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GLORY 23: Las Vegas - review and results

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Despite being somewhat of a lackluster card Glory 23 ended up being a pretty decent affair. The main event delivered big time as Nieky Holzken once again stopped Raymond Daniels to become the new Glory Welterweight champion in a very close and competitive fight. Also ,MMA veteran Dustin Jacoby knocked out both his opponents to win the Glory 23 MW tournament and booked his seat in a future contender tournament.Let's review the Main Card and look at the results of entire GLORY 23:- GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES RESULTS:Jamal Ben Saddik def. Anderson Silva via KO Round 3 2:55 Matt Baker def. Edward Hyman via Un. Dec (30-27 x 3) Chad Sugden def. Murthel Groenhart via Split Dec (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) Anvar Boynazarov def. Giga Chikadze via Split Dec (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

#1 Dustin Jacoby vs. Ariel Sepulveda : MW Tournament Semifinal

As predicted, this end up being a mismatch on the feet as Jacoby finished Sepulveda in the very first round. Jacoby hurt Sepulveda early in the fight and kept jabbing him until he clipped him with a clean punched and pushed him onto the ropes where Jacoby swarmed on him and finished the fight with the right.

Dustin Jacoby def. Ariel Sepulveda via KO at 2:59 of R1

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#2 Casey Greene vs. Quinton O\'Brien : MW Tournament Semifinal

Greene used all of his experience in winning this one-sided fight . In the first round O'Brien was relying more on his leg kicks, while Greene on his hands. Apart from O’Brien getting cut above his left eye not much action happened in this round.

In the second round Greene started to mix things up while O’Brien stuck to his kicks. Green landed two uppercuts and found success late in the round with his right to the body and head as well. In the final round Greene pushed the pace against a tiring O’Brien and kept tagging him with right and lefts, knees and kicks to the body and did enough to reach the finals.

Casey Greene def. Quinton O'Brien via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Greene defeated O’Brien

#3 Xavier Vigney vs. Daniel Sam

In the co-main event, Xavier Vigney continued his rise up the HW ranks with a decision win over veteran Daniel Sam. Sam was a test for Vigney, and both men did their part. Xavier Vigney may not have gotten another knockout, but he certainly outclassed and outpointed Daniel Sam over three rounds.

Vigney continuously battered Sam’s legs with low kicks, and his right hand routinely found a home on Sam’s head. Sam took everything well, though, and hung tough until the end, never caving under Vigney’s constant pressure. Sam stayed in the fight, probably winning the last round with some aggressive leg kicks and pushing Vigney. But the younger, less experienced fighter in vigney dug deep, stayed with it, and got the win.

Xavier Vigney def. Daniel Sam via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Vigney got the nod

#4 Dustin Jacoby Vs Casey Greene

Jacoby was the fresher of the two as he won his previous match only in one round while it took Green three rounds to win a decision. Jacoby established his jab early and looked fully in control of the fight landing at will. Green got cut and got rocked soon after. Jacoby runs in and lands a right and the ropes catch Greene. Referee rules it a knockdown and administers a count. Greene stands to face one more round.

Jacoby started this round where he left off, punishing Greene with knees and kicks to the body. Jacoby hurt Greene with a big right hand ,marched in and tees off in the corner on Greene to win the Glory 23 MW tournament.

Dustin Jacoby def. Casey Greene via TKO at 1:19 of R2

Jacoby booked a place for himself in the MW tourney

#5 Nieky Holzken vs. Raymond Daniels

This was a great fight, worthy of a title match in which Holzken once again came out on top and showed why he is probably the best WW kickboxer in the world. Daniels learned from his past mistakes as his boxing, movement and ring awareness were on a different level compared to the previous outing. He looked outstanding in first two rounds landing some good shots while Holzken fought a very smart fight to let Daniels burn some energy in the first two rounds and cut him open in the third, a common Muay Thai tactic.

Daniels looked like a more complete fighter than we have yet seen in his Glory career as he likely won rounds 1 and 2, using his karate skills to avoid Holzken's attack and land some nice shots. In the 3rd, Holzken stepped it up and opened a huge, nasty cut on Daniels' eyelid that forced the fight to be stopped, claiming the world title.

Nieky Holzken def. Raymond Daniels via TKO (ref stoppage; cut) at 1:36 of R3

Holzken walked away with the belt.

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