Hari, Graham, Aerts, Jumeau and Turkyilmaz slated to Global Fighting Championship 3

Global Fighting Championship is back later this month on May 29 for just its third installment, at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The fight card, which carries nine bouts, will feature a mixture of Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts contests. The line-up will provide fans an essence of international flair too, with the competitors hailing from a myriad of countries including Germany, Serbia, Iran, Australia, Turkey, New Zealand, and the Netherlands among others.

GFC 3 will be headlined by a stacked 4-man Heavyweight Championship Kickboxing Tournament, featuring the likes of Badr Hari, Peter Graham, Arnold Oborotov and Stefan Leko.

The winner of the tournament will be awarded a nice shiny belt along with a grand cash prize of 1,000,000 AED.

Germany’s Leko faces an uphill challenge in the opening bracket as he’s been tasked to face Hari, a Moroccan fighter long considered to be one of the pioneers of Heavyweight kickboxing. Leko hopes to snap a four-fight losing streak while Hari looks to make it two wins on the trot following a 1-1 stint under the Legend Fighting banner in Russia. It’s well worth noting that the two have met on two previous occasions, each with a victory to their credit.

In the second tourney bracket, Peter Graham looks to punch his ticket in the finals, hopeful and tight lipped for a third meeting with Hari, but must first get past talented Lithuanian stand-out, Arnold Oborotov. Graham has been concentrating on Mixed Martial Arts in the past year or so, even going as far as competing in Bellator MMA, one of the world’s top MMA promotions. But it will be Graham’s striking skills that will be put to the test this time around as he competes in front of the kickboxing masses for the first time this calendar year.

Oborotov, meanwhile, has quietly amassed a three-fight winning streak and will be looking to make it four at Graham’s expense come fight night. The least experienced of the quartet, he holds notable bouts with Andrei Stoica, the great Jerome Le Banner and Emmanuel Payet among others.

The running order for Global Fighting Championship's third event.

The running order for Global Fighting Championship’s third event.

Seven super fights make up the rest of the running order, and they feature some really reputable names.

The most of obvious one is of course the legend himself, Peter Aerts, who after all, couldn’t force himself to hang up his gloves after his much publicized retirement bout with Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 13 in December last year. The ‘Dutch Lumberjack’ was initially expected to compete in the heavyweight tournament but was eventually pitted up against Dewey Cooper instead.

Although Aerts, truly one of the sport’s greats, will be looking to snap out of a roller-coaster run in his past few outings, he will still be considered the heavy favorite heading into his bout with Cooper. The American will undoubtedly be forced to set up the barricades in this one.

Elsewhere, Phuket Top Team’s very own Luke Jumeau (4-3) and Gokhan Turkyilmaz (11-10) will be in Mixed Martial Arts action as they lock horns with Hossein Mollamahdi and Vaughn Donayre respectively.

Jumeau, a Legend Fighting Championship veteran, was originally slated to face John Vake at PRO FC 9 in Taiwan on May 25, but opted out of that tussle in favor of a better paycheck under the GFC banner. Not much is known about his opponent, Mollamahdi, except that he’s 21, from Iran and holds a pro record of 3-3.

Veteran Aussie-Turkish fighter, Turkyilmaz, on the other hand, is 4-2 in his past six fights. He most recently featured in a Nitro MMA event in March where he picked up a TKO victory in just 29 seconds. Donayre, his opponent, garners an unblemished record of 7-0 and is a staple of the URCC promotion based in the Philippines.

Check out the fight card in its entirety below and be sure to keep it locked to Fight Sport Asia for all updates leading up to fight night:

Heavyweight Championship Tournament:

  • Badr Hari (MOR) vs. Stefan Leko (GER)
  • Arnold Oborotov (LIT) vs. Peter Graham (AUS)

Super Fights:

  • Peter Aerts (NLD) vs. Dewey Cooper (USA)
  • Singh Heart Jaideep (IND) vs. Fatih Ulusoy (NLD)
  • Brian Douwes (NLD) vs. Srdjan Seles (SRB)
  • Abbas Mollamahdi (IRN) vs. Erkan Varol (TUR)
  • Gokhan Turkyilmaz (AUS) vs. Voughn Donayre (PHI)
  • Luke Jumeau (NZL) vs. Hossein Mollamahdi (IRN)
  • Kamran Morovati (IRN) vs. Darco Jeremic (SRB)

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Author:Thinesh John

20, Asian MMA nerd in Singapore.

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