At the age of 40, James McSweeney has hung up one set of gloves and is already lacing up another.
McSweeney announced on social media on Wednesday evening that he has signed with Glory Kickboxing. With his last MMA appearance in June 2019, and on a five-fight skid, “The Hammer” has also decided to stop competing in MMA. career was finished. Although McSweeney began his MMA in 2007 and made his way to the 10th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” a few years later, he began kickboxing a few years before that.
As McSweeney started training with Rashad Evans, he switched gears from K-1 competition to full-time MMA. The 33-fight MMA vet, who may have retired with a record below .500, faced a litany of tough names including Travis Browne, Tai Tuivasa, Thiago Silva and more as he toured the Ultimate Fighting Championship, One Championship and KSW.
On his social media, McSweeney wrote:
“Ok guys here it is.....I have signed with the biggest Organization in Kickboxing (k1) [Glory Kickboxing]. I am very proud to be apart [sic] of the Glory promotion. I am the only fighter in the World to fight the highest level of Muaythai (lumpinee) [sic]. Highest level of MMA [in the UFC]. highest level of MMA in Asia [in One Championship]. Highest level of MMA in Europe [in KSW]. And now the Highest level of Kickboxing [in Glory Kickboxing]. I fight October 23rd in Holland. This has been in the making over the past few years now finally finalized I am beyond excited. The biggest event in Glory History [and the] Largest. My camp started 8 weeks ago Now 4 weeks left........Thank you all for supporting me over the past 20+ years. As I told you all I am not done. I'm not coming to Glory to get along, I'm coming to take over.......I'm not playing. Osu.”
As he stated, the British heavyweight will be fighting on Glory Collision 3 at the GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands, on Oct. 23. No opponent had been named yet for the event a month away, which will be capped off by a heavyweight thriller between champ Rico Verhoeven and Alistair Overeem.
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