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Glory 19 Heads To Virginia Tonight

Tonight Glory has its 19th event featuring a Heavyweight World Title fight and a Welterweight Contender Tournament live from the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.

Tonight Glory has its 19th event featuring a Heavyweight World Title fight and a Welterweight Contender Tournament live from the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.

The main event features Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven (44-9-0, 10 KOs) defending his title against Errol The Bonecrusher Zimmerman (103-11-1, 44 KOs) in a trilogy that spans 3 years.

The first time the two met was in January 2012 for the Its Showtime 2012 Leeuwarden promotion. Zimmerman knocked out Verhoeven with a left uppercut in 59 seconds of the first round. Their second meeting yielded a unanimous decision for Verhoeven at Glory 9: New York making way for the rubber match against a newly crowned Heavyweight Champion in Verhoeven.

The co-main event features an explosive clash with two top-10 kick boxers, as #1 ranked middleweight Joe Stitch Em Up Schilling (18-6-0, 11 KOs) takes on 21-year-old Canadian prodigy and #9 ranked Robert White Dragon Thomas (7-2-0, 5 KOs). Schilling is rebounding from his loss to Artem Levin at Glory 17: Los Angeles for the Last Man Standing Tournament Final Championship and Glory Middleweight Championship.


In addition there is a Welterweight Contender Tournament featuring Nieky The Natural Holzken (84-11-0, 44 KOs) who returns to Glory as a participant in the one-night, four man tournament. Initially, Holzken was slated to face Murthel Groenhart however he now faces Russian striker, Aleksandr Stetcurenko (49-8-0, 24 KOs) in the tournaments first semi-final match-up.


The second tournament semi-final match-up has American karate word champion and #7 ranked Raymond The Real Deal Daniels (25-1-0, 15 KOs) against #6 ranked Brazilian prospect Jonathan Oliveira (20-3-0, 11 KOs).

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The winners of each semifinal bout will then face off, fighting for the second and final time that evening, to earn the right to compete against reigning GLORY Welterweight World Champion “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini at a later date.

Glory 19 comes at a time when MMA and boxing are red-hot and kickboxing needs to define its place among its sporting cousins. We discussed the history of kickboxing in our two-part series where its origins in Japan and exportation into the U.S. paved the way for the Glory event tonight on Spike TV.


Make sure you check out the event tonight to see what the hype is all about!

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. Having been involved with combat sports since 2005, Rhett began in the Fighter Relations Department of the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting. Eventually, he became the Site Coordinator for the now-defunct Strikeforce organization. He then founded Fight Services and handled the event and talent logistics for MMA World Series of Fighting, Titan FC, as well as boxing promoter K2 Promotions. Rhett was also a Stage Manager for Showtime Championship Boxing. Currently, Rhett is the lead combat sports and bodybuilding writer, producer, podcaster, and host for The Shadow League. He has also been published in Money Magazine, reported for TIME Magazine and been a freelance writer for UFC.com, MaximumFighting.com, UFC 360 Magazine, Fight Magazine, MMAPayout.com, and Heavy.com. Rhett has hosted lifestyle TV programming in the Washington, D.C. market on the District of Columbia Network (DCN) and the District Knowledge Network (DKN) and has been a Play-By-Play Announcer for Monumental Sports Network’s PPV streaming service.