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Elsewhere on the main card, former champ & GLORY legend Murthel Groenhart (70-26-3, 40 KO) rolled back the years to put on a vintage display against German prospect Cihad Akipa (49-12, 18 KO) and rising Dutch star Jan Kaffa (20-3, 7 KO) enjoyed his second GLORY victory as he rallied from behind to score a victory over Mohamed El Hammouti (7-2, 4 KO).

GLORY 87 took place from the electric Rotterdam Ahoy arena in the Netherlands on Saturday evening, August 19, and it proved to be another big night of kickboxing with a lot of breakout performances and big victories.Heavyweight Tournament Reserve Bout
Nikola Filipovic (11-2, 6 KO) def. Cristian Ristea (44-11, 21 KO) via split decision (30-27, 29-28 x 3, 28-29)

Ghana’s Michael Boapeah (16-3-1, 7 KO) avenged his 2022 loss to Germany’s Sergej Braun (43-13, 27 KO) with his most mature and impressive all-round performance to date. It has been a breakout year for the number one ranked middleweight thanks to three victories on the bounce as he declares himself ready for a title shot.Co-Main Event
GLORY Lightweight Title
Tyjani Beztati (25-4, 9 KO) def. Kaito Ono (48-7-1, 21 KO) via unanimous decision (50-45 x 5)Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final 1
Bahram Rajabzadeh (64-1, 58 KO) def. Mohamed Amine (29-6, 16 KO) via TKO (two knockdown rule), round 1, 2:23

Featherweight
Jan Kaffa (20-3, 7 KO) def. Mohamed El Hammouti (7-2, 4 KO) via split decision (29-28 x 4, 28-29)Main Event
Heavyweight Tournament Final
Bahram Rajabzadeh (65-1, 58 KO) def. Uku Jürjendal (19-8, 15 KO) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 5)Welterweight
Murthel Groenhart (70-26-3, 40 KO) def. Cihad Akipa (49-12, 18 KO) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 4, 29-28)

In the GLORY 87 prelims, it was third time lucky for Morocco’s Imad Hadar (25-2, 9 KO) as he finally registered his first victory in GLORY thanks to a hard-fought decision victory over durable Pole Bartosz Muszynski (26-4, 5 KO). And in the opening bout of the night, Serbian heavyweight Nikola Filipovic (11-2, 6 KO) handed Romania’s Cristian Ristea (44-11, 21 KO) a decision loss on his promotional debut.Rajabzadeh will now go up against the likes of Tariq Osaro, Sofian Laïdouni, and five other heavyweights – which will include either Badr Hari of James McSweeney – this December where the winner will win a life-changing 0,000.Taking centre stage of the night was the four-man heavyweight tournament where the winner books his spot in the historic end of year GLORY Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Middleweight
Michael Boapeah (16-3-1, 7 KO) def. Sergej Braun (43-13, 27 KO) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 4, 29-28)Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final 2
Uku Jürjendal (19-7, 15 KO) def. Martin Terpstra (26-6, 13 KO) via TKO (two knockdown rule), round 2, 2:59The honours went to the explosive Bahram Rajabzadeh (65-1, 58 KO) as the Azerbaijani put on two equally stellar performances to win the tournament. In the semi-finals he defeated Mohamed Amine (29-6, 16 KO) thanks to two knockdowns and showcasing a dazzling display of offence before using his superior skill & speed against Estonian giant Uku Jürjendal (19-8, 15 KO) in the finals.

GLORY 87 ResultsMiddleweight
Imad Hadar (25-2, 9 KO) def. Bartosz Muszynski (26-4, 5 KO) via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26 x 4)In the co-main event, Tyjani Beztati (25-4, 9 KO) retained his GLORY lightweight championship as he cruised to a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Japanese superstar Kaito Ono (48-7-1, 21 KO). This is the 25-year-old’s fourth title defence and, arguably, his most impressive as he truly establishes himself as the king of the lightweight division.

Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.

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