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Can Pat Barry Move the Needle For GLORY?

GLORY

This weekend at GLORY 16 we'll see the GLORY Kickboxing debut of Pat Barry. Pat Barry is perhaps best known from his run in the UFC, where he was involved in some truly memorable fights, some of the most memorable in UFC history. Of course, part of the problem with being a UFC fighter is that the UFC promotes the brand first, Dana White second, their shows third and somewhere along the way the fighters. This creates an atmosphere devoid of individual stars.

Pat Barry's jump to GLORY is a huge win for GLORY, seeing as though Pat Barry is a marketable personality and a talented striker. The question is, will he give them an immediate injection of credibility? The data from Google Trends tends to say "no."

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GLORY 16 Primer: Heavyweight Tournament Predictions

GLORY

This Saturday in Broomfield, Colorado GLORY will return to the United States with GLORY 16 Denver. The event, headlined by Marc de Bonte vs. Karapet Karapetyan for the GLORY Welterweight Championship, will feature a Heavyweight contender’s tournament featuring four of the best talents at Heavyweight. Those names are Errol Zimmerman, Anderson Silva, Ben Edwards and Sergei Kharitonov.

Anderson Silva vs. Sergei Kharitonov

This is an interesting fight for a variety of reasons. The first is that Anderson “Braddock” Silva doesn’t get the respect that he deserves as a Heavyweight Kickboxer. His recent losses are to Badr Hari, Remy Bonjasky, Gokhan Saki and Daniel Ghita, which is nothing to be ashamed of. He’s coming off of a win over Remy Bonjasky in December heading into this tournament and will be looking to make a big impact.

Sergei Kharitonov is a name that MMA fans remember well from PRIDE and Strikeforce who has been dipping his toes into the Kickboxing world over the past few years with mixed results. He scored a win over Jerome Le Banner at GLORY 13 and since then has fought under MMA rules in Russia. Many will see him as a favorite in this tournament, but the reality here is that Kharitonov has had problems against top level Heavyweights.

I think this is power vs. skill and it could go either way. Anderson Silva is a tremendously skilled fighter but is still a bit undersized at Heavyweight. That being said, Kharitonov won’t be able to match him in the skill department, but hits incredibly hard. Braddock has had problems with brawlers in the past, like his fight with Catalin Morosanu.

I think that Braddock Silva ultimately takes it, but wouldn’t be shocked by Kharitonov winning, either.

Errol Zimmerman vs. Ben Edwards

This fight just screams wild brawl where someone is getting knocked out. Ben Edwards has been in the spotlight since 2010 now, having mixed results against top names but never quite committing to Kickboxing. In the past few years he has worked a lot on his technique and cardio, making him not only a heavy-hitter, but more of an actual Kickboxer now, as opposed to a Boxer with some kicks.

Errol Zimmerman is a case of a guy who can be incredibly disappointing, losing fights that he shouldn’t be losing, or not coming into the fight in shape. He’s got a ton of power and potential, but many feel that he has had problems living up to that. A fight against Edwards should be a wild brawl, but a wild brawl could also make him end up on the mat, so he’ll need to keep his wits about him.

This fight is anyone’s game and the fighter with the best preparation will most likely walk out victorious. Edwards has been focused and kept busy with Boxing in Australia in the past year, while things have been a bit less stable for Zimmerman. Zimmerman is coming off of a quick loss to Daniel Ghita, while Edwards has the momentum with his KO win over Jamal Ben Saddik.

Errol Zimmerman should win this, though.

Finals

If things were to play out as I’ve seen them, we’ll have Anderson Silva vs. Errol Zimmerman in the finals. Zimmerman tends to thrive in situations like this and I think that we’ll see him turn up the heat on Braddock, head hunting for the KO. Braddock is a solid, technical fighter, but a focused Zimmerman is going to give him a lot of trouble, leading to Errol Zimmerman walking away the winner.

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K-1 Signs Former UFC Fighter Paul Daley

Paul Daley

Today we got word from K-1 Global that they were going to be announcing a huge signing. As we saw in the past with their signing of Buakaw Banchamek, when they say that they've signed someone big, they usually mean it. This time was no different, as they announced today that former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Paul Daley. Paul Daley has been focusing on Kickboxing thus far in 2014, with three Kickboxing fights and three knockouts under his belt.

These knockouts aren't just against local boys, either. Two of those knockouts are against big names in Kickboxing, one was Alexander Stetsurenko, the other against Alexander Surzkho at LEGEND 3: Pour Homme. So needless to say, this guy has looked super impressive in Kickboxing and there has been a lot of speculation about him making the move into either K-1 or GLORY. This is a huge win for K-1 in this case, because Paul Daley has chosen to go with the most recognized name in the sport of Kickboxing by the way of K-1.

Daley will be fighting at 80kg (about 176lbs) and will make his debut for K-1 in their July outing in Thailand, which will be the K-1 World MAX Finals featuring Buakaw Banchamek vs. Enriko Kehl. Paul Daley will be fighting next on April 25th in Slovenia at FFC12 against Miran Fabjan.

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Badr Hari Claims Ernesto Hoost Tried to 'Fix' a Fight

Badr Hari

According to Dutch site at5, Badr Hari has made claims in his upcoming autobiography that Ernesto Hoost had attempted to "fix" a Badr Hari fight in 2008. In typical Badr Hari fashion, this is mildly controversial.

'He once tried to make a deal with me, it was on Hawaii in 2008. He proposed I take it easy for the first two rounds and really see who's the best in Round 3. Hoost, the coward.'

Ernesto Hoost denies the accusations. 'I did talk to Badr about fighting at one time, but this is completely made up by him. Total nonsense.'

The fight in question would be from the 2008 K-1 World Grand Prix in Hawaii against Domagoj Ostojic. I'm not sure that Ernesto Hoost would have much of a reason to ask Badr Hari to go lightly on Ostojic, so yeah, the story makes little sense. If it was about a fight with Hoost, well, he was retired but possibly planning on a comeback at that point. If Hari is claiming that Hoost approached him about a future fight where Hari takes it easy on him in the future, only Badr really knows.

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