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The fights keep getting bigger for Marshalltown’s Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn.
A live bout on national television against undefeated Artur Rofi (6-0) in Atlantic City, N.J. on Sept 14 is next up, according to Glenn's manager Shaun White of Marshalltown. Details are still being worked out, but White said NBC will telecast the fight from the Revel Resort & Casino. Rofi is from New Jersey and will be the house favorite.
The accolades keep pouring in for Marshalltown’s Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn. His Facebook page exploded with congratulatory messages after the biggest victory of his young mixed martial arts career in Atlantic City March 23. Glenn, 23, beat Brazilian Alexandre “Pulga” Pimentel, 34, by a knockout in the third round of their nationally televised bout on NBC.
Pimentel was undefeated at 12-0-0 (win-loss-draw) before falling to Glenn. Additionally, Pimentel is the national champion of Brazilian Jiujitsu. It is a martial art and combat sport that emphasizes grappling and ground fighting.
Glenn's record is now 13-2-1, and moved him up 16 spots in combined Ultimate Fighting Championship-World Series of Fighting 2 rankings. It was Glenn’s 10th victory in last 11 fights. His last loss was more than three years ago.
Rick Glenn made the most of his second chance. After being twisted like a pretzel and nearly seeing the fight stopped late in the first round, Glenn came back to score a stunning knockout of Brazilian submission specialist Alexandre Pimentel at World Series of Fighting 2 on Saturday. The end of the 145-pound bout came at 1:51 of the third round. Glenn improved to 13-2 with the win; Pimentel suffered his first loss, dropping to 12-1.
Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn speaks softly. But he carries a big helmet.
“I kind of became known for wearing it while I walk out,” he said. “I didn’t want to come out with a sword or anything. I didn’t want to go too far over the top.”
An uncle gave Glenn the nickname years ago for a certain killer instinct displayed in the cage (and presumably before Marlon Sandro hit U.S. soil). That’s an instinct Glenn hopes will shine through in Atlantic City this Saturday, when, after spending nearly a third of his life as a small-circuit MMA fighter, the 23-year-old will debut for the World Series of Fighting promotion on the WSOF 2 card.
After impressing his previous promotion, the Score Fighting Series, to the point where they said he was “as advertised” if not more, Roufusport featherweight Rick Glenn is ready to take his game to the next level as part of the World Series of Fighting’s second event.
“I knew they were on NBC Sports Net and had a lot of big talent coming in, so it’s going to be great to get a lot more exposure from them,” said Glenn of signing with WSoF.
“I definitely feel ready for this next step. It’s finally time and it’s the right move, so it’s going to be great fighting for them.”
Hard work and dedication to his craft have paid off for 23-year-old Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn. The Roufusport prospect, who was at one time cut from The Ultimate Fighter tryouts despite having a tremendous pro record for a youngster, inked a deal with arguably the biggest up-and-coming promotion, World Series of Fighting. This Saturday night, at WSOF 2 in Atlantic City, N.J., Glenn will finally get his chance to perform on a huge stage against an undefeated Brazilian fighter.
Former UFC fighters Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski both met their required weight at Friday's official World Series of Fighting 2 weigh-ins, rendering their main event bout official. Johnson, a former welterweight with notorious weight cutting problems, easily cleared the heavyweight limit this time around, tipping the scale at a burly 230.2 pounds. Arlovski came in 15 pounds heavier, weighing 245.5. Initially scheduled to take place at 4:00 p.m. ET, Friday's weigh-ins were delayed for over an hour due to technical difficulties.