Vale Tudo Japan, 1999, Yuki Nakai fights through to the final, smaller than the competition and blinded (for life) in one eye from an eye gouge in the first match.
Long time favourite with the fans, Peter Aerts, put on a crowd pleaser of a performance against up-and-coming Jamal Ben Saddik.
Here are the highlights. Go to Glory World Series for the full fight and/or full event.
A stormy looking card for 2013′s UFC in Japan. Sunday, March 3rd – a Wandy versus Stann headliner might not be to the taste of many North American UFC fans, but the Japanese fans have a strong sense of nostalgia, and it will be very natuskashii to have the knuckle-twirling Silva back in the Saitama Super Arena.
Yushin Okami will face Hector Lombard, Taknori Gomi to fight Diego Sanchez, Riki Fukuda against Brad Tavares. Takeya Mizugaki and Mizuto Hirota will also be highly anticipated by the native crowd.
After four fights in one night, two of which ended with him knocking out his opponent, Semmy Schilt emerged as the winner of the GLORY Heavyweight Grand Slam, laying claim to the $400,000 grand prize and underlining his position as the world’s number one heavyweight kickboxer.
Sixteen fighters fought it out in the ground-breaking one-night single-elimination tournament, with a ‘Best of Three’ rule in operation for the first three stages. The rule, designed to eliminate needless injuries, meant that any fighter who won the first two rounds of a bout would advance to the next stage without the need for the third round to be fought.
The field consisted of household names and rising stars, with the likes of Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt and Remy Bonjasky lining up alongside Gokhan Saki, Jamal Ben Saddik and Daniel Ghita. Playing out over fifteen fights, the tournament saw eight bouts end with a stoppage of some kind, making for a knockout percentage of just under 55%.
“I’ve won many tournaments but this is the best ever,” Schilt said afterwards. “It was a hard tournament with some very good fighters and some very hard fights, for me and for everyone else. But all the struggle is worth it to win a competition like this. GLORY is home to the best fighters in the world and I am very proud to be the winner of the first-ever Grand Slam tournament.” Continue reading
TOKYO, Japan (Dec. 30, 2012) – Shinya Aoki (31-6) and Antonio McKee (28-4-2) both made weight on the first attempt at today’s official weigh-ins at the Sunroute Plaza Hotel in Tokyo, Japan for the DREAM 18 portion of the New Year’s Eve historic double-header mega-fight card at Saitama Super Arena, live on GloryWorldSeries.com (tape delayed broadcast on CBS Sports Network in The U.S.).
Aoki was exactly on the 154 pound/70 kilogram weight limit for his fight with UFC veteran McKee, who then hit the scales at 153 pounds/69.5 kilograms. Their fight, which headlines the New Year’s Eve event, has been nearly two years in the making.
Of the other 14 fighters on the DREAM 18 card, all except Denis Kang (35-15-2, 2 NC) and Will Brooks (7-0) made weight on the first attempt.
Kang was 1.32 pounds/600 grams overweight when he first stood on the scales. He hit the sauna for an hour and made weight on his second attempt, touching down at 185 pounds/84 kilograms for his middleweight fight with Melvin Manhoef (26-9-1, 1 NC).
Brooks was 1.2 kilos overweight for his 154/pound/70 kilogram meeting with Japan’s Satoru Kitoaka (30-11-9). He was given two hours to lose the excess, but returned to the scales after one hour to make a second attempt. He was still .5 overweight and was given another hour to hit 70 kilograms, which he managed on the third and final try.
Complete DREAM 18 Weigh-In Results: Continue reading