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Ratings Up for GLORY 30 on ESPN2

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After a few disappointing performances for GLORY replays on ESPN2, GLORY 30 came back with stronger numbers. Maybe, in part, thanks to the appearance on ESPN SportsCenter late in the week featuring CEO Jon J. Franklin, Simon Marcus, Dustin Jacoby and Tiffany van Soest. Regardless, GLORY 30 aired on Sunday evening and the numbers were up. 

GLORY 30 on ESPN2 averaged 209,000 viewers at a 9pm time slot for the welterweight tournament, the incredible headkick knockout from Marat Grigorian and Simon Marcus defending his GLORY Middleweight Championship against Dustin Jacoby. [source]

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GLORY 30 and GLORY SuperFight Series Live Results

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GLORY 30 Los Angeles goes down tonight, with the SuperFight Series beginning at 10pm eastern live on UFC Fight Pass. The main card is slated to begin around 12:30am eastern time live on ESPN3. For those that can't make it, GLORY 30 will be re-airing on ESPN2 on Sunday night at 9pm eastern time. 

The main card sees a GLORY Middleweight Championship bout between challenger Dustin Jacoby and champion Simon Marcus, hoping to make his first successful defense after the controversial win over former champion Artem Levin. The co-main event sees Marat Grigorian take on Djime Coulibaly in a lightweight showdown and the rest of the main card is a welterweight tournament.

The SuperFight Series is worth the price of admission alone with the main event being Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis in a rematch, as well as the debut of Tiffany van Soest against Esma Hasshass in the first round of GLORY's Super Bantamweight Grand Prix. Also featured is a big heavyweight showdown between Brian Douwes and Guto Inocente.

GLORY 30 Los Angeles

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus (c) def. Dustin Jacoby by Unanimous Dec (Jacoby put up a good fight, and had some great moments but he got an 8 count in the first round (overhand right) and the 5th (right kick body kick). He was too busy trying to land 1 KO punch.

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian def. Djimé by KO Rd 1 (perfectly timed right high kick just as Djime moved his face into it)

Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Richard Abraham def. Francois Ambang by Split Dec (Great back and forth fight, it could have gone either way, I thought Ambang did more damage but Abraham was busier)

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Francois Ambang def. Daniel Morales by Unanimous Dec (Ambang just landing the better shots all 3 rounds)

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Richard Abraham def. Casey Greene by Unanimous Dec (Abraham landing overhand rights at will eventually gets a knockdown in the 2nd and wins the fight by decision)

GLORY 30 SuperFight Series

Middleweight Headline Bout: Jason Wilnis def. Joe Schilling by Majority Dec (close fight up until Wilnis landed an overhand and left hook in the 3rd and scored a knockdown)

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Guto Inocente def. Brian Douwes by Unanimous Dec (Entertaining fight with Inocente throwing non stop spinning attacks and Douwes just not mounting enough offence to win)

Super Bantamweight Bout: Tiffany van Soest def. Esma Hasshass by Unanimous Dec (Tiffany scored a perfectly timed right hand to get a 10-8 first round and was just a bit too experienced for Hasshass)

Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire def. Karl Roberson by Unanimous Dec (Lemaire scored a knockdown in round 1 and Roberson couldn't get into the fight after that point)

Light-Heavyweight Bout: Manny Mancha def. Warren Thompson by Unanimous Dec

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GLORY 30 SuperFight Series Card is Pretty Crazy

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While the plans for the GLORY 30 main card might not be setting much on fire, the GLORY 30 SuperFight Series is pretty much jam-packed full of interesting fights. As we reported previously, Tiffan Van Soest has signed with GLORY and will make her debut on this card. Her original opponent, Jeri Seitz, has been forced to pull out due to an injury, so they are currently searching for a new opponent for her. Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis will headline the card in a rematch from their pretty crazy fight at GLORY 24 that saw Schilling walk away victorious after Wilnis suffered a foot injury.

Chopper is back, which means that the leadup to this event just got a whole hell of a lot more colorful and we can expect a lot of crazy interviews leading up to his fight against the impressive Guto Inocente. Karl Roberson gets another chance to prove himself against known quantity Mike Lemaire. Warren Thompson fights Manny Mancha as well in a Light Heavyweight bout.

GLORY 30 SuperFight Series

Middleweight Headline Bout: Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Guto Inocente

Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Karl Roberson

Light-Heavyweight Bout: Manny Mancha vs. Warren Thompson

GLORY Debut: Tiffany van Soest vs. TBD

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Tiffany Van Soest Signs with GLORY, Plus Schilling vs. Wilnis II at GLORY 30 SFS

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When Tiffany Van Soest's splinter away from Lion Fight became public knowledge the assumption was that she'd end up somewhere else. In the past she had expressed a desire to move into MMA, which her contract with Lion Fight prevented, and the whole debocle with her winning a championship and having pay issues seemed to be the final nail in the coffin of the relationship between the two parties. Speculation was that Scott Coker's Bellator Kickboxing would be hungry to scoop up a talent like Van Soest, especially with fighters like Denise Kielholtz, a former opponent of Van Soest's, under contract.

We heard rumblings about GLORY entering the female fight arena at some point in the near future, but not to this extent. Today an image leaked out via Twitter of Tiffany Van Soest on the poster for GLORY 30. While no opponent or formal fight was on there just yet, it reads that she'll be a special debut, meaning she should be at least at the show. MMAFighting ran a story on the tweet and we independently confirmed with GLORY officials that Van Soest has indeed signed to the GLORY roster. 

Interestingly enough, the leaked image also shows another fight of interest for GLORY 30 Los Angeles, with that fight being Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis headlining the SuperFight Series. We've yet to get confirmation on this one just yet, but since it's on paper it seems like a pretty decent chance of this happening. 

UPDATE 4/8: Van Soest is confirmed for GLORY 30 in a rematch with Jeri Sitzes. The fight will take place on the SuperFight Series airing live on Fight Pass.

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Kickoxing Roundtable: GLORY 30 Edition

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Whew, GLORY 30 is rapidly approaching and there is a lot to talk about. Michael Stets from MMAMania and myself sat down to talk about GLORY 30 as well as some of the recent Rico Verhoeven news. So go ahead and give it a listen. 

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GLORY Announces GLORY 30 Welterweight Tournament

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The card for GLORY 30 Los Angeles is starting to take shape. The GLORY SuperFight Series will be headlined by Joe Schilling rematching Jason Wilnis and will see the debut of Tiffany Van Soest, which leaves us with the GLORY 30 main card. The main event for GLORY 20 is Simon Marcus defending the GLORY Middleweight Championship against Dustin Jacoby and thanks to a press release from the promotion this afternoon, we learn that also on the card will be a Welterweight Qualification tournament.

These qualification tournaments operate different than contender tournaments. A contender tournament assures a shot at the champion while a qualification tournament assures a spot in a future contender tournament. This tournament is a qualification tournament featuring Casey Greene, Richard Abraham, Francois Ambang and Daniel Morales.

GLORY 30 Los Angeles

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus (c) vs. Dustin Jacoby

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

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Casey Greene vs. Richard Abraham

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Simon Marcus vs. Dustin Jacoby Announced for GLORY 30 Los Angeles

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While GLORY 29 might still be a few weeks away that doesn't mean that we can't look forward to the future. That future is on May 13th in Los Angeles for GLORY 30 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Newly-crowned GLORY Middleweight Champion Simon Marcus will defend his title against newly-minted contender in Dustin Jacoby. Jacoby has clawed his way up the rankings within the division before winning this last tournament to earn his shot at the title, making huge strides in the few years he's competed as a kickboxer to be considered one of the best at his weight.

This should be an interesting battle for the title and really we'll see GLORY's first real homegrown star vie for a championship.

Also announced for the event is a Light Heavyweight contender's tournament.

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Tiffany Van Soest's New Opponent and Complete Cards For GLORY 30 and SuperFight Series

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There have been some changes for GLORY 30 Los Angeles as the event approaches. As reported prior, Van Soest's original opponent of Jeri Seitz was forced to pull out due to an injury and replacing her will be Esma Hasshass from Morocco, looking to make a name for herself against the debuting Van Soest. On the main card the co-main event is now Marat Grigorian vs. Djime Coulibaly.

GLORY 30 Los Angeles

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus (c) vs. Dustin Jacoby

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Djimé

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

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Casey Greene vs. Richard Abraham

GLORY 30 SuperFight Series

Middleweight Headline Bout: Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Brian Douwes vs. Guto Inocente

Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Karl Roberson

Light-Heavyweight Bout: Manny Mancha vs. Warren Thompson

Super Bantamweight Bout: Tiffany van Soest vs. Esma Hasshass

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