Glory World Series Expands Into the U.S. in 2013, Continued Plans to Revive Fight Scene in Japan


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Marcus Luer - Glory Sports InternationalThe tradition of huge shows in Japan on New Year’s Eve goes back many years, but with the mixed martial arts and fight scene in general in the country failing over the last several months, many wondered if 2012 would be the first year no major show would close out 2013.

Thanks to Glory World Series and a partnership with DREAM, the New Year’s Eve show was saved, and later tonight a double card featuring several MMA bouts as well as a 16-man heavyweight kickboxing tournament will cap off 2013 in Japan.

Glory World Series Managing Director Marcus Luer was one of major players pushing for the New Year’s Eve date in Japan after watching Pride Fighting Championships and K-1 close out the year so many times in the past.

Now Luer and his Glory World Series team are looking at Japan and the United States as the two major markets his promotion wants to conquer in the coming year. The kickoff begins tonight in Japan, and continues on Monday and Tuesday in the United States as the show broadcasts on the CBS Sports Network.

The chance to go to Japan on New Year’s Eve was a no brainer for Leur, but this isn’t a one time ploy to jump and cash in on an age old product. This is a building block for the future, and hopefully the start of something big in Japan.

“Japan was a huge market and we believe with what we are doing we can revive it,” Luer told MMAWeekly.com from Japan. “If you look at our calendar for next year we’re looking at 3 events in Japan, and 3 events in the U.S. Another 4 in Europe, it’s a good even mix between the different parts of the world.

“We believe we are a worldwide company, but we will have a strong emphasis on core markets and that is U.S., Japan, and the big New Year’s Eve card is something we want to do every year.”

Coming to the United States is the next plan for Glory, who kick off the year in February with their new Road to Glory series for young, up and coming kickboxers in the States. From there they plan on putting on several shows including some of their biggest kickboxing tournaments that will land on American soil for the first time.

“We are coming to the United States with the Glory product next year, there’s a series of things we’re planning out. So for us this is sort of a kickoff to allow someone to first watch what we’re doing. This is by far the biggest tournament we’re running on a yearly basis, our 16-man heavyweight tournament in Glory is just absolutely off the charts,” said Luer.

“The American market is very important to us. We’ve got 2 or 3 things planned for next year. We have Road to Glory where the plan is to indentify American fighters, these kick off in February, they are not big shows, not high profile as what we’re doing here in Japan. Just a way to run a 8-man tournament in different weight categories. We’re looking to come in with our first full Glory show somewhere in the middle of the year, probably somewhere around May or June. Somewhere in the middle of that is a launch on television again.”

The television deal is a big part of being able to expand in America, and they’ve already nailed down a spot with CBS Sports Network for the New Year’s Eve card in Japan. The final product will be split into two parts with one airing on New Year’s Eve in America, and the second on New Year’s Day.

Luer says he’s been negotiating with CBS Sports Network for some time and believes they could be a long term partner for Glory in the United States.

“We’ve been in discussion with them for a couple of months now really, and I think they felt this was a great opportunity to test it for them. CBS hasn’t done much really in that space with CBS Sports Network, so they were looking at the particular genre, they like the size and scale of this event and the uniqueness that it is, and they had a window that fit their schedule,” said Luer.

Right now the plan is to make the New Year’s Eve show one of the biggest of the year, and then Luer and Glory will begin their expansion into the United States in early 2013, while continuing to breathe life back into the fading fight scene in Japan.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 29 days ago
  • 22 views

World Series of Fighting 11 hits the network TV airwaves for the first time ever. See what's in store for Saturday afternoon's NBC-televised card as we preview a card featuring a lightweight title fight between Justin Gaethje and Nick Newell. This preview is going to take an off-road approach to breaking down tomorrow afternoon's card. Instead, each main card fight will be How much does Jon Fitch have left in the tank? Jon Fitch's days as a top UFC welterweight crashed the moment he was flattene read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 31 views

World Series of Fighting 11 hits the network TV airwaves for the first time ever. See what's in store for Saturday afternoon's NBC-televised card with our official preview. Before UFC 175 takes center stage in this MMA-heavy Independence Day weekend, World Series of Fighting airs live on NBC TV at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT. Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje makes his first title defense against fellow unbeaten prospect Nick Newell, while Jon Fitch meets Dennis Hallman in the co-main event after Fitch ha read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 63 views

World Series of Fighting has their network debut on NBC with a card that features a title fight for its lightweight title. Champion Justin Gaethje puts his title for grabs against Nick Newell while UFC castoff Melvin Guillard make his organizational debut against Gesias Cavalcante. UFC veterans Jon Fitch and Dennis Hallman also do battle in a catchweight fight. Will Newell make history or is Gaethje's roll through the division set to continue? I answer these questions and more with my prediction read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 21 views

World Series of Fighting has announced a bantamweight fight between Bryson Hansen and Matt Sayles as the opening bout of the WSOF 12 main card on Aug. 9 in Las Vegas. read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 80 views

An intriguing lightweight matchup has been added to the UFC’s return to Japan, as Takanori Gomi meets Myles Jury.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 60 views

That rumored Myles Jury vs. Nate Diaz fight won't be going down. But the undefeated lightweight will still tangle with a fighter known for throwing down. The 12-0 Jury will meet former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi on the Sept. 20 UFC Fight Night card in Saitama, Japan. FOXSports.com initially reported the news of the bout on Wednesday night. The San Diego-based Jury is 14-0, with his last five victories coming in the UFC. He has 11 wins via finish, and his last victory was a one-side read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 55 views

A lightweight tilt between Takanori Gomi and Myles Jury has been added to the UFC’s Sept. 20 return to Japan. read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 41 views

One of the sport's brightest prospects takes on one of Japan's most decorated champions. I guess he got tired of waiting for Nate Diaz to answer the phone. Undefeated 155-pound sensation Myles Jury has been paired off against former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi for the UFC Fight Night 52: "Hunt vs. Nelson" mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Fight Pass, which is scheduled for Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Sept. 20, 2014. FOX Sports reported the pending match up on Wednesday read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 32 views

It's a pretty safe bet that someone will get knocked out when Japanese legend Takanori Gomi takes on up-and-coming lightweight Myles Jury this September at Saitama Super Arena outside of Tokyo. The bout was first reported Wednesday night by Damon Martin of FoxSports.com. Gomi, The Fireball Kid, (35-9-1, 4-4 UFC) is a mainstay on UFC Japan cards. Though he is 35 years old and diminishing as a fighter, he still carries major punching power and a dogged drive to win, not to mention a titanic reputa read news >>