Dubai, UAE – GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league is taking the promotion’s non‐stop action to the Middle East. In partnership with EMD Promotions, GLORY 20: DUBAI takes place on Friday, April 3 from the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event will be televised worldwide, including Spike TV in the USA and Dubai Sports TV in the Middle East.
“We pride ourselves on being a global brand.” Said Jon Franklin, CEO of Glory. “This event is a major step in expanding our footprint in the Middle East, a market that continues to grow exponentially in regard to development and consumption of combat sports.”
GLORY 20: DUBAI is headlined by Candian dynamo Gabriel Varga (25-2-0, 8 Kos), who combines kickboxing styles of the East and West, and master technician Mosab “ Jaguar” Amrani (51‐8-4, 15 Kos) of Morocco squaring off for the vacant GLORY Featherweight World Championship, the final unclaimed title across GLORY’s weight classes.
Varga, currently ranked #3, most recently defeated Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai and Shane Oblonsky on his way to victory at GLORY’s one‐night, four-man Featherweight Contender Tournament in June of 2014. Amrani, currently ranked #1, has won 3 of his last 4 bouts in GLORY with the latest coming in December of 2013, a unanimous decision over Yuta Kubo.
In the co‐headline bout, heavy‐handed American Pat “HD” Barry (16‐6-1, 10 KOs) returns to GLORY to take on Tunisian veteran Mourad “The Silent Power” Bouzidi (76-22-2, 34 KOs), who comes back up to the heavyweight division after a stint at light heavyweight.
In the first of two semifinal match-ups that compromise GLORY’s one‐night, four‐man Middleweight Contender Tournament, rejuvenated Dutch kickboxing specialist Jason “Tyson” Wilnis (23-4-1, 6 KOs) meets powerful Brazilian prospect Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (14-2-0, 9 KOs). The second semifinal match‐up pits American knockout artist Wayne Barret (5-2-0, 4 KOs) against Canadian muay thai world champion Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus (39-1-1, 24 KOs), looking to rebound from the first loss of his career.
The winners of each semifinal bout will then face off, fighting for the second and final time that evening, to earn the right to compete against the reigning GLORY Middleweight World Champion at a later date.
The Emirati Eisa Al Dah, Founder of EMD Promotions, said:
“EMD Promotions is proud to be able to help in bringing GLORY’s exciting brand of kickboxing and world class talent to Dubai. We hope this is the first of many trips to the Middle East for the promotion”
In addition to facilitating GLORY’s partnership with EMD Promotions, Aldah, known as the “Arabian Warrior” and hailing from the United Arab Emirates, will also compete in a six round boxing match against Kevin Hanks of the United
Kingdom during the GLORY SuperFight series portion of the Dubai card.
Regional firepower is added to GLORY 20: DUBAI fight card as the ‘Desert Force’ star Elias El‐Rayess (Lebanon) faces off with Russia’s Anatoly Moiseev in the opening bout of the evening.
“We are very excited about having Elias El-Rayess fight in GLORY and showcase his stellar standup techniques. ‘Elie’ is an accomplished striker who has proven to be a force to reckon with on every combat platform,” said Zaid Abu-Soud, CEO of Desert Force.
“Desert Force is very excited about having one of our fighters join GLORY. We have been working hard in this region to pave the way for combat sports via the Desert Force Mixed Martial Arts Championship events so it is exciting to see GLORY bring a show here. It all helps to grow combat sports and develop regional professional athletes like El-Rayess.”
Saulo ‘Cassius Clay’ Cavalari (30-2, 19 KO’s) of Brazil will face Artem Vakhitov (11-4, 3 KO’s) of Russia for the co-main event of GLORY Superfight Series 20. Two of the light-heavyweight division’s top contenders.
Also on the card is a four-man Middleweight Contender Tournament which will see Wayne Barrett, Simon Marcus, Alex Pereira and Jason Wilnis fighting it out for a shot at Artem Levin’s World Middleweight Championship.
Tickets are on sale now priced at 250 AED, 350 AED, 550 AED and 1,500 AED for the VIP section.
Tickets can be collected from Ticketmaster retail outlets in Dubai and from the Dubai World Trade Centre box office. Ticketmaster retail outlets include:
JACKY’S ELECTRONICS (Dubai Mall, Sharjah City Centre, Ajman City Centre, Nasr Square)
SAMSUNG (Mall of Emirates, Deira City Centre, Khalidiya Mall, AUH and My City Centre, Nasseriya)
CARREFOUR (Al Shindagha, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi and Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi)