Last Friday GLORY aired a one hour special on Spike TV called Top Twenty KO's and if you missed it, well, GLORY has your back. They are posting it on YouTube, split up into four separate parts with the first two already up and ready for your consumption. Cool, right? Check it out.
You gotta hand it to Tyrone Spong for keeping a positive attitude in the face of his horrific leg break against Gokhan Saki earlier this year. In this interview MMAFighting caught up with Tyrone Spong from this past weekend in Brazil, where he was cornering fellow Blackzilian Gilbert Burns. A few interesting points came up from this interview, the first being that he confirms that his contract with GLORY has expired and that there is no new contract just yet. He feels that he did a lot for the organization and is expecting an offer, but nothing yet.
He's still under contract to World Series of Fighting, but as we've seen before, if the UFC comes knocking, Ray Sefo and company aren't going to force him to stay by any means. Interestingly enough he's looking towards trying his hand at professional boxing to both let his leg heal up some more and to regain some of that confidence that he might be missing after the injury.
Glory has given us two more videos to prepare us for Glory 18. We will start with the pre-fight interview with African boxer Zack Mwekassa who shocked the world with his vicious knockout of Pat Barry in his last Glory appearance. Mwekassa wil be taking on Brian Collette in the first round of the 4-man light heavyweight tournament. Now, when Mwekassa fought Barry he fought at heavyweight but gave up at least 20lbs, so the light heavyweight division will be a perfect fit for him. He's very charismatic and well spoken which always makes his interviews interesting, but in the ring hes a different person, and as Zack puts it, hes just in there to create mayhem. (PS. Keep an eye out in the background of the video at 1:36 for a little surprise.)
We also have the 3 minute extended trailer for Glory 18, where we get to hear to a bit of fight analysis, and watch people get skillfully knocked all over the ring in traditional Glory fashion.
This Friday at 11pm Eastern time Spike TV will present a special one hour piece of programming highlighting some of the best action to happen thus far in a GLORY ring. Sure, it might be hard to contain all of that action into one hour, but they've opted to do a special on the 20 best knockouts, which is awesome. We've kind of been begging Spike for quite a while to give GLORY some more air time to promote their events and they are giving it to us right after Bellator this Friday.
This is all to promote GLORY 18, which goes down on November 7th live on Spike TV.
We are 3 weeks away from Glory 18, which means its time for the hype videos to begin. First of all we have the title fight between Robin van Roosmalen and Davit Kiria. Glory has given us their version of a small 24/7 type video for these 2 fighters. I can't help but feel that Roosmalen is a big favourite in this fight considering he has already beaten Kiria twice, both times by unanimous decision. Then again I think most people including myself underestimated the Georgian fighter against Ristie and we all saw how that went. The difference is Ristie is known to get tired in fights, he used to even have a hard time with 3 round fights, but hes adapted to those, where as Roosmalen has never really had a problem with his cardio, so the whole weather the storm game plan won't work this time for Kiria. I'd say Kiria has to capitalize on Roosmalen standing flat footed in front of him, he will have to move in and out and not get sucked into standing and trading combos or else hes likely to have a bad night.
Secondly we have a pre fight interview with Brazilian Saulo "Cassius Clay" Cavalari. He has probably the hardest first fight of the tournament against the favourite Danyo Ilunga. If he can get past Ilunga in the first fight he has a good chance to win the whole thing, Unless Mwekassa's left uppercut puts a dent in those plans.
It's time to focus on something a bit more productive, don't you think? What could be more productive than GLORY 18's Light Heavyweight Contender tournament set to take place on November 7th in Oklahoma City? With less than a month to go there has been a major change to the event with Artem Vakhitov suffering a minor injury. While Vakhitov will be fine to compete in a few weeks this injury has made it difficult for him to prepare for the fight in November, with him having to pull out.
His replacement is none other than former It's Showtime 95kg Champion Danyo Ilunga of Germany. Ilunga was a finalist in the GLORY 9 Light Heavyweight tournament where he fought Tyrone Spong in a fight that saw Spong victorious. Since then Ilunga has had two first round stoppages within the GLORY ring and most than deserves this spot in the tournament.
Well Glory themselves have not put the super fight series on their website yet but we have heard some rumors, not to mention there are super fights listed on the page that you purchase tickets online. So lets say these are the rumored but not yet official fights for the superfight series for Nov 7th in Oklahoma.
Randy Blake had to be on the card considering Oklahoma is his home town, he will be taking on fellow American Warren Thompson. Both fighters have lost to Brian Collette in Glory, and Blake is on a 2 fight losing streak so he will be looking to get back in the win column in front of his home town fans.
There are 2 Canadians on the card Robert Thomas and Josh Jauncey. Both had their Glory debuts at Glory 16 in Denver and both fighters were thrown in with very experienced opponents. Robert Thomas was put in with #1 ranked at the time and now Middleweight champion Artem Levin. He put up a good fight and took Levin to a decision, but the skill and experience difference was obvious. This time he will take on USA's Mike Lemaire which will be much closer fight in the experience department. Josh Jauncey fought Dutch veteran Warren Stevelmans, who had over 4 times more fights than him. This was one of the best fights on the super fight series in Denver, Jauncey got dropped hard early in the first round with a big left hook but once he got up and realized he had to move Stevelmans really couldn't hit him again. It ended up being a draw, forcing the fighters to go an extra round, where we saw a younger fresher Jauncey outpoint the veteran. Now he is set to fight Korean K-1 Max veteran Jae Gil Noh, when he fought for K-1 he often went by the name "K-Max". He has fought a lot of top fighters including Albert Kraus but he usually fell short against them. He has a strong straight forward style and double the amount of fights that Jauncey does.
Now on to the Heavyweights, Hesdy Gerges vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi, I feel this has a high possibility of being fight of the night. The Romanian Adegbuyi has looked amazing lately, he absolutely dominated Daniel Sam at Glory 16 Denver and technically looked pretty much perfect. I'm very excited to see him take the step up and fight a higher ranked opponent. Hesdy Gerges is on a 3 fight win streak and has been a top 10 heavyweight for quite sometime. He is a tough fight for anyone but often gets into a habit of standing in front of people and covering up, against AdegBuyi this would not be wise considering the Romanians movement and technical combos, standing still will not work. I am very curious to see how this fight plays out and to see how Adegbuyi handles Gerge's relentless pressure and low kicks.
Rumored Super fight series
Omari Boyd vs. Ian Alexander
Josh Jauncey vs. Jae-Gil Noh
Robert Thomas vs. Mike Lemaire
Randy Blake vs. Warren Thompson
Hesdy Gerges vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi
Ah jeez, here we go, right? It came out last week that GLORY 10 Middleweight Champion and GLORY Last Man Standing finalist Joe Schilling would be fighting for Bellator on Spike TV. Joe had made it known for a while now that he was looking into making the jump back into MMA and has been training with some of the best of the best just in case the opportunity came up. Needless to say it wasn't a shock to hear that Scott Coker had eyes for Schilling and that Schilling will be fighting Melvin Manhoef on the undercard of the Stephan Bonnar vs. Tito Ortiz event on November 15th.
GLORY issued a statement through us from GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin about an agreement of sorts between Bellator and GLORY to exchange talent with Schilling vs. Manhoef being the first such fight. It turns out that Joe Schilling has another story, one that involves the company letting his contract expire without talks of renewing and that they had absolutely nothing to do with his move to Bellator outside of being unresponsive to him.
"We thought that there was another fight on the contract, but after going back over it, it was a two-fight guaranteed with a third-fight option," Schilling explained. "My contract expired along with Spong's and Saki's. So GLORY is taking credit on the internet -- Liverkick did a write up about it -- trying to give GLORY credit for co-promoting it or allowing me to go. They had absolutely nothing to do with it. I'm a free agent. My contract expired and Bellator offered me a good deal and we took it, but it had absolutely nothing to do with GLORY."
"We've been told they want to start to negotiate a new one, but nothing is happening with that yet. They allowed my contract to expire. Bellator offered me a new one and we took it. The wording in the Bellator contract does allow me to fight outside of Bellator for kickboxing. It doesn't have to be just GLORY, there are other promotions available as well. I'm out of my contract with GLORY, this deal had nothing to do with GLORY and It's kind of shocking to me that they would let my contract expire."
Here's hoping that we see Joe back in a kickboxing ring again soon.