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Artem Levin Defends Title at Glory 21

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(Artem Levin, photo courtesy of Gloryworldseries.com)

Glory World Series has announced that the winner of Glory 20’s middleweight contender tournament will face champion Artem Levin (50-4-1, 33 KO’s) for the middleweight title. We preview the 4 contenders of the Glory 20 tournament competing for the title shot.

Jason “Psycho” Wilnis vs. Alex “Po Atan” Pereira

Jason Wilnis (23-4-1, 6 KO’s) is a Dutch Muay thai kickboxer going 2-2 in his last 4 fights. Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (17-2-0, 10 KOs) is a Brazilian prospect going 5-1 in his last 6. Wilnis and Pereira have met once before at It’s Showtime! for the 85 KG championship where Wilnis defeated Pereira by second round TKO.

The first round of their matchup looked was the Alex Pereira show. Wilnis didn’t work offensively beyond leg kicks to the lead leg of Pereira while Pereira landed hooks, teeps and jabs freely.

With the second bell, Wilnis was more aggressive, working really hard on Pereira’s lead leg. As his opponent came forward, Wilnis dropped his opponent with a hard left hook to the body. Quickly after the reset, Wilnis used another left hook to the body for another knockdown. With Pereira on his feet again, you would have thought that Wilnis was going to zero in on the body for the liver, but it was a leg kick that brought Pereira to the canvass.

In their first round of the middleweight tournament, Pereira can’t fall for the same same shell trick of Wilnis. He has to be diligent about checking leg kicks and very aware of Wilnis’ ability to quickly turn the tables with body shot power.

Wayne Barrett vs. Simon Marcus

Wayne-Barrett
(Wayne Barrett)

Wayne Barrett (5-2-0, 4 KO’s) faces Simon Bad “Bwoy” Marcus (40-2-1, 24 KO’s) as the second pair of competitors in the middleweight tournament. Simon Marcus is an absolute killer when it comes to his Muay Thai skills. The problem with the Muay Thai base in Glory comes down to the rules that restrict clinching and prohibit elbow strikes. Wayne Barrett’s fantastic ring movement could be neutralized with the ability to clinch, but Marcus will need a different alternative. At most, he will only be able to get a few strikes in before being broken up by the referee.

Barrett’s stick-and-move striking and excellent range will be his greatest advantages against Marcus. Marcus should look to take away Barret’s mobility with constant leg kicks to make it hard for Barrett to rely on his footwork and mobility.

Tune in to Spike on Friday, April 3rd at 10/9C to see the 4-man middleweight contender tournament of Glory 20 take place. Who do you think will come out on top to face Artem Levin?

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Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.