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.
December's fight between Michael Duut and Danyo Ilunga has been declared the 2016 GLORY Fight of the Year following an international fan vote.
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Rico Verhoeven is the 2016 GLORY Kickboxing Fighter of the Year. Congratulations to the heavyweight "King of Kickboxing"
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IT'S FIGHT WEEK! We introduce the four fighters who will battle it out at #GLORY38 Chicago for a future opportunity at the GLORY light heavyweight title.
It's official! We return to Copenhagen for #GLORY40 on April 29th featuring Jason Psycho Wilnis vs. Simon The ONE Marcus! Tickets on sale now: http://bit.ly/GLORY40tix
Only 5 days left until Saulo Cavalari returns at #GLORY38 Chicago to challenge Artem Vakhitov for the light-heavyweight title!
We followed Richard Maximus Abraham from before sunrise until after sunset. Watch and follow along a typical day of the full time fighter and father. Buy tickets ➡️➡️ http://bit.ly/GLORY38tix
Who else is excited to see Zack The black Warrior Mwekassa at #GLORY38 Chicago on February 24th?
Artem Vakhitov getting in a quick round on the bag ahead of his light-heavyweight title defense at #GLORY38 Chicago next Friday February 24th!
Guto Inocente replaces Jahfarr Wilnis | The participants for the featherweight contender tournament are announced | Two more bouts added to the SuperFight Series.
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In this video, we talk with Mike Passenier and Murthel Groenhart. They speak on the current landscape of the welterweight division and the historic accomplishment Murthel is striving to achieve.
We are only ONE week away from #GLORY38 Chicago on February 24th! Who can we expect to see there? Tickets 👉🏼 http://bit.ly/GLORY38tix
"It's very important to have fighters who put on a show – and I am one of them!” - Catalin Morosanu
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GLORY Kickboxing with Hayabusa and Simon The ONE Marcus.
Reigning super bantamweight champ Tiffany TimeBomb Van Soest reflects on her lifelong journey as a martial artist and on winning the title.
"It's too soon for Thongchai to fight a guy like me" - Murthel Groenhart
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Step outside the ring and into the life of welterweight fighter Richard Maximus Abraham ahead of his bout at #GLORY38 Chicago on February 24th!
Before we arrive in Chicago for #GLORY38, relive the best moments from #GLORY37 Los Angeles from the pre-fight drama up to fight night and everything in-between.
It will be a clash of styles when Murthel Groenhart puts his Dutch kickboxing to the test against Thongchai Sitsongpeenong and his traditional muay-thai at #GLORY38 Chicago on February 24th!
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GLORY Kickboxing with Saulo Cavalari and 2 others.
Two dangerous fighters will go toe-to-toe when Zack The black Warrior Mwekassa meets Zine Eddine Hameur Lain in the light heavyweight contender tournament at #GLORY38 Chicago on February 24th!
Maurice "The Pirate " Greene welcomes Romanian kickboxing veteran Catalin Morosanu to GLORY on February 24th at #GLORY38 Chicago! One thing is certain someone is going down!