The former WMC muay thai and current Glory light-Hw champion Artem Vakhitov entered this fight with a professional kickboxing record of 19-5-0 (8 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.1 super cruiserweight in the world. He lost to Saulo Cavalari in their first fight in 2015 (via split decision) but then he has won six bouts taking revenge on Cavalari in 2016 (Cavalari vs Vakhitov 2) and in 2017 (Vakhitov vs Cavalari 3); after this bout he has also beat Ariel Machado (Artem Vakhitov vs Ariel Machado).
His opponent, Danyo Ilunga, has an official record of 60-13-0 (45 KOs=75%) and he entered as the No.7 in the same weight class. He lost seven consecutive bouts between 2015 and 2017 but then he has defeated Michael Duut (Michael Duut vs Danyo Ilunga 3) and Fraser Weightmant. In their first fight Vakhitov beat Ilunga via unanimous decision (November 6, 2015); this second bout, main event of Glory 56, is valid for the Glory light heavyweight title (Vakhitov’s fourth defense). Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: Glory 56: Denver
Where: 1stBank Center, Broomfield, USA
Division: super cruiserweight (210 lbs, 95.5 kg)
Title: Glory Light Heavyweight Championship
Vakhitov’s previous fight: Artem Vakhitov vs Ariel Machado
Vakhitov vs Ilunga 2 fight video:
(Free embeddable video hosted on Youtube and not uploaded by AllTheBestFights)