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Live Results for GLORY 23 and GLORY SuperFight Series

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Tonight live on Spike TV at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific is GLORY 23. GLORY 23 features Nieky Holzken and Raymond Daniels vying for the vacant GLORY Welterweight Championship. The card also features an all-American middleweight tournament with the four men trying to win their way into a future contender's tournament. 

Join us live tonight starting at 9pm Eastern for the GLORY SuperFight Series and then afterwards for GLORY 23 results. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter as well, @LiverKickdotcom, @JayJauncey and @dvewlsh.

GLORY 23

GLORY Welterweight Championship: Nieky Holzken def. Raymond Daniels by TKO 3rd Rd (cut due to right knee)

Tournament Final: Dustin Jacoby def. Casey Greene by TKO Rd 2 (ref stoppage)

Xavier Vigney def. Daniel Sam by Split Dec

Tournament: Casey Greene def. Quinton O'Brien by Unanimous Dec

Tournament: Dustin Jacoby def. Ariel Sepulveda by KO Rd 1 (straight right)

GLORY SuperFight Series

Jamal Ben Saddik def. Anderson Silva by TKO Rd 3 (ref stoppage after 2 knockdowns)

Matt Baker def. Edward Hyman by Unanimous Dec

Chad Sugden def. Murthel Groenhart by Split Dec

Anvar Boynazarov def. Giga Chikadze by Split Dec

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Video: Pat Barry's Kickboxing KO at WKA

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Pat Barry

There really isn't much to say about Pat Barry's return to Kickboxing on Saturday night at a WKA event in Richmond, Virginia. Pat Barry was booked in a fight against Ed Burris where there was little doubt as to who the winner would be. Kind of a bummer for Burris, but that is how the Kickboxing game is sometimes; you gotta be the enhancement talent for the big name. Pat Barry is now back in Kickboxing and will make his GLORY debut in May at GLORY 16 Denver.

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GLORY 12 Ratings are In - Getting Better

  • Published in Glory

ristie

This weekend's GLORY 12 New York was a very important event for the partnership between GLORY and Spike TV, as the first event pulled in an average number that was just shy of 400,000 with a peak that was around 800,000 (coming in the first quarter hour, obviously from the COPS lead-in). That meant that they lost viewers who had left their television tuned into Spike after they got their fix of trashy, intoxicated people stumbling about while being arrested.

So how did GLORY 12 do? According to Spike TV there was an improvement for this show, with 476,000 viewers on average for GLORY 12 with a quarter hour peak of 665,000. According to Spike this is a 25% increase from the last event's average and they seem happy with it. It's not clear which quarter hour was the peak, but an educated guess will say that it was once again the first quarter hour, you know, the one that had the severe audio issues.

The numbers are at least better than Spike TV's "Rampage 4 Real" documentary created to hype up Rampage Jackson's Bellator debut, which is a good thing. GLORY 12 was probably a lot cheaper to produce.

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GLORY 24 Live Results and Discussion

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Tonight live on Spike TV is GLORY 24 featuring Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis in an exciting main event, the fight serving as a middleweight title eliminator. Schilling is coming off of a tough knockout loss in Bellator while Wilnis is coming off of a win at an event in Austria. Wayne Barrett returns to action against GLORY 23 middleweight tournament winner Dustin Jacoby and to top it off a GLORY heavyweight tournament featuring Benjamin Adegbuyi, Ben Edwards, Jahfarr Wilnis and Mladen Brestovac. 

GLORY 24

Joe Schilling (R3 TKO via foot injury) Jason Wilnis

Heavyweight Tournament Final: Benjamin Adegbuyi (Split Decision) Jahfarr Wilnis

Dustin Jacoby (R3 - KO via right hand) Wayne Barrett

Heavyweight Tournament: Jahfarr Wilnis (R2 - TKO via leg kicks) Ben Edwards

Heavyweight Tournament: Benjamin Adegbuyi (R3 - TKO via leg kicks) Mladen Brestovac

GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES FIGHT CARD:

Robert Thomas (Split Decision) David Radeff

Casey Greene (R2-Knockout) Francois Ambang

Kevin Vannostrand (Split Decision) Juston Houghton

Zack Wells (R1 - Knockout) Chris Tramell

Jason Lee (R2 - TKO) Steve Paprocki

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Full Yokkao 9 Fight Card

  • Published in Muay Thai

On May 24th in Xinyang Stadium Yokkao will present Yokkao 9, a card that promises to bring some of the best Kickboxing and Muay Thai to China. Pakorn was forced to pull out due to illness, but has been replaced by Phiaphaeng Walchart and, if you'll notice, there are a lot of K-1 rules bouts on this card. That has to do more with the Thailand vs. China theme and how Chinese fighters perform better under Kickboxing rules.

The main bout is Sudsakorn vs. Yi Long in a bout billed as Muay Thai vs. Gung Fu.

  • *** YOKKAO 9 Fight Card ***
  • Saturday 24th May - Xinyang Stadium (China)
  • Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee (Thailand) vs Yi Long (China)
  • -72kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • N'Diaye Carl (France) vs Fang Bian (China)
  • -80kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Imwiset Pornnarai (Thailand) vs Qiu Jianliang (China)
  • -67kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3
  • Calogero Palmeri (Italy) vs Yang Zhou (China)
  • -67kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Ekapop Sor Klinmee (Thailand) vs Nu Er La (China)
  • -80kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Runmai Mo Tammachat (Thailand) vs Ji Wenhao (China)
  • -58kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3
  • Igor Klimovich (Belarus) vs Li Ning (China)
  • -60kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Kamel Meztani (France) Guo Xi Chuang (China)
  • -74kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Philaphaeng Walchart (Thailand) vs Deng Ze Qi (China) ***Pakorn injured
  • -65kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3
  • Gustavo Ferreira De Oliveira Mendes (Brazil) vs Zhou Tao (China)
  • -70kg K-1 rules 3x3
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Weekend Results: SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination

  • Published in Kickboxing

SK

SuperKombat continued their deluge of events with this weekends SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination event in Romania. This event saw four spots for SuperKombat's World Grand Prix tournament solidified as winners of tournaments past squared off for a spot in the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Finals. Of course it wouldn't be a big SuperKombat event without some big Romanian names thrown into the mix, with both Raul Catinas and Catalin Morosanu in action, picking up solid wins.

  • 1. SUPERKOMBAT® New Heroes Middleweight Title Eliminator – Middleweight Bout (-71.00kg)
  • Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) won by TKO in Round 2 (0:00) against Mohamed Ben Ali (Tunisia)
  • 2. Final Elimination / Spot 1 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Giannis Stoforidis (Greece) won by TKO in Round 3 (2:58) against Mathieu Kongolo (Belgium)
  • 3. Final Elimination / Spot 2 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Frank Munoz (Spain) won by Split Decision against Muamer Tufekcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 4. Final Elimination / Spot 3 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Redouan Cairo (Suriname) won by Unanimous Decision against Jegish Yegoian (Armenia)
  • 5. Final Elimination / Spot 4 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • D’Angelo Marshall (Suriname) won by KO in Round 2 (0:20) against Pacome Assi (Ivory Coast)
  • 6. SUPERKOMBAT® Super Cruiserweight Title Eliminator / Spot 2 – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95.00kg)
  • Ondrej Hutnik (Czech Republic) won by TKO in Round 2 (2:05) against Massinissa Hamaili (Algeria)
  • 7. SUPERKOMBAT® Cruiserweight Title Eliminator – Cruiserweight Bout (-92.00kg)
  • Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) won by Unanimous Decision against Jorge Loren (Spain)
  • 8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Raul Catinas (Romania) won by KO in Round 1 (1:40) against Ricardo Van Den Bos (Netherlands)
  • 9. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Catalin Morosanu (Romania) won by KO in Round 1 (2:20) against Daniel Lentie (Cameroon)

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Glory 17: Glory Prepares to Distinguish Itself As a Combat Sports Brand

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Glory 17 is a turning point for Glory in many ways, marking its entry into the American PPV market by staging the largest, most significant kickboxing tournament on American soil in decades. But even more noteworthy than that, this event signifies the opportunity for Glory to truly distinguish itself as a unique combat sports product that is capable of delivering where other brands may falter, particularly the UFC. The UFC’s present difficulties are well known: problems with a ballooning roster, complaints about “boring” fights, and problems marketing fighters have led to great inconsistency in the quality of UFC events. Glory, on the other hand, has experienced few to no difficulties in this regard--and for very interesting reasons. In this article, I will talk about some of the things that I think make Glory a fairly unique entity in the combat sports world.

1. Each Glory weight class has more elite fighters than a single card can accommodate.

The Last Man Standing tournament is essentially a display of the entire Middleweight division, and it is a scary division, featuring Artem Levin, Joe Schilling, Simon Marcus, Wayne Barrett, Filip Verlinden, and Melvin Manhoef as well as dangerous contenders like Alex Pereira--all of these men are either champions, former champions, or fighters who have distinguished themselves against championship-level competition. Whereas some promotions might struggle to fill fight cards with less accomplished talent, Glory has the unique problem of struggling to fill fight cards with overqualified talent, bumping the likes of Levin to the non-televised SuperFight Series. If you ever find yourself wondering why a fighter like Giorgio Petrosyan gets to occupy the fourth slot on the Glory main card, it’s frequently because any Glory card could offer you a choice of several main event fights.

2. Glory has complete control of the rules of the sport.

No matter how many three or four-letter-name sanctioning bodies Glory will claim accountability to, the fact remains that Glory, as an organization in today’s combat sports market, is unique because of the complete control that it has on the rules of the sport. By frequently changing its clinch rules, its knockdown rules, and its 8-count rules, Glory has crafted and refined a viewing experience that is more fast-paced and exciting, producing a high volume of memorable fights and highlight reel moments. This is an ability that neither the UFC nor any other MMA organization possess, and the end result for them is a perpetual struggle to reconcile the Unified Rules of MMA with the type of fights that UFC wants to sell. Glory, by contrast, can eliminate any rule that negatively affects the viewing experience.

The flipside is that we also don’t have to talk about drug testing in the sport of Kickboxing. Glory is in a peculiar position here as well, operating between the lines of an oversight structure that is very dated and arguably unequipped to handle a multimillion dollar professional sport. Indeed, WKA’s official rules, published in 2011, leave drug testing up to the discretion of the “WKA supervisor, tournament promoters, and the official doctor,” who “can and may perform tests” but don’t necessarily have to do so unless directed by local law, making WKA’s actual responsibility very unclear. The procedure, standards, and logistics of testing are either mentioned in vague terms or not outlined at all. Glory, for its part, hasn’t forced the issue, leaving us to enjoy the fruits of ambiguity. In other words: don’t ask, don’t tell, and Pride never die.

3. Glory is learning how to market its fighters.

This is an issue that we’ve discussed several times here on LiverKick and which Dave Walsh expounded on in his excellent piece comparing kickboxing to the history of regional pro wrestling promotion. Behind every fight is an evolving narrative with at least two central characters, and as viewers, we’re interested in not only the fight itself but also in how the fight will determine the next chapter of the story. The promoter’s job is to build anticipation and interest in the fight and to illustrate what it means in the grand scheme of the division. With Glory 17, Glory has been proactive in producing media which tells us the story, including an excellent video on the rivalry between Rico Verhoeven and Daniel Ghita. The authenticity of this rivalry (for the critics’ sake) is as irrelevant as the authenticity of the 2009 rivalry between Badr Hari and Alistair Overeem--it felt real at the time and it electrified the atmosphere at the Saitama Super Arena. As Glory gains screen time on television and PPV, promotional efforts like this will be increasingly vital to its success.

While Glory got off to a rough start, it seems like the organization has found its identity as a kickboxing promotion and major combat sports brand. It is undeniably a unique presence in today’s sports entertainment market. If this event is a success and the Glory audience continues to grow, I think that Glory could become a leading company. Until then, you will have to join me in keeping fingers tightly crossed.

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Miguel Torres Added to GLORY 17 Tournament, Cro Cop vs. Kharitonov

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GLORY 17

GLORY 17 Los Angeles keeps getting more and more interesting as June 21st rapidly approaches. The original headliner was planned to be Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic vs. Pat Barry in a rematch from their UFC bout a few years ago, but either Pat Barry won't be cleared to compete in time or has refused to compete (it's not clear). That means that Mirko Cro Cop has a new opponent, with that opponent being none other than PRIDE and K-1 veteran Sergei Kharitonov. Both men are at an interesting point in their respective careers, with Cro Cop dropping a decision to Remy Bonjasky at GLORY 14 and Kharitonov being out-pointed by Anderson "Braddock" Silva at GLORY 16.

That's not all, though. GLORY was one man shy for the GLORY 17 Featherweight tournament and now it looks like former WEC Bantamweight Champion and former UFC competitor Miguel Torres will be joining the GLORY roster, getting an immediate spot in the Featherweight tournament. Miguel Torres is an interesting choice, as he was a popular name in the WEC and UFC for a while, but it's hard not to deny that he has looked less-than-impressive of late. It will be interesting to see how he does in Kickboxing.

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LiverKick.com Interview with Errol "The Bonecrusher" Zimmerman

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Errol Zimmerman

They call him "The Bonecrusher" and that’s exactly what he does. But more than just being a skilled fighter, Errol Zimmerman is a devoted father and a man with a vision for his future.

In a sport known for it's brutality, vicious knees, kicks and brutal knock-outs, I am always pleased to find how kind and well grounded many of its practitioners are. One such meeting was my encounter with Errol Zimmerman. During our time together we talked Glory, MMA, family and everything in between.

He is undisputedly one of the best heavyweights in kickboxing today and having fought professionally for the last twelve years, Zimmerman's record is a veritable who's who in the sport. He has notable wins over Mourad Bouzidi, Teixeira, and Gerges, LeBanner and Rico Verhoeven. Even on those occasions when he didn't win, Errol demonstrated that he could go the distance with greats like Aerts, Schilt, Bonjasky and Badr Hari. He has even tried his hand at MMA, facing off against Minowa in 2008. Regarding this match, Zimmerman looks back fondly at this fight and states that he went into the match thinking he would easily overtake this opponent who was much smaller. After a defeat via toe hold Zimmerman muses that he learned that the size of the man is not always the main determining factor in victory.

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Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven the Fight to Make at Heavyweight

  • Published in Glory

Rico

So GLORY 13 is in the books now, where Nieky Holzken held onto the top spot in the Welterweight division, Peter Aerts showed that at 43 he's still one of the most exciting guys in the world to watch and two Heavyweights proved that they are without a doubt the two best Heavyweights in the world; Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven. Rico Verhoeven kept his composure as Peter Aerts kept applying pressure and looking for the big knockout in a fight billed as his "Japanese retirement," able to land cleaner shots and pick up the decision victory. Earlier in the night Daniel Ghita met an old foe by the way of Errol Zimmerman and made shorter work than he did of him the first time.

For those who follow Heavyweight kickboxing, well, this all won't surprise you, but it does segue into what is the most logical match to make in the Heavyweight division right now; Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven II. Rico Verhoeven is perhaps the fighter of the year for 2013, with wins over Jhonata Diniz, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita and Peter Aerts, with Saki and Ghita being on the same night. It wasn't that no one believed that Verhoeven would ever reach such heights, it's that no one expected it to be this year, yet, that is exactly what happened.

For Daniel Ghita there has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for him, including a heartbreaking loss to Semmy Schilt in the finals of the GLORY 4 Grand Slam last year, followed by a poor performance against Gokhan Saki. Ghita's personal life was beginning to get in the way of his professional life and there were a lot of changes for him, both in his family and in who he was training with. Ghita bounced back and the GLORY 11 Heavyweight tournament was going to be his shot at redemption, the only thing was that nobody told Rico Verhoeven that this was the narrative for the night.

For both men they are at the top of their respective games right now and the third man in the GLORY Heavyweight universe, Gokhan Saki, is most likely dropping down to Light Heavyweight or testing out non-GLORY waters once his contract is up. Then add in the imminent retirements of Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt. This leaves Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven as the lone goliaths atop of the Heavyweight Kickboxing world and with them only having met once before, which for Heavyweight kickboxing is incredibly rare. While seeing both in another tournament would be great, a single rematch to crown a king of the division seems like a more refined way for them to meet, as would bumping up the number of rounds to 5 or even 7 to really see who walks away as the winner.

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