GLORY Opens Tokyo Office to Pioneer Japan Operations
Ariel Shnerer / November 14, 2012 - 12:00pm
GLORY Sports International has announced the opening of a corporate office in Tokyo to pioneer its operations in the Japanese market.
GLORY has teamed up with DREAM.18 for a back-to-back New Year's Eve supershow featuring the heavyweight kickboxing grand prix airing live on Fight Network.
Full press release below:
TOKYO, Japan (Nov 14, 2011) – On the heels of last week's press conference announcing a historic night of world-class DREAM MMA and GLORY kickboxing action at Saitama Super Arena on New Year's Eve, GLORY Sports International (GSI) announced today that it has opened a corporate office in Tokyo and established a subsidiary entity, GLORY Sports Japan KK, to pioneer its electrifying martial arts fight series in the Japanese market.
"We are firmly committed to re-vitalizing Japan as an epicenter for some of the best martial arts fight action in the world and, in order to do that effectively, it is critical that we have a capable team operating on the ground there, on a day-to-day basis," said GLORY Managing Director, Marcus Luer.
Situated in the prestigious Omotesando district of Tokyo, the space represents GLORY's sixth office location, in addition to its offices in Holland, the UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The upcoming event - 'GSI presents DREAM 18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo - New Year's Eve Special' – marks GLORY's first venture into Japan, where countless MMA and kickboxing legends have been spawned and many of the most memorable, epic battles have taken place.
The GSI-produced New Year's Eve event will begin at 4 p.m. local time with the DREAM MMA fight card, the lineup for which will be announced soon, and will continue with the GLORY kickboxing event that will award a total of $600,000 in prize money to its competitors and be headlined by a 16-man, one-night heavyweight tournament that will crown its winner the GLORY Heavyweight Grand Slam Champion.
Amongst the heavyweight kickboxing superstars who have accepted a place in the invitation-only tournament lineup are world No. ranked Semmy Schilt as well as Daniel Ghita, Remy Bonjasky, Gokhan Saki, Peter Aerts and Errol Zimmerman.
Broadcast details for GSI presents DREAM 18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo - New Year's Eve Special will be announced soon. For more information, visit www.gloryworldseries.com.
The GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world's premier kickboxing, or stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to the winners of 16-man 'Grand Prix' tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each weight class. The fight series also includes 8-man tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.
With television deals spanning every continent, plus a groundbreaking online video streaming system and the world's largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world's most widely-broadcast sporting organizations.
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in Holland, the UK, Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel includes a diverse mix of award-winning hedge-fund and private equity investors; principals from pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia; and senior level executives from several leading sports franchises, including WWE, FIFA, Golden Glory, Champions League and It's Showtime.