GLORY 43 has been in the books for a while, so yeah, this might be a bit late, but Jay was in New York until mid-week, so here we are. This is the somewhat late, still relevant LiverKick podcast recapping GLORY 43 and talking about the kind of crazy stuff that we always talk about. At the tail end of the show we decided to do something a bit crazy, too. We used our time to update the LiverKick Rankings (which I haven’t actually updated on the site just yet) and we decided to go over those changes in the [read more]
If there was one word to describe GLORY 43 New York it would have to be “upsets.” While there were just a few, those upsets were still a big deal and not anything that most analysts would have predicted. The Featherweight tournament went to Kevin Vannostrand, Elvis Gashi knocked out Josh Jauncey, Guto Inocente defeated Benjamin Adegbuyi and more. That’s just a crazy, crazy night that helps to upend GLORY as a whole. GLORY released a video that reflects on the show and damn was it a weird one.
Since its inception in 2012 GLORY has yet to really find a steady home for their programming in the United States. One of the focal points of the company has been to penetrate the US sports market, to which there have been steady strides forward, but also mixed results. Things looked like they were about to change when the promotion landed a deal with Spike TV, but GLORY served more as a pilot program for Bellator Kickboxing events, which began in 2016 after GLORY had safely departed the Spike TV ecosystem. GLORY landed a deal with ESPN that all came [read more]
There has been a lot of talk about how many events GLORY will run this year and speculation that they perhaps won’t hit that number. On top of that, there has been rumors about future Amsterdam events and even an event in China. After GLORY 43 Cor Hemmers gave an idea of what to look out for in the rest of 2017, with a few surprises revealed. The outline looks like this: GLORY 44 Chicago GLORY 45 Amsterdam featuring Nieky Holzken GLORY 46(?) China featuring a Rico Verhoeven SuperFight GLORY 50(?) Amsterdam featuring Rico defending against Jamal Ben Saddik The December event being GLORY [read more]
GLORY 43 goes down tonight, July 14th, live from the Theater at MSG. Benjamin Adegbuyi will take on tough up-and-comer Guto Inocente in the main event of the show, while a Featherweight tournament will be the focal point. Josh Jauncey taking on New Yorker Elvis Gashi rounds out the main card. The SuperFight Series features a GLORY Light Heavyweight Interim Championship bout between Pavel Zhuravlev and Saulo Cavalari. The SuperFight Series starts at 7:30pm Eastern on UFC Fight Pass while the main card is at 10:00pm eastern on ESPN3. I’ll be tweeting about the event live from @LiverKickdotcom. GLORY 43 [read more]
GLORY 43 goes down on Friday evening live from The Theater at MSG. The GLORY 43 SuperFight Series starts at 7:30pm eastern/4:30 pacific on UFC Fight Pass, while the main card starts at 10:00pm eastern/7:00pm pacific on ESPN3. GLORY 43 NEW YORK WEIGH-IN RESULTS Heavyweight Headline Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi (254.4 lb / 115.4 kg) vs. Guto Inocente (256 lb / 116.1 kg) Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey (153.8 lb / 69.8 kg) vs. Elvis Gashi (155 lb / 70.3 kg) Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout: Kevin Vannostrand (142.8 lb / 64.8 kg) vs. Mo Abdurahman (142.8 lb / 64.8 kg) Featherweight Tournament [read more]
With GLORY 43 New York just around the corner, it feels prudent to spend some time talking about the card and while we all know who the favorites are and who the big fights are, there are some really good names on the card that are either newer to GLORY or get a bit overlooked. While the heavyweight main event between Guto Inocente and Benjamin Adegbuyi should deliver at GLORY 43, it’s the lighter weight classes that should be delivering big on this show. Bailey Sugden — The younger brother of former GLORY fighter-turned-boxer Chad Sugden, he comes from the [read more]
This weekend at GLORY 43 New York Josh Jauncey returns to the GLORY ring after his last performance at GLORY 40 against Antonio Gomez via stoppage. This time out he’s facing local New York fighter Elvis Gashi. Like Water Productions in Vancouver put together this mini-documentary about Josh’s preparations and thoughts leading into this week’s events. Check it out below. UPDATE: Now with part two added.
Quietly announced on July 4th was an interesting reshuffling of the GLORY 43 New York Featherweight Tournament as early-favorite Matt Embree has been forced to withdraw from the tournament thanks to a last-minute injury and is replaced by Mo Abdurahman, who was previously on the reserve in the SuperFight Series. Replacing Abdurahman against Chinese fighter Chenchen Li will be American Justin Houghton. You can find the updated card for GLORY 43 here, which we’ll keep updated as the event approaches. It’s tough luck for Embree who previously won the GLORY 33 Featherweight tournament to challenge Robin van Roosmalen for the [read more]
To say that there is a bit of a logjam at heavyweight in kickboxing would be an understatement. Rico Verhoeven is the reigning GLORY Heavyweight Champion and at times feels like he is without peer. Contract negotiations, a dream match with Badr Hari and a non-title match with Ismael Lazaar gave the champion some time off from defending the GLORY title, since then challengers have been lining up, with Benjamin Adegbuyi at the front of the line. Of course, Adegbuyi has fought Rico before. Twice. He’s also lost to Rico. Twice. While some fighters would throw their hands up, get [read more]