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.”
With a new set of financial backing, DREAM is back this December 30 with ten MMA and three kickboxing match ups at the famous Saitama Super Arena.
Hiroyuki Takaya, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Satoru Kitaoka were the only three fighters present at the press conference earlier this week but we can expect other great fighters in the final line up.