REPORT: What Is Going On With GLORY Kickboxing?

* A tweet and reference of Joseph Valtellini have been removed from the article as they did not relate to the current situation that is going on with GLORY Kickboxing.*

It appears that one of the top kickboxing organizations in combat sports has been going through its own issues financially. Aaron Bronsteter of TSN reported earlier today that GLORY Kickboxing may have filed for bankruptcy.

Beyond Kickboxing went on to say that Cor Hemmers (Managing Director of Glory Sports International) and Remon Daalder (Glory Scouting Officer) have been fired. Additionally, fighters haven’t been paid for GLORY Collision 2 from this past December. This comes after a report by Giovanni Tjin, who also stated that GLORY has closed down its Amsterdam offices. Middleweight Yousri Belgaroui ended up posting the following on his Instagram story:

“Sad news for all GLORY fans, fighters and staff. Every end is the start of something new.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that Marshall Zelaznik handed in his resignation to the promotion. After a run with Major League Gaming and the UFC, where he was credited for creating UFC FIGHT PASS, Zelaznik was hired in 2018. He was able to carry a deal with FIGHT PASS to stream GLORY-related events, one of GLORY’s biggest deals. The company was also on Spike (now Paramount Network), ESPN, and FIGHT SPORTS in order to gain a following in the United States. During that time, the company’s fanbase grew to about 90 million.

Founded in 2012, GLORY became the home to stars like Israel Adesanya, Badr Hari, Semmy Schilt, Alex Pereira, Tiffany van Soest, Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong, and Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao. The promotion has often collaborated with those willing to put on events. It recently had to postpone several events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

GLORY 78: Badr v. Benny was supposed to be the next big event for GLORY. Stay tuned as more information should be revealed.

* A tweet and reference of Joseph Valtellini have been removed from the article as they did not relate to the current situation that is going on with GLORY Kickboxing.*

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