The Birth of Golden Glory
The birth of Golden Glory started on the sunny island of Aruba on May 23rd, 1999. Producer and business man Bas Boon met business people in Aruba and after Boon successfully held the first ever Cage Fighting Championships in Holland in April 1996, plans were made to start organizing on the sunny Caribbean Island of Aruba.
The winner of the eight man tournament in Holland, Dutchman Willy Peeters loved the island and loved fighting and he did not think twice when he got the offer to fight in Aruba. Unfortunately the referee stopped the fight because of a cut but Willy did not want to give up (photo 6, 7) and was very disappointed with the decision (great fighting spirit from Peeters).
The WVTC 9 returned to the island on the 25th of September, 1999, and was called “The Battle of the Titans.” (photos 9, 10)
The first event was a huge success but the follow up was doomed for failure, a battle against all odds and elements. Huge posters were printed for the Cage Fighting Championships WVC 9 to promote the event on the island, but after articles in the Dutch Magazine Revue, the Dutch government put pressure on the parliament of the Caribbean Island (called the Dutch West Indies/ Caribbean), a cage was not permitted anymore for fights to take place.
Everybody (fighters and staff) stayed in the resort hotel Talk of the Town” (hotel near the Havanna Beach Club) All of the fighters arrived on the Island after some difficulties, but one fighter of the tournament wanted a nice holiday and claimed he (one day for the tournament) apparently sprained his ankle (later we found out he never wanted to participate he just wanted a nice Caribbean vacation).
The day before Piamonte (chutebox from Brazil) and Yvel almost fought in the hotel and it was only because of Hans Nijman and Dick Vry that an actual fight was prevented.
Of course not too many people attended the fight because the posters were changed a few days before the fight and the rain.
The female super fight was awesome which ended in a draw (photo 13) with both girls fighting like crazy and pulling every trick out the book to become victors.
After this event Bas and the all the people involved spoke till deep in the night, there was a huge loss, not really what we deserved after working so hard to make this event happen.
WVC produced champions like Oleg Taktarov, Mark Kerr, Pedro Rizzo, Marco Ruas and all of them fought in Japan or the UFC and gained popularity worldwide.
Later fighters like Alistair Overeem became the World Champion at the IMA and also Chalid Arrab defeated Roman Zentsov by KO in round one and became European Champion Mix Fight in the Cage in St. Petersburg. Fatih Kocamis beat Gambarjan for the title in Russia. Murad Chunkaev defeated Andrey Semenov in only his second fight at 2H2H. Stefan and Chalid winning the K-1 GP in Las Vegas 2006 and Semmy Schilt became World GP Champion in 2005. Gilbert Yvel left the team and went his own way in 2004 and also Heath Herring went his own way after five years of training in Holland, he missed America and now trains at the Las Vegas Combat Club. Golden Glory wishes them success in their future careers.
Golden Glory is the most successful team out there. It is more then a team alone, it’s a family.
Story by Bas Boon / Lindsay Muro