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.
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.”
TOKYO, Japan (Dec. 30, 2012) – All 16 of the superstar heavyweights taking part in the highly-anticipated GLORY 4 Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam, one-night, single-elimination kickboxing tournament hit the scales today, one day before the event at Saitama Super Arena, live on GloryWorldSeries.com (tape delayed broadcast on CBS Sports Network in The U.S.)
The weigh-ins took place at the Sunroute Plaza Hotel in Tokyo. The tournament fighters were joined by the fighters slated for action in the three Superfights that will unfold between each stage of the tournament.
The event represents one-half of a double-header mega-event that will begin with the DREAM 18 Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card and continue with the GLORY 4 Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam event. Both shows are being presented by Glory Sports International, parent company of GLORY, which is committed to continuing the tradition of huge, end-of-year shows in Japan.
“It’s going to be a memorable night with a tremendous amount of world-class action,” said GLORY Chairman Pierre Andurand as he presented the tournament fighters to a packed press conference. “We want to revive large-scale shows in Japan and this is the first step towards achieving that goal.”
HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND SLAM 16-MAN KICKBOXING TOURNAMENT AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA ON NEW YEAR’S EVE.
World No. 1 ranked heavyweight and No. 1 tournament seed Semmy Schilt (39-6, 18 KO’s), who won the GLORY heavyweight title earlier this year, drew Brice Guidon (28-7, 4 KO’s) of France as an opening round opponent. Schilt, an Ashihara Karate black belt, is a notoriously difficult opponent because of his size (2.12 meters/6-foot-11) and his unique style, which explains why only four men have ever beaten him in his entire career.
Guidon’s style is characterized by excellent timing. He is the WPMF European Heavyweight and WPMF World Super-Heavyweight champion and has fought Schilt once before, going the distance with him in Moscow, Russia earlier this year.
No. 2 seed is Gokhan Saki (77-15, 53 KO’s)