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GLORY Announces Additional 2017 Dates Including The Netherlands

With lofty plans for increasing events in 2017, GLORY continues to announce events for the rest of the first half of 2017, including a third trip to the Netherlands on May 20th, a return to France on June 10th and New York City on July 21st. All of this with of course their next event, GLORY 39, happening on March 25th in Brussels and GLORY 40 on April 29th in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

GLORY 41 in Den Bosch, Netherlands will be headlined by Robin van Roosmalen competing for the GLORY Featherweight Championship that was stripped from him earlier this year after missing weight for a title defense against Matt Embree. 

Saturday, March 25 - Forest National in Brussels, Belgium

Saturday, April 29 - Forum Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark

Saturday, May 20 - Brabanthallen 's-Hertogenbosch in Den Bosch, Netherlands

Saturday, June 10 - AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France

Friday, July 21 - The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City

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UFC Fight Pass Adds Parts of the K-1 Library to Their Service

When GLORY first began getting their gears in motion there was an excited press release sent out with the promotion talking about acquiring the rights to the K-1 library. The deal, as originally announced, was that it included the Fuji TV library from the promotion's inception until 2006. K-1 Global, which was formed by Mike Kim to purchase the assets of K-1 from FEG after their bankruptcy, issued back a fiery statement claiming that FEG sold "usage rights" to GLORY, not the full libraries. GLORY officials vehemently disagreed and the matter was to be tied up in Japanese court without us hearing much about it. 

Then GLORY moved the SuperFight Series to UFC Fight Pass and along with it was to come GLORY's impressive library of fights, including It's Showtime events and, get this, K-1. The thing is, that didn't really happen. The timing in the press statements were "immediate," yet K-1 events were bogged down by legal issues. Interestingly enough, we don't see any It's Showtime on UFC Fight Pass still, but some K-1 footage has appeared on UFC Fight Pass.

What has shown up is perhaps even more fascinating than what isn't there.

Now on UFC Fight Pass are the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Finals as well as the 2005 - 2010 World Grand Prix Finals. An interesting selection of events, most fall out of the scope of the deal that was discussed initially and the whole idea of the K-1 library remains somewhat mysterious to this day. Will we get more K-1 on Fight Pass? We've heard yes, but as to what we will see, what K-1 Global's reaction will be and what to expect in the future, well, nobody knows.

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Updated Cards for GLORY 39 and GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

GLORY has released the finalized (at least until the last minute switches inevitably happen, right?) cards for both GLORY 39 Brussels and the GLORY 39 SuperFight Series. The SuperFight Series remains strong with Sitthichai defending the GLORY Lightweight Championship against Dylan Salvador, Marat Grigorian fights Anton Petrox, Hesdy Gerges battles the ever-mouthy Chi Lewis-Parry, Harut Grigorian battles Pavol Garaj, then we round out with Tyjani Beztati vs. Sabri Ben Henia and Junus Majandinov vs. Meng Qinghao. 

Of course, GLORY is a one-two punch with the cards, leading into GLORY 39 proper which features a Featherweight tournament with Petchpanomrung vs. Alexei Ylyanov and Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Nafi Bilalovski. Signs point to Adamchuk looking to regain contendership and his title, but anything can happen in these tournaments. The battle of the big men goes down in the co-main with Jamal Ben Saddik against Guto Inocente and then the main event is the third meeting between Cedric Doumbe and Yoann Kongolo, the key difference here is that Doumbe is the reigning GLORY Welterweight Champion looking to defend. 

All of this goes down on March 25th.

GLORY 39 Brussels

Weltwerweight World Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Yoann Kongolo

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

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Guto Inocente

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Nafi Bilalovski

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Alexei Ulyanov

GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Dylan Salvador

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Anton Petrov

Heavyweight Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Welterweight Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Pavol Garaj

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. Sabri Ben Henia

Catchweight (150 lb / 68 kg) Bout: Junus Majandinov vs. Meng Qinghao

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Gabriel Varga Makes His Bellator Debut at Bellator Kickboxing 6

Hot off of the news that former two-time GLORY Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga has signed with Bellator Kickboxing, the promotion has confirmed that his first fight will be happening in short order at Bellator Kickboxing 6. Bellator Kickboxing 6, set for Friday, April 14th in Budapest, Hungary, already features a Welterweight World Championship bout between champion Zoltan Laszak and former champion Karim Ghajji, but now Gabriel Varga will be making his Bellator debut on the card in a featherweight bout against Gabor Gorbics. 

Gabor Gorbics is a Hungarian native who has an extensive combat sports history, including an impressive 23-5 record in professional boxing, four professional MMA fights (1-3) and a kickboxing record of 30-10 with 18 KOs. He also has an extensive amateur record across boxing and kickboxing to boot, making him a solid veteran and one of Hungary's better known names internationally. It will be an interesting challenge for the well-rounded and technical-minded Gabriel Varga who took some big shots from heavy-puncher Robin van Roosmalen. Chances are he won't be looking to repeat that any time soon and will be looking to keep Gabor at bay with his kicks and speed.

Of course, the fight that fans want to see is Gabriel Varga vs. Kevin Ross and chances are that we'll see that. Kevin's coach, Kieran, Tweeted us over the weekend that we'd see that fight happen.

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