GLORY 14 was a success in terms of the actual fights that took place. The main event was a battle of legends as Remy Bonjasky edged Mirko Cro Cop in the former’s retirement fight.
The co-main event event was a lightweight title fight between Davit Kiria and Andy Ristie. Kiria was pummeled for the better part of 4 rounds until Kiria stunned the Croatian audience with a late TKO, scoring three quick knock downs.
The ratings for the 14th major event for GLORY were a bit lower than the GLORY 13 ratings from Japan which hit an average of 659,000 and had two separate spikes in viewership as it rose to 905,000 and 873,000. The average for GLORY 14 was 495,000 and a peak was clocked at 588,000.
Not shameful numbers by any means and maybe given the saturations of combat sports that weekend with Bellator 111 on Friday and UFC Fight Night 37 Saturday morning, maybe fans were a little burnt out come time for GLORY’s tape-delay airing.
Regardless, they have proven to be able to grab solid ratings and put on good shows. Their current model of spaced out events and heavy singular promotion will help bring focused attention to the upcoming events, especially when they return to the states for GLORY 16 in Denver on May 3rd, bringing back a truly live airing of the event.
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