Last year K-1 announced that they were holding a big event in New York and everyone went “SQUEE!” because hey, world class kickboxing in NYC sounds pretty dope. Unfortunately, K-1 sucks now and can’t even organize an event in Ohio. The New York event was cancelled without the company even bothering to announce the cancellation, and that was the end of that. But now the promise of awesome kickboxing is being made again, and GLORY intends to follow through:

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league that is home to the greatest martial arts stand-up fighters on the planet, today announced that it will bring its championship fight series to The United States for the first time ever with a one-night, eight-man, light heavyweight (209 pounds/95 kilograms) tournament at Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City on Saturday, June 22.

In one of several Superfights also scheduled for the event, heavyweight superstar and former secret service agent Daniel “The Savage Samurai” Ghita (46-9, 35 KOs) of Romania will collide with Muay Thai champion Brice Guidon (28-8, 13 KOs) of France.

Tickets for GLORY 9 New York, priced from $48 (plus handling fees), are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, online at and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

So let’s recount all the goodness coming out of this: A one night three round tournament, several big name ‘superfight’ matches, the Hammerstein Ballroom, and 50 dollar tickets. I don’t think it gets much better than that.