GLORY will be making its way to ESPN Sportscenter this week.
It’s been a little over six months since GLORY kickboxing reached an agreement with ESPN to air its fight cards on their platforms, with a multi-year deal becoming official in February.
The next slated event, GLORY 30, is set for May 13, 2016 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. That fight card–which is headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Simon Marcus and Dustin Jacoby–will be the fifth to air live on ESPN3. Like the four prior fight cards, the event will also replay on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
But what about promotion for the event? That’s been a common question since GLORY and ESPN began working together at the tail end of 2015. Fans and media have been curious to see if the worldwide leader of sports is going to get behind the world’s leading kickboxing promotion and push the sport to the masses.
Well, starting this coming week, you are going to see the first big steps towards that.
According to GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin, GLORY 30 fighters Marcus and Jacoby will be heading to ESPN studios in Los Angeles to be a part of Sportscenter on Wednesday (May 11, 2016), as will recent signee Tiffany van Soest, who will fight on the Superfight Series portion of GLORY 30 on UFC Fight Pass.
“Sportscenter is the No.1-rated sports show in the world and for GLORY to be represented on there is a great indication of the partnership between ESPN and GLORY,” said Franklin. “It’s great for kickboxing everywhere and we are excited to have our athletes on that program. “We are excited to be able to work with a great network like ESPN to promote our programming through a variety of assets.”
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