This weekend (Fri., Aug. 7, 2015) marks another one-night, four-man Middleweight tournament for the foremost kickboxing league on the planet, GLORY.
And you know what that means, right? It gives us another incredible opportunity to giveaway really cool shit just because, well, we're cool as shit.
GLORY 23, which takes place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, airing live on Spike TV at 11 p.m. ET, will also feature welterweight phenom Nieky Holzken (86-11, 45 KO).
"The Natural" -- undefeated under the GLORY banner and riding an eight-fight win streak in the organization -- will compete for kickboxing's most prestigious title in the main event against human highlight reel Raymond "The Real Deal" Daniels (27-2, 17 KO) in a rematch of their exciting battle at GLORY 19.
So here is what we're thinking ...
GLORY told us they want to outfit one lucky — and prediction-accurate — MMAmania.com reader with soon-to-be-released Glory/Hayabusa gloves signed by both Nieky and Ray (they are so new and fresh that we don't even have a picture of them yet!). In fact, the Hayabusa World Class Competition Glove is the official glove of GLORY kickboxing beginning with GLORY 23. And if recent history is any indication, GLORY will also toss in a little extra swag because, well, the organization is cool like that.
All you have to do is make THREE correct selections in the comments section below. One entry per user name ... so make it count!
Here are the key players/match ups:
- Welterweight Title Headline Bout Winner: Nieky Holzken vs. Raymond Daniels
- Middleweight Tournament Final Winner: Dustin "The Hayak" Jacoby (4-6, 3 KO), Ariel "Smash" Sepulveda (4-1, 1 KO), Casey "Go" Greene (2-4, 1 KO) and Quinton O'Brien (2-0)
- Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout Winner: Xavier Vigney vs. Daniel Sam
Please include round, method and time of main event match between Nieky Holzken vs. Raymond Daniels for tie-breaking purposes (i.e. Daniels in round three via technical knockout at 3:37.)
Just to be way too clear, here is an EXAMPLE of what your predictions should look like in the comments section below:
-- Daniels (round three technical knockout at 3:37)\
Super, super simple.
There is no reason to not give it a shot. It will make the Spike TV special that much more exciting this Friday night. It's not like you've got better things to do. Become an MMAmania.com legend, and the reigning GLORY poster boy, one small contest at a time.
Key GLORY 23 story lines to help you predict these future fight outcomes:
- The obvious: Nieky Holzken and Raymond Daniels are incredible, exciting kickboxers and about to go to war in the main event. The fight is a rematch from GLORY 19 in February (and you can see it here). Holzken, considered by many the top kickboxer in his weight class -- if not the world -- won the first go-round. Can Raymond Daniels pull the upset and get revenge? Daniels is capable of this.
- Former football player, current GLORY heavyweight Xavier Vigney has been very impressive since debuting for the organization. He's knocked out all four opponents he's faced -- most recently, Chi-Lewis Parry and Maurice Jackson in the same night at GLORY 21 in San Diego. His opponent in the co-main event, Daniel Sam, is a veteran having faced some of the top names in the sport. This is a step up for Vigney. Is he ready for it?
- GLORY is known for its one-night, four-man tournaments. This one is an All-American Middleweight Qualification Tournament, meaning the winner enters another tournament later this year. Win 'em both and fight for the strap. We know the book on former UFC fighter turned GLORY kickboxer Dustin Jacoby. He's tough, but that hasn't been enough so far against the world's elite kickboxers in GLORY. The other competitors in this tournament will not have the experience that he's gained by being thrown into the fire though, so maybe he can recapture the promise that he showed during the Road to GLORY in 2013. Casey Greene looked downright decent against Mike Lemaire on short notice at GLORY 21. Could be an interesting prospect.
- The unknowns: Ariel Sepulveda's got an MMA record (albeit not a great one), but now makes his forays into Muay Thai and kickboxing. That has not gone well for Americans so far, so how will he do in this tournament against his fellow countrymen? Quinton O'Brien has a base in Muay Thai and is considered a tight, technical fighter. The person to ask about him might be GLORY fighter Wayne Barrett, who beat him back in 2012 on the amateur scene. O'Brien's undefeated as a professional.