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GLORY's Future on TV Could Be With Showtime

Over the years the name "Showtime" has come up many times when it has to do with GLORY on American television. In fact, early on for the organization they were looking to Showtime as a potential home. This began with the relationship with CBS Sports Network, which aired some of their earlier events on tape delay, and many thought would lead to a deal with Showtime until Spike TV came along. Spike had initially reached an agreement with K-1 Global to bring kickboxing to the United States on Spike TV. That deal began with web streams on and after a few events both sides decided that it was best to move on.

That left Spike hungry for what they saw as potentially the next MMA in the United States and they looked no further than GLORY. Since then there have been ups and downs when it comes to GLORY on Spike TV. Kickboxing is a growing sport and as soon as Scott Coker took the helm of Bellator MMA Viacom's focus was on making Bellator MMA a viable brand and moneymaker for them. That is still a work in progress and somewhere along the way GLORY was left in the wake of the cult of personality that is Scott Coker. Bellator MMA has grown in popularity and television ratings since then while GLORY has been struggling with its identity within the Spike TV universe. 

The Spike TV/GLORY deal comes to an end in the near future and right now we are in the part of the deal where both sides consider the future. A part of that consideration is for GLORY to check for other deals and of course, Showtime once again is in their sights. Rumors earlier this year involved Floyd Mayweather possibly becoming involved with the promotion, which seemed like a backdoor of sorts onto Showtime, although things never quite panned out in that regard. Now we see GLORY's SuperFight Series airing on CBS Sports Network and FrontRowBrian tweeting about GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin meeting with CBS officials. We've had confirmation on that for days now, but it all is just a part of the puzzle. 

Our friend John Joe O'Regan at BloodyElbow spoke with Franklin today and Franklin confirmed that there were talks, but that it is just business. The relationship with Spike is still there and it is safe to note that Franklin was the impetus for the Spike TV deal in the first place, before he worked in an official capacity for GLORY.

"Operating in the best interests of all Glory stakeholders, it behooves us to discuss broadcast opportunities with all networks that reach out to us," Franklin told Bloody Elbow.

What is clear is that GLORY is ensuring that fans in the United States will be able to consume GLORY programming moving forward. Where GLORY will be airing in a few months is still a mystery, but there are plenty of options it seems. Franklin's background in boxing and television can only help. If Showtime is where GLORY wants to go and that is within their reach it could be a truly interesting time for them. Showtime has less of a reach of a Spike TV, but as a premium network with a rich history of their sports broadcasting with boxing and Strikeforce previously, it would deliver GLORY to an engaged audience and also have Showtime's PPV know-how at their disposal. Never mind the possibility of airing on CBS proper. 


SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Rumored to be Moved to Germany

Originally slated for Angola in Africa, rumors are now pointing for SuperKombat's World Grand Prix Finals event to be moved to Germany instead. The move was reported by Kickfighter Magazine in Germany and it will be to ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany. The ISS Dome can house between 12,000 - 13,000 fans according to the setup and seems like a large, bold move for SuperKombat. This seems in line with rumors of a possible new German investor for the promotion.

Other rumors include Danyo Ilunga fighting Andrei Stoica for his Cruiserweight championship along with possibly an 8-man heavyweight tournament on the show. We've yet to get a response from SuperKombat officials just yet on the situation but there has been a buzz among the SuperKombat faithful over the past few weeks of a "big announcement" coming soon and the move to Germany with an 8-man tournament featuring bigger, available names would be exactly that.

SuperKombat was best known for their 2011 season that saw them capitalize on the rather uncertain future in the world of kickboxing by bringing in some of the world's top talents for tournaments and bigger events. The landscape changed shortly thereafter with the formation of GLORY and exclusive or semi-exclusive contracts but SuperKombat kept themselves visible by breeding homegrown talent, which led to fighters like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan Stoica and Andrei Stoica making names for themselves internationally. 

With the future of kickboxing looking once again a bit shaky it is interesting to see that SuperKombat is looking to once again make big moves and do their part for keeping kickboxing as a viable sport for the near future.


Giorgio Petrosyan Returning to Italy for November 6th Fight

Just hours after Giorgio Petrosyan defeated Xu Yan in China the Italian media are already abuzz about the next bout for Giorgio Petrosyan and it looks like that next bout will be on November 6th in Monza, Italy. While there hasn't been an opponent announced just yet there might be some headway as to which banner Petrosyan will be fighting under. There have been rumors abound over the past few months at Giorgio Petrosyan fighting in Italy once again under the GLORY banner.

That is not official just yet but this seems like a very good sign that Petrosyan will indeed be fighting in the fall in Italy, now the rest of the puzzle just has to come together and fans might just get their wish of seeing Giorgio Petrosyan back among the GLORY elite on his quest to once again be known as the top 70kg kickboxer in the world.


Gabriel Varga vs. Serhiy Adamchuk Pulled from Dynamite 1

After rumors were abound yesterday that the GLORY Featherweight title fight between Gabriel Varga and Serhiy Adamchuk was off it has come out today that Adamchuk and Varga will indeed not meet at Bellator MMA Dynamite 1 on September 19th in the GLORY ring. While not one of the headline attractions it did help to bolster the GLORY portion of the card with a second title fight between the two Featherweights.

According to our bud Michael Stets GLORY officials informed him that the fight was indeed off but wouldn't clarify on where the injury was. From our own reports we've heard that the injury was on Varga's side, although the specifics of the injury remain unclear. Gabriel Varga was forced to pull out is all that we know. Here's hoping to a formidable bout replacing it.


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