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Rick "The Gladiator" Glenn to fight Sept. 14
July 15, 2013 - Mike Donahey
Marshalltown native Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn of Milwaukee is awaiting word on the opponent for his next big mixed martial arts fight, according to his manager, Shaun White of Marshalltown.
Two things are certain, the date — Sept. 14 — and the location — Atlantic City, N.J.
Glenn has aggressively worked his way up the World Series of Fighting ranks by winning. His Facebook page exploded with congratulatory messages after the biggest victory of of his young career in Atlantic City, March 23. Glenn, 23, beat Brazilian Alexandre “Pulga” Pimentel, 34, by knockout in third round of their nationally televised bout on NBC.
Before falling to Glenn, Pimentel, was undefeated at 12-0-0 (win-loss-draw). Pimentel also is the reigning national champion of Brazilian Jiujitsu. It is a martial art and combat sport that emphasizes grappling and ground fighting. White and a number of Glenn's supporters traveled to Atlantic City to see the action.
Glenn, a 146 pounder, is 13-2-1, and the win moved him up 16 spots in combined Ultimate Fighting Championship-World Series of Fighting 2 rankings. It was Glenn’s 10th victory in his last 11 fights. His last defeat was more than three years ago. While still ecstatic from his last win, Glenn's recent concerns have focused on the health of his sister, Aubry of Marshalltown. The middle-school student has been fighting cancer of the spine. She dreams one day of being able to run again and continue her education. Glenn may live in Milwaukee, but his heart is here. He returned in May to help raise money for his sister's care-related expenses, which are extensive. Her dream is to run again and continue her education. A family friend has asked Times-Republican readers to pray for Aubry. While in town, Glenn appeared at the Marshalltown High School track to support the Roundhouse Renovation campaign and earlier this year and previously endorsed a “Fight for Food” campaign to benefit the House of Compassion. White said a turning point in Glenn’s career was the move to Milwaukee to train under the famed Roufusport Gym there. The gym was recently ranked America’s best for training MMA fighters.