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Glory World Series 2012
Golden Glory partners with the GFL Combat Sports Network to present a huge kickboxing event on March 23 in Moscow, Russia dubbed "Glory World Series" featuring several world champions in action to a worldwide audience. The 11-bout card is highlighted by one of the most decorated Dutch kickboxers in the world and also features a card with a former UFC Heavyweight Champion in action.
In the main event, 4-time K-1 Champion, Dutchman, Semmy "Hightower" Schilt (37-6-1) faces Frenchman Brice "Nectar" Guidon (28-6) in what is sure to be a bone crunching match. Schilt took off 2011 but now looks to restart his career against Guidon who is looking to make a name for himself at Schilt's expense. Schilt will look to use his 6'11" frame to keep the smaller 6'5" Guidon at bay. Schilt is a master at mixing up kicks and keeping his opponent off balance throughout the fight. And at 290+ lb, Schilt has the power to KO anybody with one strike. Guidon will have to find a way to get inside Schilt's reach advantage and land hard shots to Schilt's mid-section and legs to try to wear out the giant. Guidon should have an advantage in cardio conditioning and he will need to get the bigman to follow him around the ring and exert energy. This is a world class kickboxing match of two of the best fighters on the planet. The winner can easily claim they are at the top of the food chain in the heavyweight division.
In other action, Dutch transplant and Golden Glory team member Errol Zimmerman (75-16-1-1) battles Frenchman Jerome "Geronimo" Le Banner (73-20-1-1). Zimmerman is on a 7-fight win streak (6 by KO) and is the future of kickboxing. Le Banner is the aging warrior who is looking for one last hooray. The former K-1 World Champion, Le Banner is on a 3-fight win streak of his own and is not going to be used as anybody's stepping stone, so expect the veteran to come out guns blazing and test the upstart Zimmerman early. This could very well be a passing of the torch match, and if it's not, then it will prove Le Banner still has a lot to offer the sport.
In other action, Sergei Kharitonov battles Mark Miller. Kharitonov is best known for his MMA matches in PRIDE and Strikeforce, but the Russian has always been a great kickboxer and has aligned himself with Golden Glory since 2007. With a record of (18-5-1) in MMA but only (2-2), Kharitonov is still a newcomer in the sport of kickboxing. His opponent, American, Mark Miller is (14-6-2) in kickboxing and just recently became a member of Golden Glory after coming back from heart surgery in which his heart was only producing 15% output along with being enlarged. Miller battled back from that and will look to use his same determination as he takes on the always durable Russian.
Also in action, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Ricco "Suave" Rodriguez takes on Denis "The Menace" Stojnic. Rodriguez is known for having a great ground game in MMA but all of those tools will be taken away as he battles Stojnic in a straight up kickboxing match. It will be interesting how the former Champ fares in this combat sport where the rules do not favor all of his skillset.
"Glory World Series" is quite simply the most stacked kickboxing card of 2012. It is loaded with several World Champions competing against one another and features two legends of K-1. If you are a fan of kickboxing, don't miss this Dutch-inspired event as you won't find better striking on the planet. Order this event now on GFL.tv.