There’s a lot to keep track of in the fight game(s) these days — so a perfectly good show, like tonight’s Glory 23 event in Las Vegas, may or may not have been on your radar.
Well, get on it. It’s going to be good.
It’s the return of what I call the most consistently entertaining promotion in fight sports — and they’re holding their first event ever in the fight capital of the world.
The main event, Nieky Holzken vs. Raymond Daniels, will crown a new Glory welterweight champion. It’s also a rematch of one of most memorable bouts of the year.
Holzken is the (arguably) kickboxing’s top fighter at 170 lbs. His classic Dutch Muay Thai style, featuring punishing hand combinations to the head and body, has earned him seven straight wins, including a TKO of former Glory welterweight champion Joseph Valtellini.
California’s Daniels is a flashy American kempo stylist, whose arsenal of spin heel kicks has made him one of Glory’s top attractions. Daniels was previously a champion in karate competition and in Chuck Norris’ World Combat League.
Holzken and Daniels met back in May, in the finals of a Glory welterweight contender tournament, with Daniels winning a third round TKO.
Here’s a video, courtesy of Glory:
Daniels asserts that he had tired out by the time he got in the ring with Holzken, and has been petitioning for a rematch ever since. Now, with former champ Joseph Valtellini on the shelf with medical issues and his title vacated, Daniels has his chance for redemption — and it’s a title bout to boot, in his home country of the USA.
Here’s a pair of promotional vids for both fighters.
Glory 23 airs tonight on Spike TV in the US at 11 pm ET.