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Kickboxing league event coming to Sears Centre

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Officials for the kickboxing league Glory announced a world-class fight card for Glory 11 Chicago, which will feature a one-night, four-man Heavyweight World Championship Tournament and a highly anticipated rematch at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Oct. 12.

The event will also be broadcast live on Spike TV, officials said.

The first round of the Glory Heavyweight World Championship tournament will see No. 2 ranked contender Gokhan Saki (79-16-1, 56 KOs) face prospect Rico Verhoeven (40-7-1, 8 KOs). On the other side of the bracket, No. 3 ranked Romanian tactician Daniel Ghita (48-9, 37 KOs) squares off with Brazilian standout Anderson "Braddock" Silva (36-9-1, 24 KOs).

The winners of each bout will then face each other to determine the Glory Heavyweight Tournament World Champion and claim a cash prize of $250,000.

Glory Light Heavyweight World champion Tyrone "King of the Ring" Spong (72-6-1, 45 KOs) headlines Glory 11 Chicago, taking on Muay Thai legend Nathan "Carnage" Corbett (57-3-1, 43 KOs), in a rematch of their 2009 bout.

The co-main event features top welterweight contenders in action, as No. 6 ranked "Bazooka Joe" Valtellini (10-1, 8 KOs) of Canada meet No. 4 ranked Karim Ghajji (85-8-1, 49 KOs) of France.

Tickets for Glory 11 Chicago are available at the Sears Centre Arena box office and, starting at $25.

The full fight card for Glory 11 Chicago will be released later. For more information, visit

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