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GLORY's Greatest Hits Volume I

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GLORY have been around for two years now and have run a total of 16 events thus far, with each one producing some truly memorable moments. GLORY have collected the most memorable moments in their 16 events into one video, dubbing it their Greatest Hits Volume I. So of course we all want to watch it, right? So check it out.

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GLORY Announces GLORY 15 Istanbul

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In one of the least shocking moves that we've seen in quite a while, GLORY has announced that GLORY 15 Istanbul will go down on April 12th and that it will feature Gokhan Saki. Seeing as though Gokhan Saki is from Turkey and is actually a pretty big star there, this makes a whole lot of sense. While there aren't much by the way of details yet, there are rumors of a Light Heavyweight contender's tournament and those rumors point to Gokhan Saki being a part of this tournament.

If you want to know who is unhappy about that, look no further than GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Tyrone Spong who doesn't feel that Gokhan Saki should have the red carpet rolled out to him for moving down in weight by being placed in a tournament to contend for a title in his hometown. Hard not to agree with that, huh?

GLORY 15

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Free Unlocked Video: GLORY 11 Chicago - Rico Verhoeven vs. Daniel Ghita

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Glory World Series has unlocked the video of the four man heavyweight tournament final from October 12th last year, between Rico Verhoeven and Daniel Ghita to get us ready for the rematch. This is one of the highest paced and exciting heavyweight fights I have seen for a long time. After watching this fight multiple times I still have a hard time choosing a winner. Ghita and Verhoeven used to be sparring partners, which explains why they seem to know each other so well and neither of them could land their signature techniques. Ghita is definitely the harder hitting fighter with more knockouts to his name, but his power seemed to fade early on in this fight due to Verhoeven pulling him into his technical and grinding style.

Will Ghita be able to get the knockout this time, or will Verhoeven grind out a 5 round decision, What do you think?

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Nieky Holzken Forced Out of GLORY 16 Title Fight

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GLORY 16

One of the big bouts at GLORY 16 Denver was scheduled to be Nieky Holzken vs. Marc de Bonte, but it looks like Nieky Holzken will be forced to pull out of his fight with de Bonte yet again. It turns out that Holzken was involved in a car accident in January, which injured his shoulder. Holzken has been working through the injury, but upon a doctor's recommendation he will not compete in May at GLORY 16 Denver against de Bonte.

As they say, though, the show much go on. Marc de Bonte will still have a chance at being crowned the first ever GLORY Welterweight Champion as he will square off against Karapet Karapetyan with the winner walking away as the first ever GLORY Welterweight Champion. Both men are coming off of wins, Karapetyan against Artur Kyshenko and de Bonte against L'houcine Ouzgni last April.

Of course, GLORY 15 goes down on Saturday live from Istanbul if you are outside of America, in America it will air on Spike TV at 9pm Eastern.

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Andre Dida to Return to Fighting This Summer

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Dida

Andre Dida is one of those guys that most of us know from our time staying up super late to watch Japanese events from here in the United States and rightfully so. Dida cut his teeth in Brazil before being called up by K-1 for their HERO*s organization, where he took place in their first Lightweight GP. Dida, who was a relative unknown to Japanese fans at the time, made it all the way to the Finals. From there he went on to appear in DREAM as well as K-1 MAX.

His K-1 MAX stint was weird, to say the least, as K-1 threw him to the wolves early on, so to speak. His first fight was a crazy KO, so then he was moved up in competition. When I say moved up, I mean that his second K-1 fight was against Buakaw Banchamek (then Por. Pramuk). What was crazy was that he nailed Buakaw with some great shots, Buakaw was a king at the time. Buakaw went on to win via decision in an extra round, but Dida earned some serious respect there. He had two more fights in K-1 after that, both of which were still steep climbs up the talent ranks, against Yuichiro Nagashima and Hinata Watanabe.

Dida announced his return today, claiming that he not only wanted to come back to MMA, but to Kickboxing. I'm not sure that he'd be able to just jump right into the deep waters at 70kg right away, but if GLORY or K-1 were to pick him up they'd be able to build him up until he's comfortable and see where he stands, at least. Dida is planning this comeback with Champions Sports Management based out of Stoney Creek, Ontario, a brand of House of Champions gym, headed by Alin Halmagean and Nenad Kuruc.

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Weekend Results: SuperKombat New Heroes 3.29.2014

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Cedric Manhoef

SuperKombat kicked off their 2014 season with style this past weekend with SuperKombat New Heroes in Ploiesti. The main event of the night was Cedric Manhoef defending his SuperKombat New Heroes Middleweight Championship against Amansio Paraschiv in a fight that went to a draw, which means that Manhoef retains the Championship. Other big fights included Ionut Atodiresei defeating Stauro Exakoustidis via decision and Jorge Loren scoring a victory over Bogdan Stoica.

Here are the results courtesy of SuperKombat.

1. Superfight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Adrian Maxim (Romania) won by unanimous decision against Aleksandar Topic (Serbia)

2. Superfight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)

Miljan Vidovic (Serbia) won by unanimous decision against Mirel Iacob (Romania)

3. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)

Danut Hurduc (Romania) won by technical knockout Ibo Efe (Turkey)

4. Superfight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)

Cristian Spetcu (Romania) won by unanimous decision against Mansour Yaqubi (Afghanistan)

5. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)

Cristian Ristea (Romania) won by technical knockout against Romano Romasco (Ghana)

6. Superfight – Lightweight Bout (-65 kg)

Ionut Atodiresei (Romania) won by unanimous decision against Stauros Exakoustidis (Greece)

7. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)

Jorge Loren (Spain) won by unanimous decision against Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

8. Superkombat New Heroes Middleweight Title – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) has ended with a draw decision

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Photo of the Day: Cro Cop Wants You to Cuddle a Puppy

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Cro Cop

At GLORY 14 in Zagreb Mirko Cro Cop is primed to square off against Remy Bonjasky, but before then, he wants to cuddle with puppies. Yes, you read that correctly. Mirko Cro Cop took part in a campaign in Croatia to raise awareness of animal abuse by posing for photos with a puppy. I concur, dogs are amazing and anyone who harms one is a terrible person, so we stand with Cro Cop because dogs and puppies are the best.

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Glory Unlocks Davit Kiria vs Kem Sitsongpeenong

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Glory Sports International are sticking to their promise and releasing full fights until the whole archive is available. Today we have Davit Kiria who has since become the Glory lightweight champion, against Thailand's Kem Sitsongpeenong. Glory rules are usually not easy for Thai's to adapt to since their main defense to punches is to clinch, but Kem is a great fighter and adapts well to make this a close fight.

If you watch the video all the way to the end seems there is a surprise extra fight where you get to see American Ky Hollenbeck make easy work of fellow countryman Micheal Corley.

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Ghita vs. Verhoeven II Trailer

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On June 21st Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven will meet in the ring for the second time, this time with the GLORY Heavyweight Championship on the line, making it an even bigger deal. Ghita vs. Verhoeven II will headline the GLORY Last Man Standing PPV event -- immediately following GLORY 17 on Spike TV -- which could be GLORY's biggest event to date. 

So here is a look at GLORY's preview of Ghita vs. Verhoeven II, which I'd consider a good way to kick off your day.

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