Glory Sports International, the parent company of GLORY World Series, is dedicated to placing world championship level kickboxing, or martial arts stand-up fighting, on a major platform before a global audience, and to producing matchups between the top fighters on the planet.
GLORY World Series is where martial arts athletes, highly skilled in a wide array of combat disciplines, including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, Karate, Kung-Fu, Tae Kwon Do and Capoeira, converge under one set of rules to determine who reigns supreme in the ring.
The world's premier kickboxing league, GLORY World Series maintains six different weight classes and utilizes a year-long tournament format series, comprised of both 8-man 'Slam' and 16-man 'Grand Slam,' one-night, single-elimination tournaments that test the physical and mental fortitude of their competitors. The fight series also includes events consisting of traditional, single bouts featuring superstars and emerging talent.
GLORY World Series rules permit the use of punches, kicks and knee strikes. Fighters are ranked according to a thorough point-system maintained by the GLORY World Federation that awards points to fighters based on their performances in tournaments and in single bouts.
With live events throughout Europe as well as in the U.S. and Asia; television deals spanning every continent; online live video streaming of all shows; and the world's largest online martial arts library, GLORY World Series is one of the world's most widely distributed sporting organizations.
In 2011, multi-award winning hedge fund investor and martial arts enthusiast Pierre Andurand along with well-known media investor and asset manager Scott Rudmann and Marcus Luer, CEO of sports marketing agency Total Sports Asia (TSA), became the catalysts for the formation of Glory Sports International after banning together with the goal of bringing the sport of kickboxing, or martial arts stand-up fighting, to unprecedented, new heights.
The ambitious trio recruited a team of highly-accomplished figures from the martial arts fight world to recruit the world's top fight talent and operate GLORY World Series as a major combative sports franchise.
Just five months after launching its live event series in Stockholm, Sweden on May 26, 2012, Glory Sports International sent its first shockwave through the fight world by acquiring rival European kickboxing league 'It's Showtime,' a move that effectively bolstered its talent roster and placed nearly all of the world's best kickboxers under one promotional umbrella. The transaction effectively made possible nearly any matchup between top superstars of the sport.
Under the direction of recently appointed CEO Jon Franklin, Glory Sports International operates offices in the UK, Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore and the US. Its personnel has grown to include an unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television and martial arts fighting.