New Orleans kickboxing and MMA superstar Kyle Martin advanced in the first round of the Glory World Series fight event held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Martin defeated Myron Dennis of Oklahoma, a homestate favorite. Glory, the largest kickboxing promotion in the world is offering a $20,000 prize to the winner of tonight's tournament.
UPDATE: Martin lost in the second round by TKO to Brian Collett. Collett looked strong in his first fight and may even be a favorite to win the tourney. Martin proved that New Orleans kickboxing has some serious superstar power, he is now the second New Orleans native to get a chance to fight on K-1/Glory in recent years, the other being UFC star Patrick Barry.
Martin, a kickboxing and MMA fight team coach at POWER MMA in New Orleans has trained hard for the Glory tournament, sometimes working out between 4-6 hours per day. Martin has has worked with coaches Toby Wattigney, Johnnie Burnes, William Knorr, and Jason Giles to get in shape and hone his skills for this fight.
In a surprise upset this evening Randy "Boom Boom" Blake, a 26-1 fighter who recently went to a decision with Mirko Cro Cop at another Glory event was knocked out by Dustin Jacoby. Brian Collett scored a knockout victory over Brian "the Freak" Freitag of Sacramento California. Freitag was heavily promoted as a training partner of the very accomplished MMA athlete, Uriah Faber, a UFC star.
Martin won his fight 29-28 by decision. His coach and cornerman William Knorr, himself a former world kickboxing champion, said that Kyle was feeling good and ready to go. Stay tuned for more reports and the tournament progresses this evening.
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