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Glory 17 Featherweight Contender Tournament: Shane Oblonsky Hype Video

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Shane Oblonksy will be entering the Glory ring for the first time on June 21st to fight for the the featherweight contender belt. Not only will this be Oblonsky's first time in the Glory ring, but also his first tournament. He is coming into this four man tournament as one of the least experienced with 8 wins and 2 losses as a professional. He did beat Malaipet Sasiprapa who has over 179 fights in March of this year, which shows he can deal with crafty veterans. Oblonsky's first fight will be against the Brazilian Marcus Vinicius. Their professional records are almost identical but Vinicius has been on the Glory stage before against the very dangerous and #1 ranked Mosab Amrani where he lost by decision.

Oblonsky has shown he has big power for this weight class, so aslong as the Californian does not let the pressure of the big stage get to him and does not get too wild, i feel he can give any of Glory's featherweights a great fight.

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GLORY Announces GLORY 17 Los Angeles

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GLORY

This is, of course, why rumors are rumors. GLORY has announced GLORY 17 Los Angeles today. GLORY 17 Los Angeles is scheduled for June 21st at the Forum in Inglewood, California. No bouts have been announced just yet, but tickets are on sale starting on April 16th at the box office or ticketmaster.com.

This will be GLORY's first trip back to Los Angeles since GLORY 10 last year, which saw Joe Schilling conquer the Middleweight division in the Middleweight tournament, including a big win over Artem Levin. If I were a betting man I'd probably bet some money on Joe Schilling being on that card, but that is of course nothing official.

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Melvin Manhoef Pre-GLORY Last Man Standing Interview

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They call him “No Mercy” and that is exactly what you will get in the ring.  Melvin Manhoef, a man whose professional career has spanned nearly two decades takes the stage at Glory’s inaugural PPV event, The Last Man Standing on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at The Forum.  Since 1995, Melvin Manhoef has delivered brutal blows in both MMA and kickboxing also showing the world that he is dangerous in nearly every weight class.  Who has he fought? A better question probably would be who hasn’t he fought?  In the kickboxing ring he has faced the likes of Spong, Bonjasky, Leko, Karaev and Slowinksi.  Although in all of these match-ups he has not been the victor, one thing is certain, a match involving Melvin promises to bring heavy hits and hardcore action.  It is well and widely known that Manhoef is a knockout artist and does it very well.  For those who know Melvin Manhoef, they are well aware that he is dangerous from all angles, having brutalized his opponents with left hooks, right hooks and knees.  He is legend.  In anticipation of his debut with Glory I had the opportunity to talk to Melvin about his past, present and his vision for the future. 

SW: Melvin, you made it here to Glory and this very exciting event.  How do you feel?

MM: I think I am ready.  I had very good training and I am prepared.

SW: Is there anyone in particular that you would like to fight?

MM: No, I’m a fighter and I will fight whoever they put in front of me.  All of the guys are dangerous in the tournament but I feel prepared to fight any of them. 

SW: You are known for having a very aggressive style and have had some brutal knockouts in kickboxing and MMA. Do you have any prediction about how your fight with Verlindin will end?

MM: I like the knock out, but we will just see, but of course I like the knockout!  My goal is to be the champion. 

SW: For your training, you were training at Mike’s Gym or somewhere else?

MM: Well I train at Mike’s Gym sometimes but I also have my own gym.

SW: Many fighters have their own gym is this your eventual plan to do as maybe you move away from fighting in the ring, spending more time as a coach?

MM: Well I do that now in my gym and I won’t be fighting until the point that I can’t see.  Right now, I feel good and don’t think it’s any problem for me to fight. No injuries right now, so I’m ready. 

SW: Kickboxing or MMA, which do you prefer?

MM: I have a lot of experience in both.  With kickboxing, it’s very fast and there’s a lot of action.  I like MMA too, it’s just a different style of fighting.

SW: Glory is doing some very exciting things, revitalizing kickboxing in America. 

MM: Yes, and I am happy to be a part of this.  I thank Glory for having me at this event, it is very big.  June 21st will be very good for the fans.

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GLORY Last Man Standing Tournament Brackets Announced

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Along with the unveil of GLORY's new GLORYPPV.com site came the brackets for GLORY's Last Man Standing Tournament. The tournament pits the eight best Middleweights in the world against each other with the winner emerging as the GLORY Middleweight Champion. Let's have a look at how it breaks down.

Side 1
Artem Levin vs. Alex Peireira
Filip Verlinden vs. Melvin Manhoef
Side 2
Joe Schilling vs. Simon Marcus
Wayne Barrett vs. Bogdan Stoica

So what do you think? It's time to start wondering what the results will be and what further match-ups will arise. Just about any combination of the eight will make for an entertaining fight, though.

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Last Two Bouts Official for GLORY Last Man Standing

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With two of the bigger fights for GLORY's Last Man Standing tournament already announced it comes as no shock to see the third matchup being Wayne Barrett vs. Bogdan Stoica. Both men have strong ties to their homes with rabid fans and are ready to prove themselves as the best in the world. Stoic is from Romania, best known for his fights in SuperKombat, and Barrett best known in the New York Muay Thai scene, with his win over Joe Schilling last year making headlines.

The fourth matchup is of course Artem Levin vs. Alex Peireira. Artem Levin is, of course, one of the best in the world at this weight class and has been for years. This makes for a big fight for Peireira, but it's hard to count him out, especially after winning the GLORY 14 Middleweight Contender tournament. 

Last Man Standing goes down on June 21st in Los Angeles, directly following GLORY 17 on Spike TV.

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GLORY 17 TV Start Time One Hour Earlier

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GLORY 17

On June 21st GLORY will present GLORY 17 Los Angeles on Spike TV. GLORY 17 Los Angeles will serve as the precursor of the night to whet fans' appetites for GLORY's Last Man Standing PPV event later on that evening. To facilitate this, GLORY 17 will be airing at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central time on Spike TV. As usual, GLORY will have a two hour chunk of time for GLORY 17, which means that Last Man Standing will begin at 10pm Eastern/9pm Central.

GLORY 17 is set to be headlined by Ky Hollenbeck vs. Andy Ristie as well as Mirko Cro Cop vs. Sergei Kharitonov. We've received numerous reports of Kharitonov being injured and replaced by Jarrell Miller, but nothing is announced just yet so keep that one in your back pocket.

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Free Unlocked Video: GLORY 11 Chicago - Rico Verhoeven vs. Daniel Ghita

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Glory World Series has unlocked the video of the four man heavyweight tournament final from October 12th last year, between Rico Verhoeven and Daniel Ghita to get us ready for the rematch. This is one of the highest paced and exciting heavyweight fights I have seen for a long time. After watching this fight multiple times I still have a hard time choosing a winner. Ghita and Verhoeven used to be sparring partners, which explains why they seem to know each other so well and neither of them could land their signature techniques. Ghita is definitely the harder hitting fighter with more knockouts to his name, but his power seemed to fade early on in this fight due to Verhoeven pulling him into his technical and grinding style.

Will Ghita be able to get the knockout this time, or will Verhoeven grind out a 5 round decision, What do you think?

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Check out AFAV's Awesome New Melvin Manhoef Video

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Melvin Manhoef will be one of the eight men entering GLORY's Last Man Standing tournament on June 21st and there has been a lot of hype leading into this tournament, especially for the inclusion for Manhoef. Why? Because Melvin Manhoef hasn't competed at this level in Kickboxing in a while and this is being heralded as his big return to prominence in Kickboxing. 

Our friends at AFAV have put together this incredible video of Melvin Manhoef getting prepared for his fight at GLORY Last Man Standing. GLORY's Last Man Standing is June 21st live on PPV, for more information, check out http://www.gloryppv.com.

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Melvin Manhoef Talks Glory Last Man Standing PPV, UFC, Retirement on the MMA Hour

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Six days before his quarter final round fight against Filip Verlinden at the Glory Last Man Standing PPV, the #8 ranked Glory middleweight, Melvin Manhoef, was a guest on the MMA Hour Monday afternoon. 

Over the twelve minute conversation with MMA Hour host, Ariel Helwani, Manhoef discussed the differences between training for kickboxing and for mma, plus possibly cornering Lyoto Machida against Chris Weidman at UFC 175, rematching Robbie Lawler, and whether retirement is in his near or distant plans. 

To listen to the interview, you can watch the MMA Hour at www.mmafighting.com. Manhoef starts at the 1:37:53 mark. 

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