The premier kickboxing organization, GLORY World Series, will be in Denver, Colo., to bring a one-night heavyweight tournament, as well as a pair of great middleweight fights to their fans. GLORY is a must-watch for all mixed martial arts fans, as the level of striking is unmatched by professional MMA fighters.

In the main event, the second and third ranked middleweights, Joe Schilling (18-7 Kickboxing, 5-2 GLORY) and Jason Wilnis (24-5-1 Kickboxing, 3-3 GLORY), will battle in order to get a title shot against kingpin Artem Levin. Joe Schilling  was originally supposed to fight Levin for the title; however, the champion was forced to pull out of the fight with an injury. Levin has been replaced by Jason Wilnis, who was defeated in the middleweight tournament in his last GLORY appearance by top contender Simon Marcus. Schilling is returning from an unsuccessful two-fight stint in Bellator MMA since his last win at GLORY 19.

In the co-main event, former UFC and Bellator fighter Dustin Jacoby (6-5 Kickboxing, 3-5 GLORY) will look to continue his current two-fight win streak against Wayne Barrett (5-3 Kickboxing, 4-3 GLORY). Jacoby won the GLORY one-night middleweight qualification tournament two months ago, putting his name back on the map after losing four-straight kickboxing bouts. Wayne Barrett is looking to recover from his current three-fight losing streak, including losses to Joe Schilling and Jason Wilnis.

Also on the card is the staple of GLORY, a four-man, one-night, heavyweight tournament. Here’s what to watch for:

Joe Schilling in his Element

Schilling wants to test himself as a combat sports athlete. He is a world class kickboxer, but that is not enough for him. His attempts at mixed martial arts however, have been very unsuccessful (2-5 in seven career fights). This is mainly due to the lack of experience he has with the ground game. After an unsuccessful stint in Bellator, in which he lost by split decision and superman-punch knockout, Schilling is back where he belongs. Schilling is one the most successful American kickboxers ever, winning the GLORY Middleweight Tournament in 2013, and was the runner up in the eight-man one-night GLORY Last Man Standing Tournament. Schilling fought an astounding ten rounds during the Last Man Standing Tournament. He has a tough matchup ahead of him with Jason Wilnis, who has thirty career kickboxing bouts.

Heavyweight Action

There is a stacked heavyweight tournament that will get fans off their feet. All four fighters are in the top ten and the winner will get a shot at heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven. Benjamin Adegbuyi (20-3 Kickboxing, 3-1 GLORY) is the top ranked contender looking to get back on top after losing his previous fight to the champion. His first-round opponent will be former K-1 champion Mladen Brestovac (49-9-1 Kickboxing, 1-0 GLORY), who is ranked fifth in the division. On the other side is a matchup between eighth-ranked Ben Edwards (38-9-2 Kickboxing, 1-1 GLORY) and sixth-ranked Jafharr Wilnis (27-3-1 Kickboxing, 3-1 GLORY). Wilnis happens to be the brother of main event fighter Jason Wilnis. In a one-night heavyweight tournament, the fighters will be looking to get out of that first fight as soon as possible, guaranteeing action.

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.