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GLORY 19 Welterweight Contender Tournament Entrants Confirmed

Today we can officially confirm the entrants into the GLORY 19 Welterweight Contender's tournament. This tournament will feature some of the biggest names in GLORY's Welterweight division, including a surprise entry from a former K-1 World MAX Champion.

The tournament features two big match-ups, including top Welterweight Nieky Holzken squaring off against former K-1 World MAX Champion Murthel Groenhart in a semi-final fight. Murthel has long been a man without a true weight class and many had felt that he had finally settled into 70kg, but after losses to Robin Van Roosmalen and Davit Kiria it looks like Groenhart will once again move up in weight to face the biggest threat to Valetllini's Championship in Nieky Holzken.

Holzken, of course, is not pleased with this. John Joe O'Reagan spoke with Holzken who expressed his frustrations with having to go through a tournament to get a shot at a man that he's already defeated before, especially considering he was originally supposed to fight for the title against Marc DeBonte but was injured. 

The other side of the tournament will feature GLORY 16's viral star in Raymond Daniels going up against Brazil's Jonathan Oliveira. Oliveira has two wins in GLORY already and this is very much a step up for him into the spotlight. 

GLORY 19 takes place on February 6th in Virginia and will air live on Spike TV.

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K-1 USA vs. China Live Results

K-1 USA vs China is starting now at 4:00am PST HERE IS THE LINK for anyone that is awake at this strange hour, otherwise here are the results as they happen.

90Kg Liang Ling vs. Andrew Tate - Andrew Tate wins by Decision

60Kg Lei Peng Hui vs. Joseph Logan - Joseph Logan wins by TKO Rd (leg kicks)

53Kg E Meidie vs. Sanja Sucevic - E Meidie wins by Decision

64Kg Wang Zhi Wei vs. Arthur Sorsor - Wang Zhi Wei wins by KO Rd 1 (spinning back fist)

68Kg Li Yun Kun vs. Justin Greskiewicz -  Justin Greskiewicz wins by Decision

70Kg Tian Xian vs. Tony Hervey - Tian Xian wins by TKO Rd 2 (leg kicks)

70Kg Zhou Zhi Peng vs. Stavone Warren - Zhou Zhi Peng wins by Decision

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Mirko Cro Cop Finishes Satoshi Ishii in Japan

New Year's Eve in Japan has been a tradition in combat sports for years now. Sadly, after the fall of FEG we've seen very little in the way of what we used to get with the huge Dynamite!! events in Japan. The days of Kakutougi being king in Japan have come and gone, but that doesn't mean that people don't try. 

There were a handful of events in Japan today, with the bigger ones being run by DEEP and Inoki Genome Federation. IGF featured the bigger names like Cro Cop, Satoshi Ishii, Shinya Aoki, Josh Barnett (pro wrestling, not MMA) and even hosting Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva as special guests. The story coming away from the event is that Mirko Cro Cop finished Satoshi Ishii with a left head kick to knock him off balance then following up with a flurry of punches to put him down and out. 

This means that Mirko Cro Cop begins 2015 by holding onto the IGF World Championship.

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GLORY Possibly Looking to Expand into MMA Waters in 2015

The year 2014 was an interesting one for kickboxing and 2015 is looking to be just as crazy by the looks of it. GLORY 19 will kick off GLORY's 2015 with a GLORY Heavyweight Championship bout between champion Rico Verhoeven and challenger Errol Zimmerman in Virginia. The rest of the year we'll have to wait and see. In Jon J. Franklin's holiday address he gave some insight into what to expect from 2015 and surprisingly enough the term "MMA" appeared.

GLORY 19 will be held in Virginia with the team behind Spartyka Fight League assisting in promoting the event, meaning to expect the local undercard to feature some MMA bouts for sure. Is that a sign of things to come? Here's a passage from Franklin's statement.

2015 will be a year of great fight nights, spectacular new promotions and new exotic locations.  We will be in Dubai, UAE and we will welcome international superstars to our events.  Glory also looks forward to amazing evenings in conjunction with with top MMA promotions and to new television networks all over the world joining the Glory juggernaut.  Stay tuned for the many exciting surprises that are on tap for 2015.

It seems to point to possibly seeing co-promotional events much like GLORY 4 Tokyo was with DREAM. The question is; will they work with Bellator? Will GLORY hold their own MMA fights? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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