Glory returns to Japan for December event


In the tradition of Japan hosting combat sporting events in December, Glory will return to the Land of the Rising Sun for Glory 13.

Glory 13 will take place at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 21.

The event is scheduled to feature a one-night four-man welterweight championship tournament featuring Nieky ‘The Natural’ Holzken, Belgium’s Marc de Bonte, ‘Bazooka’ Joe Valtellini and Karapet Karapetyan.

Glory has held several events in Japan including Glory 8: Tokyo – 2013 65kg Slam back in May. They also hosted a one-night tournament back on Dec, 31, 2011.

Kickboxing veteran Errol Zimmerman will headline the event. He faces Daniel Ghita. Zimmerman fought in the reserve match of the Glory 11 Heavyweight World Championship Tournament. At the same event Ghita lost to Rico Verhoeven in the finals of tournament.

In the co-main event, Dustin Jacoby will welcome Makotot Uehara to the Glory ring.

The event will also pay tribute to Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt and Remy Bonjasky, All three of these men made their kickboxing careers in Japan and will most likely be retiring from competition.

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