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USA  USA – INGELWOOD (CALIFORNIA)
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   GLORY WORLD SERIES
   OWNER : TOTAL SPORT ASIA
: HISTORY
   RING ANNOUNCER : TIM HUGHES
   PICTURE  PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES LAW : GLORY 17
    : LAST MAN STANDING
    : WEIGH-IN
   INTERVIEW : SHANE OBLONSKY
   FIGHTER LEGION®
   OUR : TRAILER
: RESULT DATABASE
: WARM-UP VIDEO´S
   MEET : THE FIGHTING WORLD
   EVENT
   INFORMATIONS
   EVENTHALL : THE FORUM
   START : 6 P.M.
   END : 12 P.M.

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   KAMPFPAARUNGEN + ERGEBNISSE
   MATCHMAKING + RESULT
   22.06.2014 UPDATED / 1:30 P.M.
 

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  MATCH red corner GLORY WORLD SERIES blue corner TITEL
WEIGHT CLASS
DISTANCE
WEIGH-IN RESULT
VOR –
PROGRAMM
STARTER
3:35 P.M.
VOOR –
PROGRAMMA

1

CHRIS HENRY Versus
 
 
 
JAY ALVAREZ  
-70KG/154LB
3×2

 

2

JULES WALLACE Versus
 
 
 
SPENCER MIX  
I.A.M.T.F
CALIFORNIA TITEL
SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT
-85KG/187LB
4×2

 

3

JOE DAVIS Versus
 
 
 
BRIAN BRUNS  
-85KG/187LB
3×2

 

4

SONNY SINGH Versus
 
 
 
RON CRUZ  
I.A.M.T.F
US TITEL
SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT
-85KG/187LB
4×2

 

5

DUSTIN JACOBY Versus
BY POINT
30-27
30-27
30-27
MIKE LEMAIRE  
RESERVE FIGHT
-85KG/187LB
3×3

 
HAUPT –
PROGRAMM
MAIN –
PROGRAMM
GLORY 17
5:00 P.M.
HOOFD –
PROGRAMMA

6

THAILAND Thailand
YODKHUNPON
SITMONCHAI
GLORY RESULT
1 – 0 – 0
83 – 21 – 1

GLORY LOSE
 
Versus
BY POINT
27-30
27-30
27-30
Canada CANADA
GABRIEL
VARGA
GLORY RESULT
2 – 1 – 0
23 – 2 – 0

GLORY WIN
 
 
SEMI FINAL 1
TOURNAMENT
-65 KG

-65 KG
3×3
Red Corner 64.7KG/142.6LB
Blue Corner 65,2KG/143.8LB

 

7

BRAZIL Brazil
MARCUS
VINICIUS
GLORY RESULT
0 – 1 – 0
7 – 2 – 0

GLORY LOSE
 
Versus
BY POINT
27-30
27-30
27-30
USA USA
SHANE
OBLONSKY
GLORY RESULT
0 – 0 – 0
8 – 2 – 0

GLORY WIN
 
 
SEMI FINAL 2
TOURNAMENT
-65 KG

-65 KG
3×3
Red Corner 64.1KG/141.4LB
Blue Corner 65.8KG/145.0LB

 

8

SURINAME Suriname
ANDY
RISTIE
THE MACHINE
GLORY RESULT
6 – 1 – 0
41 – 4 – 1

GLORY WIN
 
Versus
BY KO
ROUND 1.
35 SEC
 
USA USA
KY
HOLLENBECK
 
GLORY RESULT
3 – 1 – 0
46 – 3 – 0

GLORY LOSE
 
 
HEADLINE FIGHT
-70 KG
3×3
Red Corner 69.8KG/153.8LB
Blue Corner 69.6KG/153.4LB

 

9

USA USA
SHANE
OBLONSKY
GLORY RESULT
1 – 0 – 0
8 – 2 – 0

GLORY LOSE

 

Versus
BY POINT
27-30
27-30
28-29
Canada CANADA
GABRIEL
VARGA
GLORY RESULT
3 – 1 – 0
23 – 2 – 0

GLORY WIN
 
 
FINAL
TOURNAMENT 1

-65 KG
3×3
 

10

USA USA
JARREL
MILLER
ACHILLES KING
GLORY RESULT
0 – 0 – 0
22 – 1 – 0

GLORY LOSE
 
Versus
BY POINT
28-29
28-29
27-30
Croatia CROATIA
MIRKO
FILIPOVIĆ
CRO COP
GLORY RESULT
0 – 1 – 0
22 – 8 – 0

GLORY WIN
 
 
HEADLINER
HEAVYWEIGHT
3×3
Red Corner 123.4KG/123.4LB
Blue Corner 105.5KG/232.6LB

 
LAST
 
MAN
7:00 P.M.
STANDING
 

11

RUSSIA  Russia
ARTEM
LEVIN
THE LION
GLORY RESULT
3 – 1 – 0
47 – 4 – 1

GLORY WIN
 
Versus
BY POINT
30-27
30-27
30-27
Brazil  BRAZIL
ALEX
PEREIRA
PÓ ATAN
GLORY RESULT
2 – 0 – 0
13 – 1 – 0

GLORY LOSE
 
 
QUARTER FINAL 1
LAST MAN STANDING

-85 KG
3×3
Red Corner 84.8KG/187.0LB
Blue Corner 84.6KG/186.6LB

 

12

BELGIUM  Belgium
FILIP
VERLINDEN
THE BELGIAN BULLl
GLORY RESULT
4 – 3 – 0
42 – 11 – 1

GLORY WIN
 
Versus
BY POINT
30-27
30-27
28-28
Suriname  SURINAME
MELVIN
MANHOEF
NO MERCY
GLORY RESULT
0 – 0 – 0
47 – 11 – 0

GLORY LOSE
 
 
QUARTER FINAL 2
LAST MAN STANDING

-85 KG
3×3
Red Corner 84.2KG/185.6LB
Blue Corner 84.8KG/186.6LB

 

13

USA  USA
JOE
SCHILLING
STICH ‚EM UP
GLORY RESULT
2 – 1 – 0
16 – 5 – 0

GLORY WIN
 
Versus
BY KO
ROUND 4.
2MIN 41SEC
 
Canada  CANADA
SIMON
MARCUS
SIMON SOR SUCHART
GLORY RESULT
0 – 0 – 0
39 – 0 – 1

GLORY LOSE
 
 
QUARTER FINAL 3
LAST MAN STANDING

-85 KG
3×3
Red Corner 84.5KG/186.4LB
Blue Corner 84.2KG/185.6LB

 

14

USA  USA
WAYNE
BARRETT
 
GLORY RESULT
3 – 0 – 0
4 – 0 – 0

GLORY WIN
 
Versus
BY KO
 
 
 
Romania  ROMANIA
BOGDAN
STOICA
BUCHAREST BAD BOY
GLORY RESULT
0 – 0 – 0
38 – 5 – 0

GLORY LOSE
 
 
QUARTER FINAL 4
LAST MAN STANDING

-85 KG
3×3
Red Corner 84.8KG/187.0LB
Blue Corner 84.5KG/186.2LB

 

15

BELGIUM  Belgium
MARC
DE BONTE
 
GLORY RESULT
2 – 1 – 0
87 – 11 – 1

GLORY LOSE
 
Versus
BY POINT
46-47
46-47
46-47
Canada  CANADA
JOSEPH
VALTELLINI
BAZOOKA JOE
GLORY RESULT
4 – 1 – 0
11 – 2 – 0

GLORY WIN
 
 
GLORY WORLD
TITLE FIGHT

WELTERWEIGHT
3×3
Red Corner 76.9KG/169.6LB
Blue Corner 76.7KG/169.2LB

 

16

RUSSIA  Russia
ARTEM
LEVIN
THE LION
GLORY RESULT
4 – 1 – 0
47 – 4 – 1

GLORY WIN
 
Versus
BY POINT
30-27
30-27
30-27
Belgium  BELGIUM
FILIP
VERLINDEN
THE BELGIAN BULL
GLORY RESULT
4 – 3 – 0
42 – 11 – 1

GLORY LOSE
 
 
SEMI FINAL 1
LAST MAN STANDING

-65 KG
3×3
 

17

USA  USA
JOE
SCHILLING
STICH ‚EM UP
GLORY RESULT
3 – 1 – 0
16 – 5 – 0

GLORY WIN
 
Versus
BY POINT
29-26
29-26
29-26
USA USA
WAYNE
BARRETT
 
GLORY RESULT
4 – 0 – 0
4 – 0 – 0

GLORY LOSE
 
 
SEMI FINAL 2
LAST MAN STANDING

-65 KG
3×3
 

17

ROMANIA  Romania
DANIEL
GHIŢĂ
The
SAVAGE SAMURAI
GLORY RESULT
6 – 3 – 0
50 – 10 – 0

GLORY LOSE
 
Versus
BY POINT
46-49
46-49
47-48
The Netherlands  THE NETHERLANDS
RICO
VERHOEVEN
PRINCE
OF KOCKBOXING

GLORY RESULT
6 – 1 – 0
43 – 9 – 0

GLORY WIN
 
 
GLORY WORLD
TITLE FIGHT

HEAVYWEIGHT
3×3
Red Corner 111.4KG/245.6LB
Blue Corner 114.8KG/253.2LB

 

18

RUSSIA  Russia
ARTEM
LEVIN
THE LION
GLORY RESULT
5 – 1 – 0
47 – 4 – 1

GLORY WIN
 
Versus
BY POINT
30-27
30-27
30-27
USA USA
JOE
SCHILLING
STICH ‚EM UP
GLORY RESULT
4 – 1 – 0
4 – 1 – 0

GLORY LOSE
 
 
FINAL
LAST MAN STANDING

-65 KG
3×3
 





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Andrew Whitaker named new GLORY CEO

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SINGAPORE (Feb. 5, 2013) – Glory Sports International, the parent company of the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, GLORY World Series, today announced the appointment of former WWE Executive VP Andrew Whitaker to the position of global CEO of Glory Sports International.

We are excited that Andrew has agreed to assume the leadership mantel at GLORY in the pivotal role of CEO, on the front lines of our fast-growing organization,” said GLORY Sports International Chairman, co-founder, and award-winning hedge fund investor Pierre Andurand. “Andrew’s breadth of global experience in the media space is a tremendous asset to GLORY’s day-to-day business.”

Andrew joining as CEO is an important milestone in the development of GLORY as a company and kickboxing as a sport. We’ve had an incredible first year – we have over 40 of the world’s top kickboxing athletes signed to us exclusively, we’ve staged four amazing events, achieved TV distribution in 200 countries and trended No. 1 globally on Twitter on New Year’s Eve 2012 – GLORY and kickboxing are for real. As we start a new season in 2013, we have a calendar of over 10 events on 3 continents, an active global standard for athlete rankings, and we are rolling out a successful global format for kickboxing tournaments with our Grand Slams, Slams and Road to GLORY events. In addition, we are fully committed to entering the US market, and we are delighted Andrew has joined GLORY to oversee all this growth.”

Marcus Luer, co-founder of Glory Sports International, who has spearheaded GLORY’s rapid global expansion as interim-CEO over the last year since its inception, will resume the title Managing Director, allowing him to drive many of GLORY’s initiatives in Asia where he continues as CEO and founder of Asia’s leading, full-service sports marketing agency, TSA.

At the same time,” Andurand continued, “this move will free up Marcus to focus on building the GLORY brand in the territories where his experience and business relationships are greatest.”

Whitaker will be spearheading the opening of a new GLORY office in the tri-state region of the United States.

I am looking forward to taking a hands-on approach to driving the growth of what I have believed, for months, is an incredible combat sports entertainment product with tremendous global appeal,” said Whitaker, who previously served on the GLORY Sports International Board of Directors as Non-Executive Director.

Our kickboxing rules distinguish our sport by requiring elite athleticism, skill, and honor, from GLORY kickboxers, and produce some of the most exciting knockouts ever seen in combat sports. Our martial artists define the word ‘warrior,’, and our superb level of production makes our live events one of the most fan-friendly entertainment experiences in the world. GLORY has already redefined the standard for kickboxing, and has all the elements necessary to become a major player in the global sports industry,” continued Whitaker.

I look forward to working with Andrew again and continuing our successful partnership which began over 10 years ago while he was with WWE. Together, we ushered the wrestling brand into Asia,” said Luer. “GLORY is truly a global product now, which operates on a 24/7 basis with events and offices across three different continents – the U.S., Europe, and Asia.”

Prior to joining GLORY Sports International, Whitaker was the Managing Partner of Kings Highway Media, a global brand and media distribution advisory that serves sports and entertainment IP rightsholders, private equity and venture capital.

Whitaker also served as the Executive Vice President of International for NYSE-listed WWE Inc. where he was responsible for establishing and growing the leading professional wrestling entertainment company’s business via sales, marketing, promotion and public and government relations across television, digital media, live events, licensing and PPV/VOD.

Last week, GLORY debuted its new ROAD TO GLORY development fight series uniquely designed to identify and develop future kickboxing champions and other superstars in the U.S. and elsewhere, with an eight-man light heavyweight tournament (209 pounds/95 kilograms) at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the ROAD TO GLORY series heads to Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles, Calif. with an eight-man middleweight (187 pounds/85 kilograms) tournament.

The next stop for GLORY’s championship series, home to the world’s greatest kickboxers, will be Excel Arena in London, England, where a stacked fight card, headlined by a heavyweight showdown between superstar Tyrone KING OF THE RING Spong (68-6-1 42 KO’s) and decorated, all-time great Remy THE FLYING GENTLEMAN Bonjasky (77-15, 40 KO’s), will take place on Saturday, March 23.

 
 
About GLORY:
The GLORY World Series is the world’s premier martial arts stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to the winners of 16-man ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each weight class. The fight series also includes 8-man ‘Slam’ tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.

 
With television deals spanning every continent, plus a groundbreaking online video streaming system and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organizations.

 
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in Holland, the UK, Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel includes a diverse mix of award-winning hedge-fund and private equity investors; principals from pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia; and senior level executives from several leading sports franchises, including WWE, FIFA, Golden Glory, Champions League and It’s Showtime.
 
 
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Website: Glory World Series / No:37
 
 
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Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky

Glory 5 London - Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky

 
 

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Eventmaker:  Glory World Series  No.37
 
 
Eventplace:   Exhibition Centre London
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Ticket
 
 


 
 
Press release:

22.03.2013  GLORY 5 London official weigh-in
20.03.2013  Miracle man Dustin Jacoby to face rising star Michael Dutt
26.02.2013  FOUR-TIME WORLD CHAMP STEPHEN WAKELING…
11.01.2013  Tickets on sale for GLORY 5 London
 
 

Matchmaking GLORY 5

(updated 24.03.2013)
 

MATCH Red Corner Blue Corner STYLE
DISTANCE
WEIGHT RESULT

1

Nicola
Gallo

Italy
Italy
win

Versus
by point

Jhonata
Oliveira

Brasil
Brasil
lose

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Lightheavyweight
Red Corner  78.0 KG  172.0 pounds
Blue Corner  79.0 KG / 174.1 pounds

2

Reece
McAllister

England
England
win

Versus
by point

Tim
Thomas

England
England
lose

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Catchweight
Red Corner  65.8KG  145.0 pounds
Blue Corner  65.9KG / 145.2 pounds

3

Johann
Fauveau

France
France
win

Versus
by point

Pasniciuc
Constantin

Romania
Romania
lose

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Lightweight
Red Corner  69.8KG  154.0 pounds
Blue Corner  –.-KG / –.- pounds

4

Daniel
Sam

England
England
win

Versus
by point

Jaideep
Singh

England India
England / India
lose

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Heavyweight
Red Corner  122.0 KG  268.9 pounds
Blue Corner  109.0KG / 240.3 pounds

5

Liam
Harrison

England
England
lose

Versus
KO 1.round

Mosab
Armani

Morocco
Morocco
win

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Featherweight
Red Corner  64.2KG  141.5 pounds
Blue Corner  64.7KG / 103.5 pounds

6

Dustin
Jacoby

USA
USA
lose

Versus
KO 1.reound

Michael
Duut

The Netherlands
The Netherlands
win

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Light-Heavyweight
Red Corner  93.5KG  206.1 pounds
Blue Corner  94.0KG / 207.2 pounds

7

Danyo
Ilunga

Italy
Congo
win

Versus
KO 2.round

Stephane
Superrgui

Brasil
France
lose

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Lightheavyweight
Red Corner  95.0 KG  209.0 pounds
Blue Corner  95.0 KG / 209.0 pounds

8

Eddie
Walker

USA
USA
lose

Versus
KO 2.round

Stephen
Wakeling

England
England
win

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Middleweight
Red Corner  85.0KG  187.3 pounds
Blue Corner  84.0KG / 185.1 pounds

9

Albert
Kraus
THE HURRICAN

The Netherlands
The Netherlands
win

Versus
by point

Warren
Stevelmans
 

South Africa
South Afrika
lose

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Lightweight
Red Corner  69.9KG  154.1 pounds
Blue Corner  69.1KG / 152.3 pounds

10

Jordan
Watson

England
England
win

Versus
by point

Steve
Moxon

Australia
Australia
lose

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Lightweight
Red Corner  69.9KG  154.1 pounds
Blue Corner  70.5KG / 155.4 pounds

11

Tyrone
Spong
KING OF THE RING

Suriname
Suriname
win

Versus
KO 2.round

Remy
Bonjasky
THE FLYING GENTLEMAN

The Netherlands
The Netherlands
lose

GLORY rules / 3×3 minute
Heavyweight
Red Corner  102.0 KG  224.8 pounds
Blue Corner  103.5 KG / 228.1 pounds

 
 
 
 
Source:  
Glory World Series
Mike Afromowitz
Website: Glory World Series / No:37
 
 
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Tickets on sale for GLORY 5 London – Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky

Glory World Series-news

 
 

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Tickets on sale for GLORY 5 London – Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky

Highly-anticipated first meeting of heavyweight icons headlines GLORY’s star-studded, 11-bout UK debut with UK’s best Kickboxers on hand

 
Matchmaking
 
TICKET
 
 

Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky

LONDON, England (Jan. 11, 2013) – Tickets, priced from £45, for the highly-anticipated GLORY 5 London: Spong vs. Bonjasky star-studded kickboxing event, taking place at ExCeL Arena on Saturday, March 23.

Headlined by a heavyweight showdown between superstars Remy Bonjasky (77-15, 40 KO’s) and Tyrone Spong (68-6-1 42 KO’s), the first-ever GLORY show in the UK brings together a host of additional icons for the most stacked kickboxing card ever to grace a British venue.

“When GLORY decided to stage a show in London, we knew we would have to put together a special card for the British capital. Fans have wanted to see a fight between Remy Bonjasky and Tyrone Spong for some time, but the two have never met in the ring – until now,” says Marcus Luer (GLORY CEO).

Bonjasky is an idol to fight fans around the world and Spong has been on a steady rise to the top – he’s a fighter that everybody is talking about right now. They are both incredible athletes with explosive power. Bonjasky’s flying knees and Spong’s hands are capable of stopping a fight in an instant. Don’t blink.”

Known as ‘The Flying Gentleman’, the 1.93 meter/6-foot-3, 108 kilogram/238 pound Bonjasky is a household name among kickboxing fans. His illustrious career has seen him win numerous top honors, including three K-1 Grand Prix championships, but this will be the first time that British fans have the opportunity to see him fight live.

One of the most athletic fighters ever to step into the ring, Bonjasky has provided some of the most enduring images of the sport with his flying knee attacks and wide range of dynamic kicks. Among his career achievements are wins over superstar rivals Badr Hari, Peter Aerts, Alistair Overeem and Jerome LeBanner.

Like Bonjasky, Spong, a native of Amsterdam who recently relocated to Boca Raton, Fla. to train with the famed ‘Blackzilians’ fight squad, is a stellar athlete. The 1.88 meter/6-foot-2, 103.5 kilogram/228 pound Spong started his career as a middleweight and has retained his speed and fluidity while gradually moving up to heavyweight.

With explosive power in his hands, nearly two-thirds of Spong’s wins have been by stoppage, including his June KO of the legendary Aerts, also a three-time winner of the old K-1 Grand Prix tournament series. Prior to moving up to heavyweight, Spong held the light-heavyweight (95 kilograms/210 pounds) title in top European organization It’s Showtime, which GLORY purchased in October 2012.

Jordan Watson (29-5-1, 14 KO’s) and Liam Harrison (67-13-2, 38 KO’s), two of the best kickboxers the UK has ever produced, will both see action on the card. Hailing from the Bad Company gym in Leeds, England, they have fought all over the world and have been among the few foreigners to find success in the fighting rings of Thailand.

Faces Harrison, Mosab Amrani “JAGUAR” (48-7-4, 14 KO’s), a Dutch-Moroccan fighter who combines ferocity with exceptional technicality, in a featherweight bout (65 kilograms/143 pounds). Amrani’s skills will provide the toughest test of Harrison’s career to date. Watson faces an equally tough test in the shape of Australia’s Steve Moxon “STONE COLD” (29-4-1, 16 KO’s), a KO machine with a sky-high finishing ratio, in a lightweight contest in other action on the star-studded, 11-bout GLORY 5 London kickboxing card, all-time great

Albert Kraus (66-16-3, 39 KO’s), winner of the first ever K-1 MAX tournament, will face the sensational Andy Ristie (43-2, 16 KO’s) in a bout that will help determine a top lightweight (70 kilograms/154 pounds) contender.

Light-heavyweight (95 kilograms/209 pounds) Bonjasky protégé Danyo Ilunga (41-4, 34 KOs) will make his UK debut against top French talent and fellow power striker Stephane Susperregui (32-4-1, 27 KOs) in a fight that is very unlikely to go the distance
 
 
About GLORY:
The GLORY World Series is the world’s premier martial arts stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to the winners of 16-man ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each weight class. The fight series also includes 8-man ‘Slam’ tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.

 
With television deals spanning every continent, plus a groundbreaking online video streaming system and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organizations.

 
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in Holland, the UK, Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel includes a diverse mix of award-winning hedge-fund and private equity investors; principals from pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia; and senior level executives from several leading sports franchises, including WWE, FIFA, Golden Glory, Champions League and It’s Showtime.
 
 
Source:  
Glory World Series
Mike Afromowitz
Website: Glory World Series / No:37
 
 
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HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION SEMMY SCHILT WINS

Glory World Series-news

 
 
HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION SEMMY SCHILT WINS
 
GLORY 4 TOKYO – HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND SLAM
 
STAR-STUDDED, 16-MAN KICKBOXING TOURNAMENT
 
IN TOKYO
 
 


Picture from Ben Pontier  
BEN PONTIER PHOTOGRAPHY©
 

 
TOKYO, Japan (Dec. 31, 2012) – After four fights in one night, two of which he ended by KO, Karate black belt Semmy Schilt (43-6, 20 KOs) of the Netherlands, emerged as the winner of the highly-anticipated GLORY 4 Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam. Schilt, a fan favorite of this star-studded, 16-man, one-night kickboxing tournament, claimed the $400,000 grand prize and secured his position as the world’s No. 1 heavyweight kickboxer.
 
In addition to Schilt, the single-elimination tournament field consisted of numerous other superstars and rising stars, including the likes of legend Peter Aerts (104-31-1, 78 KOs), Remy Bonjasky (78-15, 40 KOs), Gökhan Saki (79-16, 55 KOs), Daniel Ghita
(47-8, 36 KOs) and Jamal Ben Saddik (24-1, 19 KOs). Playing out over 15 fights, the tournament saw 8 bouts end by KO or TKO, resulting in a KO ratio of just under 55 percent.
 
“I’ve won many tournaments, but this is the best ever,” the towering (6-foot-11/2.12 meters) Schilt said afterwards. “It was a hard tournament with some very good fighters and some very hard fights for me and for everyone else. But, all the struggle is worth it to win a competition like this. GLORY is home to the best fighters in the world and I am very proud to be the winner of (the league’s) first-ever Grand Slam tournament.
 
“This was not just a great New Year’s Eve event, it was a great martial arts event,” said GLORY Chairman Pierre Andurand. “I think that the skill and the courage that we saw in the ring tonight is really what the martial arts are all about. Perhaps it’s a bit of cliché seeing as we are in Tokyo, but I really do think we can say that the fighters tonight embodied the samurai spirit which all martial artists aspire to.”
 
The tournament’s ‘Best of Three’ rule, designed to eliminate needless injuries, mandated that any fighter who won the first two rounds of a bout would advance to the next stage without having to fight the third and final scheduled round of the bout.
 
Schilt’s run saw him stop Brice Guidon (28-8, 4 KOs) of France in the first round of the tournament’s first fight via a pair of heavy right hands. He then outclassed hot prospect Rico Verhoeven (37-7-1, 8 KOs) of the Netherlands to take a decision win under the ‘Best of Three’ rule before meeting Gökhan Saki (79-16, 55 KOs) of the Netherlands in the semifinal stage of the tournament.
 
Saki, who had KO’d his opponents in the first round of both his Final 16 and quarterfinal stage matches, respectively, tried to do the same to Schilt but couldn’t overcome Schilt’s significant reach advantage.
 
Saki landed some good shots, but couldn’t get the clean connection he needed in order to seal the deal. The judges declared Schilt the winner under the Best of Three rule and, although Saki bitterly disputed the decision, Schilt advanced to the championship round of the tournament.
 
In the championship matchup, Schilt met Ghita, who had finished his semifinal fight in just 10 seconds by stopping the giant Ben Saddik with a left kick to the solar plexus. As a result, Ghita was well-rested and less hurt that Schilt, who had persevered through a war with Saki. But near the end of a close first round, Schilt threw a perfectly-timed head kick and connected his shin cleanly across the side of Ghita’s head.
 
Ghita went down and struggled to beat the referee’s 10-count. He made it to his feet just in time, but the referee determined that he was unsteady on his feet and that the fight should be stopped for Ghita’s own safety, thereby sending Schilt to the winner’s circle.
 
In the evening’s Superfights, speed and technique reigned supreme. Robin van Roosmalen (38-14-3, 12 KOs), the runner-up in the GLORY 3 Rome ‘Final 8’ lightweight (154 pounds/70 kilograms) eight-man tournament on Nov. 3, was matched with the colorful Japanese character Yuichiro Nagashima (17-6, 12 KOs) and completely dominated him from start to finish.
 
Nagashima had no answer for Van Roosmalen’s forward pressure and awesome power. He showed a lot of heart in refusing to stay down after being knocked down several times and in some instances literally knocked off his feet with low kicks. Nagashima went the distance, but Van Roosmalen walked away the winner by unanimous decision.
 
Toshio Matsumoto (38-10-6, 30 KOs) gave Jason Wilnis “TYSON” (19-1-2) a stiff test in their middleweight (185 pounds/84 kilograms) match. The experienced Matsumoto is known as ‘The Knockout Artist’ and he did his moniker proud, demonstrating slick boxing skills and fluid combinations. The younger and more powerful Wilnis took a while to get into the fight but, once he did, his superior conditioning put him in front— and by the final bell he was dominating on his way to a unanimous decision win.
 
Flyweights Sang Jae Kim of Korea and Mutsuki Ebata (17-1-1) of Japan stole the show with a three-round battle that was non-stop from start to finish. The Japanese fighter was by far the better man but his Korean opponent could not be stopped and refused to lie down. Kim lost a one-sided decision but impressed onlookers with his heart and got a big round of applause from the Japanese arena.
 
Complete GLORY 4 Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam’ result:
 
FINAL
Semmy Schilt def. Daniel Ghita, TKO, R1 (Head Kick)
 
SEMI FINAL
Semmy Schilt def. Gokhan Saki, Dec. R2, ‘Best of Three’ rule
Daniel Ghita def. Jamal Ben Saddik, KO, R1 (Body Kick)
 
QUARTER FINAL
Semmy Schilt def. Rico Verhoeven, Dec. R2, ‘Best of Three’ rule
Gokhan Saki vs. Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva, KO, R1
Jamal Ben Saddik def. Remy Bonjasky, Dec. R2, ‘Best of Three’ rule
Daniel Ghita def. Mourad Bouzidi by TKO, R2 (Bouzidi dislocated right elbow)
 
Tournament Final 16 Bouts:
Semmy Schilt def. Brice Guidon by KO, R1
Rico Verhoeven def. Sergei Kharitonov, Dec. R2, ‘Best of Three’ rule
Gokhan Saki def. Roaumaru by KO, R1 1:00
Anderson Silva vs. Igor Jurkovic by KO, R1
Remy Bonjasky def. Filip Verlinden by unanimous decision after three rounds
Jamal Ben Saddik def. Errol Zimmerman, Dec. R2, ‘Best of Three’ rule
Mourad Bouzidi def. Peter Aerts by TKO, R1 (Aerts retired before R2 with broken right hand)
Daniel Ghita def. Jhonata Diniz by unanimous decision after three rounds
 
Superfights
Lightweight bout (154 pounds/70 kilograms)
Robin van Roosmalen def. Yuichiro Nagashima by unanimous decision.
 
Flyweight bout
Mutsuki Ebata def. Sang Jae Kim by unanimous decision.
 
Middleweight bout (185 pounds/84 kilograms)
Jason Wilnis def. Toshio Matsumoto by unanimous decision.
 
 
About DREAM:
Japan’s premier MMA organisation, DREAM has staged 23 top-class events in the course of its four-year history. Fighters that have stepped into the DREAM ring include Fedor Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Shinya Aoki, Joachim Hansen, Melvin Manhoef, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Eddie Alvarez, Todd Duffee, Gesias Calvancante, Marius Zaromskis.
 
About GLORY:
The GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier martial arts stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to the winners of 16-man ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each weight class. The fight series also includes 8-man ‘Slam’ tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.
 
 
With television deals spanning every continent, online live video streaming of all shows and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely distributed sporting organizations. Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in the UK, Holland, Tokyo, Malaysia, Singapore and soon in the USA. Its personnel include an unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television and martial arts fighting.
 
 
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Report and Photos Weigh-in and Press Conference Glory 4 Tokyo

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Press conference photos from Ben Pontier  
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All sixteen of the world-class heavyweights taking part in GLORY 4 TOKYO – HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND SLAM hit the scales at the official weigh-ins today.
The weigh-ins took place at the Sunroute Plaza Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. The tournament fighters were joined by the eight fighters from the four superfights that are taking place on the card in between the group stages of the tournament.
 
The event is part of a double-header, with the GLORY kickboxing tournament being preceded by the DREAM 18 mixed martial arts event. Both shows are being presented by Glory Sports International, parent company of GLORY, which is committed to continuing the tradition of huge end-of-year shows in Japan. “Its going to be a very long show, nearly eight hours, but I don’t think anyone is going to fall asleep. There is going to be a lot of action,” smiled GLORY chairman Pierre Andurand as he presented the tournament fighters to a packed press conference. “The evening will start with the DREAM mixed martial arts show and then we have the GLORY Grand Slam. We want to revive large-scale shows in Japan.”
 
Heaviest of the tournament fighters was the GLORY Heavyweight Champion and top seed Semmy Schilt ”SEM”. He hit the scales at 130.2 kilos and will outweigh his opening-round opponent Brice Guidon considerably. Guidon, who already has one loss to Schilt from a fight in Moscow earlier this year, weighed in at 102 kilos.
 
The second heaviest fighter was Jamal Ben Saddik, the young Moroccan heavyweight who has already been likened to Schilt thanks to being almost as tall as him. Ben Saddik, the second-youngest fighter in the tournament at 22 years old, weighed in at 128.8 kilos.
 
He faces the hard-hitting Errol Zimmerman “THE BONECRUSHER”, who hit the scales at 114.8 kilos. Zimmerman will be the lighter and shorter man in the fight but he has unbelievable power in his right hand and can KO anybody with one shot.
 
Gokhan Saki “THE REBEL”, the tournament’s number two seed, hit the scales at 103.4 kilos. Possibly the most explosive fighter in the tournament, he faces the Japanese Brawler Raoumaru, who weighed in at a slightly heavier 104.2 kilos.
 
Daniel Ghita is second-favorite to win the tournament according to the odds makers. He tipped the scales at 108 kilos for his opening round match with Brazilian opponent Jhonata Diniz. At 21 years old Diniz is the youngest and least experienced fighter in the tournament but has impressed his coaches at Golden Glory. He hit the scales at 107.8 kilos.
 
Aerial attack artist Remy Bonjasky „THE FLYING GENTLEMAN“ returned to the ring earlier this year after an absence of nearly three years and took a win over the very tough Anderson ’Braddock’ Silva to prove that he still has all his old magic. He weighed in at 110.2 kilos.
 
Facing him is Filip Verlinden, a Belgian heavyweight prospect who has generated a lot of excitement among seasoned observers. Verlinden, who hit the scales at 93.1 kilos, is extremely fast and has very good boxing ability, making for an interesting clash of styles with the high-kicking Bonjasky.
 
Veteran superstar Peter Aerts “THE DUTCH LUMBERJACK” weighed in at 105 kilos for his fight with Mourad Bouzidi, who touched down at 97.5 kilos. An added twist to this fight is that Aerts and Bouzidi are not only good friends but also long-time training partners who know each other’s styles intimately.
 
Russian bear Sergey Kharitonov wandered onto the scales with his customary expressionless calm and produced a readout of 120 kilos. He faces Rico Verhoeven, who weighed in at 115.8 kilos at 23 years old has already faced and beaten many more established and experienced names.
 
Anderson Silva “BRADDOCK”, Brazil’s top heavyweight kickboxer, weighed in at 110.2 kilos and looks to build on the respect he earned for performances against Badr Hari and Remy Bonjasky earlier this year. He faces Igor Jurkovic, 99.8 kilos, a young Croatian heavyweight and sparring partner of the famous Mirko Filipovic “CROCOP”.
 
GLORY 4 TOKYO – HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND SLAM is a one night single-elimination kickboxing competition featuring 16 of the world’s hardest hitting KO artists. It represents an historic moment in the sport of kickboxing, being the first-ever 16-man tournament. The winner has to defeat four opponents in one night to be crowned GLORY World Champion and walk away with $400,000.
 
In the US it will be televised on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:00 p.m. EST on CBS Sports Network. In Canada it will air on the Fight Network and in the UK on Premier Sports. In total the show will air in over 200 territories around the world. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
 
About GLORY:
The GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier martial arts stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to the winners of 16-man ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each weight class. The fight series also includes 8-man ‘Slam’ tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.
 
 
With television deals spanning every continent, online live video streaming of all shows and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely distributed sporting organizations. Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in the UK, Holland, Tokyo, Malaysia, Singapore and soon in the USA. Its personnel include an unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television and martial arts fighting.
 
 
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