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About That GLORY 18 Poster Being Passed Around

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Over the past few days we've seen the leaked GLORY 18 poster being passed around quite a lot and gotten a few questions about it. We were going to ignore it and just let it disappear, but, it wasn't about to do that. That's a good thing, though, because fans are hungry and want to know more about the next GLORY event. So anyway, this poster for GLORY 18 has been floating around with a date of August 9th listed as the date, featuring Davit Kiria and Robin van Roosmalen on it.

We've spoken to a few people at GLORY and can confirm that you can indeed be excited, but that the poster was leaked out with a projected date, not the final date. We don't have a final date for GLORY 18 yet, but we know for sure that it's not August 9th. So hold your horses, for now.

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Glory 18 Posters

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Today there have been two Glory 18 posters floating around the internet, neither of them have a location, and neither of them are on Glory's website, Twitter of Facebook. To me it still feels like we are one step closer to the next event, and by the match ups on the poster it seems to be a great one.

First if all it has Glory's lightweight champion Davit Kiria defending his belt against Robin Van Roosmalen also Wayne Barrett against Jason Wilnis for the single fights. There is also a light heavyweight contender tournament featuring Andre Stoica vs Saulo Cavalari and Brian Collette Vs Zak Mwekassa.

So far so good I'd say, now we just wait for the official announcement.

 

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GLORY 18 Rumored for November 7th in Oklahoma City

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So things have been very quiet on the GLORY front over the last few months, which has been both troubling and peaceful in many ways. The thing is, the people demand blood, they demand action, they demand Glory. GLORY's new CEO had announced that there would be a show in late October, but it looks like early November is more like it. November 7th to be exact, which yes, is indeed a Friday. What's interesting about that is that Bellator is currently not scheduled to run anything on that week, leaving Friday on Spike TV wide open.

Is this a part of a new strategy? It very well could be. We've received reports from a few fighters and a few other sources stating that November 7th in Oklahoma City will indeed be the time and place for GLORY 18. Now we just have to wait and see if everything pans out according to plan. 

Remember this is indeed a rumor, even if we have multiple sources pointing to this happening. 

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GLORY's CEO Talks About Saki, Spong and GLORY's Return

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For those that were doubting the validity of the GLORY 18 news, it gets no more real than the CEO of the company talking about it on the internet. GLORY 18 is indeed set for November 7th in Oklahoma and will feature the much-anticipated rematch between GLORY Lightweight Champion Davit Kiria and Robin van Roosmalen. Also on the card will be a Light Heavyweight contender's tournament featuring some of GLORY's top Light Heavyweights.

GLORY CEO Jon Franklin spoke with our bud Michael Stets over at MMAMania and there were a few interesting things that he dropped in it, most of which were the confirmations that GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki and would-be number one contender Tyrone Spong are no longer under contract with the organization, but are in a negotiation process. It's the kind of public admittance that we've come to not expect, but it's refreshing to see. 

A few points to take away:

  • GLORY admits to retuning and maybe even scaling back on the scope of the events
  • Re-evaluating some of the contracts to fit in better with television performance
  • The SuperFight Series stays, for now, due to how many countries it is carried in
  • The Spike TV deal extends well into 2015
  • One our two more shows for 2014
  • The plan is for ten or eleven shows in 2015
  • The move to Friday nights is premeditated and an attempt to "cash in" on Bellator's regular Friday night spot
  • GLORY is open to working with Bellator in the future, possibly having shows on the same night on Spike TV
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Analyzing GLORY's Champions: Davit Kiria

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Man, if you are like me, you are kind of dying at this dry spell that we are going through with kickboxing right now. There is still stuff going down, but there is a decided lack of big events to get worked up over right now. So it’s time to start taking a long, hard look at the best fighters in the business today and if we think that they can hold onto their top spots. 

First up: Davit Kiria, GLORY Lightweight Champion

GLORY’s Lightweight division is probably one of the most stacked divisions in the world today. The 70kg range has always been talent-rich, thanks in part to K-1 relying upon the K-1 MAX division for years. But right now especially, it feels like as good as any one fighter is in the division, there is a line-up of guys that could probably defeat him. 

Davit Kiria was never a guy that we would have pegged to become GLORY’s Lightweight Champion. That’s not a knock against him as much as it is indicative of how deep the division really is. Kiria is a skilled guy, but his losses to both Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin van Roosmalen led to many doubting him. So when he went into GLORY 14 against Andy Ristie, the guy who knocked both of those men out in one night, not many expected him to walk out as the champion.

Then kickboxing magic happened and Kiria shocked the world, knocking out Andy Ristie in the fifth round. It was insanity and we had an unlikely champion of a guy who was considered “fourth best” to RvR, Petrosyan and Ristie. That is how stacked this division is. We have a good feeling that Robin van Roosmalen will get a shot at Kiria’s title soon (it was originally slated for August, actually), so the question is: Can Davit Kiria hold onto the GLORY Lightweight Championship.

The answer is: yes, but not for long. That title is going to be a hot potato for a while unless Petrosyan can stop injuring his hand. I think that Kiria has the skills to defeat Robin van Roosmalen, but it also goes the other way just as easily. In a five round fight we’ve seen that Kiria’s slow-starting style is perhaps best-served under these conditions and he’ll potentially be able to shine against Robin van Roosmalen.

But then when you have to face down a murderer’s row in Lightweight, it seems inevitable that someone will defeat him at some point. Whomever that is will also face the same exact challenges that Kiria faces now, knowing that the title probably won’t be secure for long. That makes GLORY’s Lightweight division so exciting right now; you don’t know who will end up on top. 

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GLORY 18 Live Results

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Tonight, after months and months of waiting, GLORY returns to the airwaves with GLORY 18 Oklahoma. We'll see Davit Kiria look to defend the GLORY Lightweight Championship against Robin van Roosmalen and a Light Heavyweight contender's tournament featuring Brian Collette, Zack Mwekassa, Saulo Cavalari and Danyo Ilunga.

Also in action will be Wayne Barrett vs. Jason Wilnis. So join us at 9pm Eastern time for GLORY 18. 

Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Saulo Cavalari (R3 - TKO) Zack Mwekassa - This was an interesting fight, for sure. Saulo Cavalari was looking very concerned throughout the first round, backing up and legitimately afraid of Mwekassa's fists. Then he started scoring leg kicks. Round two saw a lot more leg kicks and Mwekassa was looking a bit slower and less steady on his feet thanks to those low kicks. Round three saw him continue to work the low kicks and then when Mwekassa was expecting a low kick Saulo connected with a crazy head kick that put Mwekassa down. Zack fought to his feet but was wobbly and the ref called it. 

GLORY Lightweight World Title: Robin van Roosmalen (R5 - Majority Decision) -- What a fun fight. Kiria tends to start off a bit slow, but he was landing single, clean shots against van Roosmalen. It was easy to score the first two rounds for Robin, but then in round three a huge left hand put Robin down. Round four was a close round, almost impossible to figure out which guy should get it, but Robin was landing more shots thoughout and in the fifth round was in control, securing the fight and the championship.

Jason Wilnis (R3 - Decision) Wayne Barrett -- This fight went into the opposite direction that everyone suspected that it would. Barrett came out strong, but Wilnis was able to overpower him, knocking him down a few times in R1 and once in R2 but Barrett surviving to the end.

Semifinal: Saulo Cavalari (R3 - Decision) Danyo Ilunga -- This was a messy, messy fight that saw Cavalari land more clean shots while Ilunga struggled to do much of anything.

Semifinal: Zack Mwekassa (R2 - KO) Brian Collette -- Oh my god. Collette is without a doubt the more complete fighter, but Mwekassa's hands are just leagues above most muay thai or kickboxing guys. The way that he was slipping in the jabs and the hooks were incredible. He downed Collette at the end of round one with a right hook, but Collette fought back to his feet. Round two was pretty quick with Mwekassa landing a hook that seriously looked like it killed Collette. Oh my god. 

GIF via ZProphet.

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Glory 18 Rumored Super Fight Series

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Well Glory themselves have not put the super fight series on their website yet but we have heard some rumors, not to mention there are super fights listed on the page that you purchase tickets online. So lets say these are the rumored but not yet official fights for the superfight series for Nov 7th in Oklahoma.

Randy Blake had to be on the card considering Oklahoma is his home town, he will be taking on fellow American Warren Thompson. Both fighters have lost to Brian Collette in Glory, and Blake is on a 2 fight losing streak so he will be looking to get back in the win column in front of his home town fans.

There are 2 Canadians on the card Robert Thomas and Josh Jauncey. Both had their Glory debuts at Glory 16 in Denver and both fighters were thrown in with very experienced opponents. Robert Thomas was put in with #1 ranked at the time and now Middleweight champion Artem Levin. He put up a good fight and took Levin to a decision, but the skill and experience difference was obvious. This time he will take on USA's Mike Lemaire which will be much closer fight in the experience department. Josh Jauncey fought Dutch veteran Warren Stevelmans, who had over 4 times more fights than him. This was one of the best fights on the super fight series in Denver, Jauncey got dropped hard early in the first round with a big left hook but once he got up and realized he had to move Stevelmans really couldn't hit him again. It ended up being a draw, forcing the fighters to go an extra round, where we saw a younger fresher Jauncey outpoint the veteran. Now he is set to fight Korean K-1 Max veteran Jae Gil Noh, when he fought for K-1 he often went by the name "K-Max". He has fought a lot of top fighters including Albert Kraus but he usually fell short against them. He has a strong straight forward style and double the amount of fights that Jauncey does.

Now on to the Heavyweights, Hesdy Gerges vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi, I feel this has a high possibility of being fight of the night. The Romanian Adegbuyi has looked amazing lately, he absolutely dominated Daniel Sam at Glory 16 Denver and technically looked pretty much perfect. I'm very excited to see him take the step up and fight a higher ranked opponent. Hesdy Gerges is on a 3 fight win streak and has been a top 10 heavyweight for quite sometime. He is a tough fight for anyone but often gets into a habit of standing in front of people and covering up, against AdegBuyi this would not be wise considering the Romanians movement and technical combos, standing still will not work. I am very curious to see how this fight plays out and to see how Adegbuyi handles Gerge's relentless pressure and low kicks.

Rumored Super fight series

Omari Boyd vs. Ian Alexander

Josh Jauncey vs. Jae-Gil Noh

Robert Thomas vs. Mike Lemaire

Randy Blake vs. Warren Thompson

Hesdy Gerges vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi

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Glory 18 Officially Announced

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Finally the silence is over and the time that most of us Kickboxing fans have been waiting for has arrived. Glory have officially announced Glory 18 at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort in Oklahoma City on November 7th and will once again be Live on Spike TV. It's great to put all the rumors that have been circulating about Glory being finished to rest and now look forward and spread the word about their next event. 

The main card is pretty much the same as we posted yesterday with the exception of Artem Vakhitov taking Andre Stoica's place in the tournament. I would have to say that Vakhitov would be the favourite to win the tournament based on what he has shown us in Glory so far. There will still be undercard fights to announce that I'm sure Glory will announce throughout the next little while. Now that Glory has done their job, we need to do ours as Kickboxing and Combat sports fans and make sure this event is packed and the ratings are high.

Here is the main card once again and the Link to the event.

GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY

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

Headline Bout: Davit Kiria vs. Robin van Roosmalen

Co-Headline Bout: Wayne Barrett vs. Jason Wilnis

Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Saulo Cavalari vs. Artem Vakhitov

Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Brian Collette vs. Zack Mwekassa

 

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Hesdy Gerges Sentenced to Five Years in Prison on 2011 Cocaine Smuggling Case

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If you remember all the way back to 2011, you might remember that Hesdy Gerges was arrested for drug trafficking in connection to a case involving his half-brother. Gerges was charged with trafficking 128 kilos of cocaine (not joking). He wasn't actually caught with the drugs, his half-brother was, but he was linked to the case for potential smuggling. That case came back to bite him on Friday, when he was sentenced to five years in prison. 

Gerges made a statement on his Facebook page yesterday refuting the charges yet again.

"I was truly shocked about my conviction today. But trust me, I am NOT guilty! So I will fight this battle in court.

Meanwhile, I will keep training hard, and will be fighting my battles in the ring.

To all my loyal friends and fans: Thanks for your trust and support!!!

Osu!"

His lawyer went on Twitter to express his frustrations, with many believing that Gerges and his legal team are going to fight the charges.

"Unbelievable that Hesdy Gerges is convicted in Belgium about a file case that didn't have any evidence at the time in 2011, for any involvement with coke."

In the meantime all eyes are on GLORY to see if they publicly react to this. Considering the gravity of the charges and the penalty, if Gerges is to spend time in prison chances are he won't be able to compete. It is also a black eye for the promotion who recently had him fight for a chance to challenge for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. We've heard word that GLORY has privately dismissed Gerges for the time being, but like they dismissed his former opponent, Jamal Ben Saddik, after Ben Saddik attacked him in the ring during a fight for another organization. Although, keep in mind that it is not official until it is announced. 

We hope that this situation is resolved quickly, for the sake of the fans and the sport. 

UPDATE: It looks like Gerges has been officially cut. Here's a statement from Jon J. Franklin to BloodyElbow.

"Hesdy Gerges has been cut from the GLORY roster and removed from its rankings. GLORY does not tolerate any type of illegal activity and will remove athletes that violate our code of conduct in or out of the ring."

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The Ratings are in For GLORY 18

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GLORY 18 was this past weekend, emanating from Oklahoma and featuring a Light Heavyweight Contender’s tournament as well as a Lightweight title match between Davit Kiria and Robin van Roosmalen. By this point it had been over four months since GLORY had any live programming on Spike TV, another break that may have proven to be a bit too long considering that GLORY is still in its growth phase and doesn’t have the luxury of hoping that fans will stick around for months without much in the way of news. 

Like I mentioned before, the last live programming from GLORY on Spike TV was GLORY 17 Los Angeles on June 21st. After that it was just rumors and conjecture. In hindsight, maybe it wasn’t the best idea to take that much time to regroup, I don’t know.

There were some definite hurdles for GLORY 18 to overcome on Friday night, the first of which was being off of television for so long. The second factor that came into play here was that the UFC was running a card at the exact same time featuring Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold. In an age of watered down UFC cards, the Bisping vs. Rockhold card turned out to be a pretty damned solid show and honestly, my Twitter timeline was full of people talking about it and it exclusively. Another big factor is moving from Saturday nights to Friday nights, which seemed like a good idea if unopposed, but then UFC happened. The other factor is less starpower on the card, which I’m not sure I take as seriously.

As a kickboxing fan do I love most of these bigger name guys like Gokhan Saki, Tyrone Spong, Daniel Ghita and a few others, but if we are entirely honest here, none have proven to be television draws here in the United States. It just is what it is. So I’m not sure that I buy that Davit Kiria vs. Robin van Roosmalen isn’t as much of a draw as Nieky Holzken being in a Welterweight tournament or Tyrone Spong and Gokhan Saki in a Light Heavyweight tournament.

The final numbers for GLORY 18 are 352,000 viewers with a peak of 648,000. Comparatively, those numbers fall in line with what has been the lowest rated GLORY event on Spike TV yet which was GLORY 15 with 354,000 viewers. Like I said before, there are a LOT of factors in play here, but the good news is that the pared-down and scaled back GLORY 18 was still able to hold a steady audience, which is nothing to scoff at.

All that GLORY really needs right now is some momentum. We spoke with GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin yesterday and he wants fans to remain optimistic and remember the uphill battle that both GLORY and the sport of kickboxing are facing in the US today.

"You have to put this in perspective. We are not just building a brand; we are building a sport in the US and we now will be doing a better job of showcasing our product with regular events to build a fan base not just for GLORY, but for US kickboxing in general. It was a great night of fights and anyone who watched it will be back for our next SPIKE event on December 19th." 

Some might see this as a problem, but with Spike’s ongoing commitment to GLORY and GLORY’s commitment to bringing the best fighters in the world to your television screen this is just another challenge for the company to overcome.

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