GLORY Announces Women’s Super Bantamweight Division And Grand Prix
During a special presentation at Citizens Business Bank Arena, streamed live via the official GLORY Facebook page, the world’s premier kickboxing league today announced the formation of a women’s super bantamweight division, carrying a limit of 122 pounds.
In order to crown GLORY’s inaugural super bantamweight champion, the organization will hold a Grand Prix tournament, playing out over multiple events.
The Grand Prix’s first quarterfinal bout will unfold tomorrow, May 13, on UFC FIGHT PASS as part of the GLORY 30 SuperFight Series in Los Angeles, as Tiffany van Soest comes home to California for her GLORY debut against Dutch-stylist Esma Hasshass, fighting out of Morocco.
Eight other super bantamweights will join Van Soest and Hasshass on the GLORY roster.
“We were only interested in the top fighters to debut our new weight class,” said GLORY Head of Talent Operations Cor Hemmers. “The best strikers in the world fight for GLORY and now that distinction includes our super bantamweights.”
Fighting in Amsterdam on June 25 at GLORY 31 SuperFight Series, 21-year-old prospect Isis Verbeek of the Netherlands takes on muay thai phenom Iman Barlow of England in the second announced Grand Prix quarterfinal bout.
Three additional Grand Prix match-ups were announced for later this year, but exact dates and locations have yet to be revealed.
Comprising the final two quarterfinal bouts, former Bellator MMA strawweight championZoila Frausto will meet German boxer Daniela Graf, while World Kickboxing Network world champion, undefeated Amel Dehby of France battles Korean muay thai champion Ji-Waen Lee.
South Africa’s Ferial Ameeroedien and Russian veteran Irina Mazepa will square off in a tournament reserve fight.
In addition to the prestige of holding GLORY gold, the Grand Prix winner and inaugural super bantamweight champion will earn a cash prize of $25,000.
For more information, visit glorykickboxing.com.