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GLORY CEO issues statement on kickboxing promotion no longer airing on Spike TV

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Earlier this afternoon, MMAFighting’s Luke Thomas confirmed what has been speculated for quite some time: Spike TV will no longer broadcast GLORY kickboxing after a two-year television partnership.

The Viacom-owned network aired 14 GLORY fight cards starting with GLORY 11 back in Oct. 2013 and ending with GLORY 24 in Oct. 2015, averaging little more than 418,000 viewers.

Rumors have swirled the past several months that GLORY and Spike TV would eventually part ways, with GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin meeting with Showtime executives back in August. In addition, there are rumored plans for Spike TV to eventually start its own kickboxing promotion. In other words, it’s safe to say the writing has long been on the wall that the kickboxing promotion and cable network were nearing the end of their relationship.

In fact, the murky waters became even clearer toward the end of September when Bellator MMA announced the Bellator 145 card for Nov. 6, 2015 on Spike TV — the same date already announced for GLORY 25.

I reached out to Franklin on the matter and he would only say that the planned November event would air on television in the United States and ….View original article

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