|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey, GLORY will present GLORY 15 Istanbul. GLORY 15 is slated to feature the GLORY Light H...Read more
This week our question revolved around this weekend's Glory World Series event. We asked you what bout you were looking forward to the most, and the results fell right in line with what we predicted. So let's go to the results.
Which Glory World Series Fight Are You Looking Forward to?
32.4% - Gokhan Saki vs. Brice Guidon
24.5% - Nieky Holzken vs. Artur Kyshenko
20.6% - Sergei Kharitonov vs. Mighty Mo
11.8% - Mark Miller vs. Nikolaj Falin
5.9% - Errol Zimmerman vs. Mourad Bouzidi
4.9% - Other
This week's poll is; Favorite Knockout From the Glory World Series?
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You may be familiar with K-1's format. They hold two World Grand Prix tournaments a year, a heavyweight one and a 70kg one (K-1 MAX). Recently they've started a -63kg tournament as well. With K-1 being the pinnacle of the sport in past years up until this year, every fighter had a goal to compete in K-1 and win a world grand prix. The problem? With only 2 weight classes and the -63kg tournament pretty much being all Japanese, where does everyone else in between fit in? Where do the fighters in between get exposure from? We'll go over just how K-1 has influenced fighters and how the recent lull in action from them has created a new outlook on weight classes.
With K-1's recent lull in action, many other promotions are stepping up to the plate and putting on big cards. Many fighters that fight in K-1 are appearing on these big cards. With K-1 not paying fighters and with no one having a clue if they'll do any heavyweight or -70kg MAX GP this year, fighters have to find a way to make money. The great thing about the rising promotions like It's Showtime and Ultimate Glory is that more weight classes are being utilized. K-1 only uses two 2 weight classes and everyone in between those two are a bit stuck.
We've seen many fighters fighting way above or way below their natural weight class because of K-1's format. Melvin Manhoef has been fighting Super Heavyweights when his optimal weight class is -85kg. Manhoef did fight in It's Showtime's 85MAX division and won the title. The thing is, the big money and most exposure was in K-1. Despite winning the 85MAX Title in It's Showtime, Manhoef never defended it and continued to fight in K-1. You have to wonder, if K-1 was not around or it used more weight classes, just how different would Melvin Manhoef's career be? For giving up so much weight, Manhoef was quite successful. It would be interesting if he would've had all his fights at 85MAX instead of fighting Super Heavyweights.
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You want to watch this. If you weren't afraid of what Badr Hari was capable before, you probably will be after this. Part two begins with his very candid retelling of a 2005 incident where his neighbors called the police to complain about the noise coming form Badr Hari's home and he went over and beat them. He talks about his self control -- or lack thereof and there is so much more in this. Wow.
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When I heard about this "profile" show, I made sure to speak to one of the producers, and was sad to find out it would not be found anywhere anytime soon with english subtitles. Thankfully, someone out there (YouTube user Undubately) decided to do the dirty work and go through subtitling the interview. This is just part one of three, but the other parts will soon follow! This is really top notch stuff, so watch it already. [source]
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If for some reason you missed the Glory World Series Finals you missed one hell of a show. One of the most exciting moments of the night was Mark "Fightshark" Miller making his return from open heart surgery against Nikolaj Falin. The lead-up to the fight was huge here in the United States, with Mark making all of the media rounds and many fans who don't follow kickboxing were all of a sudden all-eyes on the world of kickboxing for this fight. Mark showed that hard work pays off with a one punch KO on Nikolaj Falin. Our photo of the day is to one of the most inspirational men I've ever known, in a photo with his opponent Nikolaj Falin and his trainer post-fight. Class acts.
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