Tomorrow night is looking like a very good night for fight fans.
But… only if you’re willing to look for it.
Why do I say that?
Because, I know most of you are UFC fans. And why not? It’s the biggest and brightest MMA show on the planet. But it’s not the only game in town… and unfortunately they’ve got the weekend off.
I know tomorrow night is a big night for those of you who love boxing. (Hey, me too!) The biggest star in the sport is Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who will defend his undefeated record and, less importantly, his WBC welterweight title against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.
But I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed with that one. I wanted Mayweather to fight Amir Khan, who will instead fight the resurgent Luis Collazo on tomorrow’s undercard. Neither fight is as promising. Maybe worth a PPV buy… but maybe not.
So, my pick for fight fans is tomorrow night’s GLORY 16 kickboxing show, to be televised from Broomfield, Colorado on SPIKE TV at 10 PM EST/PST.
This show marks GLORY’s return to the US after several great shows in Europe, which included several familiar faces for MMA fans. GLORY 14 featured two big names in Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs Remy Bonjasky. (Some of you may have heard that Paul Daley has also returned to his first love of kickboxing as well — maybe we’ll see him in GLORY in the future.)
Tomorrow, GLORY 16 will feature the debut of Pat Barry, well known for his exciting MMA bouts in recent years. Barry followed up a successful kickboxing career with a memorable MMA run, where he accounted for two “Fight of the Night” and two “Knockout of the Night” honors in seven UFC appearances. His aggressive, hard-punching style meant he never was out of a bout — recording come-from-behind wins against the likes of Antoni Hardonk.
But then, it also meant he never seemed in full total control of a bout. Barry was knocked out by Cheick Kongo shortly after nearly scoring his own knockout, and famously was finished by Filipovic after knocking the legend down in a dominant first round.
Win or lose, he’s always exciting. That’s why he’s finding a home with GLORY, and that’s why you should watch tomorrow.
Barry’s bout is a reserve bout for a one night heavyweight tournament, where he faces South African Zack Mwekassa.
Among the tournament’s entrants is former PRIDE MMA standout Sergei Kharitonov, who has suddenly made his presence felt in kickboxing with an upset win over Jerome Le Banner last year.
A bout for GLORY welterweight title is also on the card, with Marc de Bonte (92-9-1) challenging champion Karapet Karapetyan (54-9-2).
GLORY has had the most consistently entertaining shows of any combative sport promotion in the last year or so. It’s an easy recommend to check out. You just have to look beyond the surface a little.