This Saturday night, when Bellator MMA and GLORY Kickboxing join forces under the roof of the SAP Center in San Jose, California, many mixed martial arts fans will have their primary exposure to what could be considered the most exciting sport on television, GLORY Kickboxing. With a ruleset that promotes constant action, the best strikers on the planet, and no threat of takedowns, GLORY will undoubtedly get the fans on their feet. Mixed martial arts fans will be treated to some great action thanks to some great matchmaking on GLORY’s part as well; but first let’s dive into the rules.

The GLORY Rulebook

GLORY Kickboxing avoids the clinching that plagues modern-day boxing by considering clinching without striking a foul. Clinches will be broken up almost immediately if no knee-attacks are following the initiation. This of course, promotes constant action and striking at range throughout the three (or five), three-minute rounds .

There is no standing eight-count in GLORY. A standing eight-count in boxing occurs when the referee steps in when a fighter is being overwhelmed without being knocked down, and gives them eight seconds to recover and get back to fighting. GLORY allows their fighters to finish flurries and get knockdowns (which are very important in GLORY) without unnecessary referee interference.

Knockdowns are huge in GLORY. Three knockdowns within a round signify a technical knockout victory and four knockdowns throughout the fight would do this as well. Knockdowns are also the only way to gain more points on the scorecard as well. One knockdown in a round causes a 10-8 score of that round and two would cause a rare 10-7 score. All other rounds are scored 10-9. This causes GLORY kickboxers to throw everything they have in the ring rather than cruising to a decision. The most exciting fights on television are a result of this.

The Kickboxers of Dynamite

GLORY selected great representation of their sport in the two feature kickboxing bouts of Dynamite. First off is a bout between two former mixed martial arts fighters known for their striking. Former UFC and Strikeforce contender Paul “Semtex” Daley and former WEC and Strikeforce fighter Fernando Gonzales will battle in the ring in a bout that should produce fireworks. Although Daley is the more household name, Gonzales should not be taken lightly. Gonzales won the WBC US National Muay Thai Championship back in 2011 with a great second round knockout. Daley, on the other hand, is known for his thunderous knockouts over Dustin Hazelett and Scott Smith, and also putting on one of the best MMA fights of all time against Nick Diaz. The Brit also has a 20-3 kickboxing record, with fourteen of those wins via stoppage. These two should put on a show and set the stage for the GLORY Light Heavyweight Title fight.

Zack Mwekassa is a budding star for GLORY and he will be taking on Saulo Cavalari for the vacant light heavyweight belt. This bout is a rematch of their light heavyweight contender tournament final from back in November, 2014, at GLORY 18. Cavalari consistently chopped away at the legs of the heavy-handed Mwekassa in that bout and was able to knockout Mwekassa in the third and final round with a head kick.

Mwekassa showed great improvement since then in his fight against Carlos Brooks at GLORY 22 in June. He equipped a lighter stance that will be more adapted to checking the leg kicks of Cavalari, and has greatly improved his already thunderous jab. Behind his guard-cutting jab remains the heavy hands that have knocked out three of his four GLORY opponents. The Congo-native is no longer a one-dimensional boxer, as he has begun to develop a kicking game that should give his Brazilian opponent something else to worry about. All four of “The Black Warrior’s” GLORY bouts have ended before the final bell, this should not change on Saturday. Expect another exciting bout between Cavalari and Mwekassa that might just outshine Bellator’s main event of Liam McGreary vs. Tito Ortiz.

About The Author

Danny Doherty
Staff Writer

Danny is a sophomore at Ithaca College looking to acquire a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Media. He has been an avid fan of mixed martial arts since watching the UFC’s 100 Greatest Fights special on Spike TV back in 2009. Shortly following UFC 100, Danny’s Saturdays, and most of his free time, became dedicated to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition to writing for The MMA Corner, Danny works as a sports broadcaster and as a DJ for Ithaca College’s FM radio station, 92 WICB.