The tradition of a Japanese year-ending mega-show is alive and well this year, via an announcement from the GLORY organization that it will be staging a double-event at the Saitama Super Arena on September 31.
GLORY Managing Director Marcus Luer revealed today that the planned December 2 16-man kickboxing tournament ‘GLORY 4: Grand Slam’ has been moved to New Year’s Eve. That same day, DREAM 18 will also take place.
GLORY Sports International, parent company of the GLORY organization, recently announced that it had “taken over” the DREAM brand for the purposes of this year’s New Year’s Eve show and that it would be responsible producing and directing the event.
“We are confident that the fans will see our good intentions to create the best possible show ever and once they see the details of the New Year's Eve show, they will be blown away by the calibre of fighters and fights we have lined up that night,” says Luer. “We apologize for any inconvenience caused to the fans who have bought tickets for Dec 2nd but we are certain they will be happy with what we will create on Dec 31.
GSI will provide fans who have bought tickets for GLORY 4: Tokyo with a full refund which can be easily obtained at the outlets where they bought the tickets. At the same time, the same outlets will also sell the new tickets for the combined Dec 31st show.”
Pierre Andurand, GLORY Chairman, says the plan is “to create the most spectacular martial arts show Japan has ever seen.”
“After taking over DREAM 18, it just made natural sense to look at the opportunity to revive the traditional New Year's date and create a mega-show. We looked at the pros and cons and it was clear that a combined show would be the way to go.
“We are extremely proud and excited to deliver this mega-show now to the Japanese fans and to the world at large. I can't wait to spend my New Year's Eve at the Saitama Arena.”
Fighters for the DREAM event are to be announced soon. Fighters for the GLORY Heavyweight Grand Slam are mostly confirmed and among them are Semmy Schilt, Daniel Ghita, Remy Bonjasky, Gokhan Saki, Peter Aerts and Errol Zimmerman. The tournament winner walks away with a grand prize of $400,000.