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GLORY 21 Sees Boost From DVR Numbers

When it comes to tabulating ratings on television these days it is difficult to ignore the impact that DVRs have. Just a few years before the concept of a DVR and being able to record and watch a show at a later time was a luxury. Now it is fairly common on most cable and satellite providers to include some sort of DVR option. Ratings are now more than simply live viewers, but also include DVR viewings up to a few days later.

According to our friend John Joe O'Regan at BloodyElbow GLORY 21 has seen a significant boost from the DVR numbers. With the DVR numbers the show's viewership kicks up from 488,000 to 517,000 viewers. 

He also spoke to GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin who talked about some of their difficulties last year, including show cancellations and the long gap between GLORY 17 and GLORY 18, but the promotion seems confident moving forward. He also noted that the next show is in France, which means that it will air on tape delay here in the United States. While that has been an issue in the past, they are still dedicated to their strong European audience and have no plans on abandoning them any time soon.

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Andy Ristie's Trainer Barred From GLORY Ring After GLORY 20 Glove Mishap

If you'll remember back to GLORY 20 Dubai there was a moment at the beginning of the GLORY Lightweight Title bout between Robin van Roosmalen and Andy Ristie where the referee pulled Ristie aside and was forced to replace his glove. Apparently the thumb of the glove was cut, which has been described as giving an advantage when it comes to dexterity inside of the glove. It was not clear if it was intentional or simply an accident, but according to MixFight GLORY has made a ruling on it and it has resulted in Ristie's trainer, Roberto Flamingo, being barred from ringside at future GLORY events. 

MixFight has been all over the story, including a joint statement from Ristie and Flamingo claiming that there was no intentional wrongdoing and that Ristie will remain with Flamingo. Black Label Fighting, a management company, released a statement as well supporting GLORY's decision in this matter.

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GLORY 21 Draws Strong Ratings on Spike TV for Levin vs. Marcus II

After a rather disappointing rating for GLORY 20 Dubai, thanks in part to tape delay, GLORY 21 shows the brand's durability by snapping back into line with a reported 488,000 average viewers on Spike TV. According to our bud Michael Stets over at MMAMania, Spike TV has disclosed that GLORY 21 drew an average of 488,000 viewers for GLORY 21, which is the fifth highest rating to date on Spike TV.

It's a solid rebound after GLORY 19 drew the second-highest with 542,000 viewers and for GLORY 20 to dip to the next-to-worst ratings with 359,000. A gain of 129,000 viewers is quite impressive for the brand on a Friday evening considering that the card was a bit underwhelming when it comes to star names outside of the main event between Simon Marcus and Artem Levin and the co-main event featuring Raymond Daniels in a feature bout. 

For now we will have to wait with baited breath for GLORY 22, which features a Lightweight tournament and a Heavyweight Championship fight in what many fans consider a very good card, and if the tape delay curse will strike again for GLORY. The peak numbers are not yet available, but we will update with them when it is available. 

UPDATE: Stets has the peak numbers now.

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The Trial and Error of GLORY 21

Photo (C) James Law/GLORY Sports International

Last night was of course GLORY 21, which has seen mixed reviews. A lot of hardcore kickboxing fans were upset with the card and of course the outcome to Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus. A lot of MMA twitter seemed to be enjoying the event, though, which was an interesting contrast. While those are topics to take into account, I performed a bit of an experiment last night of my own. I had a good friend come over to watch the fights with me who had never watched kickboxing or GLORY before, but had seen his share of boxing and MMA to have a base level understanding of combat sports. 

Last night's GLORY 21 event was a further extension of the search for the homegrown GLORY kickboxing star. The first attempt was the Heavyweight Qualifying tournament featuring three American Heavyweights and the British Chi Lewis Parry. The tournament, originally announced as an all-American affair could have been an all-American affair, but the man known as "Chopper" had proven to be adept at promoting himself and was coming off of a knockout win, meaning that if he could back up his talk with more knockouts GLORY could have another star in Chi Lewis Parry. 

The tournament itself was perhaps best suited for the undercard, although I understand the logic of it being on the main card in hopes of big knockouts and building stars. I knew that I'd be able to see through certain things (like Maurice Jackson's 31-0 record that nobody can find much proof of), but would my friend? His comments on the tournament bouts were "most of these guys seem like amateurs, they just aren't impressive at all, is the whole sport like that?" There in lies the problem with promoting fights like this. While there will indeed be people who say "wow, lots of knockouts here! What action!" There will be people who compare the action to your average UFC event that they've seen and see telltale signs of fighters who aren't at the elite level and the entire affair will unravel.

Now, while Justin Baesman did not do much to impress, the feats that Raymond Daniels were capable of immediately caught his attention and he commented on how Daniels was doing things that you'd only see in movies. The main event was another story altogether, where he commented on how Levin and Marcus moved unlike anyone he had ever seen before and that they were clearly many levels above anyone else on the card that night. This was coming from a guy who spent time in Thailand last year and checked out some muay thai, so there was some recognition of the muay thai style that both bring over, albeit diluted and different due to GLORY's modified rules. 

I commend GLORY on looking to build up new stars on Spike TV, but the GLORY name comes with a certain level of prestige and history to it for a young promotion. That history and prestige involves the best of the best fighting in the ring for our collective amusement. A gimme fight or two is never going to hurt the product, but a card like GLORY 21, if we are brutally honest, was a one-fight card. I'm not attempting to take anything away from any of the competitors, but the truth is that as much promise as we see in Demoreo Dennis, Xavier Vigney and Chi Lewis Parry, they've yet to prove themselves on the big stage just yet. The level of competition that they faced was about right to help nurture their growth, but sadly, it was not the right level of competition for a GLORY television show while some of the best fighters in the planet are sitting by waiting for the phone to ring for their opportunity on a Spike TV main card. 

As an entertainment product it would be hard to call GLORY 21 a failure by any stretch. It delivered two hours of exciting, fast-paced action that was capped off by a fight between two of the very best fighters in the world. I could think of shows from the UFC within the past few years that have been endless marathons that tested my patience to a level that pushed me to just stop watching. I'm not sure that GLORY will ever be able to promote anything on that level. The result between Levin and Marcus was not perfect, no, but that was outside of the control of just about everyone involved and there is no way that I'll be able to complain about a rematch between the two.

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Glory 21 Live Results

After some issues with the eversport stream, we are now Live with the super fight series!

Main card (SPIKE at 11 p.m. ET)

Middleweight Title - Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus ends in a Majority Draw (Artem remains Champion)

HW tournament final - Xavier Vigney def. Chi Lewis-Parry by TKO Rd 2 (flurry of punches, ref stoppage)

Raymond Daniels def. Justin Baesman by KO Rd 1 (spinning back kick to liver)

Kyle Stewart def. Devin Goodale by Unanimous Dec

HW tournament - Chi Lewis-Parry def. Demoreo Dennis by KO Rd 1 (right hand)

HW tournament - Xavier Vigney def. Maurice Jackson by TKO Rd 1

Glory Superfight Series

Mike Lemaire def. Casey Greene by Unanimous Dec

Giga Chikadze def. Ken Tran by KO Rd 3 (liver kick)

Maurice Greene def. Ashley Epps by KO Rd 1 (left uppercut hooky punch)

Manny Mancha def. Andre Walker by KO Rd 3 (left hook)

Omari Boyd def. Chris Carradus by decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28) 

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Video: Lewis Parry and Vigney get heated at Glory 21 Weigh ins

Well after watching this short video of the weigh ins for Glory 21, I think its safe to say that Chi Lewis Parry has pissed off Xavier Vigney with his trash talk. Usually when people trash talk it's because they want to get a reaction out of their opponents so Chopper's mission was successful, now lets just hope they both make it through their first fight and meet in the finals.

Oh yeah and Demoreo Dennis knows exactly how to lighten the mood.

 

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GLORY 21 and SuperFight Series Stream Information

Tomorrow is GLORY 21 and if you are looking for a stream for the SuperFight Series for the main card look no further than here. The SuperFight Series can be purchased and watched by those within the United States, but not the main card. There are restrictions in ex-Yugoslavia as well.

So check it out.

Superfight Series
Glory 21
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A Breakdown of GLORY 21

Tomorrow night on Spike TV GLORY 21 will hit the airwaves in an event headlined by two of the very best Middleweights in the world squaring off for the GLORY Middleweight Championship. Artem Levin will defend his GLORY Middleweight Championship against the challenger Simon Marcus in a rematch of a bout from two years ago that saw Marcus get the best of Artem Levin under the Lion Fight banner.

On top of that will be some Raymond Daniels violence and a Heavyweight qualifying tournament featuring some fresh, new names. Let's break things down.

Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus

This is a fight that we've seen before and it's between two of the best in the division. The only name that is missing from the equation is Joe Schilling who has proven to be a foil to both men at different points. What's funny is that some combination of those three have held claims to being the best in the division in both muay thai and kickboxing for some years now. 

While Marcus was able to get a win over Levin in muay thai rules in their first meeting it's not an assurance that the same will happen here at GLORY 21. Levin is incredibly slick and well-adjusted to kickboxing rules. His strengths rely on his hands, footwork and ability to slip and counter-strike. For Marcus his strengths are generally within the realm of muay thai; elbows and of course his clinch. Those are tools that he won't have at his disposal in the GLORY ring. He's had success of late in the GLORY ring, but not against anyone the caliber of Levin.

I see Levin having the tools to defeat Marcus and probably via decision, but it wouldn't shock me if Marcus took a decision here either.

Raymond Daniels vs. Justin Baesman

The matchmaking here is rather transparent to me; this fight is to feature Raymond Daniels on television and hoping that he does something really cool. No offense to Baesman, but making his kickboxing debut against Daniels is not the best way to go.

Heavyweight Tournament

There have been some shakeups in this tournament of late, so now we are looking at Xavier Vigney vs. Maurice Jackson and Demoreo Dennis vs. Chi Lewis Parry. 

Xavier Vigney is an interesting case of a fight who made his professional debut in the K-1 World Grand Prix in 2012 against Seth Petruzelli. That takes guts and dismantling a veteran like Petruzelli with ease like he did took skill. His second fight was against Zabit Samedov and didn't quite go as well, but he still showed promise. He's pumped the brakes a bit since then and this is him moving to that next level. There isn't a lot to say about Maurice Jackson than to ask where his record of 31-0 came from. It's fair to say that Vigney should win this, but Jackson is a big guy.

Originally slated to be Chi Lewis Parry vs. Everett Sims we now have Demoreo Dennis filling in. Dennis, you might remember, went the limit with Pat Barry earlier this year and most smart fans had their scorecards in favor of Dennis and not Barry in contrast to the judges. While Dennis has some holes in his game, he's been focused on it for longer and this is a big shot for him. Chi Lewis Parry talks a big game and his record in both kickboxing and MMA is impressive on paper right now, but we've still yet to see what he can really do against real competition. Dennis is a step up in competition for him and he can prove himself a bit here. 

It appears that Lewis Parry vs. Vigney is the fight that everyone wants to see in the finals, considering they were originally supposed to meet at a recent GLORY event until Vigney fell prey to a training injury. I think that Vigney wins no matter what, but there is still so little known about Lewis Parry that it is hard to really predict.

As for the SuperFight Series, well, there have been so many changes within the last 24 hours to that card that it feels unfair to come to any conclusions without research. There is, of course, not enough time to really research most of these fighters at this time, so just try to enjoy the fights.

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Tyrone Spong Considers Himself the Bo Jackson of Combat Sports, But GLORY Can't Afford Him

Tyrone Spong's rehabilitation since his horrific leg injury last year has involved him taking some boxing fights, but the question has been; how serious is this boxing career? When will he return to kickboxing? In this interview that popped up yesterday Spong talked about his boxing career as well as the outlook for MMA and kickboxing, which seems to be in a bit of a muddled place at the moment.

Spong claims that the organization that he fought for [GLORY] can't afford him right now, but it's clear that he'd like to fight for them again. It's clear to most that GLORY is in a period right now where they are focused on building up new stars and their television presence, so from their standpoint if Spong can't pull in the TV ratings that someone a lot cheaper can, it doesn't make sense to pay him a ton. It appears that they are deadlocked, which is unfortunate.

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Benjamin Adegbuyi Out of GLORY 21, Will Challenge Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 22

Originally slated for GLORY 21 was Anderson "Braddock" Silva vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi in a bout that was known in by insiders to be a #1 contender's bout where the winner would go on to face Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 22 in France. Adegbuyi was forced out of the fight due to a late leg injury and now according to GLORY he will be the contender for Verhoeven's Heavyweight Championship on June 5th in France.

It is an exciting fight considering that Adegbuyi has been a rising star within the Heavyweight kickboxing scene over the past few years, although I am pretty disappointed because the fight against Braddock was his biggest test to date. A win over Braddock would have left no doubts as to him deserving that shot. It looked like Mladen Brestovic would be filling in for Friday against Anderson "Braddock" Silva but it looks like for now that fight is on hold.

I kind of feel for Braddock here, always a bridesmaid and never the bride. Let's hope that he gets his shot soon as well.

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