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Video: Robin Van Roosmalen vs. Steve Moxon for Happy Hearts Fund.

We had been waiting to see this video of Glory lightweight champion Robin van Roosmalen vs "Stone Cold" Steve Moxon which took place on June 3rd in New York. This was a charity black tie event for the Happy Hearts Fund, as you can see by the poster the co-main event featured Pierre Andurand, one of Glory's biggest shareholders. I personally think its really great of Pierre to get in the ring and try at least one fight, it really shows that he is a huge kickboxing fan and just an overall good guy, maybe we will get to see that video soon.

Van Roosmalen vs Moxon was a much more competitive fight than I had anticipated considering Moxon has been a little bit off his game lately. Moxon fought really well and showed great head movement and footwork avoiding Robin's hooks early. Eventually Robin started with the leg kicks and that's when the tide changed in the Glory champions favor. This was just a very fun fight to watch with two very similar style fighters.


GLORY 22 Ratings Take a Hit From Afternoon Airtime

By just about any metric GLORY 22 was a great event, both on paper and in execution. The Lightweight tournament featured some of the best and brightest in the Lightweight division and we walked away with Josh Jauncey looking like he's going to be a major player in the division for years and Sitthichai looking like he's marching to becoming a long-reigning champion. We also got some patented Zack Mwekassa violence and then we got to see Rico Verhoeven and Benjamin Adegbuyi stand toe-to-toe with Verhoeven walking away as champion still.

The issue, of course, came with GLORY 22 taking place in France. GLORY's main television contract is with Spike TV in the United States and while GLORY 22 did air on Spike UK, it aired on Saturday, when more people could be watching. One of the big complaints about past GLORY events emenating from Europe have been that Spike TV airs them on tape delay, which in a modern, internet-feuled age is liken to a form of self-sabotage. Spoilers are real and sporting events that you can DVR through the slower parts tend to lose the level of excitement that they bring when airing live. So Spike TV was going to make the "right" decision by airing GLORY 22 live. The problem here is that Spike TV opted not to air a replay of the event later on in the evening. 

The number being reported by SportsTVRatings is 152,000 viewers. This is of course excluding any possible DVR viewers that came afterwards, but is the raw, live number from Friday afternoon. It is, without a doubt, the lowest number that we've seen for GLORY programming on Spike TV. We spoke to GLORY officials who confirmed that while choosing France as the venue was their decision, when it aired on Spike TV was not under their control. GLORY was thrilled at the idea of airing the event live, but had begged for a replay later on in the evening due to 4pm Eastern and live at 1pm Pacific on a Friday seeming like suicide. 

One has to wonder why a network with the experience that Spike TV has with live combat sports and who seems dedicated to their Friday block of combat sports programming would make such an odd error. Spike TV has experience with the UFC, Bellator, professional boxing and now kickboxing to know how a show will fare at certain times and even the uninitiated saw 4pm Eastern as a bad time on a Friday. I have some serious questions here that there don't seem to be answers for as of press time and am starting to wonder if Spike has soured on the idea of partnering with GLORY or they are perhaps even looking to purchase the brand and "rehabilitate it" much like they did with Bellator years ago. 

GLORY 22 was a very, very good show that any combat sports fan should go out of their way to see. It's starting to look like Spike might not be overly enthralled with the brand that is still in its embryonic stages and if that is so, let's hope that GLORY does find a more commited partner in the future. 


Peter Aerts Officially Retires

After perhaps one of the most legendary careers in the sport of kickboxing, the trailblazing Peter Aerts has finally hung up the gloves. Aerts, originally promoted to be retiring at GLORY 13 wasn't too pleased with being pushed into retirement when he didn't quite feel ready for it just yet. Aerts has been aware of father time since at least 2012 when he first started planning his retirement, with the bout against Tyrone Spong being his "BeNeLux retirement."

Since then it has all been about winding down and while Aerts was scheduled to participate in the BLADE.2 event in Japan on August 1st, yesterday at a press conference in Japan he instead sent along a video announcing his retirement. He had sustained a few injuries after his last fight with Ernesto Hoost and has had difficulties getting back into fighting shape and recovering, which has pushed him to finally retire. He will now focus on training fighters and building up the next generation of kickboxers.

For me, personally, it is tough to see the end of the Aerts era considering he was the first fighter that really caught my eye as a kid. After watching Aerts' first K-1 World Grand Prix victory I was hooked for life. That being said, it is all about safety and health. Aerts has a family and a gym right now and leaves behind a legacy as one of the all-time greats of the sport. My favorite memory of the past few years will still be Aerts making it to the finals of the 2010 World Grand Prix against Alistair Overeem and having that feeling that anything could happen, that Aerts could win it one last time. That was the kind of magic that Peter Aerts brought to the ring with him.


Card for SuperKombat on June 13th

Much like the spice on Arrakis, the kickboxing must flow or else the wheels of history will grind to a momentary pause. At least that is what I'm going to tell you because I'm pretty sure the world would exist without most forms of sports and entertainment, but it sounds a lot more dramatic the other way around. SuperKombat returns this weekend with SuperKombat Special Edition in Switzerland. Originally slated to feature Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Brian Douwes cooler heads have prevailed and Adegbuyi will not fight a week after he fought Rico Verhoeven.

Instead Daniel Sam has stepped up to the plate and that should actually be a pretty competitive kickboxing match. There is a heavyweight tournament featuring Nikolaj Falin, Enver Sljivar, Michal Reissinger and D'Angelo Marshall and Bogdan Stoica will be in action.

Main card
1. Heavyweight tournament - Semifinal 1 - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Nikolaj Falin (Russia) vs Enver Sljivar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
2. Heavyweight tournament - Semifinal 2 - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Michal Reissinger (Czech Republic) vs D'Angelo Marshall (Curacao)
3. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Francisco Matos (Switzerland) vs Cristian Milea (Romania)
4. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Faton Vukshinaj (Switzerland) vs Mika Tahitu (Suriname)
5. Super Fight - Super middleweight bout (-77)
Anghel Cardos (Romania) vs Shkodran Veseli (Albania)
6. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Zyber Rudaj (Switzerland) vs Errol Koning (Suriname)
7. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Daniel Sam (United Kingdom) vs Brian Douwes (Netherlands)
8. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Horace "Boy Boy" Martin (Jamaica) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
9. Heavyweight tournament - Final - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs Winner of Semifinal 2

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