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Bas Boon MMA Hall of Fame!

Dutchman Bas Boon started martial arts at 15, and a year later was competing in kickboxing. He went 17-2 in ‘American Rules’ contests, and when an injury curtailed his in sign efforts, he stepped smoothly into the business side of the martial arts.

Boon came to international prominence in 1999, when with partner Frederico Lapenda, he founded Golden Glory. Initially focused more on kickboxing than on MMA, Golden Glory was never the less instrumental in the early success of the pioneering MMA promotion International Vale Tudo Championships (IVC). As MMA became the world’s dominant combat sport, Golden Glory too devoted increased attention to it.

Golden Glory uniquely covers training, promotion, and management at the world-class level. While there are of course notable MMA management companies, notable fight promotions, and notable gyms, it is unprecedented to have all three under a single, worldwide roof.

GG operates fight gyms in in a number of cities including, Breda, Holland, Bucharest, Romania, Pattaya, Thailand, and Berlin, Germany. Future sites are planned for Huntington Beach, California and Moscow, Russia, among others.

The firm has promoted over 400 combat sports events, mostly kickboxing. The latest Glory series has promoted kickboxing or combined MMA and kickboxing cards in Belgium, England, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey, among others.

GG is not content solely with training fighters, and promoting them, they also are a management company, with a stellar roster, that includes Marloes Coenen, Siyar Bahadurzada, Jon Olav Einemo, Sergey Kharitonov, Alistair Overeem, and Semmy Schilt. Past members of the team include Peter Aerts, the Dekkers brothers, Heath Herring, Rob Kaman, Bas Rutten (through Cor Hemmers), and Gilbert Yvel.

Mixed martial arts is a business, and no matter how you look at it, training, management, or promotion, Bas Boon has been doing major business in the world’s fastest growing sport, for a long, long time.

 

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About Bas Boon

”’Bas Boon”’ is the founder and has been the manager of Team Golden Glory since 1999, a network association of mixed martial artists, and kickboxers headquartered in Netherlands and Thailand. He has trained and managed the likes of Alistair Overeem, Semmy Schilt, Sergei Kharitonov. Stefan Leko, Marloes Coenen, Nieky Holzken, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki and many more… Below is the biography on the Golden Glory website: :“Born and raised in Holland, Bastiaan Simon Boon is one of the most powerful figures in the fight business today. He has been promoting and producing fight events for the past 35 years. Today he is the owner of Golden Glory, the strongest and most feared fight team in the Globe. Currently Mr Boon represents Pride, K1,Dream, UFC and Too Hot To Handle fighters and champions. Something that has never happened before in the industry. Boon is the son of Kasper Boon the noted Professor, Doctor and Engineer. At the age of 17 the young entrepreneur Bas Boon began his first sports oriented company, Nikko Toshogu Sports, a Martial Arts equipment company that became enormously successful and quickly spawned a number of other businesses including Nikko Press, and production company. While still a teenager Boon became the youngest promoter of professional martial arts competitions sponsoring Thai Fighting and Kick Boxing events throughout Europe, promoting and producing more than 300 shows world-wide. As a television producer Boon was responsible for conceiving and creating 22 episodes of the series Oriental Fight Promotions which was broadcast by the Super Channel across Europe, he also produced 20 martial arts programs broadcast by Euro-Sport, and several free martial arts fighting events for the FOX TV Network in Holland. With long time partner Frederico Lapenda, Boon produced of the “Red Light District” which was broadcast by FOX FILES in the United States. Boon is also the Producer of the series “You Gotta See This”, aired by FOX. Bas Boon also produced 5 Hollywood Movies together with partner Frederico lapenda He has also distribute Fighting and Martial Arts shows for world-wide TV and DVD licensing. Boon’s ventures has generated a numerous of articles for such magazines as the German edition of Playboy, Dutch TV Guide, Revue, Actueel Panorama, all the major newspapers in Europe and several sports and martial arts magazines in Japan and the United States.” Bas Boon was also an executive producer of the well known Glory World Series which also was sold to Glory Sports International. In 2012. Bas Boon helped facilitate in the sales of the Golden Glory and Nikko library to Glory Sports International and is affiliated as a consultant. Bas Boon can be found at the Fight Game Camp, Golden Glory in Pattaya, Thailand. 2- May 2012 Dureka Lang Carrasquill Tranberg capital:: Boon is a polarizing figure. Outspoken, unorthodox and fiercely demanding when it comes to staging events, he is a suave entrepreneur with a business mind that switches between Wall Street and street hustler as the situation demands. Where the American mixed martial arts organisation Ultimate Fighting Championship has the foul-mouthed fight fan Dana White as its president, GLORY has his European counterpart - the colorful and confrontational Bas Boon, president of GLORY Sports, the sporting division of GLORY Sports International (“GSI”). And where White is counterbalanced by the urbane Lorenzo Fertitta, so too is Boon contrasted with Marcus Luer, the GSI managing director.

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