champion, is eagerly waiting to make her first title defense. She claims on her social media, “The only thing’s that changed is the opponent.”

With her sights set on a victory and a successful title defense, van Soest is shaping up to be the sure crowd favorite. The ‘Time Bomb’ is notoriously known for her tactful footwork and well-timed counters.

Van Soest is an active fighter across kickboxing and MMA. Not only is she the first women’s champion for Glory Kickboxing but she also competes in Mixed Martial Arts for Invicta FC. She made her MMA debut in September 2016. ‘Time Bomb’ was successful in her most recent MMA bout where she fought on May 20. There she secured a unanimous decision win over Christine Ferea.

Now Tiffany’s vision is firmly focused on retaining her GLORY World title, despite the change of opponent.

Meryem Uslu steps in to challenge the champion on rather short notice after previous contender, Funda Alkayis, was forced to withdraw due to personal reasons. Uslu is notably a well-established fighter, offering a game and unique challenge for Van Soest come Friday, August 25. Uslu holds multiple European and World titles in Kickboxing and Muay Thai.

This super bantamweight battle will be an exciting display of technicality and world-class striking. Fans, fighters and promoters alike eagerly wait for the bout as this match proves to be quite stylistically appealing.

The full Glory 44 Super Fight Series card is as follows.

Super bantamweight Tiffany van Soest vs. Meryem Uslu
Heavyweight Catalin Morosanu vs. Michal Turynski
Middleweight Dustin Jacoby vs. Sean Choice
Middleweight Warren Thompson vs. Robert Thomas
Lightweight Rafal Dudek vs. Nate Richardson
Featherweight Victor Pinto vs. Adrian Maxim

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Shanice Desilva
Shanice Desilva is a writer and personal trainer from Perth, Western Australia. She specializes in training developing athletes for competition in various sports, including combat sports. She also trains in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Perth, and has done for 6 years. Desilva is a regular contributor to FIGHTMAG, where she writes the ProLeague blog.

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