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Glory 29 Taking Place in Copenhagen, Featuring Holzken vs. Kongolo

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Tonight at the GLORY 27 SuperFight Series the promotion announced that GLORY 29 will happen in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday, April 16th. There is only one bout announced for it thus far and it's a pretty big one as GLORY Welterweight Champion Nieky "The Natural" Holzken is set to defend his championship against Yoann Kongolo. Kongolo is currently the fourth-ranked Welterweight on the GLORY roster, making for an interesting selection especially considering how close the Groenhart bout was in Amsterdam.

On top of that GLORY has announced that there will be a Heavyweight Contender tournament to see who will challenge the Heavyweight champion. One would think that Braddock Silva will be involved after his win tonight at GLORY 27.

Also, as an aside, GLORY announced that they signed Ismael Londt during the broadcast. Whoa. Hopefully he's in a tournament because that's a name I've wanted to see in the mix for years now.

They also announced that the ESPN deal is complete and is a multi-year deal, so GLORY officially has their home in the US set in stone.

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GLORY 29 and SuperFight Series Live Results

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Here we go! GLORY 29 SuperFight Series is live on Fight Pass and GLORY 29 is live on ESPN 3 at 4pm Eastern, replaying at 7pm Eastern on ESPN2. 

GLORY 29

Welterweight Title: Nieky Holzken (R5 - Decision) Yoann Kongolo

Heavyweight Finals: Ismael Londt (R3 - Decision) Jahfarr Wilnis 

Serhiy Adamchuk (R3 - Decision) Mohammed El-Mir

Semifinal: Ismael Londt (R3 - Decision) Anderson Silva 

Semifinal: Jahfarr Wilnis (R3 - Decision) Kirill Kornilov

GLORY 29 SuperFight Series

Zack Mwekassa (R3 - Decision) Zinedine Hameur-Lain

Tomas Mozny (Ext.R - Decision) Cihad Kepenek

Meran Zangana (R3 - TKO) Jonatan Oliveira

Abou Karim Chorr (R3 - Decision) Rhassan Muhareb

Harut Grigorian (R1 - KO) Maximo Suarez

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Two Lightweight Bouts Added to GLORY 29 Copenhagen

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GLORY continues to forge forward into 2016 with strong cards and has gone ahead and made GLORY 29 Copenhagen just a bit better with the addition of two new lightweight bouts, introducing some new talent into the GLORY mix. GLORY newcomer Mohammed El Mir will be squaring off against Niclas Larsen in the co-headline bout of the evening, while on the SuperFight Series the brother of Shemshi Beqiri, Hysni, will be fighting GLORY newcomer, Harut Grigorian. Harut Grigorian has been fighting the best for a while now and makes for a sound addition to the GLORY roster.

This bolstering of GLORY's already-strongest division adds new depth that will be paying dividends for a long time coming. 

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GLORY 29 Ratings: Stiff Competition From NBA Playoffs, UFC and Bellator

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Ben Pontier / GLORY Sports International

This past Saturday was GLORY 29, which was live in the afternoon on ESPN3 here in the United States and was aired via tape delay at 7pm on ESPN2. That start time was moved up from 9pm at almost the last minute, about a day or two prior. Their competition for that day was somehow even worse than the last event, which faced NCAA playoffs. This time around they faced a full day of NBA playoff games, a tape delayed Bellator event on Spike TV and the UFC on Fox event which pulled in over two million viewers.

Bellator itself had over 580,000 viewers, while the NBA games on during GLORY 29 averaged three million apiece. GLORY 29 scored 118,000 viewers after all was said and done, which would be their lowest television ratings to date on American cable. While this number doesn't include DVR numbers, it's still not a great number. The reality here for GLORY is that they need a regular television spot with ESPN2 and hopefully a live broadcast for their events, not tape delay. 

Currently GLORY 30 promotional posters only say "ESPN," not ESPN3 or ESPN2, and don't have a hard and fast start time listed. This would lead me to believe that they are at least working with ESPN2 to get the main card live on ESPN2, which would really be the litmus test to see where they stand. Here's to hoping that happens. [source]

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Kickboxing Roundtable April 14th - GLORY 29 and Bellator Kickboxing Preview

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This weekend is a big one for kickboxing and combat sports as GLORY 29 comes at you live on Saturday afternoon and Bellator Kickboxing makes its debut on Saturday in Italy. The Bellator event won't be airing until next week on Spike TV, but the MMA portion will be airing on Saturday. That doesn't mean that we can't talk about it, right?

MMAMania.com's Michael Stets and myself have been talking about putting together some sort of podcast thing for a while now, usually trying to include BloodyElbow's Fraser Coffeen and John O'Regan, but trying to organize four busy schedules has led to it never happening. Last night Stets decided to set things up and I was around, so this meeting of the minds is setting up this weekend's events with a lot of talk and insight into what to expect from GLORY 29 and Bellator Kickboxing.

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GLORY Announces Jahfarr Wilnis, Anderson Silva and Ismael Londt for GLORY 29 Heavyweight Tournament

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Kickboxing fans can rejoice because while Rico Verhoeven might seem like an unstoppable force, there will be opposition for him and it will be chosen from a pool of some of the very top heavyweights in the world today. Today GLORY announces that the GLORY 29 Heavyweight Contender tournament will feature Enfusion and Kunlun Heavyweight Champion Jahfarr Wilnis, top contender Anderson "Braddock" Silva and the newly-signed Ismael Londt. The fourth name has yet to be announced.

This heavyweight tournament is in addition to the previously announced headline bout between Yoanna Kongolo challenging for Nieky Holzken's Welterweight Championship and a lightweight showdown between Niclas Larsen and Mohammed El Mir.

GLORY 29 Copenhagen takes place on Saturday, April 16th live from Copenhagen, Denmark and will be airing live on ESPN3 in the United States.

GLORY 29 Copenhagen

Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Yoann Kongolo

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Niclas Larsen vs. Mohammed El-Mir

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Participants: Ismael Londt, Anderson Silva, Jahfarr Wilnis

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GLORY 29 SuperFight Series Headlined by Zack Mwekassa

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On April 16th GLORY will present GLORY 29, with the main card headlined by Nieky Holzken defending the GLORY Welterweight Championship against Yoann Kongolo. While there will be some top notch action on the GLORY 29 main card, the GLORY 29 SuperFight Series has come together quite nicely as well, featuring a few interesting debuts as well as a main event that promises action. Zack Mwekassa will square off against Zinedine Hameur-Lain.

The co-main of the SFS is also quite a fight of note, as the ever-exciting Spanish lightweight Maximo Suarez will be facing a debuting Harut Grigorian.

GLORY 29 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Zack Mwekassa vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Maximo Suarez

Heavyweight Bout: Cihad Kepenek vs. Tomas Mozny

Welterweight Bout: Alex Harris vs. Jonatan Oliveira

Lightweight Bout: Rhassan Muhareb vs. Abou Karim Chorr

 

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Russian Heavyweight Kirill Kornilov Rounds out GLORY 29 Heavyweight Tournament

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GLORY 29's heavyweight tournament is finally complete, after weeks of speculation, with GLORY bringing a new fighter into the mix. Today they announced that Kirill Kornilov will be the fourth man in the GLORY 29 heavyweight contender's tournament. Kornilov is a 24-year old prospect who is perhaps best known for his appearances in Tatneft in Russia as well as an appearance in Kunlun. The 6'4, 7-1 fighter will be making his debut against one of the best heavyweights in the world in Jahfarr Wilnis, the current holder of both the Kunlun and Enfusion heavyweight championships, respectively, with hopes of moving on in the tournament and earning a shot at Rico Verhoeven.

Here's a look at the full card as it stands.

GLORY 29 Copenhagen

Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Yoann Kongolo

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

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Niclas Larsen vs. Mohammed El-Mir

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Anderson Silva vs. Ismael Londt

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Kirill Kornilov

GLORY 29 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Zack Mwekassa vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain

Heavyweight Bout: Cihad Kepenek vs. Tomas Mozny

Welterweight Bout: Jonatan Oliveira vs. Meran Zangana

Lightweight Bout: Rhassan Muhareb vs. Abdou Karim Chorr

Welterweight Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Maximo Suarez

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The Life of Zack Mwekassa Continues to Be Insanity

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If there would be one thing that you could say about the life of GLORY Light Heavyweight Zack Mwekassa it is that it has been a storied one. Another chapter in that storied life apparently almost kept him from hopping on a plane this week to head towards Copenhagen for GLORY 29. So what exactly happened? It involved a gun, a misfire, a failed carjacking and a stolen passport. 

According to our friend over at BloodyElbow, John Joe O'Regan this happened about a week ago and saw carjackers surround Mwekassa on his way home from the gym, pulling a gun on him and attempting to take his BMW and everything else on him. Here's what Mwekassa had to say about it:

"So they stopped me, they came to the car, opened the door and put a gun my head. They searched my car and me; they took my money. Then the guy with the gun tried to shoot me. The gun clicked, nothing happened. He started to mess with it and the magazine dropped out. That's the second time [criminals] have tried to kill me in South Africa.

"So then they went away. After they left I looked to see what they had taken; I realized they had also taken my passport. It was a really sad moment for me because my passport is from Congo not South Africa and Congo isn't delivering passports at the moment. I thought I would have to cancel the fight. And because it would take some months to get a new passport, probably I would miss more than one fight."

Crazily enough, after offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the passport it was returned to him and everything worked out, but damn, has this guy seen it all, huh? Check out the entirety of the story over at BloodyElbow.

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Heavyweights Vie for Supremacy at GLORY 29

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This weekend in Copenhagen we'll see GLORY's heavyweight division on display yet again as four men will vie for a shot at GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. While Verhoeven has been in the press peppering shots at the ever-troubled Badr Hari, his next challenge is most likely the winner of this tournament and not Badr Hari. The heavyweight division has changed a lot in the past few years since the formation of GLORY. What once featured some of the biggest names in the industry has seen quite a churn of late with Verhoeven at top and challengers like Errol Zimmerman and Benjamin Adegbuyi fall to the wayside at Verhoeven's hands.

Here's a breakdown of the four men in this tournament.

Jahfarr Wilnis -- Easily an early favorite heading into this, he was the runner-up of the last tournament that GLORY ran. An exhausted Wilnis found an extremely prepared Adegbuyi simply too much to contend with in the oppressive Denver elevation. Wilnis has been making a name for himself mostly outside of the GLORY ring, though, currently holding the Kunlun Heavyweight Championship as well as the Enfusion Heavyweight Championship. He actually holds a recent loss in Kunlun to top prospect Roman Kryklia, but his win in Enfusion over Ismael Laazar is freshest in everyone's memories. Wilnis is a tough and very much on the way up.

Anderson Silva -- Braddock has been a name within the division for years, but his chance at the top has always somehow just fallen out of reach for him. Braddock is the guy that when you check out his accolades, you see the term "runner-up" a lot. He's never shied away from a fight and has fought the best in the world at every step of the way. To say that he's ready to finally get his shot is an understatement. The only problem is that at times he'll fight a bit tentatively, which he can't do against Ismael Londt.

Ismael Londt -- Ismael Londt is a guy who has been a top ten guy and a guy residing on the fringes for a while now. Much like Braddock, he's had a few close calls of being on top, including making it to the finals of the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix against Mirko Cro Cop in Croatia and, well, you finish that sentence for me, because if you don't knock out Cro Cop in Croatia you aren't winning. His most notable fight of late has been against Badr Hari in the ever-questionable Akhmat ring. He was able to knock Badr Hari down, but Hari roared back with warlord Kadyrov shouting at him to drop Londt multiple times to end the fight. Londt is making a fresh start in GLORY and has the chance to be the very, very top guy in the division.

Kirill Kornilov -- Kornilov is the kind of fighter that many fans aren't going to know a damned thing about, but might walk away impressed with him, win, lose or draw. He's been fighting mostly in Russia, but has experience in larger promotions like Tatneft and Kunlun. This is a big step up for him, especially against Jahfarr Wilnis, but it's safe to say that he has the right tools to take him far in the division. He's going to want to make a big impression on his debut, but many aren't expecting much out of him. That leaves the door wide open to burst onto the scene, though. 

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