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Hayabusa's New Glory Gloves

If you are a Glory fan then you have noticed the change in gloves since they switched from Leone to Hayabusa. Now I've been to a decent amount of the Glory events with my brother and got to talk to fighters and feel the gloves first hand. The overall consensus on the Hayabusa gloves has not been good at all. The comment I was hearing most of all was about the size, the gloves were simply too big and it was effecting the excitement of the cards as knockouts were not happening anymore. So myself and a few others took to twitter and made a few complaints expecting them to fall on deaf ears but we were wrong. Hayabusa took our complaints seriously and emailed me to let me know they were changing their gloves for upcoming events and they would send me a pair to take a look at. 

Here is a comparison picture, Top picture is old gloves, bottom picture is new gloves. You can start by looking at the length on his forearm, secondly just the overall shape of the glove. I have never seen a glove shaped like the first gloves, the new ones are more what we are used to. I will say the new gloves are very small, I'm not positive how the big heavyweights are going to fit their hands in them as we had trouble putting our hands in when wrapped but I can guarantee more knockouts with these. With these gloves the women will have the power to finish fights much more easily as they are just much more compact for the punch and it makes it harder to cover up. It was great of Hayabusa to look out for the fighters safety with the first gloves but in the end they are being used for a fight, fighting is not necessarily safe and if you take the danger out of it the fans will lose interest.

I am 100% happier with these gloves, I feel Hayabusa did a great job taking everyone's criticism and made a glove everyone will be happy with. I wanted a fighters opinion as well, so Josh wore them and bashed a few things and liked them a lot more than the previous gloves he had fought with, he did agree that they are very small but he had a big smile on his face while he said it.

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Featherweight Tournament Set For GLORY 33

Newly-crowned GLORY Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga won't have to wait long to discover who his next challenger will be, as GLORY has announced that on September 9th at GLORY 33 there will be a new contender's tournament. The tournament features Chibin Lim against Matt Embree and Serhiy Adamchuk -- the former champion -- against Giga Chikadze.

Also featured will be heavyweight knockout artist Guto Inocente against perennial top-ten heavyweight Hesdy Gerges.

GLORY 33 New Jersey
Hesvyweight World Title Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Anderson Silva
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Guto Inocente
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Chibin Lim vs. Matt Embree
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Giga Chikadze

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Badr Hari vs Rico Verhoeven Last Fight Comparison & Videos

Since Glory has confirmed Badr Hari vs Rico Verhoeven for December its time to talk about this fight. We will start by comparing their latest fights even though Rico will have one more fight before December, which is a title defense against Anderson "Braddock" Silva.

By the time December rolls around Badri Hari will have inactive for 1 year and 4 months, his last fight against Ismael Londt in Grozny, Russia was in August 2015. Now everyone has different opinions on ring rust but I strongly believe that for an active kickboxer it is very important to fight more often than this. Badr has lots of wars under his belt so who knows how his body is doing these days, but no matter how old or inactive Hari still has crazy KO power that comes from strange angles, no matter who it is if Badr lands a clean punch or kick they can be in for a short night. Here is the video of Badr Hari's last fight, he won but he definitely didn't look sharp nonetheless still and exciting fight.

Rico Verhoeven apart from one minor setback against Gerasimchuk has looked really unstoppable lately. He has improved greatly and is continuing to do so. The problem is that the heavyweight division is nothing like it used to be, back in K-1 GP days every year there were so many amazing heavyweights that it was a toss up who was going to win the tournament. Now that most of those guy have retired no one has really taken their place which leaves Rico in a shallow division. At the moment I don't really see anyone that can challenge him skill wise but with heavyweights anyone can land that KO punch or kick and Rico has been knocked out before. Rico wants to make sure to stay active before his fight with Badr so even though he already fought in March of this year, he will be defending his title in September which in my opinion is a little dangerous but that is his choice. Ricos last fight against Mladen Brestovac wasn't his best performance but he showed how good his cardio is, which is a big thing in the heavyweight division, also his leg kicks are nasty. One thing Rico is constantly criticized about is his lack of KO power and boring fights, well Badr Hari has never had a boring fight so I don't think we will have to worry about that this time around.

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Never Underestimate Anderson 'Braddock' Silva

When you ask kickboxing fans about the fight that they are most excited for the answer is almost inevitable; Badr Hari making his GLORY debut against reigning GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. It's the biggest kickboxing fight at heavyweight since the fall of FEG's K-1 back in 2010, a battle between the man who was primed to become the king of the heavyweight division and the man who actually became that top fighter.

Yet, at GLORY 33 New Jersey Rico Verhoeven takes possibly the biggest gamble that he's taken in his professional career, months out from the biggest fight of his life and of GLORY's tenure thus far. At GLORY 33 Rico Verhoeven will defend the GLORY Heavyweight Championship against Anderson "Braddock" Silva. Silva, who has been fighting at heavyweight for years, proving himself to be a name and a guy who has always been knocking at the door of the top ten or traversing it without finding his way to the top. His shot comes with question marks attached, like where is Ismael Londt, the man who earned a shot against Verhoeven? Braddock perhaps deserved a shot a while ago, but now there are contenders for Verhoeven.

To many, the conclusion has been that Braddock is simply a "warm up" fight. The last time that someone viewed Braddock as merely a speed bump was Remy Bonjasky, who was looking to prove that his career was not over yet, only for Braddock to push the pace and pick up the victory over the K-1 legend.

In the same vein, at GLORY 16 Denver Braddock was facing off against Sergei Kharitonov, a man that had a bigger contract with GLORY thanks to his previous accomplishments only for Braddock to soundly defeat him. While Braddock may not have ever held those big, impressive championships, Braddock has been a spoiler within the division, the guy that serves as the gatekeeper to becoming elite, or the man who would defeat would-be contenders and send them back to the end of the line. 

He's a dangerous fight for any heavyweight, especially for someone like Rico Verhoeven, who when proven to be distracted in the past has lost a fight that many thought he'd handily win.

Plus, let's never forget one of the best heavyweight head kick knock outs in kickboxing history courtesy of Braddock. 

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Xavier Vigney and Chi Lewis-Parry Clash Again at GLORY 33 SuperFight Series

At the GLORY 33 SuperFight Series in New Jersey on September 9th GLORY has added a big heavyweight showdown between Chi Lewis-Parry and Xavier Vigney. The two met last at GLORY 21 San Diego where the trash talk was tremendous heading into a heavyweight tournament, with both men clashing in the finals and a barrage of right hands from Vigney put Parry away. Since then Parry has picked up a big, knockout victory and is looking for revenge on the huge American heavyweight.

This fight will round out the SuperFight Series that already features a GLORY Middleweight World title bout between champion Simon Marcus and challenger Jason Wilnis. 

GLORY 33 SuperFight Series

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

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Xavier Vigney

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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GLORY Teases Badr vs. Rico With GLORY Collision Promo

Yesterday the news broke that GLORY would be promoted Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven in December, most likely in Germany. GLORY has now officially acknowledged that with promo materials for it, including banners and a hype video. The video simply says "December," while Badr Hari released a version himself via social media that says December 10th.

Chances are the date and venue aren't nailed down just yet, but that December 10th is the most likely date.

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Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven Set For December Thanks to GLORY

The fight. 

If you follow kickboxing you know the one fight that everyone has been asking about; GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari. Badr Hari may not be a regular in the realm of high-level kickboxing right now, but he's the lone holdover of a generation of heavyweights that defined the sport from the heyday of K-1. 

Hari, never a K-1 World Grand Prix Champion -- in part thanks to his volatile temper leading to a DQ loss in 2008 -- was seen as the heir apparent to the heavyweight throne, only for FEG's K-1 to go bankrupt and the international kickboxing scene changed forever. Since then, GLORY has emerged as the world leader in the sport, albeit in a scaled-back form compared to the opulence of FEG's K-1. 

Since then both Hari and Verhoeven have had very different paths. Hari chased paydays from rich sheikhs and warlords where he could find them while Verhoeven competed with the best of the best, transitioning from being a tall, awkward kid to an unstoppable force in heavyweight kickboxing. Outside of the ring Hari has been plagued with legal issues thanks to his temper and for a while it looked like he would never, truly, find a way back to fighting the best. 

Hari has remained a public figure, his every indiscretion stealing international headlines all while being accentuated by a fairly rabid social media following. For Verhoeven, this became the fight to make, the fight that made sense. All of the old heroes had retired; Semmy Schilt, Peter Aerts, Jerome Le Banner, Ernesto Hoost and Remy Bonjasky. 

With wins over Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita, Errol Zimmerman and Benjamin Adegbuyi it was all starting to feel a bit "academic" for Verhoeven. He is the best and all of the challengers that are lining up are talented individuals, but what can they bring to the table? 

An issue that arises with a dominant champion is that it's difficult for other stars to flourish. Adegbuyi, in any other generation, would be a huge star, but now he's been defeated twice by Verhoeven, as have Daniel Ghita and Errol Zimmerman, making it lonely at the top for Rico, who has only suffered one errant loss in China to Anderei Gerasimchuk while Rico's wife was in labor and his mind was elsewhere. 

Speculation has run wild for the past few months, smaller promoters have tossed their hat into the ring with very public, very unrealistic offers to host the fight, but there was always going to be one promotion where it would go down; GLORY. GLORY has worked with Verhoeven and Hari's team and now it's official. According to a report from Gareth Davies, the fight is happening in December in Germany. 

As for the stakes? Simply pride.

Hari is not under a longer contract to GLORY, thus no title will be on the line. 

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GLORY 33 New Jersey Featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Anderson Silva

On Friday, September 9th in Trenton, New Jersey GLORY returns to action with GLORY 33. GLORY 33 is set to feature two huge world title bouts, first on the GLORY SuperFight Series Jason Wilnis will get his title shot against champion Simon Marcus in the main event, then on the main card GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven defends against Anderson "Braddock" Silva.

Silva is coming off of a KO victory at GLORY 32 against Gordon Haupt, while Jason Wilnis is coming off of a win over Joe Schilling. 

The GLORY Women's Bantamweight Tournament continues as well with one of the more interesting bouts of the tournament in Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf. 

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Glory 32 Virginia and Superfight Series Predictions

Glory 32 Virginia is in a little over 24 hours so its prediction time. We will predict the winner and how they will win, feel free to give us your opinions as well. You can watch the Glory 32 Superfight series on UFC fight pass and the main card on Eversport.tv or ESPN 3.

Main Card

Serhiy Adamchuk vs Gabriel Varga (Adamchuk Unanimous Dec) Adamchuk will win fighter of the night bonus

Brian Collette vs Myron Dennis (Collette Split Decision)

Finals - (Zhuravlev KO) Pavel Zhuravlev will get he KO of the night bonus

Semifinal - Manny Mancha vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain (Hameur-Lain Unanimous Dec)

Semifinal - Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Ariel Machado (Zhuravlev KO)

Superfight Series

Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Maurice Greene (Lewis-Parry KO)

Anderson Silva vs. Gordon Haupt (Silva Unanimous Dec)

Funda Alkayis vs. Vanessa De Waele (Alkayis Unanimous Dec)

Francois Ambang vs. Michael Stevens (Ambang KO)

Giga Chikadze vs. Chris Mauceri (Mauceri Unanimous Dec)

Armed Forces Exhibition - Cedric Smith vs. Roger Corbin (Smith TKO)

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Glory Announces "Fighter of the Night" and "Knockout" Bonuses

This week Glory announced that starting on July 22nd they will be offering a "fighter of the night" and "knockout of the night" bonus. Each bonus will be an extra $5000 so it is possible that one fighter get both bonuses and make an extra $10k which is definitely a decent incentive. 

Any fighter on the card, superfight series or main card are eligible for the bonuses and well the KO of the night is pretty self explanatory but the fighter of the night bonus is always a little vague to me. It really all depends on what the person who makes that final decision likes to see but as of now Glory announced that it will be awarded to the fighter that has the most impressive performance in the ring regardless of winning or losing. They may implement some sort of fan voting system at some point to help with awarding it too.

These Bonuses will begin at Glory 32: Virginia and will continue on to every Glory event after.

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