Spike TV will expand its predominately combat-centric sports line-up with the addition of GLORY Sports International kickboxing this fall.
“We are thrilled to partner with GSI in bringing Spike TV’s audience the incredible action and intensity of GLORY’s fight league, which feature the best kickboxers in the world,” Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, SpikeTV Sports and Multiplatform Programming, said in a press release. “Viewers will quickly see this as the perfect complement to our coverage of Bellator, the world’s leading tournament-based MMA promotion.”
“Spike has established itself as the home of combat sports in a way that is unique. Its audience will expect the most exciting ring action and we promise to deliver it,” Andrew Whitaker, GLORY Chief Executive, said. “Glory kickboxing is the next big thing and Spike clearly knows something about spotting aces in the sports programming space.”
Fighters Tyrone Spong, Gokhan Saki, Semmy Schilt, Nieky Holzken, Yuta Kubo, Giorgio Petrosyan, Daniel Ghita, Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Albert Kraus are among the big names in the kickboxing world competing for GLORY.
Spike TV previously hosted Ultimate Fighting Championship programming including reality show "The Ultimate Fighter," and currently hosts Bellator MMA, along with TNA Impact professional wrestling.
No date has been announced for the first GLORY event on Spike TV, which is owned by Viacom Media Networks and is broadcast to almost 100 million homes.
Glory Sports International (GSI) was founded in 2012 and has offices in the United States, Holland, England, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.