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GLORY 37 Los Angeles Card Released

While we are just over a week away from the huge GLORY Collision event in Germany, GLORY hasn't been resting on their laurels at all, instead they've geared up for a January event in Los Angeles that promises to bring action to the world in the new year. GLORY 37 features a Welterweight tournament as well as Jason Wilnis defending the GLORY Middleweight Championship against the whirlwind that is Israel Adesayna.

The SuperFight Series is headlined by newly-crowned Featherweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen defending his title against the tough Matt Embree. Al,so featured is Zoila Frausto against Daniela Graf and Giga Chikadze against Victor Pinto.

This all goes down on January 20th, GLORY 37 airing live on ESPN3 at 10pm pacific and GLORY 37 SuperFight Series airing at 7:30pm pacific on UFC Fight Pass.

GLORY 37 Los Angeles

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Jason Wilnis (c) vs. Israel Adesayna

Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Guto Inocente vs. TBA

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Alan Scheinson vs. Karim Benmansour

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yoann Kongolo vs. Konstantin Khuzin

GLORY 37 SuperFight Series

Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Matt Embree

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jhonata Diniz vs. Tomas Mozny

Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Warren Thompson

Super Bantamweight Bout: Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf

Featherweight Bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Victor Pinto

 

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GLORY Collision SuperFight Series to Air Free on UFC.tv

For those of us looking forward to December 10th for GLORY Collision and GLORY 36 there's yet another incentive. If, for some reason, you are not a subscriber to UFC Fight Pass, you've been missing out on the SuperFight Series, which have been some of the promotion's best efforts of the year when it comes to pure match quality. Thanks to the UFC and GLORY, the upcoming GLORY SuperFight Series will air live as prelims for GLORY Collision.

Here's what the card looks like.

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Danijel Solaja

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal B: Tiffany van Soest vs. Jessica Gladstone

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal A: Isis Verbeek vs. Amel Dehby

Lightweight Bout: Andrej Bruhl vs. Tyjani Beztati

The order for the show is as follows; GLORY 36 on ESPN3, GLORY SuperFight Series on UFC.tv (free) and GLORY Collision on UFC.tv PPV ($29.99).

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GLORY Collision Hype: Badr Hari vs. Sem Schilt From It's Showtime

On December 10th kickboxing's biggest fight in ages will rock Germany with Badr Hari returning to the spotlight to take on GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven is a showdown for the ages. The event will be aired live on UFC's PPV service and is set to be a callback to the glory days of kickboxing. UFC posted a video from the archives for free to hype fans up and it's the legendary bout between Badr Hari and Semmy Schilt from It's Showtime. At the time Semmy Schilt was the undisputed king of kickboxing, serving as K-1's biggest nightmare in a huge beast of a fighter who put on staggeringly brilliant performances that seemed to lack that K-1 "pop" and excitement.

Badr Hari was a rising star at the time and, as you can see from the video, his star was perhaps never bigger worldwide. What's fascinating is as much as I remember this fight, it's still incredible to see just how many fans were in attendance and how rabid they were. These were truly the glory days of kickboxing.

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Dylan Salvador Replaces Davit Kiria Plus Updated GLORY 36/Collision Cards

With weeks to go before December 10th, former GLORY Lightweight Champion Davit Kiria's return to the GLORY ring will be delayed, it seems. It was announced today that Kiria will be pulling out of the GLORY 36 Lightweight Tournament, being replaced by an exciting new challenger being thrust into the mix in Dylan Salvador. Salvador has made a name for himself in China, including a win over current Lightweight Champion Sitthichai. That means that Salvador will be clashing against Anatoly Moiseev, who is celebrating a recent victory over Josh Jauncey.

GLORY 36 Germany

Lightweight World Title Bout: Sittichai (c) vs. Marat Grigorian

Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Semifinal A Winner vs. Semifinal B Winner

Featherweight Co-Headline Bout: Mosab Amrani vs. Fabio Pinca

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal B: Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai vs. Hysni Beqiri

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal A: Dylan Salvador vs. Anatoly Moiseev

GLORY 36 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Danijel Solaja

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal B: Tiffany van Soest vs. Jessica Gladstone

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal A: Isis Verbeek vs. Amel Dehby

Lightweight Bout: Andrej Bruhl vs. Tyjani Beztati

GLORY: COLLISION

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari

Welterweight World Title Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Cedric Doumbé

Heavyweight Bout: Ismael Londt vs. Jamal Ben Saddik

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Final Bout: Semifinal A Winner vs. Semifinal B Winner

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The Road to Glory Tournament Comes to the UK in 2017

When GLORY was first gearing up they held a series of tournaments in the United States called 'Road to Glory,' with the intent being to find new talent to become an integral part of the promotion. It could be considered a success considering that we see Road to Glory fighters so often, including winners Francois Ambang, Dustin Jacoby as well as many more names from these tournaments, from Brian Collette to Myron Dennis.

Now the Road to GLORY tournaments will be making their way to the United Kingdom starting in 2017 on March 18th, hosted by Suggy's Gym. Suggy's Gym, ran by Dean Sugden, has produced former GLORY kickboxer-turned-boxer Chad "2 Slick" Sugden as well as many others in the UK. 

More details can be found on the Suggy's Gym website.

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Video: This Was Glory 35

Glory 35 in Nice, France turned out to be an amazing event with wicked fights, great knockouts and every seat on the arena full. I'd have to say even though a lot of the arena was curtained off it was still much better to have a smaller space full of people than a big space with tons of empty seats. The French crowds are always very educated which of course makes a show much more enjoyable. Glory as usual has released a highlight of the event where you can feel the energy of the crowd and emotions of the fighters.

This was Glory 35

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GLORY Announces Cards For GLORY Collision and GLORY 36

On December 10th GLORY will put forth their biggest show to date, the clash between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and former K-1 superstar Badr Hari. What's interesting is that this will be three shows across three different platforms. GLORY 36 will air live on ESPN3, GLORY 36 SuperFight Series will air live on UFC Fight Pass and will be followed by GLORY Collision via UFC.tv iPPV. 

GLORY 36 itself is a fascinating card in a lot of ways, with the GLORY Lightweight title on the line between Sitthichai and Marat Grigorian, Mosab Amrani fighting Fabio Pinca at Featherweight and a Lightweight Contender's tournament featuring some new names like Yodkhunpon against Hysni Beqiri and the return of a former champion in Davit Kiria against Anatoly Moiseev. The SuperFight Series features the semi-finals of the year-long Super Bantamweight Grand Prix, with Isis Verbeek taking on Amel Dehby and Tiffany van Soest against Jessica Gladstone. Danyo Ilunga fights Michael Duut and Harut Grigorian fights Danijel Solaaja to round out the SuperFight Series.

Collision itself is an interesting card, with the Super Bantamweight finals opening the card, then Ismael Londt fighting Jamal Ben Saddik. Nieky Holzken looks to defend his GLORY Welterweight Championship against the very tough Cedric Doumbe and then, of course, the main event. 

GLORY Collision

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari

Welterweight World Title Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Cedric Doumbé

Heavyweight Bout: Ismael Londt vs. Jamal Ben Saddik

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Final Bout: Semifinal A Winner vs. Semifinal B Winner

GLORY 36 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Danijel Solaja

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal B: Tiffany van Soest vs. Jessica Gladstone

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal A: Isis Verbeek vs. Amel Dehby

Lightweight Bout: Andrej Bruhl vs. Tyjani Beztati

GLORY 36

Lightweight World Title Bout: Sittichai (c) vs. Marat Grigorian

Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Semifinal A Winner vs. Semifinal B Winner

Featherweight Co-Headline Bout: Mosab Amrani vs. Fabio Pinca

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal B: Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai vs. Hysni Beqiri

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal A: Davit Kiria vs. Anatoly Moiseev

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GLORY 35 Nice and SuperFight Series Live Results

GLORY 35 is going on now in Nice, France. An undisputed Light Heavyweight champion will be crowned here tonight. Follow us for all of the action, as well as on twitter at @LiverKickdotcom.

GLORY 35 NICE 

Light Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov (R2 - TKO) Zack Mwekassa - These guys came here to fight, the first round featuring Vakhitov looking for the punches and low kicks -- which have always worked against Mwekassa -- but Mwekassa has been training with Nick Hemmers and is utilizing that Dutch style a bit more with the defense and mixing in the kicks. Every Mwekassa punch that lands makes this sickening thud. Ouch. Mwekassa really looks more complete and in round two it showed, but Vakhitov is slick. He landed a few big straights that snuck through and Mwekassa went down. Not once, not twice, but three times before the fight was waved off. Wow.

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Final: Benjamin Adegbuyi (R3 - Dec) Mladen Brestovac - Benny should be more tired than Brestovac, but he looks like a new fighter tonight. Brestovac was going for the kill with the head kick in the first round, but Benny was applying pressure and landing his big hand combinations. Round two saw more aggression from Adegbuyi while Brestovac was working his kicks to no real avail. The third round was the power and aggression of Benny against the heart and determination of Brestovac. Really good showing for both men.

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Pavel Zhuravlev (R1 - TKO) Zinedine Hameur-Lain - Pavel Zhuravlev is an absolute monster. He just swarmed and when he smelled blood in the water he went for the kill. Amazing performance.

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Bout: Mladen Brestovac (R1 - KO) Jahfarr Wilnis  -  Here we go again. Wilnis was the aggressor throughout the round, then Brestovac with the same kick that got him the win last time connected and Wilnis froze before taking a brutal right hand that put him down and out. Poor Wilnis.

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi (R3 - Decision) Hesdy Gerges - It's hard not to love both of these guys. Interesting first round that saw Benny walk Gerges down. Gerges has his high guard and tight basics, but Benny hits very, very hard, even if he's hitting gloves. The second round saw Gerges on the offensive more, while still being defensive. Both men were throwing solid combos and defending a lot, making it tough to say who won, but Gerges walking down Benny perhaps gave him an edge in R2. The third was close, but Benny has really shored up his style by training with Dennis Krauweel, being a bit more technical. He landed a few big shots, which should give him an edge.

GLORY 35 SUPERFIGHT SERIES 

Heavyweight Bout: Nicolas Wamba (R3 - Dec) Nordine Mahieddine - These two are looking to rip each other's heads off, but not having much luck with it. Wamba is controlling the ring and perhaps landing the better strikes in this fight. Neither man is having much luck.

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour (R3 - Split Dec) Eyevan Danenberg - This has been an interesting fight, a lot of clinching and the ref keeps shouting "final warning" but not actually doing anything. There isn't a lot to say about this fight. They flailed strikes at each other, sometimes they landed, but this was the sort of fight that you find yourself gazing out the window during and saying, "oh wait, this is a fight."

Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby (R3 - Dec) Jiwaen Lee - First round saw Lee applying pressure but Dehby landing some solid counter strikes. The second saw Dehby come alive, much to the adoration of the local Nice crowd. Round three saw a lot of action from Dehby, even going for big moves like a spinning backfist, much to her local crowd's delight.

Lightweight Bout: Christian Baya (R3 - Dec) Josh Jauncey  - First round was interesting, with Baya applying a lot of pressure, but not landing a lot of shots. A lot of feeling out on both parts, but Josh started to open up later on in the round. The second round was interesting, as Jauncey came out aggressive with low kicks and hand combinations. Baya was able to find his right hook a few times, but it was all Jauncey until this left uppercut landed and wobbled Josh. Baya swarmed and after a few vicious flurries Jauncey fell to his knees. Jauncey was able to get back up, but the damage was done. The third round saw Jauncey come out with an understanding that he needed to do something big and he did. Finally right before the bell he landed a jumping knee that stunned Baya in the corner, he swarmed but Baya was able to hold out for the bell. Wow. Incredible fight. The judges give it to Baya and really, it seemed like it should've been a draw, but the first round was so close. Great fight, both men should be proud.

Featherweight Bout: Petpanomrung Kiatmoo9 (R3 - Dec) Stanislav Renita 

Featherweight Bout: Cedric Castaigna (R3 - Dec) Vang Moua 

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GLORY 35 Full Updated Card and Predictions

Tomorrow afternoon in Nice, France GLORY returns in rapid-succession with GLORY 35. The GLORY 35 SuperFight Series starts at 2:30pm Eastern on UFC Fight Pass, the main card at 5pm Eastern on ESPN3. The card has been updated along the way (as it always does), but here's a chance to look at the fights on the main card.

Artem Vakhitov vs. Zack Mwekassa

Mwekassa's hands are what brings him to the dance here and made him the Interim Champion, but he's gonna need more than his incredible speeches and those bombs of hands to overcome the overall package that is Artem Vakhitov. Vakhitov is not only a tough veteran, he's one of the best in this weight division and quietly earned that spot. Chances are that he's able to simply out-kickbox Mwekassa here, but damn would it be a story if Mwekassa overcame these odds, huh?

Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev

Pavel Zhuravlev has been one of those names fighters that have existed on the fringes for years, but never was able to carve out a definitive spot for himself as a heavyweight. There seems to be a simple reason for that; he's much better at light heavyweight. He was picked to win the contender tournament at GLORY 32, but Ariel Machado beat the odds with a victory over him, with Hameur-Lain going on to win the tournament. Zhuravlev gets another crack at contendership here by fighting the number one contender and while Hameur-Lain has power and skill, it's hard to see Zhuravlev losing here.

Jafharr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac

This tournament is one of their better contender tournaments in a while, right? Wilnis proved himself to be a worthy contender in the last tournament he was in, only for Ismael Londt to win a decision he may have no deserved. Now it seems like Londt isn't getting a title shot anyway -- or is he? Nobody is talking about it and I've never gotten a definitive answer as to what was going on with that. Brestovac is absolutely a legit contender at this point, but it feels like this is Jahfarr's time. Imagine the story here if Wilnis challenged Rico for the title and took it, making both himself and his brother Jason as GLORY champions in two of their most popular divisions. 

Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Hesdy Gerges

Just like the last fight, this is a really great fight. Adegbuyi has had his chance against Rico and it just doesn't seem like a fight that he can win, but that being said, he has evolved as a fighter every time that we've seen him and his mix of power and heart has gotten him very far in a short amount of time. A win over Hesdy would really cement his status as a top three heavyweight because Gerges is very much a heavyweight gatekeeper in kickboxing. That being said, Hesdy is one of those guys that can easily upset a favorite and pick up a win.

GLORY 35 NICE 

Light Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov vs. Zack Mwekassa 

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev 

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Bout: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac 

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Hesdy Gerges

GLORY 35 SUPERFIGHT SERIES 

Heavyweight Bout: Nicolas Wamba vs. Nordine Mahieddine 

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Eyevan Danenberg 

Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby vs. Jiwaen Lee 

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Christian Baya 

Featherweight Bout: Petpanomrung Kiatmoo9 vs. Stanislav Renita 

Featherweight Bout: Cedric Castaigna vs. Vang Moua 

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Alex Pereira Has His Sights Set on Israel Adesanya Rematch

A week ago you may have thought it was over as the excitement of Glory 34 wound down and the fighters and staff geared up for Glory 35 in Nice France on Saturday, November 5th.  It truly is on to the next one, but Middleweight contender, Alex Pereira, has news for his fans, one specific contender and the world.  Prior to his injury, Pereira was scheduled to face Israel Adesanya.  While it would be their first match-up in Glory, it would by no means be their first.  Earlier this year the two met in Glory of Heros 1 in China where Pereira defeated Adesanya by unanimous decision.  In a personal message via Facebook, Pereira stated the following:

“In last GP of Glory, we had great fights ... Israel Adesanya has shown his notoriety in the category .... unfortunately due to an injury I was away, but I will be back stronger, faster and smarter... I can beat Israel Adesanya again (yes, I said again) and anyone in the middleweight division! I'm not any fighter, I'm a warrior! I'll be back”.

So clearly, it is not over.  Pereira stated that he anticipates he will return to the sport in early February and will continue to have Adesanya hot on his radar.  If you will recall, Pereira made his Glory debut in Zagreb 2014 with a shocking first round KO of Dustin Jacoby and has continued to attempt to impose his will over the course of the last two years also defeating Sahak Parparyan on that same night.  He has also faced the former division champion Artem Levin and Jason Wilnis. Pereira’s career extends beyond his 2-2 record in Glory.  Pereira actually has a record of nearly 40 fights with three quarters ending in knock-out.  In other words, Pereira may be currently down due to injury, but far from being out of the game.  2017 looks to be an extremely promising year for Glory and all its fighters.  If you ask Alex Pereira, it will be his time to shine and continue his path to middleweight champion. 

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