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Glory 

 

GLORY
Type
Private
Industry Kickboxing promotion
Founded 2012
Founder Pierre Andurand, Scott Rudmann, Total Sports Asia
Headquarters 30, Raffles Place, Level 17, Chevron House, Singapore
Key people
Pierre Andurand (Chairman)
Scott Rudmann (Vice-Chairman)
Marshall Zelaznik (CEO)
Cor Hemmers, Remon Daalder (Matchmakers)
Paul Karger (non-executive Director)
Owner Glory Sports International Pte Ltd.
Website www.glorykickboxing.com

Glory, formerly Glory World Series, is an international kickboxing promotion company founded in 2012 by Glory Sports International Pte Ltd. partners Pierre Andurand, Scott Rudmann, and Total Sports Asia. The company has its headquarters in Singapore and international offices in Denver, United States, and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

History

When K-1, historically the world’s premier kickboxing organization, began suffering from extreme financial difficulties in 2011, Total Sports Asia, TSA CEO Marcus Luer, London-based French investor Pierre Andurand, and Scott Rudmann of Nectar Capital attempted to buy the brand. When K-1 was instead sold to Gunil “Mike” Kim and EMCOM Entertainment Inc., Pierre Andurand, TSA, and the other investors decided to start a brand new label and kickboxing organisation called Glory and bought United Glory, Golden Glory, and It’s Showtime in order to secure a top event production team and to secure all the top fighters in the world. Pierre Andurand was named Chairman and Scott Rudmann was named vice-chairman.[1]

The name “Glory” has caused some confusion to arise as to Golden Glory’s role with the new organization. Glory has made it clear that Golden Glory, like the It’s Showtime organization, was bought and absorbed, and not the other way around.[2] A number of people formerly involved with It’s Showtime, the Golden Glory team and the United Glory event became Glory consultants, though Simon Rutz, the founder and former owner of It’s Showtime, has departed the company.[3]

GSI signed most of the world’s top kickboxers such as Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghiţă, Albert Kraus, Giorgio Petrosyan, and Yoshihiro Sato.

Business

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 the worlds of finance, sports marketing, television, technology, and martial arts fighting.[4] The company’s investors include Yao Capital, the investment arm of former Chinese basketball player Yao Ming, cable TV company Liberty Global, and TwinFocus Capital Partners of Boston.[5]

In February 2013, Glory announced that former WWE Executive VP Andrew Whitaker had been hired as the global CEO of Glory Sports International.[6] In August 2014, Glory announced that Jon J. Franklin had been appointed as new CEO of Glory Sports International. Under Franklin’s leadership, Glory was named the Worlds number one Kickboxing promotion for 2017 by the Combat Press. And the same year Fox Sports named Glory as one of the World’s most influential Combat sport promotions, along with UFC and Bellator. In January 2018, Glory announced that Franklin had moved to the role of Chief Development Officer, and former UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik had been hired as the new CEO.[7]

Media coverage

In June 2013, after having an inaugural first event in the US in New York (Glory 9: New York) on June 22, 2013, Spike TV signed a multi-year agreement to broadcast Glory kickboxing events. The broadcast deal with Spike TV was extended in May 2014 to cover 2015. In February 2016, Glory CEO Jon J. Franklin announced a new multi-year deal with ESPN.[8] In 2017, Glory initiated partnerships with the UFC for events on pay-per-view and on UFC Fight Pass.[9]

Events

# Event Date Venue Location Attendance
86 Glory 78: Rotterdam June 20, 2020 Rotterdam Ahoy Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
85 Glory 77: Miami May 30, 2020 James L Knight Center United States Miami, USA
84 Glory 76: Antwerp March 28, 2020 AED Studios Belgium Lint, Belgium
83 Glory 75: Utrecht February 29, 2020 Central Studios Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands
82 Glory: Collision 2 December 21, 2019 GelreDome Netherlands Arnhem, Netherlands 31,000
81 Glory 73: Shenzhen December 7, 2019 Nanshan Culture & Sports Center China Shenzhen, China
80 Glory 72: Chicago November 23, 2019 Wintrust Arena United States Chicago, USA
79 Glory 71: Chicago November 22, 2019 Wintrust Arena United States Chicago, USA
78 Glory 70: Lyon October 26, 2019 Palais des Sports de Gerland France Lyon, France
77 Glory 69: Düsseldorf October 12, 2019 ISS Dome Germany Düsseldorf, Germany
76 Glory 68: Miami September 28, 2019 James L Knight Center United States Miami, USA
75 Glory 67: Orlando July 5, 2019 Silver Spurs Arena United States Orlando, USA
74 Glory 66: Paris June 22, 2019 Zénith Paris France Paris, France
73 Glory 65: Utrecht May 17, 2019 Central Studios Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands
72 Glory 64: Strasbourg March 9, 2019 Rhénus Sport France Strasbourg, France
71 Glory 63: Houston February 1, 2019 Arena Theater United States Houston, USA
70 Glory 62: Rotterdam December 1, 2018 Rotterdam Ahoy Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
69 Glory 61: New York November 2, 2018 Hammerstein Ballroom United States New York City, USA
68 Glory 60: Lyon October 20, 2018 Palais des Sports de Gerland France Lyon, France
67 Glory 59: Amsterdam September 29, 2018 Johan Cruyff Arena Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
66 Glory 58: Chicago September 15, 2018 Sears Centre United States Hoffman Estates, USA
65 Glory 57: Shenzhen August 25, 2018 Shenzhen Bay Sports Center China Shenzhen, China
64 Glory 56: Denver August 10, 2018 1stBank Center United States Broomfield, USA
63 Glory 55: New York July 20, 2018 The Theater at Madison Square Garden United States New York City, New York, USA
62 Glory 54: Birmingham June 2, 2018 Genting Arena England Birmingham, England
61 Glory 53: Lille May 12, 2018 Zénith de Lille France Lille, France
60 Glory 52: Los Angeles March 31, 2018 Pacific Room United States Los Angeles, United States
59 Glory 51: Rotterdam March 3, 2018 Rotterdam Ahoy Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
58 Glory 50: Chicago February 16, 2018 UIC Pavilion United States Chicago, United States
57 Glory 49: Rotterdam December 9, 2017 Rotterdam Ahoy Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
56 Glory 48: New York December 1, 2017 The Theater at Madison Square Garden United States New York City, New York, USA
55 Glory 47: Lyon October 28, 2017 Palais des Sports de Gerland France Lyon, France
54 Glory 46: China October 14, 2017 Guangzhou Gymnasium China Guangzhou, China
53 Glory 45: Amsterdam September 30, 2017 Sporthallen Zuid Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
52 Glory 44: Chicago August 25, 2017 Sears Centre United States Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA
51 Glory 43: New York July 14, 2017 The Theater at Madison Square Garden United States New York City, New York, USA
50 Glory 42: Paris June 10, 2017 AccorHotels Arena France Paris, France
49 Glory 41: Holland May 20, 2017 Brabanthallen Netherlands Den Bosch, Netherlands 5,000
48 Glory 40: Copenhagen April 29, 2017 Forum Copenhagen Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark 2,500
47 Glory 39: Brussels March 25, 2017 Vorst National Belgium Brussels, Belgium 1,500
46 Road to Glory UK 65 kg Tournament March 11, 2017 Grantham Meres Leisure Centre England Grantham, England
45 Glory 38: Chicago February 24, 2017 Sears Centre United States Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA
44 Glory 37: Los Angeles January 20, 2017 The Novo by Microsoft United States Los Angeles, California, USA
43 Glory 36: Oberhausen December 10, 2016 König Pilsener Arena Germany Oberhausen, Germany 13,000
42 Glory 35: Nice November 5, 2016 Palais Nikaia France Nice, France
41 Glory 34: Denver October 21, 2016 1stBank Center United States Broomfield, Colorado, USA
40 Glory 33: New Jersey September 9, 2016 Sun National Bank Center United States Trenton, New Jersey, USA
39 Glory 32: Virginia July 22, 2016 Ted Constant Convocation Center United States Norfolk, Virginia, USA
38 Glory 31: Amsterdam June 25, 2016 Amsterdam RAI Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 3,500
37 Glory 30: Los Angeles May 13, 2016 Citizens Business Bank Arena United States Ontario, California 1,750
36 Glory 29: Copenhagen April 16, 2016 Forum Copenhagen Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark 1,250
35 Glory 28: Paris March 12, 2016 AccorHotels Arena France Paris, France 2,750
34 Glory 27: Chicago February 26, 2016 Sears Centre United States Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA 2,000
33 Glory 26: Amsterdam December 4, 2015 Amsterdam RAI Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 8,000
32 Glory 25: Milan November 6, 2015 PalaIper Italy Milan, Italy 6,750
31 Glory 24: Denver October 9, 2015 Magness Arena United States Denver, Colorado, USA 3,500
30 Bellator/Glory: Dynamite 1 September 19, 2015 SAP Center United States San Jose, California, USA 11,000
29 Glory 23: Las Vegas August 3, 2015 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2,200
28 Glory 22: Lille June 5, 2015 Stade Pierre-Mauroy France Lille, France 6,500
27 Glory 21: San Diego May 8, 2015 Valley View Casino Center United States San Diego, California, USA 1,500
26 Glory 20: Dubai April 3, 2015 Dubai World Trade Centre United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE 1,000
25 Glory 19: Virginia February 6, 2015 Hampton Coliseum United States Hampton, Virginia, USA 3,500
24 Glory 18: Oklahoma November 7, 2014 Grand Casino Hotel Resort United States Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA 1,000
23 Glory 17: Los Angeles June 21, 2014 The Forum United States Inglewood, California, USA 4,000
22 Glory 16: Denver May 3, 2014 1stBank Center United States Broomfield, Colorado, USA 2,350
21 Glory 15: Istanbul April 12, 2014 Ülker Sports Arena Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 11,000
20 Glory 14: Zagreb March 8, 2014 Arena Zagreb Croatia Zagreb, Croatia 10,000
19 Glory 13: Tokyo December 21, 2013 Ariake Coliseum Japan Tokyo, Japan 8,000
18 Glory 12: New York November 23, 2013 The Theater at Madison Square Garden United States New York City, New York, USA 4,500
17 Glory 11: Chicago October 12, 2013 Sears Centre United States Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA 1,500
16 Glory 10: Los Angeles September 28, 2013 Citizens Business Bank Arena United States Ontario, California, USA 2,200[10]
15 Glory 9: New York June 22, 2013 Hammerstein Ballroom United States New York City, New York, USA 1,950
14 2013 Road to Glory USA Heavyweight
Tournament
June 14, 2013 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino United States Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
13 2013 Road to Glory USA 70 kg Tournament May 11, 2013 The Rave United States Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
12 Glory 8: Tokyo May 3, 2013 Ariake Coliseum Japan Tokyo, Japan 3,500
11 Glory 7: Milan April 20, 2013 Mediolanum Forum Italy Milan, Italy 10,000
10 Glory 6: Istanbul April 6, 2013 Ülker Arena Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 12,000
9 Glory 5: London March 23, 2013 ExCeL Arena England London, England 4,500
8 Road to Glory USA 77 kg Tournament March 22, 2013 Capitale United States New York City, New York, USA
7 Road to Glory Japan 65 kg Tournament March 10, 2013 Differ Ariake Arena Japan Tokyo, Japan
6 Road to Glory USA 85 kg Tournament February 9, 2013 Hollywood Park Casino United States Los Angeles, California, USA
5 Road to Glory USA 95 kg Tournament February 2, 2013 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino United States Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
4 Dream 18/Glory 4: Tokyo December 31, 2012 Saitama Super Arena Japan Saitama, Japan 15,000
3 Glory 3: Rome November 3, 2012 PalaLottomatica Italy Rome, Italy 6,450
2 Glory 2: Brussels October 6, 2012 Forest National Belgium Brussels, Belgium 5,250
1 Glory 1: Stockholm May 26, 2012 Ericsson Globe Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 4,500

 

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