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Marshalltown's Glenn looking for title fight

April 1, 2013 - Mike Donahey
The accolades keep pouring in for Marshalltown’s Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn.

His Facebook page exploded with congratulatory messages after the biggest victory of his young mixed martial arts career in Atlantic City March 23.

Glenn, 23, beat Brazilian Alexandre “Pulga” Pimentel, 34, by a knockout in the third round of their nationally televised bout on NBC. Pimentel was undefeated at 12-0-0 (win-loss-draw) before falling to Glenn. Additionally, Pimentel is the national champion of Brazilian Jiujitsu. It is a martial art and combat sport that emphasizes grappling and ground fighting.

Glenn's record is now 13-2-1, and moved him up 16 spots in combined Ultimate Fighting Championship-World Series of Fighting 2 rankings. It was Glenn’s 10th victory in last 11 fights. His last loss was more than three years ago.

“We’re working to get Rick a title fight at the 148-pound or featherweight class in Las Vegas in June,” said Shaun White of Marshalltown, Glenn’s manager of several years. White was at the Atlantic City fight with other members of “Team Glenn.” Locally, a large crowd of fans were gathered at Rumors Sports Bar to watch the bout. Rumors is also a Glenn sponsor.

Glenn and White said a turning point in the former's career was a decision to train at Roufusport Gym in Milwaukee. Roufusport was recently ranked America's best for training mixed martial arts fighters.

Glenn, a Marshalltown High School graduate, has been under Roufusport’s tutelage for more than one year. Making the trip to Milwaukee was spouse Jenny (Landas), also of Marshalltown and an MHS grad. She works at a law firm while Glenn trains several hours a day.

In a March interview, Glenn was quick to point out the support received from Jenny, family, fans and sponsors. He credited Alan Hernandez of Marshalltown, for teaching him mixed martial arts in the basement of Hernandez’s home which had been turned into a makeshift gym several years ago.

There were others. “My uncle Mickey Glenn was a boxer, and it was he who inspired me to always train hard if I wanted to fulfill my vision of becoming a great boxer,” said Glenn. After a few amateur boxing matches Glenn desired to improve his skills and move into mixed martial arts.

Recently Glenn was the cover story in the March Marshall Times, which can be viewed online at And learn more by visiting



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