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Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari Are Ready to Destroy Each Other

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The time is finally upon us. The most anticipated kickboxing fight in years goes down tomorrow in Germany; Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven. Hari, after a considerable time away from the ring and the spotlight, will be heading to the GLORY ring for the first time to challenge the man who became the top heavyweight in the world while Hari wasn't looking, with both men looking to prove that they are indeed the best in the world.

This, my friends, is the staredown.

Damn.

There are literally three cardloads of great fights on this card as well, so check out the whole weigh-in, but Badr and Rico look like they are going to kill each other. This fight can't come soon enough.

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GLORY Collision Hype: Badr Hari vs. Alistair Overeem

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The sport of kickboxing was once ruled by giants that roamed the Japanese countryside, competing in the K-1 World Grand Prix events as larger-than-life titans looking to floor each other. This is, in part, what made the sport of kickboxing so popular and left a lasting legacy that everyone is trying to live up to now. When Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem decided to dip his toes into the realm of K-1 many thought that he'd be easy fodder for the elite of the elite, only for him to score an upset against Badr Hari, one of the greats of the time. 

This led to Overeem entering the K-1 World Grand Prix the following year, a year that many saw Badr Hari as the man to beat in the tournament. When it came down to both men squaring off that night, everyone was expecting fireworks. That's exactly what happened.

If this Badr Hari shows up on Saturday, Rico Verhoeven is in trouble. Interestingly enough, Alistair Overeem will be joining the broadcast team on Saturday to provide expert commentary during the main event. 

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GLORY 37 Los Angeles Card Released

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While we are just over a week away from the huge GLORY Collision event in Germany, GLORY hasn't been resting on their laurels at all, instead they've geared up for a January event in Los Angeles that promises to bring action to the world in the new year. GLORY 37 features a Welterweight tournament as well as Jason Wilnis defending the GLORY Middleweight Championship against the whirlwind that is Israel Adesayna.

The SuperFight Series is headlined by newly-crowned Featherweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen defending his title against the tough Matt Embree. Al,so featured is Zoila Frausto against Daniela Graf and Giga Chikadze against Victor Pinto.

This all goes down on January 20th, GLORY 37 airing live on ESPN3 at 10pm pacific and GLORY 37 SuperFight Series airing at 7:30pm pacific on UFC Fight Pass.

GLORY 37 Los Angeles

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Jason Wilnis (c) vs. Israel Adesayna

Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Guto Inocente vs. TBA

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Alan Scheinson vs. Karim Benmansour

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yoann Kongolo vs. Konstantin Khuzin

GLORY 37 SuperFight Series

Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Matt Embree

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jhonata Diniz vs. Tomas Mozny

Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Warren Thompson

Super Bantamweight Bout: Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf

Featherweight Bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Victor Pinto

 

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GLORY Collision SuperFight Series to Air Free on UFC.tv

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For those of us looking forward to December 10th for GLORY Collision and GLORY 36 there's yet another incentive. If, for some reason, you are not a subscriber to UFC Fight Pass, you've been missing out on the SuperFight Series, which have been some of the promotion's best efforts of the year when it comes to pure match quality. Thanks to the UFC and GLORY, the upcoming GLORY SuperFight Series will air live as prelims for GLORY Collision.

Here's what the card looks like.

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Danijel Solaja

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal B: Tiffany van Soest vs. Jessica Gladstone

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal A: Isis Verbeek vs. Amel Dehby

Lightweight Bout: Andrej Bruhl vs. Tyjani Beztati

The order for the show is as follows; GLORY 36 on ESPN3, GLORY SuperFight Series on UFC.tv (free) and GLORY Collision on UFC.tv PPV ($29.99).

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GLORY Collision Hype: Badr Hari vs. Sem Schilt From It's Showtime

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On December 10th kickboxing's biggest fight in ages will rock Germany with Badr Hari returning to the spotlight to take on GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven is a showdown for the ages. The event will be aired live on UFC's PPV service and is set to be a callback to the glory days of kickboxing. UFC posted a video from the archives for free to hype fans up and it's the legendary bout between Badr Hari and Semmy Schilt from It's Showtime. At the time Semmy Schilt was the undisputed king of kickboxing, serving as K-1's biggest nightmare in a huge beast of a fighter who put on staggeringly brilliant performances that seemed to lack that K-1 "pop" and excitement.

Badr Hari was a rising star at the time and, as you can see from the video, his star was perhaps never bigger worldwide. What's fascinating is as much as I remember this fight, it's still incredible to see just how many fans were in attendance and how rabid they were. These were truly the glory days of kickboxing.

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Dylan Salvador Replaces Davit Kiria Plus Updated GLORY 36/Collision Cards

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With weeks to go before December 10th, former GLORY Lightweight Champion Davit Kiria's return to the GLORY ring will be delayed, it seems. It was announced today that Kiria will be pulling out of the GLORY 36 Lightweight Tournament, being replaced by an exciting new challenger being thrust into the mix in Dylan Salvador. Salvador has made a name for himself in China, including a win over current Lightweight Champion Sitthichai. That means that Salvador will be clashing against Anatoly Moiseev, who is celebrating a recent victory over Josh Jauncey.

GLORY 36 Germany

Lightweight World Title Bout: Sittichai (c) vs. Marat Grigorian

Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Semifinal A Winner vs. Semifinal B Winner

Featherweight Co-Headline Bout: Mosab Amrani vs. Fabio Pinca

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal B: Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai vs. Hysni Beqiri

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal A: Dylan Salvador vs. Anatoly Moiseev

GLORY 36 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Danijel Solaja

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal B: Tiffany van Soest vs. Jessica Gladstone

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal A: Isis Verbeek vs. Amel Dehby

Lightweight Bout: Andrej Bruhl vs. Tyjani Beztati

GLORY: COLLISION

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari

Welterweight World Title Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Cedric Doumbé

Heavyweight Bout: Ismael Londt vs. Jamal Ben Saddik

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Final Bout: Semifinal A Winner vs. Semifinal B Winner

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The Road to Glory Tournament Comes to the UK in 2017

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When GLORY was first gearing up they held a series of tournaments in the United States called 'Road to Glory,' with the intent being to find new talent to become an integral part of the promotion. It could be considered a success considering that we see Road to Glory fighters so often, including winners Francois Ambang, Dustin Jacoby as well as many more names from these tournaments, from Brian Collette to Myron Dennis.

Now the Road to GLORY tournaments will be making their way to the United Kingdom starting in 2017 on March 18th, hosted by Suggy's Gym. Suggy's Gym, ran by Dean Sugden, has produced former GLORY kickboxer-turned-boxer Chad "2 Slick" Sugden as well as many others in the UK. 

More details can be found on the Suggy's Gym website.

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Video: This Was Glory 35

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Glory 35 in Nice, France turned out to be an amazing event with wicked fights, great knockouts and every seat on the arena full. I'd have to say even though a lot of the arena was curtained off it was still much better to have a smaller space full of people than a big space with tons of empty seats. The French crowds are always very educated which of course makes a show much more enjoyable. Glory as usual has released a highlight of the event where you can feel the energy of the crowd and emotions of the fighters.

This was Glory 35

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GLORY Announces Cards For GLORY Collision and GLORY 36

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On December 10th GLORY will put forth their biggest show to date, the clash between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and former K-1 superstar Badr Hari. What's interesting is that this will be three shows across three different platforms. GLORY 36 will air live on ESPN3, GLORY 36 SuperFight Series will air live on UFC Fight Pass and will be followed by GLORY Collision via UFC.tv iPPV. 

GLORY 36 itself is a fascinating card in a lot of ways, with the GLORY Lightweight title on the line between Sitthichai and Marat Grigorian, Mosab Amrani fighting Fabio Pinca at Featherweight and a Lightweight Contender's tournament featuring some new names like Yodkhunpon against Hysni Beqiri and the return of a former champion in Davit Kiria against Anatoly Moiseev. The SuperFight Series features the semi-finals of the year-long Super Bantamweight Grand Prix, with Isis Verbeek taking on Amel Dehby and Tiffany van Soest against Jessica Gladstone. Danyo Ilunga fights Michael Duut and Harut Grigorian fights Danijel Solaaja to round out the SuperFight Series.

Collision itself is an interesting card, with the Super Bantamweight finals opening the card, then Ismael Londt fighting Jamal Ben Saddik. Nieky Holzken looks to defend his GLORY Welterweight Championship against the very tough Cedric Doumbe and then, of course, the main event. 

GLORY Collision

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari

Welterweight World Title Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Cedric Doumbé

Heavyweight Bout: Ismael Londt vs. Jamal Ben Saddik

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Final Bout: Semifinal A Winner vs. Semifinal B Winner

GLORY 36 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Danijel Solaja

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal B: Tiffany van Soest vs. Jessica Gladstone

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal A: Isis Verbeek vs. Amel Dehby

Lightweight Bout: Andrej Bruhl vs. Tyjani Beztati

GLORY 36

Lightweight World Title Bout: Sittichai (c) vs. Marat Grigorian

Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Semifinal A Winner vs. Semifinal B Winner

Featherweight Co-Headline Bout: Mosab Amrani vs. Fabio Pinca

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal B: Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai vs. Hysni Beqiri

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal A: Davit Kiria vs. Anatoly Moiseev

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GLORY 35 Nice and SuperFight Series Live Results

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GLORY 35 is going on now in Nice, France. An undisputed Light Heavyweight champion will be crowned here tonight. Follow us for all of the action, as well as on twitter at @LiverKickdotcom.

GLORY 35 NICE 

Light Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov (R2 - TKO) Zack Mwekassa - These guys came here to fight, the first round featuring Vakhitov looking for the punches and low kicks -- which have always worked against Mwekassa -- but Mwekassa has been training with Nick Hemmers and is utilizing that Dutch style a bit more with the defense and mixing in the kicks. Every Mwekassa punch that lands makes this sickening thud. Ouch. Mwekassa really looks more complete and in round two it showed, but Vakhitov is slick. He landed a few big straights that snuck through and Mwekassa went down. Not once, not twice, but three times before the fight was waved off. Wow.

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Final: Benjamin Adegbuyi (R3 - Dec) Mladen Brestovac - Benny should be more tired than Brestovac, but he looks like a new fighter tonight. Brestovac was going for the kill with the head kick in the first round, but Benny was applying pressure and landing his big hand combinations. Round two saw more aggression from Adegbuyi while Brestovac was working his kicks to no real avail. The third round was the power and aggression of Benny against the heart and determination of Brestovac. Really good showing for both men.

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Pavel Zhuravlev (R1 - TKO) Zinedine Hameur-Lain - Pavel Zhuravlev is an absolute monster. He just swarmed and when he smelled blood in the water he went for the kill. Amazing performance.

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Bout: Mladen Brestovac (R1 - KO) Jahfarr Wilnis  -  Here we go again. Wilnis was the aggressor throughout the round, then Brestovac with the same kick that got him the win last time connected and Wilnis froze before taking a brutal right hand that put him down and out. Poor Wilnis.

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi (R3 - Decision) Hesdy Gerges - It's hard not to love both of these guys. Interesting first round that saw Benny walk Gerges down. Gerges has his high guard and tight basics, but Benny hits very, very hard, even if he's hitting gloves. The second round saw Gerges on the offensive more, while still being defensive. Both men were throwing solid combos and defending a lot, making it tough to say who won, but Gerges walking down Benny perhaps gave him an edge in R2. The third was close, but Benny has really shored up his style by training with Dennis Krauweel, being a bit more technical. He landed a few big shots, which should give him an edge.

GLORY 35 SUPERFIGHT SERIES 

Heavyweight Bout: Nicolas Wamba (R3 - Dec) Nordine Mahieddine - These two are looking to rip each other's heads off, but not having much luck with it. Wamba is controlling the ring and perhaps landing the better strikes in this fight. Neither man is having much luck.

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour (R3 - Split Dec) Eyevan Danenberg - This has been an interesting fight, a lot of clinching and the ref keeps shouting "final warning" but not actually doing anything. There isn't a lot to say about this fight. They flailed strikes at each other, sometimes they landed, but this was the sort of fight that you find yourself gazing out the window during and saying, "oh wait, this is a fight."

Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby (R3 - Dec) Jiwaen Lee - First round saw Lee applying pressure but Dehby landing some solid counter strikes. The second saw Dehby come alive, much to the adoration of the local Nice crowd. Round three saw a lot of action from Dehby, even going for big moves like a spinning backfist, much to her local crowd's delight.

Lightweight Bout: Christian Baya (R3 - Dec) Josh Jauncey  - First round was interesting, with Baya applying a lot of pressure, but not landing a lot of shots. A lot of feeling out on both parts, but Josh started to open up later on in the round. The second round was interesting, as Jauncey came out aggressive with low kicks and hand combinations. Baya was able to find his right hook a few times, but it was all Jauncey until this left uppercut landed and wobbled Josh. Baya swarmed and after a few vicious flurries Jauncey fell to his knees. Jauncey was able to get back up, but the damage was done. The third round saw Jauncey come out with an understanding that he needed to do something big and he did. Finally right before the bell he landed a jumping knee that stunned Baya in the corner, he swarmed but Baya was able to hold out for the bell. Wow. Incredible fight. The judges give it to Baya and really, it seemed like it should've been a draw, but the first round was so close. Great fight, both men should be proud.

Featherweight Bout: Petpanomrung Kiatmoo9 (R3 - Dec) Stanislav Renita 

Featherweight Bout: Cedric Castaigna (R3 - Dec) Vang Moua 

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GLORY 35 Full Updated Card and Predictions

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Tomorrow afternoon in Nice, France GLORY returns in rapid-succession with GLORY 35. The GLORY 35 SuperFight Series starts at 2:30pm Eastern on UFC Fight Pass, the main card at 5pm Eastern on ESPN3. The card has been updated along the way (as it always does), but here's a chance to look at the fights on the main card.

Artem Vakhitov vs. Zack Mwekassa

Mwekassa's hands are what brings him to the dance here and made him the Interim Champion, but he's gonna need more than his incredible speeches and those bombs of hands to overcome the overall package that is Artem Vakhitov. Vakhitov is not only a tough veteran, he's one of the best in this weight division and quietly earned that spot. Chances are that he's able to simply out-kickbox Mwekassa here, but damn would it be a story if Mwekassa overcame these odds, huh?

Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev

Pavel Zhuravlev has been one of those names fighters that have existed on the fringes for years, but never was able to carve out a definitive spot for himself as a heavyweight. There seems to be a simple reason for that; he's much better at light heavyweight. He was picked to win the contender tournament at GLORY 32, but Ariel Machado beat the odds with a victory over him, with Hameur-Lain going on to win the tournament. Zhuravlev gets another crack at contendership here by fighting the number one contender and while Hameur-Lain has power and skill, it's hard to see Zhuravlev losing here.

Jafharr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac

This tournament is one of their better contender tournaments in a while, right? Wilnis proved himself to be a worthy contender in the last tournament he was in, only for Ismael Londt to win a decision he may have no deserved. Now it seems like Londt isn't getting a title shot anyway -- or is he? Nobody is talking about it and I've never gotten a definitive answer as to what was going on with that. Brestovac is absolutely a legit contender at this point, but it feels like this is Jahfarr's time. Imagine the story here if Wilnis challenged Rico for the title and took it, making both himself and his brother Jason as GLORY champions in two of their most popular divisions. 

Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Hesdy Gerges

Just like the last fight, this is a really great fight. Adegbuyi has had his chance against Rico and it just doesn't seem like a fight that he can win, but that being said, he has evolved as a fighter every time that we've seen him and his mix of power and heart has gotten him very far in a short amount of time. A win over Hesdy would really cement his status as a top three heavyweight because Gerges is very much a heavyweight gatekeeper in kickboxing. That being said, Hesdy is one of those guys that can easily upset a favorite and pick up a win.

GLORY 35 NICE 

Light Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov vs. Zack Mwekassa 

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev 

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Bout: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac 

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Hesdy Gerges

GLORY 35 SUPERFIGHT SERIES 

Heavyweight Bout: Nicolas Wamba vs. Nordine Mahieddine 

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Eyevan Danenberg 

Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby vs. Jiwaen Lee 

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Christian Baya 

Featherweight Bout: Petpanomrung Kiatmoo9 vs. Stanislav Renita 

Featherweight Bout: Cedric Castaigna vs. Vang Moua 

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Alex Pereira Has His Sights Set on Israel Adesanya Rematch

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A week ago you may have thought it was over as the excitement of Glory 34 wound down and the fighters and staff geared up for Glory 35 in Nice France on Saturday, November 5th.  It truly is on to the next one, but Middleweight contender, Alex Pereira, has news for his fans, one specific contender and the world.  Prior to his injury, Pereira was scheduled to face Israel Adesanya.  While it would be their first match-up in Glory, it would by no means be their first.  Earlier this year the two met in Glory of Heros 1 in China where Pereira defeated Adesanya by unanimous decision.  In a personal message via Facebook, Pereira stated the following:

“In last GP of Glory, we had great fights ... Israel Adesanya has shown his notoriety in the category .... unfortunately due to an injury I was away, but I will be back stronger, faster and smarter... I can beat Israel Adesanya again (yes, I said again) and anyone in the middleweight division! I'm not any fighter, I'm a warrior! I'll be back”.

So clearly, it is not over.  Pereira stated that he anticipates he will return to the sport in early February and will continue to have Adesanya hot on his radar.  If you will recall, Pereira made his Glory debut in Zagreb 2014 with a shocking first round KO of Dustin Jacoby and has continued to attempt to impose his will over the course of the last two years also defeating Sahak Parparyan on that same night.  He has also faced the former division champion Artem Levin and Jason Wilnis. Pereira’s career extends beyond his 2-2 record in Glory.  Pereira actually has a record of nearly 40 fights with three quarters ending in knock-out.  In other words, Pereira may be currently down due to injury, but far from being out of the game.  2017 looks to be an extremely promising year for Glory and all its fighters.  If you ask Alex Pereira, it will be his time to shine and continue his path to middleweight champion. 

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Watch the GLORY: COLLISION Press Event Here

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Today in the Netherlands GLORY held a press conference featuring Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven, who are set to lock horns on December 10th at GLORY: COLLISION. Both men looked prepared for their fight leading into it. While all eyes were on Hari and Verhoeven, GLORY announced that GLORY: COLLISION will air on UFC.tv PPV for $29.99, while the SuperFight Series will be on UFC Fight Pass and GLORY 36 on ESPN3.

Also announced was Ismael Londt vs. Jamal Ben Saddik and Nieky Holzken against Cedric Doumbe.

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Sitthichai vs. Grigorian Postponed, GLORY 35 Gets New Main Event

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After murmurs of GLORY Lightweight Champion Sitthichai being injured and forced to withdraw from the upcoming GLORY 35 main event the promotion has confirmed that the fight is indeed postponed. The title fight has been moved to GLORY 36, which takes place on December 10th, seguing into GLORY Collision featuring Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven.

Instead the main event for GLORY 35 will be the GLORY Light Heavyweight Unification bout between champion Artem Vakhitov and Interim champion Zack Mwekassa. Josh Jauncey also has a new opponent in former GLORY Featherweight Champion Serhiy Adamchuk.

GLORY 35 Nice

Light Heavyweight Title Unification Bout: Artem Vakhitov (c) vs. Zack Mwekassa (ic)

Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Hesdy Gerges

GLORY 35 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Bout: Nicholas Wamba vs. Nordine Mahieddine

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Eyevan Danenberg

Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby vs. Ji-Waen Lee

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Serhiy Adamchuk

Featherweight Bout: Petpanomrung Kiatmoo9 vs. Stanislav Renita

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GLORY Announces GLORY 37 Los Angeles in January

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On January 20th GLORY will kick off their 2017 season with GLORY 37 Los Angeles. The event, taking place at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live will feature a GLORY Lightweight Championship bout as the headliner, a Welterweight Contender's tournament and the Featherweight title will be on the line to main event the SuperFight Series in what will most likely be Robin van Roosmalen defending against Matt Embree.

GLORY will round out 2016 with GLORY Collision featuring Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven first, though.

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Recent Photo Of Badr Hari Emerges

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Badr Hari has been a bit of a ghost lately, we have heard lots about him but he has not been posting many pictures or videos of himself. Someone posted a video acting like it was a recent one of him training but it was from years ago. Now a photo has finally emerged that he posted to social media this week and he looks massive. He reminds of of the K-1 Overeem, Ubereem as people called him. Now lets hope he hasn't just been lifting weights and has been focusing on his biggest downfall... conditioning.

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Redemption Only Comes For One in GLORY 34's Main Event

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This weekend at GLORY 34 Murthel Groenhart will once again get his chance against long-reigning GLORY Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken. Holzken has long-been considered unbeatable at this weight class. After toiling for years without recognition, Holzken is finally being recognized the world over for his immense talents. No other fighters in kickboxing is able to piece together the combinations that Holzken can assemble, from ballistic shots at different levels and angles to rapid-fire assaults on an opponent's midsection until he is forced to take a knee.

Yet, Murthel Groenhart was able to punch through Holzken's tight defenses and his punch-heavy output in their last meeting. Just forty seconds into the second round Murthel found a combination that worked against Holzken. In fact, he landed a kick to the body that put Holzken off-balance; a rare weakness shown from the champion in front of a very friendly crowd for him. When all was said-and-done, many felt that Groenhart had been done a disservice by the judges for Holzken getting the nod.

The truth was that it was an incredibly close fight, regardless of who you viewed the winner. But both men walked away different. Groenhart walked away feeling robbed, while Holzken walked away looking mortal. Since that loss Groenhart has gone 5-2, losing a decision to Cedric Doumbe in GLORY, then losing to Artur Kyshenko in Kunlun Fight in China. Holzken defeated Yoann Kongolo since then and fought in boxing to not only keep himself busy, but to keep his flawless boxing record in-tact.

But things are different.

Holzken was once the untouchable iron man of the division, but Groenhart has shown what it takes to hurt Holzken and keep him from falling into his pattern of destruction. Groenhart himself was a bit of a lost fighter for many years. The talented, powerful and explosive fighter jumped around divisions -- once winning the K-1 World MAX tournament at 70kg and having fought up in weight many, many times. GLORY cementing the 76kg weight class has been beneficial to both Holzken and Groenhart, who finally have a home to showcase their skills. 

It took another win in a contender tournament for Groenhart to get what he deserved in a rematch, but now it's time for him to show that the last fight with Holzken wasn't a fluke, but instead it was the evolution of the once-wild brawler into a composed fighter. For Holzken this is a chance to show that he's unstoppable and the king of this division, worthy of the praise and attention that he receives in the Netherlands as a national hero. 

So while everyone is hyped up for Badr Hari appearing in the GLORY ring against Rico Verhoeven, perhaps the best and biggest fight of the year will be happening in Denver, Colorado on October 21st between two of the best kickboxers in the world.

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Glory 35 Heavyweight Tournament

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The Glory 35 card in Nice, France has been finalized by adding the second bracket to the heavyweight tournament. The tournament is the same as their previous heavyweight tournament in Denver at Glory 24 with the exception of Ben Edwards being replaced by Hesdy Gerges.

The first half of the tournament will be a rematch between Benjamin Adegbuyi and Hesdy Gerges. These two met at Glory 18: Oklahoma with Adegbuyi winning the decision, now Gerges is out for revenge. If Gerges can get past Benny then he has a chance to possibly fight Jahfarr Wilnis and avenge another loss so this is a big opportunity for Hesdy.

The second half of the tournament has Jahfarr Wilnis against Mladen Brestovac both the fighters that Adegbuyi defeated to win the first tournament. Wilnis has been so close to a fight with heavyweight champ Rico Verhoeven for a while now especially after winning the Kunlun Tournament but it keeps just slipping through his fingers, winning this tournament is exactly what he needs guarantee that fight. Brestovac already fought Rico this year and lost a decision but his style made Rico look mediocre so I’m sure he’d love one more try.

Glory 35: Nice, France Main Card

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai (c) vs. Marat Grigorian

Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Hesdy Gerges

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac

Glory 35: Nice, France Super Fight Series

Light Heavyweight Title Unification Bout: Artem Vakhitov (c) vs. Zack Mwekassa (ic)

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Eyevan Danenberg

Heavyweight Bout: Nicholas Wamba vs. Nordine Mahieddine

Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby vs. Ji-Waen Lee

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Dylan Salvador

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GLORY and Former Lightweight Tournament Champion Andy Ristie Part Ways

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If someone were to make a list of the top lightweights in the world, one of the names that would probably be on that list -- but with an asterisk -- would be Andy Ristie. Ristie, who won a GLORY Championship Tournament by knocking out Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin van Roosmalen in the same night, had his ups and his downs, but was always a top competitor.

He was on the road to redemption in 2015 when he fought Robin van Roosmalen again, only to lose a close decision. Only there was a bigger story. Ristie's gloves had been cut at the thumb, allowing his thumbs to break free from the glove and allow him a tighter grip than his opposition. His trainer, Roberto Flamingo, was blamed for the transgression and GLORY issued a lifetime ban for him. 

Ristie sided with his trainer. 

Since GLORY usually needs to approve of fighters' taking outside fights, it appears that Ristie hasn't fought since then due to this. Andy Ristie, now 34, lost a year and a half of his career in his prime. Finally, GLORY has broken the silence through an innocuous Facebook post from late in the evening this weekend.

So Andy Ristie is once again a free agent, which means that as long as he has his stuff together, he can once again enter the wild and start fighting. No doubt that someone in China will be looking to scoop him up as soon as possible. 

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Nieky Holzken vs. Murthel Groenhart Headlining GLORY 34 Denver

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There has been talk about a huge rematch between GLORY Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken and challenger Murthel Groenhart for a while now, but that fight has become a reality and is happening sooner, rather than later. That fight will now headline GLORY 34 Denver, along with the Middleweight Contender tournament. 

The previously-announced headline bout of Gabriel Varga against Robin van Roosmalen has been moved to the headline spot of the GLORY 34 SuperFight Series that will air on UFC Fight Pass. 

GLORY 34 Denver

Welterweight World Title Headline Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Murthel Groenhart

Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Middleweight Co-Headline Bout: Dustin Jacoby vs. TBA

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Thomas

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira

GLORY 34 SuperFight Series

Featherweight World Title Bout: Gabriel Varga (c) vs. Robin Van Roosmalen

Light Heavyweight Bout: Saulo Cavalari vs. Brian Douwes

Welterweight Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Michael Mathatha

Welterweight Bout: Casey Greene vs. Tongchai Sitsongpeenong

Featherweight Bout: Justin Houghton vs. Jonathon Wyderko

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GLORY Release Card for Stacked GLORY 35: Sitthichai vs. Marat, Vakhitov vs. Mwekassa and More

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While everyone is abuzz over December 10th's GLORY Collision, featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari, GLORY is continuing to put forth some incredible cards in the interim. Today the company announced the card for GLORY 35 Nice, France and it's chock full of kickboxing goodness.

The main event is Sitthichai defending the GLORY Lightweight Championship against Marat Grigorian, then featured on the card is a Heavyweight Contender tournament. Interestingly enough, Ismael Londt won one of these tournaments and has yet to get his title shot yet. We've reached out to GLORY for comment, but nothing yet.

The stacking of the SuperFight Series continues with a Light Heavyweight unification bout as champion Artem Vakhitov and Interim Champion Zack Mwekassa clash for Light Heavyweight surpremacy. Also featured is Josh Jauncey against Dylan Salvador, who has been tearing things up in China over the past few years. 

GLORY 35 Nice

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Marat Grigorian

Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac

GLORY 35 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Title Unification Bout: Artem Vakhitov vs. Zack Mwekassa

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Eyevan Danenberg

Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby vs. Ji-Waen Lee

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Dylan Salvador

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GLORY 33 Draws 517,000 Viewers Live on ESPN2

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GLORY's run on ESPN has most been live on ESPN3 and replayed on ESPN2 some time in the near future. That has been anywhere from a day to two days to two weeks, depending on ESPN's scheduling. On Friday night for GLORY 33, ESPN2 aired the event live. Well, there is a caveat to that, because the college football game between Louisville and Syracuse ran over and GLORY 33 was pushed to ESPNews until it was over.

That left about an hour and fifteen minutes for GLORY 33 on ESPN2 and the numbers that they pulled were the best that we've seen in quite a while with 517,000 live viewers. That means that live viewers got to see Rico Verhoeven crush Anderson Silva and Matt Embree look like a million bucks. That's not a bad way to snag viewers.

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Yao Ming's Investment Firm Acquires Strategic Stake in GLORY

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Following an exciting outing at GLORY 33, it was announced today that former NBA star, Yao Ming, through his investment firm Yao Capitol, has purchased a strategic stake in GLORY kickboxing. 

In a press release issued this afternoon by GLORY, they announced that Yao Capitol along with Liberty Global, have concluded a strategic investment in the kickboxing company. The move is seen as GLORY has been attempting to make further strides in not only the US market, but the Asian market as well. GLORY will increase the number of shows that they produce in 2017 to a whopping 18 with shows scheduled in Latin America and Asia. On top of that, GLORY will be launching reality television programming in the near future and will be launching a joint venture with Yao Ming in China while looking to enter the Chinese market.

The Chinese market has been growing rapidly, with promotion like Kunlun, Hero Legends, EM Legend, WLF and more seeing growth in China over the past few years. Teaming with a Chinese superstar like Yao Ming to enter the market seems like a sound strategy, as opposed to coming in as outsiders.

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Glory 33 Live Results

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Its time for Glory and we will be here with the Live Results and on Twitter @JayJauncey. There should definitely be some exciting fights on this card not to mention Braddock's chance to finally break his barrier and be at the very top of the heavyweight division.

Glory 33 Results

HW Title: Rico Verhoeven (R2 KO) Anderson "Braddock" Silva -- Well, Rico looked amazing High kicks, low kicks, angles, nice counter punches everything was on point. Eventually he dropped Braddock 3 times in 2nd round twice with low kicks and one with a left high kick to get the victory. If Badr doesn't take this fight seriously hes in big trouble.

Tournament Final: Matt Embree (R2 KO) Giga Chikadze -- First round was pretty even round until the final second when Embree caught Gigas kick and landed an amazing overhand dropping Chikadze but he was saved by the bell. 2nd round Embree comes out hard and finally lands that overhand right again and Chikadze is falls like a sack of potatoes. I am really impressed with Embree, his hands have never looked so great, if he fight like this he can give either Van Roosmalen or Varga problems.

Guto Inocente (Majority Dec) Hesdy Gerges -- Frustrating fight, with Inocente moving well and throwing spinning techniques but holding as soon as Gerges got close. Gerges was the aggressor the whole fight but neither men landed much of significance. Not sure I agree with that decision though, Hesdy and winning decisions do not go hand in hand.

FW semi: Matt Embree (R2 TKO) ChiBin Lim -- 1st round Embree looking great using hard punches and a few low kicks, while Lim covers up lots. 2nd round both fighters go for a left hook but Embrees lands first and drops Lim, Embree swarms Lim once hes up and lands a monster left hook and drops Lim at the bell but 2 knockdowns means the fights over.

FW semi: Giga Chikadze (Majority Dec) Serhiy Adamchuk -- First and 2nd round are very close rounds with both guys throwing kicks from a distance very hard to score. 3rd round Adamchuk turned up the heat a bit and started landing some nice punches and a high kick.

Super Fight Series Results

MW Title: Jason Wilnis (R3 - TKO) Simon Marcus -- Marcus looks on fire in round 1 just like their previous fight. 2nd round was pretty close until Marcus decided to drop his hands and act cocky in the corner and Wilnis landed a few punches and ref decided to give him an 8 count, I personally thought he was acting but the ref can see his eyes better than us. 3rd round Wilnis wobbles Marcus with a right hand and drops him with a combo, then drops him again, and swarms 1 more time and the ref has seen enough, Wilnis is the new Middleweight champ.

Chi Lewis-Parry (R2 - TKO) Anthony Mcdonald -- Chopper took the first round really easy almost didn't do anything seemingly waiting for the short notice opponent to gas in the 2nd round which worked perfectly and after dropping Mcdonald twice with knees and punches in the 2nd, Mcdonald couldn't answer the bell for Rd 3.

Jessica Gladstone (Majority Dec) Daniela Graf -- Gladstone being the much taller fighter used her reach with body kicks and straight punches to keep Graf away until the 3rd round when Graf started to land a few punches but it was too little too late. Great fight by Gladstone especially taking this fight on a week notice.

Francois Ambang (Unanimous Dec) Daniel Morales -- Very close fight, Morales improved greatly from their first by training at Coliseum but Ambang just looked like he was throwing with more power and explosiveness which ultimately won him the fight. If Morales keeps this improvement up hes going to become a solid fighter for this weight class.

Kevin VanNostrand (R2 - TKO) David Moore -- Moore was absolutely out of his league in this fight here. In round one Van Nostrand was picking him apart and Moore literally turtled and turned his back, which... Yikes. Van Nostrand looks good and gets a quick stoppage in the second round, but Moore was so clearly out of his league here.

 

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On Dream Fights; or, How Braddock Could Turn the Dream Into a Nightmare

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In the sport of kickboxing there aren’t many dream fights left. Masato has retired, Buakaw has moved on to whatever promotion pays for his exclusivity to operate outside of the bounds of actual divisions, and the heavyweight greats that made K-1 and heavyweight kickboxing the spectacle that it is today have mostly sailed off into the sunset. While there can be arguments for batons being passed to a new generation, the lesser, more fractured platforms and the sudden retirements of fighters like Sem Schilt has put a damper on the division. That’s why this last dream fight between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari matters so much, yet at GLORY 33 it is put in question.

Newer stars either never materialized or burnt out. Daniel Ghita became a Romanian politician after disappointing losses to Rico Verhoeven, Badr Hari was primed to take the sport to the next level and refused to control his temper, Alistair Overeem chased his dream of UFC gold and guys like Tyrone Spong saw a future in boxing that kickboxing could never give them. Top fighters like Robin van Roosmalen and Rico Verhoeven are even seeing possible futures for themselves in MMA, with both having sights set on the UFC. 

Through all of this, Rico Verhoeven arose, coming from a background of being a solid heavyweight, but young and unseasoned. He looked like he would be the next Hesdy Gerges; a top guy who came close, but never quite put it all together to become what he could be. Yet, he persevered. Something changed inside of him when he fought Semmy Schilt. Schilt was a monolith in the kickboxing world, an unstoppable beast of a man, a legend, yet Rico stood with him, took his shots and survived. The fighter that emerged from that fight was changed and since then we’ve seen Rico Verhoeven climb the ladder, rung-by-rung and represent kickboxing unlike anyone else in a modern age.

Rico has plowed through the division and while there are fights to make, there aren’t huge money fights to make, or are there? When the idea of a fight against Badr Hari emerged it seemed ridiculous.

Badr Hari is perhaps the exact opposite of Verhoeven. Verhoeven had a quiet start to his career, while Badr Hari was the “Golden Boy” almost from the start. He was pegged for greatness, but he had a temper and at times lost it in the ring. That meant getting knocked out when he shouldn’t have and it also meant losing fights that he was winning because of getting frustrated and attacking downed opponents. His opponents in the ring and innocent backstage placards weren’t his only victims, eventually it spilled over into the public and Badr Hari became a guy better known for snatching headlines for his legal problems than fights. Eventually the only people that would pay his rates to fight were warlords and wealthy Middle-Eastern men who perhaps thought they had struck gold by getting access to Hari, only for things to get weird.

While Hari has curated his career, Verhoeven has fought anyone that GLORY has thrown at him and done so as a professional. Rico does the media, he’s affable and does what he needs to do. Not only that, but he’s sparred with top MMA guys and dabbled in MMA himself, making him a bigger media target. 

So the very idea of them fighting seemed not only odd, but like the strangest mishmash ever. Yet, this is exactly who is left in kickboxing with star power. Badr Hari represents the latter days of K-1’s prominence, while Rico represents the GLORY era. Badr Hari was never K-1 World GP Champion, but that was mostly his fault, it was there for the taking and he pissed it away. 

Yet, there, in the shadows, stands Anderson “Braddock” Silva, the unlikely challenger to Verhoeven at GLORY 33 and the potential spoiler. Fans are excited to see Badr Hari fighting a top level guy again, thankful that he hasn’t had legal issues yet and that the fight has an actual date and venue, yet, if Rico Verhoeven loses, does the fight still have value?

The risk seems almost unfathomable. Who would take such a bold risk heading into the biggest money fight left in the sport of kickboxing? Those in power are perhaps viewing Braddock as a guy that will put up a fight, but has no chance of beating Verhoeven. Or maybe they see that Braddock has a chance and simply don’t care? This is a sport, after all, and fighters lose. Let the sport sort itself out. 

The allure of Badr Hari fighting in GLORY alone will move tickets, but those tickets don’t go on sale until the week after Braddock vs. Rico. While I wouldn’t call Rico Verheoven foolish, the idea of him fighting in Kunlun Fight against a relatively unknown Andrei Gerasimchuk and getting manhandled while his wife was in labor with their daughter and Rico was in no headspace to fight is still fresh in my memory. That was the night that GLORY’s unstoppable champion got hurt by a guy who went on to do pretty well, but not great afterwards. It’s also the fight that GLORY refuses to acknowledge because they know how it looks. 

Yet, here we are, Rico Verhoeven heading into the biggest fight of his career and Anderson “Braddock” Silva is being treated like a truck stop on the way to his destination. Rico will get some highlights and hype heading into the fight with Badr, no sweat. Except for the fact that the lead up to this has been all about Rico’s fight with Badr Hari. Nobody wants to talk about Braddock. Braddock who worked hard to get here, Braddock who has lost bullshit decisions and perhaps hurt himself by not turning up the heat when he needs to, Braddock who gets passed over for his shot time and time again. Yet here it is, here is Braddock Silva’s shot.

So while Rico Verhoeven is the king of kickboxing, moving on to face an invading warlord and thwart him back into the history books, one guy is realizing his career dream and he’s not gonna go down without a fight. 

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Robin van Roosmalen Drops to Featherweight to Challenge Gabriel Varga At GLORY 34

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Robin van Roosmalen has proven himself to be one of the toughest guys in kickboxing. The GLORY world champion in the face of fighters like Giorgio Petrosyan and Andy Ristie, then dealing with young up-and-comer Sitthichai in a confusing pair of fights (Sitthichai won the first, Robin won the second, their records say otherwise). Now, van Roosmalen will drop to Featherweight, the weight that he has waded into in MMA, and get an immediate title shot against newly-crowned two-time Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga at GLORY 34 Denver. 

On top of that GLORY is putting on a Middleweight tournament featuring four top fighters, including Israel Adesanya!

GLORY 34 Denver

Featherweight World Title Headline Bout: Gabriel Varga vs. Robin Van Roosmalen

Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Middleweight Co-Headline Bout: Dustin Jacoby vs. TBA

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Thomas

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira

GLORY 34 SuperFight Series

Welterweight Bout: Casey Greene vs. Richard Abraham

Light Heavyweight Bout: Saulo Cavalari vs. Brian Douwes

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LiverKick's Official Glory 33 Predictions

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Glory 33 begins this Friday with the Super Fight Series at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT on UFC Fight Pass followed by Glory 33 on ESPN 2 or Eversport.tv. With the event just over 24 hours away we've once again decided to try and predict the unpredictable known as Kickboxing. There have been a few last minute changes to the card with the addition of Kevin Vannostrand to the SFS as well as Zoila Frausto no longer fighting and the tough Canadian, trained by Trevor Smandych, Jessica "Thumper" Gladstone taking her place against Daniela Graf.

JJ is Jay Jauncey (@jayjauncey).

DW is Dave Walsh (@dvewlsh).

Glory 33

HW Title: Rico Verhoeven vs Anderson "Braddock" Silva

JJ - Rico by Decision, I feel his cardio and technique is just too good for most heavyweights out there.

DW - Rico by decision. Rico is a beast right now and while Braddock could be the ultimate spoiler here, Rico knows that and will probably play it safe.

Hesdy Gerges vs Guto Inocente -

JJ - Gerges by TKO, Inocente has looked great but Hesdy is a huge step up and in my opinion its too soon for Inocente to be fighting a legend like Gerges.

DW - Gerges by decision. I think that Inocente has proven himself a valuable asset to GLORY, but Gerges is a gatekeeper to the elite and he's not there yet.

Tournament Final: 

JJ - Serhiy Adamchuk wins tournament to get rubber match with Gabriel Varga.

DW - Adamchuk wins this. I don't see any other way. He's a very, very complete fighter even if at times he isn't exciting to watch.

FW semi: Serhiy Adamchuk vs Giga Chikadze - 

JJ - Serhiy Adamchuk by Decision, Chikadze has looked great in Glory so far but before Glory he had problems with tricky, durable guys which is exactly Adamchuk.

DW - All respect to Giga, but Adamchuk is one of those guys that is gonna be at the top of this division for a long time, right alongside Varga.

FW semi: ChiBin Lim vs Matt Embree - 

JJ - Matt Embree by Decision just because Lim has been through too many wars and its starting to catch up to him while Embree is still young and fresh.

DW - Embree by decision. Lim has been a .500 fighter against top guys and always puts up a gutsy performance, but Embree is younger, fresher and less battle worn than Lim.

Super Fight Series

MW Title: Simon Marcus vs Jason Wilnis

JJ - Jason Wilnis by KO, this is a really hard one to predict but Wilnis does have good KO power in his hands and that has proven a problem for Marcus in the past even though he beat him previously but that was their 2nd fight that night.

DW - Marcus by decision. Marcus is simply the guy right now. He's had a suspect chin a few short times in kickboxing, but he's learned his lesson since then, I don't see him getting into wild exchanges with Wilnis. Their first fight he won by volume while Wilnis simply walked him down and got hit. I expect similar.

Chi Lewis-Parry vs Anthony Mcdonald

JJ - Chopper by KO, Mcdonald took the fight on short notice while Chopper is in the best shape of his life and looked much more technical and composed his last fight. I foresee a nasty ending in this fight.

DW - Chopper via KO. Choppa's comin'.

Jessica Gladstone vs Daniela Graf

JJ - Gladstone by Decision, I've seen Jessica fight live before and she is as tough as they come, she can grind out a fight like no other as long as she is in shape considering taking the fight last minute.

DW - Graf via decision. I like Gladstone, but Graf was prepared to fight on this night against an American favorite, none-the-less. I think that she'll just be able to outpoint her.

Francois Ambang vs Daniel Morales 

JJ - Ambang by KO, Leg kick Destruction

DW - Ambang via KO. Morales is trying, but Ambang is by far a more complete kickboxer and he's proven himself time and time again. Morales doesn't have the power or ability to get on the inside and test Ambang's chin like others have, period.

Kevin VanNostrand vs David Moore

JJ - VanNostrand by Dec, Kevin is a really hard fight for anyone due to his awkward style.

DW - Van Nostrand by decision. Kevin is a surprisingly good fighter for a guy of his renown and really deserves more time in the spotlight. This is that and I appreciate it. Also, since we've been caring for newborn twins I've been rewatching Seinfeld again and Dr. Van Nostrand always wins. 

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GLORY: Collision Featuring Verhoeven vs. Hari Happens On December 10th

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The fight finally has a finalized date and location.

While we had heard a while ago that GLORY was aiming for December 10th for the big GLORY: Collision event featuring Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven, now that is officially the date of the event. The show happens on Saturday, December 10th live from Oberhausen, Germany at the Konig Pilsener Arena. 

GLORY: Collision will be a four-fight card that will be in addition to GLORY 36 and the GLORY 36 SuperFight Series, so expect them to pull out all of the stops for this mega-event. Tickets go on sale to the public on September 19th at Ticketmaster and September 16th for GLORY email members.

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Glory Signs 4 New Fighters

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Glory recently announced the signing of 4 new fighters to their promotion. This is very important as some of the divisions in Glory have gotten a bit shallow with the same people having to fight for the belt. Luckily all of the signed fighters will be going into these divisions, 2 into the featherweight division and 2 into the welterweight division.

1. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong trains at Sitsongpeenong with Glory lightweight champion Sittichai and is 20 years old. He will be joining the welterweight division and has a KO win over Khayal Dzhaniev and a win over Fabio Pinca in which he broke Pincas arm. Record - 165W - 32L

2. Petchpanomrung Kiatmoo9 trains at the Kiatmoo9 gym and is 21 years old. He is ranked in the top 10 of Lumpini stadium at both the 140lbs and 135lbs weight categories. He will join Glory's featherweight division. Record - 151W - 34L - 2D

3. Adel Ekvall Halila from Sweden is joining the featherweight division and has a record of 45W - 10L with 5 wins by KO.

4. Konstantin Khuzin from Russia will bring his Tatneft and IFMA experience to the Glory welterweight division.

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Xavier Vigney Out Against Chi Lewis-Parry at GLORY 33 SuperFight Series

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The much-anticipated rematch between Californian giant Xavier Vigney and Chi Lewis-Parry will have to wait, it seems. Without a reason given, Vigney is off of the card and replacing him will be Oregon's Anthony McDonald. 

GLORY 33 SuperFight Series

Middleweight World Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus vs. Jason Wilnis

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Anthony McDonald

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal Bout: Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf

Welterweight Bout: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales

Catchweight (140 lb) Bout: Rami Ibrahim vs. David Moore

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