For those that were doubting the validity of the GLORY 18 news, it gets no more real than the CEO of the company talking about it on the internet. GLORY 18 is indeed set for November 7th in Oklahoma and will feature the much-anticipated rematch between GLORY Lightweight Champion Davit Kiria and Robin van Roosmalen. Also on the card will be a Light Heavyweight contender's tournament featuring some of GLORY's top Light Heavyweights.
GLORY CEO Jon Franklin spoke with our bud Michael Stets over at MMAMania and there were a few interesting things that he dropped in it, most of which were the confirmations that GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki and would-be number one contender Tyrone Spong are no longer under contract with the organization, but are in a negotiation process. It's the kind of public admittance that we've come to not expect, but it's refreshing to see.
A few points to take away:
- GLORY admits to retuning and maybe even scaling back on the scope of the events
- Re-evaluating some of the contracts to fit in better with television performance
- The SuperFight Series stays, for now, due to how many countries it is carried in
- The Spike TV deal extends well into 2015
- One our two more shows for 2014
- The plan is for ten or eleven shows in 2015
- The move to Friday nights is premeditated and an attempt to "cash in" on Bellator's regular Friday night spot
- GLORY is open to working with Bellator in the future, possibly having shows on the same night on Spike TV