LONDON, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GLORY, the world's premier Stand Up Fighting league, has today announced that it will begin a search for the next generation of Martial Arts fighting superstars to compete in its upcoming 'ROAD TO GLORY' fight series.
The ROAD TO GLORY series of events will identify new Martial Arts fight talent from various countries who will compete under GLORY rules, with competitors in six different weight divisions battling each other for a chance to earn a one year GLORY contract and fight in prestigious one-night tournaments with prize money of up to US $600,000.
ROAD TO GLORY will kick off with six events in the U.S. over the first five months of 2013. Each ROAD TO GLORY USA event will be comprised of a one-night, single-elimination, eight-man tournament in one of GLORY's six different weight divisions, with fighters who hail from The U.S., and possibly Mexico, Canada and Brazil. The total prize money for each of these ROAD TO GLORY USA tournaments will be US$ 34,000, with the winner taking home US $20,000.
The champion of each ROAD TO GLORY tournament will also be offered a one-year contract to fight in GLORY, the world's biggest Stand Up Fighting stage that is home to the best martial arts fighters on the planet.
Fighters between the ages of 19 and 28 who wish to be considered for a place in the ROAD TO GLORY fight series must email their bios (**Bios must include height, fighting weight, date of birth, city and state or province where fighting out of, gym affiliation, complete professional fighting record (if applicable), complete amateur fighting record (if applicable) and a video file or link to an online video containing fight footage from one or more previous bouts, to GLORY Ambassador and fighter relations executive Cor Hemmers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Every fighter dreams of being a champion and ROAD TO GLORY is the first step on that path," says 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).
The dates and locations of the ROAD TO GLORY events will be announced shortly. Visit www.gloryworldseries.com for more information.
The GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world's premier kickboxing, or 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.
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