Glory, formerly Glory World Series, is an international kickboxing promotion based in Singapore, which is owned by Pierre Andurand. It is one of the largest kickboxing promotion companies in the world and features some of the highest-level fighters in the sport on its roster. The company also has international offices in Denver, United States, and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
|Founder||Pierre Andurand, Scott Rudmann, Total Sports Asia|
|Headquarters||30, Raffles Place, Level 17, Chevron House, Singapore|
|Pierre Andurand (Chairman)|
Scott Rudmann (Vice-Chairman)
Robbie Timmers (Matchmaker & Head of Talent)
Glory produces events worldwide that showcase seven weight divisions (six men's divisions and one women's division). As of 2021, Glory has held over 80 events. The first event was held in 2012 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
When K-1 began suffering from extreme financial difficulties in 2011, Total Sports Asia, TSA CEO Marcus Luer, Pierre Andurand, and Scott Rudmann of Nectar Capital attempted to buy the brand. K-1 was instead sold to Mike Kim and EMCOM Entertainment Inc.
In the aftermath, Pierre Andurand, TSA, and the other investors decided to start a brand new kickboxing promotion and acquired United Glory, Golden Glory, and It's Showtime to secure a top event production team and contracts to each promotion's top fighters. Forming the Glory World Series, Pierre Andurand was named Chairman and Scott Rudmann was named vice-chairman. A number of people formerly involved with these three entities event became Glory consultants.
Glory Sports International has its offices in the Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore, and the US. The company includes a mix of entrepreneurs and senior level executives from different environments. The company's investors include Yao Capital, Liberty Global, and TwinFocus Capital Partners.
In February 2013, Glory announced that former WWE Executive VP Andrew Whitaker had been hired as the global CEO of Glory Sports International. In 2018, Glory announced that former CEO of Glory Sports International, Jon J. Franklin had moved to the role of Chief Development Officer, and former UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik had been hired as the new CEO.
On May 15, 2020, Glory announced Zelaznik had resigned as Glory CEO.
On May 26, 2020, Glory Sports International went into receivership and soon after ownership of Glory was transferred to London based GSUKCO Limited.
In June 2013, after having its first U.S. event in New York, Glory 9: New York on June 22, 2013, Spike TV signed a multi-year agreement to broadcast Glory kickboxing events; their partnership began with Glory 11: Chicago on October 12 of that year. The broadcast deal with Spike was extended in May 2014 to cover 2015.
Beginning in 2019, Glory initiated a partnership with the UFC for the former's events to be exclusively carried in the U.S by UFC Fight Pass. The first event to be broadcast as part of this partnership was Glory 63: Houston on February 1.
Glory 75 and later events have been available exclusively through pay-per-view.
In January 2022 Glory announced a new series of events called Glory Rivals, jointly promoted with Enfusion and RISE. The first Rivals event with Enfusion was scheduled for May 21, 2022 at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. The event was later cancelled due to the finances of Enfusion's local promoter partner Antwerp Fight Organization catching the attention of Belgian authorities.
|Division||Upper weight limit||Champion||Since||Title defenses|
|Heavyweight||Unlimited||Rico Verhoeven||June 21, 2014||10|
|Light Heavyweight||95 kg (209.4 lb)||Artem Vakhitov||September 4, 2021||0|
|Middleweight||85 kg (187.4 lb)||Donovan Wisse||September 4, 2021||0|
|Welterweight||77 kg (169.8 lb)||Vacant|
|Lightweight||70 kg (154.3 lb)||Tyjani Beztati||September 4, 2021||0|
|Featherweight||65 kg (143.3 lb)||Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao||September 29, 2018||4|
|Women's Super Bantamweight||55 kg (121.3 lb)||Tiffany van Soest||November 22, 2019||1|
Indicates former interim champions.
Indicates current lineal and interim champions.
Glory Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit
Weight limit: Unlimited
Glory Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit
Weight limit: 95 kg (209.4 lb)
Glory Middleweight ChampionshipEdit
Weight limit: 85 kg (187.4 lb)
Glory Welterweight ChampionshipEdit
Weight limit: 77 kg (169.8 lb)
Glory Lightweight ChampionshipEdit
Weight limit: 70 kg (154.3 lb)
Glory Featherweight ChampionshipEdit
Weight limit: 65 kg (143.3 lb)
Glory Women's Super Bantamweight ChampionshipEdit
Weight limit: 55 kg (121.3 lb)
|Current (2nd reign)||Tiffany van Soest||Glory 71: Chicago
|November 22, 2019||1. def. Aline Pereira at Glory 77: Rotterdam on January 30, 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|4 (2nd reign)||Anissa Meksen||Glory 61: New York
New York City, USA
|November 2, 2018||1. def. Tiffany van Soest at Glory 64: Strasbourg on March 9, 2019 in Strasbourg, France|
|3||Jady Menezes||Glory 56: Denver
|August 10, 2018|
|2||Anissa Meksen||Glory 48: New York
New York City, USA
|December 1, 2017||1. def. Amel Dehby at Glory 53: Lille on May 12, 2018 in Lille, France|
|1|| Tiffany van Soest
def. Amel Dehby
|Glory 36: Oberhausen
|December 10, 2016|
Contender Tournament championsEdit
Qualification Tournament winnersEdit
|Weight Class||Champion||Runner-up||Event||Date||Tournament Bracket|
|2015 Glory Heavyweight Qualification Tournament||Xavier Vigney||Chi Lewis Parry||Glory 21: San Diego||May 8, 2015||2015 Glory Heavyweight Qualification Tournament bracket|
|2015 Glory Middleweight Qualification Tournament||Dustin Jacoby||Casey Greene||Glory 23: Las Vegas||August 7, 2015||2015 Glory Middleweight Qualification Tournament bracket|
|2016 Glory Welterweight Qualification Tournament||Richard Abraham||Francois Ambang||Glory 30: Los Angeles||May 13, 2016||2016 Glory Welterweight Qualification Tournament bracket|
|2017 Glory Featherweight Qualification Tournament||Chenglong Zhang||Masaya Kubo||Glory 46: China||October 14, 2017||2017 Glory Featherweight Qualification Tournament bracket|
|2017 Glory Middleweight Qualification Tournament||Robert Thomas||Mike Lemaire||Glory 48: New York||December 1, 2017||2017 Middleweight Qualification Tournament bracket|
|2018 Glory Lightweight Qualification Tournament||Liu Xu||Wensheng Zhang||Glory 57: Shenzhen||August 25, 2018||2018 Glory Lightweight Qualification Tournament bracket|
Road to Glory Tournament championsEdit
|Weight Class||Champion||Runner-up||Event||Date||Tournament Bracket|
|Road to Glory USA 95 kg Tournament||Dustin Jacoby||Brian Collette||Road to Glory USA 95 kg Tournament||February 2, 2013|
|Road to Glory USA 85 kg Tournament||Mike Lemaire||Eddie Walker||Road to Glory USA 85 kg Tournament||February 9, 2013|
|Road to Glory Japan 65 kg Tournament||Masaaki Noiri||Yuki||Road to Glory Japan 65 kg Tournament||March 10, 2013|
|Road to Glory USA 77 kg Tournament||Francois Ambang||Brett Hlavacek||Road to Glory USA 77 kg Tournament||March 22, 2013|
|Road to Glory Japan 85 kg Tournament||Kengo Shimizu||Magnum Sakai||Road to Glory Japan 85 kg Tournament||May 3, 2013|
|Road to Glory USA 70 kg Tournament||Michael Mananquil||Troy Sheridan||2013 Road to Glory USA 70 kg Tournament||May 11, 2013|
|Road to Glory USA Heavyweight Tournament||Xavier Vigney||Maurice Green||Road to Glory USA Heavyweight Tournament||June 14, 2013|
|Road to Glory UK 65 kg Tournament||Mo Abdurahman||Bailey Sugden||Road to Glory UK 65 kg Tournament||March 11, 2017|
- Chingiz Allazov
- Dzhabar Askerov
- Shemsi Beqiri
- Alessandro Campagna
- Sanny Dahlbeck
- Johann Fauveau
- Marat Grigorian
- Ky Hollenbeck
- Davit Kiria
- Albert Kraus
- Anatoly Moiseev
- Steve Moxon
- Giorgio Petrosyan
- Łukasz Pławecki
- Andy Ristie
- Robin van Roosmalen
- Dylan Salvador
- Simón Santana
- Yoshihiro Sato
- Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong
- Warren Stevelmans
- Jordan Watson
- Bruno Gazani
- Marc de Bonte
- Roberto Cocco
- Raymond Daniels
- Murat Direkçi
- Cedric Doumbe
- Karim Ghajji
- Harut Grigorian
- Murthel Groenhart
- Nieky Holzken
- Paweł Jędrzejczyk
- Karapet Karapetyan
- Yoann Kongolo
- Artur Kyshenko
- Yohan Lidon
- Thiago Michel
- Alim Nabiev
- Antoine Pinto
- Thongchai Sitsongpeenong
- Alexander Stetsurenko
- Chad Sugden
- Alex Tobiasson Harris
- Joseph Valtellini
- Israel Adesanya
- Wayne Barrett
- Yousri Belgaroui
- Chris Camozzi
- Dustin Jacoby
- Artem Levin
- Melvin Manhoef
- Simon Marcus
- L'houcine Ouzgni
- Sahak Parparyan
- Alex Pereira
- Agron Preteni
- Karl Roberson
- Joe Schilling
- Kengo Shimizu
- Bogdan Stoica
- Filip Verlinden
- Steve Wakeling
- Jason Wilnis
- Donovan Wisse
- Amir Zeyada
- Donegi Abena
- Randy Blake
- Mourad Bouzidi
- Saulo Cavalari
- Nathan Corbett
- Abdarhmane Coulibaly
- Michael Duut
- Zinedine Hameur-Lain
- Danyo Ilunga
- Igor Jurković
- Freddy Kemayo
- Steve McKinnon
- Zack Mwekassa
- Nenad Pagonis
- Koichi Pettas
- Gökhan Saki
- Thiago Silva
- Tyrone Spong
- Andrei Stoica
- Stéphane Susperregui
- Luis Tavares
- Makoto Uehara
- Artem Vakhitov
- Pavel Zhuravlev
- Benjamin Adegbuyi
- Peter Aerts
- Jamal Ben Saddik
- Remy Bonjasky
- Antonio Plazibat
- Mladen Brestovac
- Brian Douwes
- Ben Edwards
- Mirko Filipović
- Hesdy Gerges
- Daniel Ghiţă
- Badr Hari
- Guto Inocente
- Singh Jaideep
- Jérôme Le Banner
- Ismael Londt
- D'Angelo Marshall
- Cătălin Moroșanu
- Daniel Sam
- Semmy Schilt
- Antônio Silva
- Anderson Silva
- Giannis Stoforidis
- Ewerton Teixeira
- Rico Verhoeven
- Nicolas Wamba
- Jahfarr Wilnis
- Errol Zimmerman
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