GLORY World Series Acquires Kickboxing Competitor ‘It’s Showtime’ In Historic Agreement

GLORY World Series Acquires Kickboxing Competitor “It’s Showtime
Historic agreement brings world’s best stand-up fighters into one league

BRUSSELS, Belgium (June 30, 2012) –GLORY SPORTS INTERNATIONAL (GSI), the owner and rights holder of the GLORY World Series championship kickboxing promotion and other related businesses, has agreed to terms with Dutch-based competitor, “It’s Showtime”, led by the renowned European fight manager and kickboxing promoter Simon Rutz.

The landmark deal will effectively place all of the world’s top kickboxers, or stand-up fighters, under the same promotional umbrella. GSI will absorb other assets from and take over management of “It’s Showtime”.

“This is what the world of stand-up fighting has been waiting for – all the top fighters competing in the same series each time to find out who is really the very best,” said Marcus Luer, Managing Director of GSI. “GLORY World Series will be the ultimate platform and testing ground for these fighters to showcase their talent and skills. It doesn’t get much more exciting than this!

“By adding “It’s Showtime”, continued Luer, “GLORY has truly established itself as the No. 1 kickboxing league in the world. This is what the fans have been waiting for and we are here to deliver it. GLORY will soon announce a new series of events and a modernized tournament format for the rest of the year and for 2013.

“The matchmaking possibilities will create some amazing fights and fans will truly see the best competing against the best across all weight classes. We are changing the landscape of this global sport.”

About us:
The GLORY World Series is the world’s premier kickboxing league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to successful fighters in the 16-man grand prix tournaments which are open to only the very best fighters in each weight class.

With television deals spanning every continent plus a groundbreaking online streaming system, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organisations already.

Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organisation has offices in Holland, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel include prominent hedge-fund investors, the pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia and several executives from the Golden Glory team.

Fedor Emelianenko retires having never fought in the UFC

A giant of Russian mixed martial arts has retired to spend more time with his family. Fedor Emelianenko announced his retirement after his final fight on Thursday night which took place in his home country of Russia. “I think it is time I quit,” he said simply. Fedor Emelianenko was a mixed martial arts heavyweight for many years but never competed in the ultimate fighting championship. Fedor Emelianenko’s fighting style was a mix of fast punching and versatile wrestling which was perfected in his Siberian training camp. 

Though he never competed in the Ultimate Fighting championship he did defeat three of its heavy weight champions leaving many to wonder just how successful he could have been if he had participated.  Unfortunately is management and the UFC could never come to an agreement about who would promote his fights and hence he was never able to participate.

Fedor Emelianenko had a winning record of 34-4 which include are winning streak from December, 2000 to June 26, 2010.  He was eventually beaten by a Brazilian fighter in San Jose who was fighting for MMA organization Strikeforce.  After losing he then went on to lose his next two fights with many thinking he would hang up his fighting gloves there and then.  However the fighter who has come to be known as the last emperor managed to find form again and win his last three fights. Last Thursday he was cheered on in Saint Petersburg by his adoring fans which just happened to include the president of Russia Vladimir Putin.

UFC returning to Atlantic City

UFC returning to Atlantic City The Ultimate fighting championship is set to return to Atlantic City for the first time in seven years with UFC on FX 4: Maynard vs. Guida. Revel Resort and Casino will play host to the fight which FX will be broadcasting for free. Fuel TV and Facebook will broadcast the undercard.

The main fight of the night sees Gray Maynard and Clay Guida go head to head in the cage with the winner possibly earning a shot at the UFC lightweight title.

Earlier in the week a controversy arose when Maynard’s camp filed a complaint with the New Jersy State Athletic Control Board about Guida’s infamous wild hair. They argued that his hair would be a “distraction” and would give the fighter an unfair advantage. The complaint was not issued by Maynard himself but by his support staff. In response Guida has agreed to wear his hair in tight cornrows so as not to “distract” his opponent.

Despite their seven year absence, Atlantic City is no stranger to UFC. It was in the year 2000 that the UFC in conjunction with the state’s athletic commission developed the standard rules of combat. These rules allowed the support to become officially recognised and respected and helped it clean up its image. Previously cage fighting had been seen as violent, lawless pursuit which only thugs and criminals took part in. Senator John McCain even famously compared the sport to human cock fighting. Also adding to the shared history between the city and the sport is the fact that UFC’s first fight under its current ownership was held in Atlantic City in 2001.

The fight will be held in the Revel Resort and Casino’s amphitheatre which seats around 5,500 people. With the city being deprived of UFC for so long, the atmosphere will likely be electric despite the relatively small size of the arena when compared to other UFC locations.