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James McSweeney officially signs with GLORY fights Antonio plazibat at collision 3

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  1. king of theRing Red Belt

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    https://www.mmafighting.com/2021/9/...ing-but-adds-my-mma-career-has-come-to-an-end

    UFC and ONE Championship veteran James McSweeney has joined the roster at GLORYkickboxing with his debut set on Oct. 23 but his new fighting home will also signal the end of his mixed martial arts career.

    According to McSweeney, the chance to return to his roots in kickboxing was a dream come true but he also had to reassess his future in fighting after inking the deal with the promotion.

    “I personally feel I have to be honest with myself,” McSweeney explained when speaking to MMA Fighting. “I think I’ve [done] everything in the MMA world I can. I haven’t achieved everything I wanted to achieve but I feel like some fighters don’t know when to say enough’s enough. I feel like my MMA career has come to an end.

    “I feel like there’s always a sign in my career to take me from one path to another. Like my transition from K-1 to MMA and now MMA back to [kickboxing]. I think everything happens for a reason. I spent all this time in the last 15 to 16 months, working on myself as a kickboxer. I feel like to go back to MMA now, jump ship or go back and forth, when you do that, it’s a lot. It’s very difficult to keep transitioning. Because there’s so much more than people understand. The level changes are so different. The distance relationship is different. The striking combinations are different. So to keep adjusting, adjusting and you’re never really giving everything to one [sport].”

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    It’s actually been 20 months since McSweeney last fought and even longer since he competed in MMA, largely due to the ongoing global pandemic.

    During the forced down time, McSweeney was able to concentrate on getting healthy and letting his body rest for the first time in many years while also growing his own gym based out of Texas.

    When restrictions started to life and the combat sports world started to move again, McSweeney got the call he’s always wanted after GLORY invited him to join the roster alongside his friend and longtime training partner, Alistair Overeem.

    “Alistair was talking about which shows he was interested in fighting for [after leaving the UFC],” McSweeney said. “Then GLORY’s name came into the picture and I said you should go back to GLORY, that would be fun. He said ‘well, why don’t you come with me?’. So we started the discussions again and we decided it was a good fit.”


    McSweeney had actually already been in talks with GLORY after he knocked out Danyo Ilunga in late 2018 but by the time contract negotiations got more serious, the COVID-19 pandemic came through like a tidal wave and just shut everything down.

    “They presented the fight for me to face Danyo and I said yeah, it’s a big jump up but why not let’s do it,” McSweeney explained. “I think Danyo got the green light out of GLORY to take the fight but they pretty much said ‘if you lose to James, you lose your contract.’ Of course, I knocked him out. It was the first time Danyo’s ever been knocked out in a fight.

    “He got cut from GLORY so GLORY spoke to me a little bit and tried to make some arrangements but then COVID came and that just stopped all negotiations. That was a sad situation for everyone.”

    Now that he’s officially on the GLORY roster, McSweeney wants to devote all of his attention towards kickboxing without the potential distraction that another MMA fight might be looming around the corner again.

    “I have much more respect for K-1 and I have much more respect for GLORY. I’m not going to do that,” McSweeney said. “I’m going to dedicate the rest of my time to GLORY. I want to give the fans great fights. For me, I’m going to dedicate the rest of my time into GLORY and I’m going to go as far as I can and I think I’m going to the top.

    “[Kickboxing] was my first love. I started doing Muay Thai and then K-1 was doing very well in the late 90s in Japan with all these guys I idolized like Jerome LeBanner, Peter Aerts, so I fell in love with K-1 instantly. That’s why I transferred into kickboxing but then maybe 2005 or 2006 when K-1 Japan was shutting down. Then MMA was an easy transition but I feel that K-1 was my first love and you never get past that. No matter how much jiu-jitsu I learned, I’m a black belt now, I was always called a striker.”

    It’s not clear if GLORY will be his last stop but McSweeney says it was definitely a goal to join this particular promotion because it’s something he’s always wanted on his resume and now he’s finally arrived.

    “For me personally, it was an achievement cause I think I’m the only person in the world who fought in Lumpinee Stadium [in Thailand] numerous times and then K-1 and then fight in the UFC, ONE FC, KSW and now GLORY,” McSweeney said. “So I’ve fought in the highest level organizations across multiple sports all across the world and won fights for all of them. It was the last one on my resume I really wanted to make happen. It was a personal resume I wanted to have and say I fought for all of those companies and win fights.

    “To be honest, it’s a dream come true. It’s remarkable what GLORY’s done. They’ve come back and taken kickboxing by the horns. They’re leading the realm. They’re the highest organization in the world for striking. UFC is the elite of the elite in MMA and GLORY is the elite of the elite in kickboxing, that’s for sure. It’s amazing to be part of a card like this. History is going to be made and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
     
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    Plazibat is a tough first fight but McSweeney is already pretty old so I guess he has no time to waste.
     
  3. king of theRing Red Belt

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    Yea I'm actually kind if shocked. I thought maybe Wilnis for his first. But he only wants tough fights. Got to respect that
     
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  4. Mafanofe Black Belt

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    He is going down for sure, Plazibat is way better and McSweeney is 40yo
     
  5. Snubnoze707 High Level

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    Ya gonna be a tough outing, but I'm glad Glory finally gave him a chance.
     
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    This is great! MCS maybe can muster 2 or 3 fights from Glory. He is pretty old, yeah but he is a good fighter who has great punching power. Since he is a HW, anything can happen. I feel that Glory is pushing for a tournament. They focus on the HW class these times and an 8 men or 16 men tournament is on everybody`s lips right now.
     
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    whats the MMA community to do without McSweeney Todd the alien murderer of District 9....seriously though I dont see this turning out well, I dont get these subpar MMA fighters who think fighting guys who do what they do but better is a smart move.
     
  8. king of theRing Red Belt

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    Umm you know he was a kickboxer way before mma? His last kickboxing fight before mma was k1 wgp 2008. And he is 5-1 since returning with a ko over illunga. He is not no mma fighter who wants to be a kickboxer for a night that's for sure
     
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    yeah but as to my understanding he wasnt that great a kickboxer, its why he went to MMA. Its the other side of the equation I was talking about earlier, just like I dont get MMA strikers who think going to boxing/kickboxing is a smart move, I also dont think boxers/kickboxers going to MMA and having to deal with subs/wrestling is smart either (same applys to grapplers doing the opposite)....pick a focus and stick with it, yeah he's doing fine now but how many years did he waste learning wrestling/submissions that he's never gonna use now.
     
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    I don't care about the drama. I like that there seems like there is the money out there for a renewed kickboxing push outside MMA. I hope it works out. It's not like this is all based on a stupid social media star like the Jake Paul boxing bullcrud. Can we just be goddam happy about stuff occasionally?
     
  11. king of theRing Red Belt

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    You are not wrong at all, but he came back and did it the right way. He had a warm up fight his first fight back. Easy ko win. Knocked out illunga, beat murat by cut, but was a very competitive fight, was looking good vs londt till stop by cut. He has more than earned his shot. Yes I'll say that plazibat is right there close to a title shot, but mcsweeney doesn't have the time to build up like plazibat does, and wants to get in there with the best right away.

    I personally thought they would give him Raul catinas, but is what it is. This will show what he is really made of with the top 5.
     
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  12. Snubnoze707 High Level

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    That fight makes sense. If he takes the L against Plazibat that should be a likely future match up.
     
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    I rememeber a while ago he was supposed to fight in KSW or something but they pulled him last minute for a medical reason. Anyone know what it was? No one ever said what the condition was....
     
  14. king of theRing Red Belt

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    Safe mma being hacks
     

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