NEW YORK, NY (Dec. 13, 2012) - GLORY, the world’s premier martial arts stand-up fighting league, today launched an official online application form (http://www.gloryworldseries.com/en/apply) for fighters aspiring to compete in the upcoming ROAD TO GLORY USA live event series that will seek out America’s next great martial arts fighting superstars.
ROAD TO GLORY USA will kick off with six events in the U.S. over the first five months of 2013. Each ROAD TO GLORY USA event will be comprised of a one-night, single-elimination, eight-man tournament in one of GLORY’s six different weight divisions, with fighters who hail from The U.S., and possibly Mexico, Canada and Brazil. The total prize money awarded at each ROAD TO GLORY USA tournament will be U.S. $ 34,000, with the winner taking home U.S. $20,000.
The winner of each tournament will also be awarded a one-year GLORY contract that will place him on the world’s biggest martial arts stand up fighting stage, in prestigious one-night tournaments with prize money of up to U.S. $600,000.
GLORY Ambassador Cor Hemmers and members of GLORY’s management team will evaluate each fighter application submitted online and select those fighters whom they feel are most qualified to compete in the ROAD TO GLORY USA fight series.
“Every fighter dreams of being a champion and ROAD TO GLORY is the first step on that path,” said Hemmers, a renowned trainer of numerous world champions, including the legendary Ramon Dekkers and Alistair Overeem.
“GLORY fighters are, without a doubt, the best stand-up fighters in the world, with striking abilities that are unrivalled in any other combative sport. But, ROAD TO GLORY is not open only to athletes from kickboxing or Muay Thai backgrounds. Competitors from boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Karate, Taekwondo, Capoeira, and Kung-Fu backgrounds are also encouraged to participate. This series is open to any athlete who believes in himself and is confident he has what it takes to succeed in GLORY,” Hemmers said.
GLORY’s six weight classes are as follows: flyweight (143 pounds), lightweight (154 pounds), welterweight (170 pounds), middleweight (187 pounds), light heavyweight (209 pounds), heavyweight (above 209 pounds).
GLORY is home to many of the best martial arts fighters on the planet, including world No. 1 ranked heavyweight Semmy Schilt and world No. 1 ranked lightweight Giorgio Petrosyan, who recently captured a Grand Prize of $300,000 after winning the GLORY 3 Rome ‘Final 8’ tournament championship in Rome, Italy on Nov. 3. Other GLORY superstars include Tyrone Spong, Daniel Ghita, Gokhan Saki, Robin van Roosmalen, Albert Kraus and all-time greats Remy Bonjasky and Peter Aerts.
Visit www.gloryworldseries.com for more information.
The GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier martial arts stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to the winners of 16-man ‘Grand Prix’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each weight class. The fight series also includes 8-man tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.
With television deals spanning every continent, plus a groundbreaking online video streaming system and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organizations.
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in Holland, the UK, Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel includes a diverse mix of award-winning hedge-fund and private equity investors; principals from pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia; and senior level executives from several leading sports franchises, including WWE, FIFA, Golden Glory, Champions League and It’s Showtime.