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GLORY's New CEO Promises October Return, More International Events

  • Published in Glory

GLORY's unannounced and relatively quiet break that begun after GLORY's Last Man Standing PPV had a lot of people up in arms. Many believed that the company was in dire straits and that there might not be another show. It was clear that there was originally a GLORY 18 scheduled and that it dissipated before it could even be publicly announced. Now GLORY has named a new CEO and he's published an open letter on GLORY's website to give a sort of state of the union address to fans. 

You can read it here, but here are the bullet points to take away from it.

  • GLORY's next event will be in October.
  • There is no announced location for it yet, but the canceled event was scheduled in the Chicago area.
  • He hints at wanting to take GLORY "back on the road" away from LA and NYC.
  • Also hints at more international events. 
  • Spike TV relationship will continue moving forward.
  • GLORY and Spike TV will be working together for more GLORY-based programming to air on Spike.
  • A show titled "Top Knockouts of Glory Countdown" is set to debut, possibly before the late October event.

There are a lot of positives in there, including the expanded programming on Spike TV. If there was one thing really hampering GLORY events on Spike TV it would probably be the distinct lack of extra programming to help raise brand awareness. GLORY is a newer brand to audiences and the sport of kickboxing is just as new to them as well, airing additional programming on Spike TV can only help out. 

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Errol Zimmerman Taking Sabbatical From Kickboxing for Boxing

  • Published in Glory

It was perhaps a bit anticlimactic how the rematch between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman ended at GLORY 20, but it's hard to ignore the impact that it'll have for the coming years in the Heavyweight division in kickboxing. The fight ended with Zimmerman down on the mat, grasping at his knee in what was a worst case scenario for a warrior like him. Zimmerman is a guy who prides himself as being tough and if he's going to lose a fight he's going to actually lose it, not go down to injury. Yet that is exactly what happened.

We knew that Zimmerman would be out for a while, but it looks like Zimmerman will be taking a year off from kickboxing and much like Tyrone Spong who suffered a horrific leg injury against Gokhan Saki last year, Zimmerman will be returning to the ring as soon as he's healthy but will be doing so in professional boxing instead of kickboxing. 

In an interview with Dutch FunX Zimmerman announced that he will need to take at least a year off from kickboxing to heal up his knee, but that he doesn't intend to just sit idly by and wait to return to the ring. Instead he'll focus on professional boxing much like we've seen from the likes of other GLORY stars like Marc de Bonte, Nieky Holzken and Tyrone Spong. Here's hoping that all goes well with his recovery and we get to see him in the ring again soon, even if it is a boxing ring.

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GLORY Makes GLORY 14 in Zagreb Official

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Glory 14

At least we know for sure that Denver isn't happening now, right? I mean, sure, that is a bummer as I live 6 hours from Denver proper, about seven from Broomfield, but then again, I'm not sure that I'd want to drive to Denver in the middle of February. Anyway, this means that we now have a bit of an extended break that GLORY was planning to do originally with their first show of the year being in Zagreb, Croatia on March 8th. This means that yes, the long-rumored Remy Bonjasky vs. Mirko Cro Cop fight is indeed going down as the main event.

There is no further information about the event yet, but word has been that this will be Remy Bonjasky's retirement bout, although you can never tell. GLORY 13 was supposed to be Peter Aerts' retirement and it's not clear if that will hold up at all in Japan.

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Weekend Results: Paul Daley KO's Fabjan at FFC 12

  • Published in Europe

FFC

This weekend saw Paul Daley in action after announcing that he had signed with K-1 earlier in the week. Daley was continuing in his quest to fight the best in the world by fighting Miran Fabjan, defintely not a slouch by any standards, in fact, quite a talented guy. He was able to put Fabjan down and out in the second round, although Fabjan admitted after the fight that he was in need of surgery, which he would be delaying until after this fight.

The results below are provided by FFC.

  • MMA:
  • Dion Starring def. Tomaž Simonič - submission (americana), 1st round, 2:55
  • Viktor Halmi def. Primož Vrbinc – TKO, 2nd round, 2:00
  • Bor Bratovž def. Giorgi Ivanov - submission 1st round (1:45)
  • Ivica Trušćek def. Michael Pfunder – submission, 1st round (3:21)
  • Antun Račić def. Zoltan Turi – submission, 1st round (4:45)
  • Luka Jelčić def. Krasimir Georgiev - KO (ground n' pound), 1st round (2:20)
  • KICKBOXING
  • Paul Daley def. Miran Fabjan – KO, 2nd round
  • Teo Mikelić def. Mirko Vorkapić - TKO, 1st round
  • Denis Chorchyp def. Darian Paladin – unanimous decision
  • Samo Petje def. Kevin Hesseling - KO, 1st round
  • Elmir Mehić def. Rok Štrucl - KO, 2nd round
  • Mladen Kujundžić def. Dženan Poturak - KO , 1st round

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Marc De Bonte vs. Joseph Valtellini Added to Last Man Standing PPV

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Last Man Standing

We already knew that Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven would battle it out at GLORY 17's Last Man Standing PPV event for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship, but now it looks like there will be three titles decided on the Last Man Standing PPV. Sure, we'll have a Middleweight and a Heavyweight Champion crowned, but it looks like Marc De Bonte gets what he asked for in getting to defend his GLORY Welterweight Championship against Joseph Valtellini at the Last Man Standing PPV.

Add in a Featherweight Championship tournament on the GLORY 17 Spike TV card, as well as Andy Ristie vs. Ky Hollenbeck and Cro Cop on the card and you have a ton of reasons to be watching on June 21st.

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Check Out GLORY's 20 Best Knockouts on Spike TV This Friday

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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.

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Gabriel Varga Out of K-1 USA vs. China Event

  • Published in K-1

GLORY fighter Gabriel Varga was set to compete at the K-1 USA vs. China event on January 1st in China but it looks like all of that has gone up in smoke over the past day. Varga is reporting on having visa issues. Upon entering China they found that he did not have the proper paperwork to enter the country, which meant that he had to turn around and go right back home to Canada. 

Definitely a bit of a bummer for those looking forward to seeing Varga fight. The good news is that there are no other issues as of press time with the event and it should go off without a hitch. We'll keep you posted on any further news for the K-1 China vs. USA event.

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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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Lion Fight 12 Airs Tonight -- Here Are the Weigh-Ins

  • Published in Muay Thai

Lion Fight 12

Tonight is yet again another good night for American Muay Thai as Lion Fight 12 goes down tonight in Las Vegas, airing live on AXS TV at 10PM Eastern time. Lion Fight has always delivered and tonight's card looks to be doing just the same with another action-packed line-up. Here is the card for tonight;

  • LION FIGHT 12 - 10PM - AXS TV
  • LION FIGHT WELTERWEIGHT TITLE: MALAIPET vs. FABIO PINCA
  • TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. MAGALI FORONI
  • JASON ANDRADA vs. ABER BOUTTAVONG
  • NICK CHASTEEN vs. CHRIS CULLEY
  • GLEN SPENCER JR vs. STEPHEN RICHARDS
  • ANTHONY CASTREJON vs. MIGUEL ROSALES
  • MIRANDA CAYABYAB vs. KAIYANA RAIN

 

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Photo of the Day: Peter Aerts Ads in Shibuya Station

  • Published in Glory

Aerts

We have known that GLORY was going to go all-out for GLORY 13 for a while now, but with the impending not-so-retirement of Peter Aerts coming up they are really going heavy on the advertisements. How much so? How about a GIANT ad in the Shibuya Train Station? Yeah, because that is exactly what they did, with it measuring 30 meters long and having some crazy Aerts imagery. You've really got to see the whole thing.

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