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Full GLORY 25 Card Shows Featherweight Title Fight, Welterweight Tournament and More

GLORY is not messing around when it comes to GLORY 25 Milan. Imagine having a card so jam-packed that fights like Danyo Ilunga vs. Artem Vakhitov and a Featherweight title match between Gabriel Varga and Serhiy Adamchuk are on the SuperFight Series card. That's how big of a card GLORY 25 is. 

We already know that the headliner will be Robin van Roosmalen defending the GLORY Lightweight Championship against Sitthichai and that Giorgio Petrosyan will be returning to the GLORY ring against Josh Jauncey, but we now also know who will be included in the Welterweight tournament with the winner getting a title shot. The tournament is Yoann Kongolo vs. Karim Ghajji and Murthel Groenhart vs. Nicola Gallo.


Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong

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

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Josh Jauncey

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Yoann Kongolo vs. Karim Ghajji

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Murthel Groenhart vs. Nicola Gallo


Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Gabriel Varga (c) vs. Serhiy Adamchuk

Light Heavyweight Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Artem Vakhitov

Middleweight Bout: Samir Boukhidous vs. Vittorio Iermano

Welterweight Tournament Reserve Bout: Stefano Bruno vs. Hosam Radwan

Lightweight Bout: Anatoliy Moiseev vs. Teo Mikelic


GLORY Posts 283,000 Viewers on Spike TV for GLORY 24

In what was supposed to be a triumphant return to Spike TV after being showcased on Bellator MMA's Dynamite 1 show GLORY instead found itself stuck in the morasses of Spike TV's endless runs of COPS and their ever-shifting time slot. The steady decline of GLORY ratings on Spike TV has been ongoing now with there being natural peaks and valleys. GLORY 13 still posted the highest ratings to date with the Welterweight tournament along with a heavyweight-heavy card featuring Rico Verhoeven against the legend Peter Aerts and Daniel Ghita against Errol Zimmerman. 

GLORY 21 showed a slight bump up from the previous show but then GLORY 22 being shown live at 4pm in the afternoon, dragging them down once again. GLORY 23 was and improvement, albeit still under 300,000 with 295,000 and now that SportsTVRatings has published Friday's ratings we can see that GLORY 24 saw a decrease from the previous show coming in at 283,000 viewers. 

While there hasn't been official word just yet, it is widely speculated that GLORY 24 was GLORY's last outing on Spike TV and if so they went out with a whimper instead of a bang. The show still delivered in solid action, although the main event did have a rather disappointing finish. Those kinds of things cannot be predicted. Jacoby/Barrett and the knockout-heavy heavyweight tournament delivered solid thrills there was just no one there to watch at 11pm eastern time, apparently.


Glory 24: Thin Air, Thin Ice, Solid Action

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How is kickboxing doing now? It’s a question many of us have had on mind lately. There’s plenty of product out there, but the industry is feeling a lot like it did in 2011—stagnant with no clear indication of growth. It’s pretty clear that Glory has failed to live up to its initial expectations as the next major combat sports phenomenon, which may have been unrealistic from the get-go, and that for all the news—such as it is—that we have to report on, nobody’s making any big promises. That said, despite major questions looming regarding its TV deals and with Bellator dipping its toes into the kickboxing waters, Glory marches on with a surprisingly full schedule of events for the rest of the year with its first stop in Denver, CO, for Glory 24. This event featured a heavyweight contender tournament between four legitimate hopefuls as well as a middleweight main and co-main event that saw Joe Schilling make his return to kickboxing and Dustin Jacoby test the division’s very harsh waters. Read on for my breakdown of this event and its storylines:

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Ben Edwards. Let’s address this first. Ben was clearly not in shape to fight, less so in the mile high city. He looked completely deconditioned, more so than I have ever seen him before. He’s spent time away from kickboxing over the last year and tried his hand in boxing, but I don’t think he would have been successful in a boxing ring last night, not to mention kickboxing. He’s a supporter and friend of LiverKick, and I can only assume that he took the fight under difficult circumstances. We hope he’s well and that things get better for him because he’s an excellent performer and comes off like an even better guy.

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Jahfar Wilnis. The heavyweights in general had a difficult task competing at altitude, but Jahfar was very game and brought incredible aggression and technical kickboxing to the table, finishing Ben Edwards with hard low kicks and going three relentless rounds with Benny Adegbuyi. The tournament final was very close, and while I think Wilnis was stealing rounds and deserved the nod in the end, the fight was close enough not to call the outcome a robbery. If this were K-1, I think the matter would definitely have been settled with an extension round, but the Adegbuyi rematch with Rico Verhoven is desirable and with performances like that, Wilnis will undoubtedly get a title shot in the near future. Heavyweight needs new faces at the top, and Jahfar Wilnis may have just secured his spot.

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Benny Adegbuyi. Is it just me, or was the audience going crazy for Benny? I’m not sure how it happened, but the man legitimately crossed over with the Denver crowd! As a consistently entertaining and top performing kickboxer, Benny deserves it, and I’m glad to see him earn that recognition. His rematch with Rico has a lot of momentum going into it now, and I’m excited to see what kind of heat it gets in Amsterdam.

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Dustin Jacoby. He was groomed as a rising American kickboxing star after he swept the Road to Glory tournament field two years ago, but he was thrown to the wolves in his subsequent fights, taking on veteran and elite fighters like Michael Duut, Alex Pereira, Mourad Bouzidi, and Danyo Illunga. He came up short in these encounters but demonstrated his grit, athleticism and improving kickboxing technique with every fight. His win over Wayne Barrett established both the weight class that he should compete in and his legitimacy as a kickboxer. Jacoby has worked hard over the last two years, spending time with Hemmers Gym in the Netherlands and learning the kickboxing game from the ground up, and he demonstrated that technique in this fight. Some will argue that Barrett’s performance diminishes the win, but let’s face it, Jacoby has needed to prove that he can be an effective technical kickboxer, not that he can take anyone’s shots. His presence provides additional depth to Glory’s formidable middleweight division.

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Joe Schilling. This is a frustrating time for Schilling. He’s a bankable fighter in search of a stable platform that will allow him to make the money he wants, but he happens to dominate in a sport that’s not lavishly paying out anymore. Attempts to build him up in MMA were unsuccessful, which I suspect is a much larger setback than anyone has revealed—hence Bellator: Dynamite, a way for Bellator to apparently promote kickboxers without promoting kickboxing. As an aside, it’s really not clear to me what Bellator’s goal is with Dynamite, especially as it concurrently blocks attempts by Paul Daley and LiverKick friend John Joe O’Reagan to sell a legitimate title fight with Nieky Holzken. That said, it’s hard to guage Schilling’s position in all of this, but it seems that for the time being, he’s back on track with Glory and wants to be a center attraction, calling for a spot on the Amsterdam show and calling out Artem Levin again. Seeing more of Joe Schilling is something that will absolutely get no complaint from me.

The future: where are we going? Will Glory still be on TV? I wish I knew. We come to these crossroads time and time again, but I give credit to Glory for trucking on in spite of this. I suspect that something is in the works but that we won’t find out any time soon. Until then, we’ll keep enjoying the action as it comes.


Dustin Jacoby Proves Himself as a Kickboxer Against Wayne Barrett

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The name Dustin Jacoby has been causing mixed reactions for kickboxing fans over the past few years. Sure, his first foray into professional kickboxing involved him winning a Road 2 Glory tournament, earning him a spot on GLORY's roster, but from there Jacoby struggled against some of the opposition that he faced within the GLORY ring. His never-say-die attitude and willingness to take any fight thrown out him led to a less-than-stellar win-loss record and fans were beginning to cry foul of the amount of opportunities within GLORY that he was receiving.

Jacoby, though, much to his credit kept persevering and moving forward. He took his training very seriously and worked on refining his skillset. Initially when Jacoby would step into the ring it was very apparent that he had come from the world of MMA, moving more like a plodding MMA fighter and throwing bombs as opposed to tighter combinations. He simply didn't handle himself like a professional kickboxer. 

Not many people were looking at Dustin Jacoby vs. Wayne Barrett as a fight that would see Dustin Jacoby emerge victorious. Barrett was a kickboxer through and through, dedicating himself to the sport and proving himself to be a top level middleweight. Sure, he had a few losses, but many saw this as a tune up fight for Barrett on his road back to the top of the division. What they weren't expecting was for Dustin Jacoby to not only bring the fight to Barrett, but for Jacoby to actually move, strike and defend like a kickboxer. The awkward MMA style that never quite transitions well to kickboxing wasn't there like it has been before, instead was a polished professional kickboxer who did exactly what he needed to do to mentally break Barrett in the ring leading to a knockout victory.

Many fans had simply written Jacoby off but he has proven that hard work and dedication can pay off. No longer is he that MMA guy wearing big gloves, instead he is a professional kickboxer and holding a win over Wayne Barrett is a huge feather in his cap. After this win now I want to see what else Dustin Jacoby could do, did Wayne Barrett just "break" and Jacoby was simply there, or has he really arrived in the sport of kickboxing? I'm leaning towards the latter and GLORY has the manpower within the middleweight division to test Jacoby's mettle when he's ready.


Live Stream Information for GLORY 24 and SuperFight Series

Tonight GLORY 24 will be live from Denver, Colorado with Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis as well as the SuperFight Series. As long as you aren't in one of the ex-Yugoslavia nations for $9.99 you can order the stream of the SuperFight Series at 9pm Eastern time. If you live outside of the US you'll be able to order the full GLORY 24 event for an additional $9.99.

So have at it. Join us later tonight for live results.

Read more...'s Glory 24 Predicitions

With Glory 24 in Denver just around the corner we figured it was a good time to do some predictions on the show and find out everyone else's opinions as well. All the fights on the main card seem quite well matched which always makes predictions a little more difficult. For example the main event between Joe Schilling and Jason Wilnis you could look at 2 ways. First of all with Joe Schilling you know you can expect excitement but sometimes that comes at the expense of his chin which makes him unpredictable. Also Schilling has never really fought a true dutch kickboxer in a kickboxing match, so we don't know how he will handle the constant forward pressure. On the other hand with Wilnis he never really changes his game plan which works for him most of the time, until he faces someone tricky and different like Artem Levin. So the "safe bet" you could say is Wilnis, but then you can never count out Schillings power and unpredictability.

Now the tournament is also a tough one, lets start with Benjamin Adegbuyi vs Mladen Brestovac. First of all if you don't know much about Brestovac check out his fight with Jahfarr Wilnis at Glory 14 in Zagreb HERE. Those type of high kicks from a heavyweight can change the outcome of any fight so Adegbuyi will have to make sure to keep his hands tight and out box Brestovac all fight. Then we have Ben Edwards vs Jahfarr Wilnis, when I look at this fight I feel the biggest factor at the moment is activity. Wilnis has been fighting consistently in china and recently became the Kun Lun heavyweight tournament champion by defeating Hesdy Gerges in the final, where as Ben Edwards has been boxing a little lately but hasn't had a kickboxing fight since Glory's last time in Denver which is well over a year ago, but Edwards always has one punch KO power and a huge heart.


Joe Schilling vs Jason Wilnis (JJ - Wilnis / DW - Joe)

Wayne Barrett vs Dustin Jacoby (JJ - Barrett / DW - Barrett)

Benjamin Adegbuyi vs Mladen Brestovac (JJ - Adegbuyi / DW - Adegbuyi)

Ben Edwards vs Jahfarr Wilnis (JJ - Wilnis / DW - Edwards)

Tournament Winner ( JJ - Adegbuyi / DW - Adegbuyi)



Year-End Mega Show GLORY 26 Amsterdam Announced

If your itch for a mega show just wasn't scratched by Dynamite you are in for some very, very good news. Today GLORY announced that on December 4th at RAI Amsterdam they will be throwing one of their biggest shows to date with GLORY 26. The event is to be headlined by two huge title fights featuring Dutch champions. The first is GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven vs. the winner of the GLORY 24 heavyweight tournament and the second is Nieky Holzken vs. the GLORY 25 welterweight tournament winner. 

For longtime kickboxing fans it is interesting to note that Amsterdam is notoriously difficult to book kickboxing shows in. In fact, this was one of the big reasons that It's Showtime had so many problems during their tenure, as did the Ultimate Glory events. Dutch fans and promoters still struggle with the restrictive laws placed by Mayor van der Laan to keep the "criminal element" out of sporting events within Amsterdam. GLORY has been working on this for a very long time now and finally Dutch fans will get exactly what they want in a huge kickboxing event featuring Dutch champions. 

GLORY 26 will also feature a featherweight tournament featuring Mosab Amrani, the winner fighting Gabriel Varga.

What I really like about this show is that there is continuity involved for once. There is cause and effect. There are tournaments on the next two shows and those tournaments have an endgame that is clearly in sight. There is no "future title shot" that fans will have to guess at. Instead there is a future title fight with a firm date. This is the kind of foresight that GLORY has been sorely missing and can only help them moving forward. 


Robin van Roosmalen Reveals More on Upcoming MMA Debut

Robin van Roosmalen recently revealed that he'd be dipping his toe into the MMA waters after two years of training in the sport, all with the blessings of GLORY. Today, thanks to an interview from the Blackzilians website, there are more details on his pending debut. 

Van Roosmalen will be making his MMA debut on January 16th in Italy for the promotion FFC. FFC, run out of Croatia, runs events that are a mix of MMA and kickboxing. This seems like an interesting promotion to fight for considering they do have a kickboxing connection, but this is apparently all done with GLORY's knowledge. He had an exclusive contract with GLORY, but the promotion gave him the go ahead to pursue MMA as long as it didn't interfere with his GLORY obligations. 

As for the weight class? Robin fights at Lightweight in kickboxing but due to how much weight-cutting happens in MMA he has decided to fight at Featherweight in MMA. When asked about a possible future in the UFC, which doesn't allow for their fighters to participate in other sports, he said that he'd like to reach the highest level at some point, but that would be far down the line for him. There was a push to get van Roosmalen involved with Bellator (which we've known for a while), most recently a push for him to fight on the Bellator MMA Dynamite 1 card but Bellator didn't seem keen on it and those talks went nowhere. 


Robin van Roosmalen vs. Sitthichai Planned for GLORY 25

The long-rumored for GLORY 25 battle for the GLORY Lightweight Championship has been confirmed today by none other than Cor Hemmers via his Facebook page. The GLORY matchmaker spilled the beans on one of the most hotly-anticipated GLORY title fights in a while pitting the Lightweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen against the tough challenger in Sitthichai. 

This is a solid contrast to the news earlier today of van Roosmalen looking to make his MMA debut in early 2016 and the usual fan panic that comes about fighters leaving kickboxing for MMA. Van Roosmalen faces one of his toughest tests to date in the young Thai who will be looking to take his place as the #1 Lightweight kickboxer in the world, which many believe he will do with relative ease. 

Van Roosmalen vs. Sitthichai adds to an already exciting card featuring a main event of Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Josh Jauncey and a welterweight contender tournament. GLORY's site also currently lists Danyo Ilunga vs. Artem Vakhitov, but as we've seen before that isn't always entirely accurate. 


Robin van Roosmalen Making MMA Debut in 2016

GLORY Lightweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen has been talking about dabbling in MMA for years now, to the extent of it being rumored that he'd make his MMA debut a few times without it ever coming to fruition. Now it looks like van Roosmalen is ready to make his MMA debut and that it will be in early 2016.

Van Roosmalen will absolutely be prepared for this debut, having trained in mixed martial arts and judo for most of his life, even having earned his black belt in judo recently. Who he'll be fighting for is still not clear yet, but it will sure be interesting to see how he fares in another sport.

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