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Latest win may earn Glenn a title shot
September 16, 2013 - Mike Donahey
Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn of Marshalltown is making a name for himself in MMA ranks by defeating the undefeated.
Another one bit the dust Saturday night, as Glenn beat Artur Rofi 6-1-0 (win-loss-draw) by unanimous decision at Revel Resort & Casino. Atlantic City, N.J. The fight was televised on NBC-TV.
Glenn’s victory over Rofi may earn the Marshalltown High School graduate a championship bout in early 2014, according to Shaun White of Marshalltown, Glenn’s manager. Glenn, 24, is 14-2-1 professionally, and has been rising in the ranks with each victory.
It was Glenn’s 11th victory in his last 12 fights. His last defeat was more than three years ago. In March, Glenn, a featherweight fighting at 146 pounds, defeated Alexandre “Pulga” Pimentel, who entered the bout at 12-0-0. And Pimentel was the reigning national champion of Brazilian Jiujitsu — a martial art and combat sport that emphasizes grappling and ground fighting.
Glenn is in the World Series of Fighting, considered just one notch below the Ultimate Fighting Championship ranks. His victories have been catching the eyes of MMA writers, most notably Scott Harris of the Bleacher Report. Earlier this year, Harris wrote: “Observers who know him know his razor-sharp stand-up game, but Glenn has four wins by submission too (not counting one tap to strikes). Perhaps the best harbinger of Glenn’s future, though, is that killer instinct his uncle saw in his teenage nephew. Glenn has dropped the curtain on his opponent six time in the first round.”
Glenn is married to Jenny (nee Landas) of Marshalltown, also a MHS grad. He is scheduled to visit Rumours Sports Bar & Grill (a loyal sponsor) in Marshalltown Sept. 28 for a fundraiser on behalf of his sister Aubry, who is suffering from cancer.
White is encouraging Glenn’s fans to assist the fighter through the “Fund a Fighter” website. “As each fight became more critical to his career, Rick has incurred expenses at Roufusport Gym and by making repeated trips back to Marshalltown to see Aubry," he said. A turning point in Glenn’s career was the decision to move to Milwaukee and train at Roufusport. The gym was recently ranked America’s best for training MMA fighters. To help Glenn, visit http://fundafighter.com/fighters/rick-glenn/ or rickglennmma.com. To help Aubry, send donations to Angels for Aubry, 208 S. Third St. Apt. 3, Marshalltown, 50158.