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UFC Pioneer Marshall Zelaznik Appointed New CEO of GLORY

Marshall Zelaznik, Glory CEO

GLORY, can today confirm that Marshall Zelaznik will re-join the company and has been appointed as the new CEO effective immediately.

Zelaznik previously served as CEO for GLORY between 2018 and 2020. During this time GLORY achieved pivotal success growing TV distribution across the globe and building sponsorship revenues to record highs.

He also led the team in building and promoting the record breaking ‘GLORY COLLISION 2’ event, which saw over 30,000 fans attend the event in the Netherlands at the end of 2019. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, his tenure was cut short in 2020.

With a history of success in combat sports, Zelaznik previously spearheaded the UFC’s media & international business for over a decade, was instrumental in UFC’s growth around the world, and he led the team to the launch of the UFC FIGHT PASS platform.

After spending the past four years working in the e-sports industry, where he was the CEO of Esports Engine, which was recently sold to Savvy owned ESL Faceit Group, Zelaznik now returns to combat sports and has big ambitions for the future of GLORY kickboxing.

“I am thrilled to be back at GLORY,” said Marshall Zelaznik, GLORY CEO. “I felt like there was unfinished business here due to the pandemic and now I am excited to come back to help usher GLORY into the next phase of growth. GLORY is the most exciting combat sports promotion on the planet, with a roster filled with the best stand-up strikers in the world competing in the most the thrilling form of combat. I believe there is unlimited potential and my goal is to ensure we continue to build on promoting the best fights, with the best fighters, and the most entertaining sport in the space. While I have been away, the team at GLORY has done an incredible job growing our fans and awareness for the sport & brand. I can’t think of a better group of people to join in driving GLORY to continued growth.”

“Marshall’s return is what GLORY needs, and we are delighted to have him back. He is the perfect fit for GLORY.  His track record over the years in combat sports and business speaks for itself,” said Pierre Andurand, GLORY Chairman, Co-Founder, & Majority Owner. “Since the pandemic, we have restructured the company in many ways to make it more stable and, thanks to the current team, we are in a terrific position now for more growth and developing the business even further. I am confident that Marshall is the right person to lead us and I am excited to watch us grow.”

Launched in 2012, GLORY is the home to most elite level strikers on the planet and has consistently staged some of the biggest and most entertaining stand-up combat sports events in history.

Next events are GLORY 91 on April 27 at the Dome De Paris in France and GLORY 92 at the RTM Stage in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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