…to say, sorry fight fans.
This is the time when I would usually be covering a weigh-in event for the UFC — and waxing poetic on half-naked grown men and women taking turns walking on and off a scale.
Or, that time when I talk up the latest offering from the “new-look” Bellator MMA and hope a few eyeballs make their way to Scott Coker’s increasingly entertaining product.
Or even a time to talk overseas MMA scene — with offerings from Shooto or the newly dubbed ONE. (Yep, the Singapore based MMA promotion ONE dropped the FC, in case you missed it.)
But no — there’s no mainstream MMA this weekend.
And, guess what? That’s a good thing.
You have no excuse to miss GLORY 19 tonight, which features a pairing of two of the world’s top heavyweights in a main event, and a good-looking welterweight tournament backing it up.
25 year old young gun Rico Verhoeven boasts a 44-9-1 record, earning “The Prince of Kickboxing” the ranking of #1 heavyweight in the world. Tonight, he’s up against a man who knocked him out back in 2012 for “It’s Showtime!”, Errol “Bonecrusher” Zimmerman (79-19-1).
Check that brawl out here:
Verhoeven won their rematch at GLORY 9 in 2013, imposing his technical, long-range game.
The welterweight tournament features names like Nieky Holzken and Raymond Daniels. Holzken may be the tournament top dog, having won 11 of his last 12, including kickboxing’s consensus 2013 “Fight of the Year” against Joseph Valtellini at GLORY 13. Tae Kwon Do stylist Daniels may be kickboxing’s greatest “human highlight reel.”
I say it over and over — but GLORY has the most consistently entertaining broadcasts in combative sports. If you haven’t had a chance to experience them before, now’s the time.