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Joe Schilling Returns to Action Against Robert Thomas at GLORY 19

The past few months have been filled with rumors, upset fans and fighters looking for opportunities outside of the GLORY banner. The best example of that would have to be Joe Schilling, who made his return to MMA after years away competing in muay thai and kickboxing, to knock out Melvin Manhoef in one of the most exciting KO's of the year. Schilling was one of the stars of GLORY's Last Man Standing tournament back in June, making it to the finals where he rematched Artem Levin with Levin walking away the victor this time.

Afterwards it seemed that a rift had grown between GLORY and Schilling, which became public when Schilling publicly signed with Bellator. 

It seems that everything is in working order now, though, as it came out today that Schilling has a new contract with GLORY and will be fighting at GLORY 19 against Robert Thomas. This is a big move for GLORY considering that Joe Schilling was their most popular US-based fighter and that a rubber match between Levin and Schilling should be a major attraction in their 2015 schedule. First up is Robert Thomas at GLORY 19 on February 6th though, which should be fun.

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Videos: Kunlun Fights #15

Well, we had some very interesting results this weekend in China at Kunlun #15, that really mess with the kickboxing rankings. Glory's heavyweight champ and #1 ranked Rico Verhoeven lost a decision after getting two 8 counts in the 2nd round at the hands of Andrei Herasimchuk. So where does this put Herasimchuk in the ranks? is he #1 now? Rico never really got into a groove during the fight and the same can be said about Murthel Groenhart. He seemed to have nothing to offer his opponent Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, which led to the Thai fighter landing a perfect left head kick and ending the fight. Now without a doubt Sittichai deserves to be in the top 10 of the kickboxing rankings after beating Andy Souwer and Groenhart in one night.

Here are the videos thanks to our friends at http://www.fightstadium.com/

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Kunlun Fight #15 Stream and Results

Kunlun fights #15 two day event is taking place on Jan 3rd and 4th in China and will hopefully have a STREAM RIGHT HERE (server 3) starting at 11:30pm PST/ 1:30am CST. Lets cross our fingers and hope the stream goes through because this is a very good card including a middleweight 4-man tournament, a super heavyweight 8-man tournament, and a super fight with Glory heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven.

FULL CARD

Middleweight Tournament Semi-Finals

Tournament Final Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Andy Souwer - Sittichai Sitsongpeenong wins by Decision

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Murthel Groenhart - Sittichai Sitsongpeenong Wins by KO Rd 3 (high kick)

Andy Souwer vs Jiao Fukai - Andy Souwer Wins by TKO Rd 3 (unable to come out for EX round)

Super Fights

Rico Verhoeven vs Andrei Herasimchuk - Andrei Herasimchuk Wins by Decision

Irina Mazepa vs Wang Kehan - Wang Kehan Wins by Decision

(MMA) Taniyana Fumitaka vs Yang Jiangping - Yang Jiangping Wins by Armbar Rd 1

Lerdsila Chumpairtour vs Wang Wanben

 

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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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