There's nothing in sports quite as thrilling as a knockout and nobody does them better than the fighters on the GLORY Kickboxing roster. Whatever their weight class, whatever their martial arts style, GLORY fighters get in the ring looking to prove they are the best of the best by stopping whoever is put in front of them.
As usual it has been difficult to narrow down all the contenders to a final shortlist of four, but the quarter below really stand out. Which of them do you think was the best knockoutof 2016?
Guto Inocente vs. Demoreo Dennis, GLORY 27 CHICAGO
Inocente comes from Brazil and has a background, originally, in karate. That gives him an unusual style relative to most kickboxers. His game is kick-based and features a lot of unorthodox kicking techniques.
Dennis found that out the hard way when he was hit with a spinning hook kick out of nowhere and knocked out just forty seconds into their fight in Chicago earlier this year.
Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Warren Thompson, GLORY 32 VIRGINIA
Hameur-Lain was one of four fighters taking part in the Light-Heavyweight Contender Tournament at GLORY 32 VIRGINIA. The tournament was beset with pullouts and Hameur-Lain was left without an opponent at the start of fight week.
GLORY veteran Thompson stepped up and took a crack at it but the gamble backfired as Hameur-Lain knocked him out in the first round with a huge right cross which had Thompson asleep before he hit the canvas. Hameur-Lain went on to win the tournament.
Jason Wilnis vs. Simon Marcus, GLORY 33 NEW JERSEY
Jason 'Psycho' Wilnis spent 2016 climbing the rankings, resulting in a title shot against Simon Marcus of Canada. The two had met once before, Marcus taking a decision win over Wilnis in the final of the GLORY 20 DUBAI Middleweight Contender Tournament.
This time, things would be different. Wilnis had studied Marcus and had the right gameplan in place. Marcus repeatedly found himself walking onto big shots from Wilnis. As his frustration grew he abandoned finesse in favor of pure aggression, but that played into Winis hands.
Marcus kept surging forwards and Wilnis kept dropping him, ending the fight under the multiple knockdown rule and sending the championship belt home to the Netherlands with Wilnis.
The #GLORY37 weighs ins took place this afternoon in downtown #LosAngeles, and most fighters made weight. Unfortunately, Robin van Roosmalen missed weight and was forced to vacate the title. If Matt "Matics" Embree wins, he will become champion. If Robin wins, he will be the #1 contender in the featherweight division.
Join the GLORY women's super bantamweight champ Tiffany TimeBomb Van Soest for a night of #KICKBOXING tomorrow night at #GLORY37 Los Angeles, buy your tickets at www.bit.ly/GLORY37tix
GLORY Kickboxing was live.
Get your questions ready for Canadian featherweight phenom Matt "Matics" Embree and join us at 9pm ET / 6pm PT for an exclusive live streamed Q&A with the title challenger ahead #GLORY37 this Friday night.
Go behind the scenes during fight week with the #GLORY37 athletes ahead of Friday night’s show at The Novo DTLA - this is “Inside GLORY 37, episode 1"
TODAY, make sure you're tuned into the Joe Rogan Experience to catch our very own Joseph "Bazooka Joe" Valtellini talking all things #Kickboxing and #GLORY37 ahead of this Friday's fights! Get your tickets to the show at The Novo DTLA from www.bit.ly/GLORY37tix
It's officially #GLORY37 FIGHT WEEK! Preview the action happening this Friday night in #LosAngeles with "The GLORY Kickboxing Podcast, ep. 5," and subsribe to the podcast on iTunes at https://itun.es/us/_GPahb.c
Can't make it to the arena live this Friday? We have you covered. The #GLORY37 SuperFight Series begins at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT on #UFCFightPass, followed by GLORY 37 Los Angeles at 1am ET / 10pm PT on ESPN3!
GLORY Kickboxing shared The University of MMA's video.
It's hard to believe #GLORYCollision was already a month ago - but we're back in action with TWO world titles on the line at #GLORY37 Los Angeles, next Friday at The Novo DTLA: www.bit.ly/GLORY37tix
GLORY Kickboxing shared Engage's video.
Go inside the ring with featherweight title challenger Matt "Matics" Embree and Joseph "Bazooka Joe" Valtellini, and get a look at Embree's brilliant strategic mind leading into #GLORY37 next Friday, January 20th, at The Novo DTLA. Buy tickets at www.bit.ly/GLORY37tix
VOTE NOW for your "Fight of the Year" pick from 2016! Vote in the comments using the following choices:
A. Jason Wilnis vs. Filip Verlinden at GLORY 28
B. Nieky Holzken vs. Yoann Kongolo at GLORY 29
C. Michael Duut vs. Danyo Ilunga at GLORY Collision
D. Sittichai vs. Marat Grigorian at GLORY 28
VOTE NOW in the comments for your choice of "Knockout of the Year" in 2016! Choose from the following:
"A" for Guto Inocente vs. Demoreo Dennis at GLORY 27
"B" for Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Warren Thompson at GLORY 32
"C" for Jason Wilnis vs. Simon Marcus at GLORY 33
"D" for Marat Grigorian vs. Djime Coulibaly at GLORY 30
Relive #GLORY36 Germany and get excited for #GLORY37 on January 20th in Los Angeles!
Less than two weeks until #GLORY37 Los Angeles, who's with featherweight champ Robin van Roosmalen on 1/20? Tickets: www.bit.ly/GLORY37tix
Join us in welcoming Victor Leo Pinto - ลีโอ ปินโต to the featherweight ranks of GLORY, making his debut at #GLORY37 in TWO WEEKS versus the formidable GIGA CHIKADZE.
“I cant wait to prove it. I hope [Matt "Matics" Embree] wins against van Roosmalen, and after my nice KO win over Pinto, GLORY will give me an opportunity to fight Embree for the title.”
GIGA CHIKADZE talks about his upcoming fight at #GLORY37 Los Angeles versus Victor Leo Pinto - ลีโอ ปินโต.
The latest EXCLUSIVE interview with Badr Hari is up on BloodyElbow.com via John Joe O'Regan, check out the first official interview from Badr following #GLORYCollision.
Just moments before Jason Wilnis made the walk into the ring and captured the middleweight title. He defends that belt against Israel Adesanya on January 20th at #GLORY37 Los Angeles! Tickets: bit.ly/GLORY37tix
Happy New Year to our fans all around the world! 2017 will be GLORY's biggest year yet and we can't wait to announce what we have planned. What's you dream #Kickboxing matchup of the new year?
Free Fight Friday is here! All #GLORY34 Denver fights are now unlocked on our YouTube Channel, including Israel Adesanya's road to a GLORY middleweight title shot, coming up on 1/20 in #LosAngeles at #GLORY37. Videos unlocked at: http://bit.ly/GLORY34UNLOCKED
Chi Lewis-Parry steps back into the office on February 24th at #GLORY38 Chicago. Who's joining us for this stacked card at the Sears Centre Arena? Tickets from http://bit.ly/GLORY38tix