Glory of Heroes 35 got in on the MMA action with kickboxing cross over stars in MMA bouts on 12 October. The Chinese champs went 1-1 with submission finishes being the theme of the evening.
Kickboxing champion Wei Rui had his hands full from the moment he came out of his corner. Late notice grappler Adib Nazrishoev immediately went for a single leg off a kick. Wei was able to hold off the inevitable take down for a bit, but when Nazrishoev finally got him to the canvas and mounted him, it was all but over. Nazrishoev beat on Wei until he turtled, then took his back and choked him out. Props to the kick boxer for testing out deeper waters.
Ji Xian and Levan Shaishmelashvili traded grappling upper hands in the first round of their bout, with both scoring near chokes and reversals. When the second round opened, Ji was able to jump guard and get his signature guillotine, and it was tight, but not tight enough. Shaishmelashvili was able to patiently work his way free, and as Ji scrambled to get up, he took his back, softened with punches, and choked the well-known grappler from the back to get a tap.
Two-time kick boxing tournament winner Tie Yinghua made an excellent debut in MMA against Igor Chemyakin. Chemyakin made it very clear he was going for a ground game throughout the first round with shoots and a hip throw that got Tie to the ground. Tie was caught in a rear naked choke, but he defended long and hard, eventually getting loose and reversing into guard. In the second round, Tie made use of his best assets and kept Chemyakin away with strikes, then went in for the kill at the ropes with punches and knees for the TKO.
Yang Seng put in very good grappling against Italo Freitas and ended up scoring the most with top positions. Yang was able to put a very good win on his record with a submission by armbar.
Glory of Heroes 35
12 October 2018
Adib Nazrishoev def Wei Rui by Submission, RNC, R2 3:41
Levan Shaishmelashvili def Ji Xian by Submission, RNC, R2 3:23
Tie Yinghua def Alexey Krepets by TKO, R2 1:38
Yang Sen def Italo Freitas by Submission, Armbar, R2
Meng Bo def Aya Saber by TKO, R1
Shun Feng def Mamuka Chitauri by Submission, Americana, R1
Shuai Song def Saikung by Submission, R1 2:00