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GLORY's Ratings Bounce Back for GLORY 16

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When it comes to ratings for GLORY, there have been highs and there have been lows, with those lows coming recently at GLORY 15 with a Nielson rating of 354,000 viewers on average. That was a dip from GLORY 14's 495,000 viewers, which was also a dip from GLORY 13's 659,000 viewers. Of course, GLORY 14 and GLORY 15 came after a three month hiatus from the organization where they did not appear on American television.

Viewers are fickle.

GLORY presented a third show post-break this past Saturday evening with GLORY 16 Denver and the good news is that we've seen ratings bounce back and begin to rise again. The rise in viewers is a steep one considering the drop for GLORY 15, with reports claiming that GLORY 16 was able to draw 498,000 viewers on average this past Saturday night. That is about 150,000 viewers picked up from the last event, which is a giant relief for fans of Kickboxing.

Before we begin speculating as to what the impact of Pat Barry was on the show, it should be fair to note that GLORY 16 was back to its usual 9pm time slot and was live, contrary to the previous two events which were via tape delay. GLORY 16 had to contend with playoff basketball as well as Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana on Saturday night, making the gain in viewers impressive.

UPDATE: The peak for GLORY 16 was 815,000 past the 10:00 hour, which was around the time that Pat Barry was fighting.

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Main Stories Coming Out of GLORY 16

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So there was a lot of stuff that went down at GLORY 16. Like a metric ton of stuff, so here we are to pick out the big stories for you guys in a heavily digestable manner.

  • Pat Barry Gets Knocked Out - This was not that shocking for me, in fact, I had picked Mwekassa to defeat Barry, even though Barry was the heavy favorite going into this. Sure, Pat Barry had his UFC experience, but contrary to popular belief his problems in the UFC weren't ground fighters, his problems in the UFC were strikers. Shawn Jordan and Soa Palelei have first round KOs over him, for example.
  • Raymond Daniels's Awesome KO - I can't stress this enough, it was awesome. Fans were ignoring the other big name fighters walking around the arena and swarming Daniels. It was a legitimate awesome knockout and a great story.
  • Rico Verhoeven vs. Daniel Ghita - Rico Verhoeven vs. Daniel Ghita was announced for GLORY's Last Man Standing PPV, I believe for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. Even if not, this is a huge, important fight and should be incredible. GLORY 17 is just getting to be a better and better live show for fans.
  • Mirko Cro Cop at GLORY 17 - Speaking of GLORY 17, Mirko Cro Cop will return to the GLORY ring at GLORY 17.
  • Josh Jauncey Has Arrived - Josh Jauncey is a guy that I've been talking about for a while now and he finally got his shot at the big show in GLORY, with a super stiff challenge in Warren Stevelmans. It was a tough challenge for sure, but Jauncey bounced back and took a decision victory after an extension round.
  • Benjamin Adegbuyi is For Real - We've discussed how sometimes that there are guys who get protected and aren't given the toughest fights, but Benjamin Adegbuyi has paid his dues and is absolutely a name to be looking out for in the GLORY Heavyweight division.
  • Errol Zimmerman Was Ready to Quit - Errol Zimmerman stated in the post-fight press conference that if he lost the tournament that he would have quit Kickboxing entirely. Luckily for us he didn't and he is now right back in title contention.
  • Welterweight is STACKED - Man. So Marc de Bonte is the Champion, but, waiting in the wings are Nieky Holzken, Joe Valtellini and now Raymond Daniels is tossing his name into the mix. Damn.

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GLORY 16: Raymond Daniels Goes Viral

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Tonight at GLORY 16 something kind of magical happened. What was that? Was it Errol Zimmerman once again dusting himself off and picking up some huge knockout wins to place him back into title contention? Was it Marc de Bonte's technical victory over Karapet Karapetyan for the GLORY Welterweight Title? Hell, was it Pat Barry getting laid out by Zack Mwekassa? It was none of those, instead, it was Raymond Daniels, buried deep on the GLORY SuperFight Series undercard who pulled off a move that looked like it was out a film.

"I visualized that win, I visualized that kick against that opponent and that finish," he explained at the post-fight press conference at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. "When I was standing up on those steps before I walked out to the ring I told my coach that I was going to finish with that kick. When I set it up my corner was shouting for me to take my time, to set it up, so I slowed down, I set it up, then it landed."

It was an amazing sight. For the rest of the evening Raymond Daniels received the star treatment no matter where he went in the arena. Fans were stopping him for photos, local fighters asking him for tips, all without Daniels knowing that GLORY had released the video of his Knockout to the world and that fans were already sharing it. GLORY originally distributed a lower resolution video, but now they've released a full resolution version of it in all of its glory (no pun intended), so check it out.

GLORY CEO Andrew Whitaker also announced tonight that GLORY SuperFight Series will be airing on CBS Sports Network on Sunday evening at 9pm eastern time, so watch the whole fight as well as the rest of the undercard (hint: it was great).

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GLORY 16 Denver Weigh-in Video

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GLORY 16 Denver is close, so close that I can smell it. Wait, I'm not sure that smell is the smell of professional Kickboxing, but none the less, Saturday, May 3rd from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado GLORY 16 will air live on Spike TV. The weigh-ins went down Friday in the Denver area and you can catch up on all of the action while you get ready for Saturday night at 9pm Eastern time.

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