GLORY Announces Back-to-Back Events, New Ownership
By FCF Staff
Following reports several weeks ago that GLORY had gone into receivership, the kickboxing promotion has announced its assets have been bought by a new ownership group. In addition, GLORY has announced it is holding back-to-back cards on October 2nd and 3rd.
GLORY 76 and 77 will take place on those dates at the Haanger 2, a former Dutch naval base, located near Amsterdam.
GLORY 76 will feature a 4-man middleweight contender tournament featuring Yousri Belgaroui, Matěj Peňáz, Ertugrul Bayrak and Ulric Bokeme. The winner of the tournament will move on to challenge middleweight champ, Alex Pereira.
GLORY 77 will be headlined by welterweight champion Cédric Doumbé facing an opponent yet to be announced. Other bouts scheduled include Harut Grigorian vs Yoann Kongolo and Tyjani Beztati vs Itay Gershon.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 200 attendees will be allowed inside the facility.
The promotion has also announced that it plans to hold an event in December, which will feature heavyweight champ Rico Verhoeven, as well as heavyweight contenders Badr Hari, and Jamal Ben Saddik.
A recent press release from GLORY also included the following information, regarding the company’s restructuring and new ownership.
Following the profound changes in the sports world due to the impact of the coronavirus on transportation, logistics, and quarantines around the world, Glory Sports International entered receivership. The assets of the organization have been purchased by a new group of owners based in the UK. Pierre Andurand continues as Chairman and Scott Rudmann continues as Executive Vice-Chairman. A number of key senior executives of the global business remain in place, with Robbie Timmers taking the role as Head of Talent Operations, Bill Borson remaining in place as Head of Production and Operations, and Jon Martone as Head of Partnerships and Marketing. Cor Hemmers continues as a Senior Advisor and Kickboxing Ambassador.
“The organization has emerged from the corona cloud into a leaner, more efficient organization, able to react quickly and actually operate in these times which are the most challenging ever faced by sports and entertainment companies worldwide. The new ownership group looks forward to being able to continue bringing the absolute best stand-up combat to fans and media partners around the world, it’s once again time for GLORY” said Scott Rudmann, Executive Vice-Chairman