Before we begin previewing Saturday’s GLORY Kickboxing Collision II show, there’s one note to impart concerning the PFL:
Rory MacDonald (21-6-1), who most recently fought in Bellator MMA and lost to Douglas Lima back in October in the Bellator MMA Welterweight Grand Prix Final, has signed with the PFL as a Welterweight.
MacDonald will fight in the 2020 Welterweight season in the PFL this coming summer.
‘Tis the season to be jolly—but also, ‘tis the season to watch combat sports.
The weekend’s schedule of combat sports action isn’t just confined to the world of mixed martial arts, as this Saturday, GLORY Kickboxing ends its 2019 schedule of events with its second Collision event.
In most countries, GLORY Collision II is available exclusively through pay-per-view. However, this won’t be the case inside the United States. If you have a subscription to UFC Fight Pass and live in America, GLORY Collision II will be available and included with your subscription without an extra fee.
This also goes for those of our readers who live in the United Kingdom. New Zealand, and Ireland. For our Canadian readers, GLORY Collision II will be on PPV through UFC Fight Pass and on cable through the Shav, SaskTel, and Rogers Cable systems.
GLORY Collision II and its associated GLORY 74 card will begin on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. EST, 8 a.m. PST from GelreDome in Arnhem, The Netherlands with five undercard fights.
At 1 p.m. EST, 10 a.m. PST, action from The Netherlands shifts to UFC Fight Pass with the GLORY 74 main card, followed at 3 p.m. EST, noon PST with Collision II.
Highlighting GLORY Kickboxing’s final show of the 2019 year are two GLORY Kickboxing championship fights, one in each of the last two segments of the event. To close GLORY 74, the promotion’s Middleweight championship is at stake when incumbent titleholder Alex Pereira (31-6 overall, 9-6 GLORY) battles No. 1 contender Ertugrul Bayrak (18-6, 2-0 GLORY).
In the GLORY Collision II headliner, the Heavyweight title is up for grabs as incumbent champion Rico Verhoeven (55-10, 16-1 GLORY) fights Badr Hari (106-13, 0-1 GLORY) to close the evening.
Note: Reach advantage information was inaccessible online for the fighters competing in these title fights.
GLORY 74 Main Event: GLORY Middleweight Championship: Alex Pereira vs. Ertugrul Bayrak
Heading into the first title fight of the evening, both fighters stand level at 6-foot-4.
Champion Pereira has posted a record of 5-0 in his last five fights, most recently defeating Donegi Abena (third-round knockout) in GLORY 68 back on Sept. 28 on UFC Fight Pass in the main event from Miami.
In the other corner, challenger Bayrak has gone 2-0 in his early GLORY Kickboxing career, both wins coming by split decision. Last time out, he defeated Jakob Styben on Mar. 9 during the undercard of GLORY 64 in Strasbourg, France.
Prediction: Alex Pereira by first-round KO.
GLORY Collision II Main Event: GLORY Heavyweight Championship: Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari
Heading into the main event of the show, both contestants stand level at 6-foot-5.
Champion Verhoeven has posted a 5-0 record in his last five fights, most recently defeating Guto Inocente (unanimous decision) in GLORY 59 on Sept. 29, 2018.
In the other corner, challenger Hari had his victory vs. Hesdy Gerges (unanimous decision) during GLORY 51 on Mar. 3, 2018 reversed to a no-contest, this after both contenders failed their respective drug tests.
Prediction: Rico Verhoeven by unanimous decision.
For a complete look at the GLORY 74/ GLORY Collision II card, please access this link.
GLORY Collision II/GLORY 74 at a Glance: (all times Saturday)
Undercard: 11 a.m. EST, 8 a.m. PST, YouTube
GLORY 74: 1 p.m. EST, 10 a.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass
GLORY Collision II: 3 p.m. EST, noon PST, UFC Fight Pass
Remember, GLORY Collision II will be available without a pay-per-view commitment and included within a UFC Fight Pass subscription in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand.
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