Kyokoshin Karate is a notoriously hard discipline, with a strong emphasis on toughness and physical condition. Stylists train bare-knuckle and, as they progress through the ranks, are required to undergo increasingly severe tests of strength and spirit in their training and sparring.
Kengo Shimuzu holds a black belt in the discipline and won several regional championships in his native Japan before moving into professional kickboxing. Once he made the transition he continued to embody the principles which had been drilled into him: relentless attack and resistance to pain.
Shimzu has spent most of his career at heavyweight, where his victories included GLORY veteran Raoumaru. He recently dropped a weight-class and will join GLORY’s light-heavyweight division, where he will face opponents who will test his mental and physical abilities to their limit.
“I think Wilnis is a great guy to go up against. If Levin couldn’t knock him out but I can knock him out, dominate him the way Levin did, I think that speaks volumes for a match between me and Levin. I want to be the champ, that’s no secret."
Wayne Barrett speaks about his matchup at #GLORY18 on November 7th - how do you like his chances in Oklahoma City? Get your tickets HERE: http://goo.gl/caEBWx
Wayne Barrett's stock has risen quickly since he turned professional and started fighting for GLORY Sports International. He'll be looking to back up his talk and get back in the win column when he faces Dutch kickboxer Jason Wilnis on #Glory18 on November 7th in Oklahoma.
Listen to his latest interview where Wayne Barrett speaks his thoughts on his upcoming matchup, past fights against Joe Schilling, overcoming his recent loss and much more!
Do you think he'll rep America and beat the Dutch fighter Wilnis?
Saulo "Cassius Clay" Cavalari is one of the most spirited, aggressive fighters in the GLORY Light Heavyweight division. He comes from one of Brazil's roughest neighborhoods, and he says that his difficult past and the people of the slums are what keeps him motivated. Saulo fights at GLORY 18 in the one-night, four-man Light Heavyweight Contender Tournament, and he's ready to bring glory back to Brazil.
THIS FRIDAY October 24th at 11pm, make sure you've got your DVRs set and your calendars marked, we are counting down the Top Twenty KO's in GLORY history! This is pure action you don't want to miss, spread the word and tag a friend!
Can you guess which fighter from Glory 18 will be returning to the Muay Thai Guy Podcast for tomorrow's episode? Can't wait to hear what he has to say about his upcoming bout for GLORY Sports International!
(I'll give you a hint: he's not a big fan of the Dutch style of kickboxing.)
Grande Dido complimenti per la vittoria! Vogliamo vederti al GLORY Sports International,te lo meriti sicuramente x l'impegno e la bravura che hai dimostrato ;-)
"After the first fight when we got to new york for the second fight, [world champion Davit Kiria] also said 'i wasn't experienced that time, i change luck and this time i'm gonna beat him'
but it also didn't work out so i think this time [the outcome] is gonna be the same. " - Robin van Roosmalen, winner of the last 2 fights in this trilogy.
who do you think will win the Lightweight Champion title between Davit Kiria and Robin van Roosmalen?
“I was #1 in this weight category for a long time. Then when Gökhan Saki and Tyrone Spong came down from heavyweight I was pushed down the rankings. But I am the real #1 and I want my place back."
Danyo Ilunga replaces Artem Vakhitov at #GLORY18 in the one-night, four-man LHW contender tournament on November 7th in Oklahoma City: http://www.gloryworldseries.com/en/news/view/647
CLIP OFICIAL Saulo "Cassius Clay" Cavalari - Haullys, Pago pra ver!!!
16/10 - Quinta Patio Varall - Lançamento GP mundial kickboxer GLORY Sports International 18 Oklahoma EUA.
"'Well, yeah… He, 'Zack' is just an African dude living in Africa. We have never heard of him. Never seen him on television in the United States so he can’t be anything frightening.'
I just had to perform how I did for Africa and for the fight fans who believed in me. But I have a lot of respect for Pat Barry – he is a tremendous athlete and has achieved more than I have."
#GLORY18's Zack *The Black WarrioR* Mwekassa speaks to Knucklepit.com about his upcoming tournament prospects in Oklahoma City on November 7th: http://www.gloryworldseries.com/en/news/view/646
You should make a Glory event with Thai-rules. A lot of the fighters you have are actually thai boxers and I think that would be fantastic . Maybe nothing for the rankings since the rules are different but definitely something for all the fans. I would by that PPV for sure! Go glory thai series :D
On our way to train with soon-to-be featherweight GLORY Sports International Champ, Gabriel Varga, in preparation for #GLORY18!
GLORY Sports International 18 Oklahoma City
Headlining GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY is the Lightweight World Title clash between reigning GLORY Lightweight Champion Davit Kiria (22-9-0, 7 KOs) and #2 ranked challenger Robin van Roosmalen (32-6-0, 19 KOs) in the third fight of a trilogy that began in 2011. Van Roosmalen won each of the previous two encounters, with his latest victory coming nearly one year ago at GLORY 12: New York in November of 2013.
In the co-headline bout of the evening, worlds collide as American knockout artist and #2 ranked middleweight Wayne Barrett (5-1-0, 4 KOs) meets Dutch Kickboxing specialist Jason Wilnis (21-4-1, 6 KOs), currently ranked #9.
GLORY's one-night, four-man tournament format returns with power punchers Brian Collette (21-2-0, 18 KOs) and Zack Mwekassa (11-1-0, 10 KOs) squaring off. On the other side of the Light Heavyweight Contender Tournament bracket, rising prospects do battle as Saulo Cavalari (28-2-0, 18 KOs) goes up against Artem Vakhitov (11-4-0, 3 KOs). The winners of each semifinal bout will then face off to earn the right to fight for the GLORY Light Heavyweight World Title at a later date.
The full card for GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY can be found below:
GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY
Tournament Final Bout: Semifinal Bout A Winner vs. Semifinal Bout B Winner
Headline Bout: Davit Kiria vs. Robin van Roosmalen
Co-Headline Bout: Wayne Barrett vs. Jason Wilnis
Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Saulo Cavalari vs. Artem Vakhitov
Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Brian Collette vs. Zack Mwekassa
Part I of #GLORY4 Tokyo is UNLOCKED! This mega-event featured fights from the world's top 16 Heavyweight Strikers who took place in a sixteen-man, one-night tournament back at the end of 2012.
Recent Photo shoot for our new Gold Series with GLORY Sports International World Champ Joseph "Bazooka Joe" Valtellini In the images we have our 10 oz - 14 oz and 16 oz new models, release date is Oct 20 from our Canadian HQ
The #GLORY18 SuperFight Series on November 7th in Oklahoma City will feature two of GLORY's biggest rising stars at Heavyweight, #5 ranked Hesdy Gerges fighting out of Egypt, and #6 ranked Benjamin Adegbuyi fighting out of Romania. This one doesn't look like it's going to go the distance, read about the matchup here: http://goo.gl/seFPjr
Check out Arrow's Season Premier tonight to see someone you might recognize fighting on TV and this time it's not for GLORY Sports International! 😉
Only 30 days until #glory18. Mark your calendars and tune in Nov. 7th which is a Friday evening. Free kickboxing. It doesn't get much better than that.
And hopefully in the next week GLORY Sports International will make announcements for Glory 19.
You have watched me preparing for this fight.. Watch the results on November 7 #glory18 GLORY Sports International
Here is our exclusive interview with Michael 'Venom' Page. We talk about his upcoming fight this weekend, potentially fighting Paul 'semtex' Daley, possibly trying out GLORY Sports International and his crazy striking background. Check it out!!!