Grudge Match and World Title Fight Headline GLORY 69 Düsseldorf

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Grudge Match and World Title Fight Headline GLORY 69 Düsseldorf

Lightweight champion Marat Grigorian defends against Tyjani Beztati, bitter heavyweight rivals Michael Smolik and Mohamed Abdallah collide

AMSTERDAM – GLORY, the world’s leading kickboxing organization, returns to Germany on Saturday, October 12 for GLORY 69 DÜSSELDORF in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The world lightweight championship is on the line in the main event as reigning champion Marat Grigorian (61-11-1, 35 KO’s) makes his first defense of the title he took from former champion Sitthichai earlier this year.

Challenging Grigorian is young contender Tyjani ‘The Wonderboy’ Beztati (19-3, 6 KO’s), who is taking a shot at the world title for the second time.

Beztati, 21, who debuted at GLORY 36 as the youngest fighter ever to sign a GLORY contract, rides a three-fight win streak into this title shot and brings a 9-2 GLORY record to the ring with him.

This five-round main event will be the first time that Grigorian and Beztati have met in the ring, making this a highly-anticipated encounter for fans across the planet.

In the co-main event, German heavyweights Michael Smolik (31-0, 23 KO’s) and Mohamed Abdallah (18-3, 5 KO’s) will settle their long-running war of words when they meet in the ring.

Smolik, fighting out of Crailsheim, Baden-Württemberg and Abdallah, fighting out of Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia have engaged in several heated verbal exchanges but have never fought before now.

Tensions between Abdallah, a training partner of GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven, and Smolik, a former police officer turned actor, have risen steadily this year and will reach their conclusion in Düsseldorf on October 12.

Tickets for GLORY 69 DÜSSELDORF will first be made available by exclusive pre-sale on Wednesday, September 11 from 09:00 AM CEST only to fans who have registered for the pre-sale at

Tickets will then go on public sale for Thursday, September 12 (09:00 AM CEST).

Additional bouts for GLORY 69 DÜSSELDORF will be announced in the coming days.

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