Over the past seven days professional boxing and the UFC have found themselves in a bit of a lull, as a somewhat unknown American boxer, Chris Algieri, pulled a major upset over a rising Russian star, Ruslan Provodnikov, and an average pay-per-view card in the UFC failed to delivery any household names or newsworthy fights to fill the morning press.
The UFC, which has done a spectacular job of pushing their product to its audience on what seems like a weekly basis, may be suffering from a small dose of oversaturation. HBO Boxing and Showtime Sports, who are in the middle of a network cold war that is threatening the livelihood of professional boxing, have had a good year, but with one major blockbuster fight yet to be made between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, some fans may be searching for a new avenue of professional combat.
Those fans, who may be starving for something new, fresh and exciting, should look no further than Glory 17 Los Angeles and Glory’s Last Man Standing 8-man middleweight tournament that takes place live on Spike TV tomorrow, June 21, 2014 from the legendary west coast capital of professional fighting, The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Glory, which was founded in 2012, is an international marital arts organization that showcases some of the most talented Karate, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do and Boxing practitioners in the world, spanning clear across the globe to give fans the most interesting matchups between the most elite athletes in the world.
Any casual fight fan that is familiar with boxing, American wrestling or mixed martial arts may be unfamiliar with the unique offerings of Glory. On Saturday night, fans will be treated to more than ten fights, which include a grueling 8-man middleweight tournament, a featherweight contender bout and a headline match between international legend Mirko Cro Cop and highly-touted American heavyweight Jarrell Miller.
The one thing that Glory brings to the table that other fighting organizations occasionally don’t, is non-stop action at a lightning-fast pace. The marital arts showcased on a Glory card include some of the most technical skills in the fight game, which include precision striking with hands and feet, the ability to stand toe-to-toe with your opponent and trade blows, and in the case of the 8-man tournament, the grueling task of fighting until your body says “stop,” and then pushing it even further.
In the “Last Man Standing” event, viewers who may be unfamiliar with the talent pool under the Glory name, can sit back and enjoy an exciting show as a middleweight champion will be crowned. The tournament includes rising American star Wayne Barrett and martial arts legend Melvin Manhoef from the Netherlands.
And in the main event, Mirko Cro Crop, UFC veteran and international legend, takes on American heavyweight Jarrell Miller, who lost a close decision to Cro Crop over a year ago. Miller, the biggest heavyweight in the group, looks to get revenge on the veteran Cro Crop and force him into early retirement.
Truly, for fans, the Glory event on Saturday night is a win-win on all accounts. With the UFC taking a rare, but much-needed week off, and Showtime Sports airing a triple-header in Southern California as well, Glory has a golden opportunity to boast what some critics think is the most exciting martial arts organization internationally.
The Glory 17 card is loaded with talent and Last Man Standing should provide phenomenal action as the best eight middleweights in the world look to cement their names in Glory lore. Add in big name fighters, such as Mirko Cro Crop, and Glory has a chance to make some significant headway on its competition.
On Saturday, June 21, at The Forum in Los Angeles, kickboxing makes its west coast debut to a population of fans who may not know what Glory is all about.
Be sure to stay close to TheFightVoice as our crew will be in the building on Saturday night, reporting on all of the action and keeping our loyal readers up to speed with all of the fights.