In what comes as a massive shot across the bow in the awkward war going on in the kickboxing world right now, Peter Aerts has apparently signed with GLORY Sports International. Aerts has inked a multi-fight deal with GLORY, which apparently makes his "retirement" fight against Tyrone Spong null and void as a retirement bout. We already knew that Aerts was in talks with K-1 to continue fighting, as we reported earlier, but according to Fighters Only's John Joe O'Regan Aerts has "snubbed" K-1 to sign with GLORY.
According to O'Regan, sources told him that the offer might have been too low for Mr. K-1, as well as there being a certain level of mistrust of K-1 making good on their promises after past issues with late or non-payments. It is not clear if Aerts was offered the famous "50%" offer that many fighters under It's Showtime contract were offered or if he was offered a signing bonus with GLORY like many Golden Glory fighters were offered, but what is clear is that he has chosen a side.
We've reached out to people within Aerts's camp for comment and will report back when we know more, but for now it does seem that Aerts has signed with GLORY and that the GLORY World Series has yet another big name to participate in their tournament.
UPDATE: Confirmed with a source close to Peter Aerts that this is indeed the case.
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
His second novel, Terminus Cycle, launches on March 24th.