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The GLORY 13 Card is Super Stacked So Far

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Glory

My god, the news about GLORY 13 just keeps on flowing, which might be taking some attention away from GLORY 12, but hey, news is news. Today GLORY updated their site with at least part of the GLORY 13 Tokyo card and man this one looks amazing. I guess my only real qualms with this is that two of the bigger fights are on the Super Fight Series, which means probably not airing on the broadcast and we'll have to wait a few weeks to view them.

I really don't know how I feel about waiting for Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven and Remy Bonjasky vs. Anderson Silva.

 

  • GLORY 13
  • Daniel Ghita vs. Errol Zimmerman
  • Dustin Jacoby vs. Makoto Uehara
  • GLORY 13 Welterweight Tournament
  • Nieky Holzken vs. Marc de Bonte
  • Joseph Valtellini vs. Karapet Karapetyan
  • Reserve Fight
  • Karim Ghajji vs. Alexander Stetsurenko
  • GLORY 13 Super Fight Series
  • Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven
  • Remy Bonjasky vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva

 

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Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven Rumored for GLORY 13 Tokyo

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Aerts

GLORY 13 might still be a ways off, but that doesn't mean that we can't want to know more about it, right? We already know that it will feature the GLORY Welterweight tournament, featuring Nieky Holzken, Joseph Valtellini, Marc DeBonte and Karapet Karapetyan, but still nothing about Super Fights just yet. There have been names flying around for a while now; Peter Aerts, Jerome Le Banner, you know, the ones that you'd expect for a show in Japan. It turns out that Peter Aerts will indeed be fighting on the GLORY 13 card, if this rumor turns out to be true.

What is that rumor? That Peter Aerts will be squaring off against newly-crowned GLORY 11 Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. That is a huge fight, as Aerts is reaching the twilight of his career and is looking to retire soon while Rico's career is on a serious uptick thanks to his victories over Saki and Ghita at GLORY 11.

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Peter Aerts Only Retiring in Japan... For Now

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Peter Aerts

When it comes to Peter Aerts I fear that I'll always be biased, as he was the guy who really got me into Kickboxing. It was one of those memories that I'll never shake free of and never plan on forgetting, the 1994 K-1 World Grand Prix. So this talk of retirement is a bit harrowing, even if he is 43 years old and it might be time to hang 'em up for his own safety.

Put Peter Aerts in a fight and I'll always believe that he has a fighting chance of walking away victorious in that fight. Why? Because he is Peter Aerts. That's why.

The news from Japan today was that Peter Aerts was going to be retiring at GLORY 13, but you know, it is a translation and can be rough. We received confirmation from a GLORY official today that this will be Peter's retirement in Japan, much like his It's Showtime bout against Tyrone Spong was his BeNeLux retirement. This means that this isn't the final curtain call for the Dutch Lumberjack, but still be prepared for that.

Some of our sources are sticking to their guns that this will be Peter's full retirement, but for now, who knows? GLORY's Japanese PR people are also selling this event as a "Farewell to an Era" with Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt. Their retirements could be a very real part of this show.

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Watch the GLORY 13 Press Conference

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GLORY 13

Yesterday was an odd day full of fractured news stories coming out from all corners as GLORY held a press conference in Japan. In a way I miss the days of Japan being the epicenter of the fighting world. There was a certain art to covering events that were going on in Japan, a certain amount of work that had to be put in just to decipher what was going on. Maybe I'm just a masochist, but it is kind of fun. Yesterday was one of those days with the GLORY 13 press conference.

GLORY 13 Tokyo is set for December 21st and will be GLORY's Farewell to an Era, with that Era being of Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt and Remy Bonjasky, the three pillars of K-1. The event will feature a retirement ceremony for all three fighters, but will only feature the retirement bout (in Japan, kind of) for Peter Aerts, as he faces Rico Verhoeven.

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Watch GLORY 13 and Super Fight Series Live on LiverKick

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GLORY 13

Funny how time tends to get away with us, especially during the holiday season, huh? This weekend is a huge weekend for Kickboxing as GLORY will promote GLORY 13 as well as the Tokyo Super Fight Series event. I know that many are disappointed that in the United States we won't get to enjoy GLORY 13 live, as Spike TV will air the event on tape delay on the 21st here in the United States, but the good news is that if you have fond memories of staying up late to watch Japanese kakutougi you'll be able to do just that for the uber-stacked GLORY SuperFight Series card, which begins at 1:30am Eastern time.

Oh yeah, you can watch it here on LiverKick.com, as well as GLORY 13 if you are outside of the US, Japan and ex-YU nations. If you are in the US you won't be able to order GLORY 13, but you can order the SuperFight Series for $20. Not bad, right? If you are planning on ordering both event and worried about costs, don't worry, we've got you covered. Ordering both events here on LiverKick will get you a cool 50% discount off of the second event, which means $30 for both.

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GLORY 13 Post-Fight Press Conference

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Nieky Holzken

By now we've all experienced GLORY 13, now it's time to get thoughts from the fighters after the event is over. Hear from Peter Aerts, Daniel Ghita, Rico Verhoeven and the newly-crowned GLORY Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken!

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GLORY SuperFight Series Tokyo and GLORY 13 Spoilers

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Glory 13

GLORY 13 went down last night in the wee hours of the morning, I thank those of you that stayed up to watch the PPV here on LiverKick and apologize for my absence, but sometimes a man gets sick and things happen. Then sometimes you guys overload the site with traffic, which is really cool. Bravo (except for the downtime!). So I'm sure you are wondering who won what, right? Here is a rundown of both the GLORY SuperFight Series and GLORY 13 Tokyo.

If you are waiting for Spike TV later tonight then obviously you should not read the GLORY 13 section, which I'm going to place after a jump for those on the main page.

  • SuperFight Series Tokyo:
  • Sergei Kharitonov (R3 – UD) Jerome LeBanner
  • Hesdy Gerges (R3 – UD) Ewerton Teixeira
  • Anderson Silva (R3 – UD) Remy Bonjasky
  • Aleksandr Stetcurenko (R3 – UD) Karim Ghajji
  • Artur Kyshenko (R3 – UD) Masayuki Kenmun
  • Mosab Amrani R3 – UD) Yuta Kubo

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GLORY 13 Scores Big on Spike TV

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Glory

When it comes to television ratings on Kickboxing events, we've been forced to be extremely patient as American fans both warm up to the sport of Kickboxing and learn when and where to watch it, something that all combat sports fans are familiar with. So while GLORY has had a bit of a slow start on Spike TV, the ratings have shown improvement for every single event. Going into GLORY 13 there were definitely some lingering concerns that any momentum gained would be lost due to the nature of the event; tape delayed from Japan with results readily available 12 hours before the broadcast.

Yet, those fears seem to be unfounded as GLORY 13 was able to pull in what I'd consider a tremendous number at 659,000 viewers on average. Take into account UFC's ratings on Fox Sports 1 fall within this range and that the UFC is a well-established brand and this is even more amazing to consider. Also consider that it is in the range of Bellator events on Spike TV as well. The final factor to consider is that it was on tape delay which will of course deter some viewers, yet, there was still an increase of 38% from the previous event.

When talking television there is also talk of peak numbers, the numbers when there are the most viewers for the given program. The last few events have seen a lone peak early on, which we consider a bleedover effect from the previous program, COPS, which always tends to pull in a million and a half or so. So the first peak was at 9:11 at 905,000 which is expected. The thing is, there was a second peak that came at 10:42pm, near the tail end of the event, and that was 873,000, which is nothing short of tremendous.

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Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven the Fight to Make at Heavyweight

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Rico

So GLORY 13 is in the books now, where Nieky Holzken held onto the top spot in the Welterweight division, Peter Aerts showed that at 43 he's still one of the most exciting guys in the world to watch and two Heavyweights proved that they are without a doubt the two best Heavyweights in the world; Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven. Rico Verhoeven kept his composure as Peter Aerts kept applying pressure and looking for the big knockout in a fight billed as his "Japanese retirement," able to land cleaner shots and pick up the decision victory. Earlier in the night Daniel Ghita met an old foe by the way of Errol Zimmerman and made shorter work than he did of him the first time.

For those who follow Heavyweight kickboxing, well, this all won't surprise you, but it does segue into what is the most logical match to make in the Heavyweight division right now; Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven II. Rico Verhoeven is perhaps the fighter of the year for 2013, with wins over Jhonata Diniz, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita and Peter Aerts, with Saki and Ghita being on the same night. It wasn't that no one believed that Verhoeven would ever reach such heights, it's that no one expected it to be this year, yet, that is exactly what happened.

For Daniel Ghita there has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for him, including a heartbreaking loss to Semmy Schilt in the finals of the GLORY 4 Grand Slam last year, followed by a poor performance against Gokhan Saki. Ghita's personal life was beginning to get in the way of his professional life and there were a lot of changes for him, both in his family and in who he was training with. Ghita bounced back and the GLORY 11 Heavyweight tournament was going to be his shot at redemption, the only thing was that nobody told Rico Verhoeven that this was the narrative for the night.

For both men they are at the top of their respective games right now and the third man in the GLORY Heavyweight universe, Gokhan Saki, is most likely dropping down to Light Heavyweight or testing out non-GLORY waters once his contract is up. Then add in the imminent retirements of Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt. This leaves Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven as the lone goliaths atop of the Heavyweight Kickboxing world and with them only having met once before, which for Heavyweight kickboxing is incredibly rare. While seeing both in another tournament would be great, a single rematch to crown a king of the division seems like a more refined way for them to meet, as would bumping up the number of rounds to 5 or even 7 to really see who walks away as the winner.

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Former FEG Head Sadaharu Tanikawa Producing GLORY 13 Tokyo

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Tany

In what is an absolutely stunning turn of events, former FEG President Sadaharu Tanikawa, best known as K-1's Executive Producer, has been announced as the Producer behind GLORY 13. The shocking announcement went down today in Japan, which came packaged with the fact that this should also be the retirement fight of Peter Aerts, which seems to be the public impetus behind Tanikawa's involvement. There is very clear language involved to this being a "one time deal" between Tanikawa and GLORY, but facts are still facts and Tanikawa owes a lot of the fighters rumored to be participating on the event money.

What makes this an even stranger partnership is the very public assaults from Bas Boon towards Tanikawa in the past few years. Boon has made it clear that Tanikawa's FEG owes Golden Glory millions of dollars and it was Bas Boon's lawsuit against Tanikawa and FEG that forced them to formally declare bankruptcy in 2012. It is our understanding that none of the money owed was ever paid out by FEG due to the bankruptcy proceedings and the shame is that K-1 Global has taken the reputation of FEG and Tanikawa with them while having nothing to do with them. The irony also comes from claims from Golden Glory that K-1 Global's Mr. Kim was associated with Tanikawa and FEG, with this move making it very clear that there was never a partnership.

Even with all of this, I'm not willing to condemn anyone here. Tanikawa, from what is public, was in an awful position of organizing a corrupt organization. Japanese bankruptcy law is also odd, too odd for me to even pretend to be an expert on or to be able to properly navigate. The money owed is still through FEG. It's just odd to see these two sides working together.

For what it's worth, there is talk of a "major television deal" possibly happening and Fuji TV officials being in attendance was mentioned in the same article, aligning with rumors we've heard.

Happy Halloween?

UPDATE: Upon speaking to a GLORY official about this, we've learned that the role of "Producer" has been exaggerated. He will be serving as a consultant for the Super Fight Series undercard only.

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