This Friday, at 10 pm EST/7 pm PST, GLORY’s latest “Last Man Standing” tournament will take place live, for free, on Spike TV. The event will featured eight of the best middleweights in the world in a one-night, winner takes all tournament. Among those participating is No. 2-ranked GLORY fighter Wayne Barrett (5-1, 4 KO/TKO). Barrett is no stranger to the tournament format, having competed in the previous “Last Man Standing” tournament earlier this year.

Tournament, especially those conducted within the span of one or two nights, have become widely considered as a thing of the past for top-level MMA. The UFC did away with them nearly fifteen years ago and even Bellator MMA, who built their brand on tournaments that took place over several weeks, will begin phasing them out almost completely in the next year. Of course in kickboxing they are very much alive, and if anything are growing, at least in North America.

Barret was signed on with GLORY after just one professional fight and proceeded to win his next four-staright before losing a close split-decision to fellow American Joe Schilling in the semi-finals during the last middleweight tournament. Schilling was the reigning GLORY Middleweight Champion at the time, but would go on to lose in the finals to Arten Levin by unanimous decision. Barrett also holds a win over Schilling from GLORY 9, marking the only other time the Georgia native has gone the distance.

The MMA Corner’s Justin Fuller caught up with Barrett at the World MMA Expo in New York City.

Watch the video interview below to hear Barrett talk about kickboxing, the Last Man Standing Tournament and Spike TV.

 

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Justin Fuller
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Justin Fuller is a writer, broadcaster, and political analyst. With a background in sports talk radio, he now runs his own podcast, "The Fuller Fight Factor LIVE."