Glory Kickboxing

Armenian-Belgian kickboxer Marat Grigorian is still Glory Lightweight Champion, beats Tyjani Beztati at ‘Glory 69: Düsseldorf’ in Germany

Marat Grigorian, 28, of Antwerp, Belgium is still the champion of the lightweight division of GLORY Kickboxing. He won in the main event of “Glory 69: Düsseldorf“ on October 12, 2019.

GLORY Kickboxing held “Glory 69: Düsseldorf“ at ISS Dome, Düsseldorf, Germany featuring 15 kickboxing matches. In the main event of the event, Grigorian defended his Glory Lightweight Championship title from Tyjani Beztati, 21, of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

After five three-minute rounds, the Glory Lightweight Championship title bout was left in the hands of the five judges, who scored it 50-44, 50-44, 49-45, 49-45 and 48-46. In the end, the referee raised the hand of Grigorian, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “Glory 69: Düsseldorf“ improved the professional kickboxing record of Grigorian to 57 wins, 11 losses, 1 draw and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Beztati now has 19 wins and 4 losses.

 

Beztati is of Moroccan and Surinamese descent. He has been competing professionally since 2014.

Born on May 29, 1991 in Yerevan, Armenia, Grigorian made his professional kickboxing debut in 2007. He made his GLORY Kickboxing debut at “Glory 2: Brussels” at the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium on October 6, 2012.

“Glory 69: Düsseldorf“ marked Grigorian’s 15th bout in GLORY Kickboxing. It was the first time he defended his Glory Lightweight Championship belt.

Grigorian had to try three times to capture the belt. The Armenian-Belgian kickboxer lost three times to Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong, 28, of Bangkok, Thailand.

Sitthichai defeated Grigorian via unanimous decision in the Glory Lightweight Contender tournament at “Glory 28: Paris” at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France on March 12, 2016. On December 10, 2016, the two competed for the Glory Lightweight Championship belt at “Glory 36: Oberhausen” at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany where the Thai kickboxer defeated his Armenian-Belgian opponent via split decision.

On ugust 25, 2018, Sitthichai and Grigorian had their rematch at “Glory 57: Shenzhen” at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China. The challenger failed to dethrone the defending champion, who won via split decision.

But on May 17, 2019, Grigorian finally won the Glory Lightweight Championship belt by dethroned Sitthichai via unanimous decision at “Glory 65: Utrecht” at the Central Studios in Utrecht, Netherlands. Watch the bout here:

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