GLORY fighters went to war in 2017. It was one of the most action-packed seasons we’ve ever had, with one amazing fight after another. Making a shortlist was difficult, but the final four nominees particularly stood out.
Competition was close between all four nominated fights and any one of them would have been a worthy winner. But there can only be one, and that honor goes to Chenglong Zhang and Masaya Kubo.
The two featherweights put on an astonishing display in the final of the GLORY 46 GUANGZHOU Featherweight Qualification Tournament, fighting at light-speed for all three rounds despite having already competed in semi-final bouts earlier in the evening.
The other nominees:
At GLORY 44 CHICAGO, Harut Grigorian and Karim Benmansour met in the semi-finals of the Welterweight Contender Tournament and threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other before Grigorian came away with the win.
Zakaria Zougarry and Yetkin Ozkul made their debuts at GLORY 41 HOLLAND and put on one of the most memorable displays of the year. It was a masterclass performance from both fighters, with Zougarry coming away with the decision win.
And finally, in December, the two biggest fighters on the roster met in the biggest fight of the year. Rico Verhoven and Jamal Ben Saddik staged a thriller at GLORY REDEMPTION, Verhoeven surviving a knockdown before coming back to stop Ben Saddik in the final minute of the fight.
The world's premier kickboxing league, GLORY World Series maintains six different weight classes. Fights take place both as single matches between two fighters known as 'superfights') and as part of tournaments.
Four-man tournaments are the standard, with eight-man tournaments also staged on occasion. The tournaments take one of two forms: either they are World Championship Tournaments, with the division's world title on the line, or they are 'Contender' tournaments, with the winner earning a spot in the next upcoming World Championship Tournaments.
All Glory World Series matches and events are organized under the auspices of and with the consent of the Glory Sports International and are subjects to the GLORY World Series regulations.
1.1.2 Match license
To organize matches and events under the auspices of GSI, the written permission of the management og GSI is required, known as the match license.