GLORY and U-NEXT sign exclusive distribution agreement for Japan

GLORY and U-NEXT sign exclusive distribution agreement for Japan

Monday, Aug 15 2022 by GLORY Press Office

The world's largest kickboxing organization GLORY and U-NEXT concluded a distribution partnership agreement. U-NEXT will be exclusively Live Streaming all GLORY events as SVOD live.

U-NEXT Corporation, a USEN-NEXT GROUP company, has concluded a distribution partnership agreement with the world's largest kickboxing organization GLORY in Japan. Starting with "GLORY 81" on August 21, 2022 (Sun) JST, all future GLORY events will be exclusively available for SVOD live streaming to the subscribers. In addition, over 1,000 episodes of past bouts, including K-1 World Grand Prix from 1996-2016, will be available as library contents.

Established in 2012, the kickboxing organization GLORY has signed famous fighters such as Peter Aerts, Jerome Le Banner and more. As the world's premier kickboxing organization, GLORY has hosted numerous global matches between top fighters and has garnered tremendous attention, including the announcement of a partnership with the Japanese kickboxing organization "RISE" in 2022.

U-NEXT has recently concluded a distribution partnership agreement with GLORY in Japan. U-NEXT will continue to provide exclusive live streaming of all "GLORY Kickboxing" events, including the Numbers Series, Rivals Series, and Collision Series held by GLORY.

The first live streaming event will be "GLORY 81" to be held on August 21 (Sun) JST  in Germany, where RISE Lightweight champion Naoki will be competing in GLORY's Featherweight division. The main event will feature a must-see matchup between Jamal Ben Saddik, ranked No. 2 in the Heavyweight division, who wowed the audience in Japan in 2013 against Peter Aerts, and Benjamin Adegbuyi, ranked No. 5 in the same division, who is coming off a KO victory against former K-1 champion Badr Hari in December 2020. The match is a must-see. All eight fights will be streamed live on an SVOD, so don't miss out.

GLORY Executive Vice-Chairman Scott Rudmann:

“U-Next has shown visionary leadership since 2007 by building Japan’s leading video distribution and entertainment platform. We’re delighted to add the excitement and fun of GLORY events to the U-NEXT platform for their subscribers.

Japanese fans are fantastic and GLORY has a proud history in Japan, starting with GLORY 4 back on 1 January 2013 with a one night Heavyweight tournament that set a new worldwide standard for combat sports. With this new partnership, we bring GLORY fights even closer to all fans in Japan starting with GLORY 81 next Sunday.”

Tenshin Tsutsumi, President and Representative Director of U-NEXT:

We are very honored that U-NEXT has become the domestic distribution partner of GLORY, the world's largest kickboxing organization. The commemorative first live-streaming event, "GLORY 81”, will feature Naoki, the Lightweight champion of the Japanese kickboxing organization RISE, and is a match not to be missed. Through this initiative, we will not only showcase the top GLORY fighters, but also bring you the world's best and most exciting fights via live streaming, and we hope you will enjoy them as much as we do.

We will continue our efforts to bring even more excitement to Japanese martial arts fans. We hope you will look forward to it.

U-NEXT will also soon begin streaming more than 1,000 episodes of past "GLORY Kickboxing" matches and K-1 World Grand Prix matches from 1996 to 2016.


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