Not So Much Glory Being CEO: Marshall Zelaznik Resigns From Role

One of the top executives in the combat sports world, Marshall Zelaznik has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of GLORY Kickboxing. Via a release by GLORY, Zelaznik handed in his resignation to the promotion on May 15.

Zelaznik will be pursuing other opportunities at the end of the month, though it is not known as of now what it may be. He will still be working with GLORY as an advisor.

“It has been an enormous privilege to have led GLORY during these past years of growth and I am proud to have worked with remarkable colleagues who I know remain committed to keeping GLORY squarely at the top of the combat sports world,” said Zelaznik.

The knowledge Zelaznik brought to GLORY was a result of his years of experience in the combat sports world. He spent ten years as the EVP and COO of the UFC, overseeing PPV and digital growth. During his time, Zelaznik is credited for creating UFC FIGHT PASS, while also expanding the promotion to several countries. He was let go from the UFC following Endeavor’s $4 billion acquisition of the company.

Zelaznik was also with Major League Gaming, working as the Global Head of Business Development and Content. He helped maximize distribution opportunities for Activision Blizzard’s Esports properties, like Overwatch League.

While with GLORY, Zelaznik managed to grow the organization during his brief tenure. He was able to utilize FIGHT PASS to stream GLORY-related events. As a result, GLORY was able to have a following in the United States. Recently, Zelaznik was involved in the “record-setting” GLORY: COLLISION 2 in December 2019, featuring one of the largest crowds in GLORY history. The main event of the show was Rico Verhoeven successfully defending the GLORY Heavyweight Title against Badr Hari.

GLORY stated a successor for Zelaznik should be announced shortly.

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