Benjamin Glossop, "BENNY", is a professional MMA fighter and kickboxer, a television host, and a motivational speaker. He is the owner of PURSUIT of FITNESS and the Head Coach of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA at UFC GYM Clearwater. He is also a former firefighter of 7 years.
Benny enjoys the opportunity to speak with audiences, especially youths, about overcoming odds, belief in one’s self, and confidence building. The survivor of a tragic accident at the age of 10, Benny shares his story about growing up believing that anything is possible even when others tell you, “You Can’t”.
Benny was raised in a small, tight-knit, farming community in Central Illinois. After high school he attended Northern Illinois University where he was a two sport athlete and earned his degree in Public / Interpersonal Communications. GO HUSKIES! While at NIU, Benny was involved in several University programs and campus clubs. He was a member of the Men’s Volleyball team and the University’s official club Taekwondo team. He was not only an athlete / fighter for NIU Taekwondo, he was also the Head Instructor of the University’s Taekwondo P.E. program.
With nearly 25 years of martial arts experience Benny has had the opportunity to train with some of the best athletes in the world and to compete internationally. Through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Olympic Taekwondo, and Mixed Martial Arts he has not only trained and competed but he’s made a successful career of coaching and teaching.
Martial arts ranks include:
- Black Belt: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Muay Thai: Coach, Trainer, Professional Fighter
- 3rd Degree Black Belt: Olympic Taekwondo
- 5th Degree Black Belt: American Kickboxing
- MMA: Coach, Trainer, Professional Fighter
Some of his martial arts highlights include:
- Featherweight fighter for the Griffin Elite National Team
- Competed and trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center
- Olympic Taekwondo: 5 time state champion, former Mid-West U.S. Champion, and veteran of two U.S. National Championships, 2000 Olympic Qualifier
- MMA: fought for the Troops at the first ever Pro MMA event at Camp Lejeune, U.S. Marines.
Along with martial arts, Benny is also one of Tampa Bay's most sought after Elite Fitness Trainers & Kettlebell Coaches. He is a certified CF Kettlebell Coach, a certified Personal Trainer and a certified Strength & Conditioning Trainer (AMF). Benny is the founder of KettleSport Cross-Training and his client list includes professional athletes from Mixed Martial Arts, Major League Baseball, Professional Soccer, and Olympians.
Television / Media
Benny is a television host, personality, and spokesperson. He is the host of XPTV Sports and specializes in Combat Sports & Extreme Sports hosting and commentary. With close to 250 TV credits to date Benny has hosted shows for Mixed Martial Arts, Professional Arm Wrestling, Powerlifting, Collegiate National Powerlifting, Extreme Motorcycle Riding, and Mud Wars. His works and appearances list includes MTV, Fox Sports Net, HD NET, The Fight Network, MAV TV, SportSouth TV, Roku, Tru TV, and more. Along with these markets his work has spanned globally and he is seen daily in the European, South African, and Asian television markets. Other works include voice overs, Pay Per Views, commercials, radio, and DVD recordings. In 2012 he was a nominee for BEST TV COMMENTATOR at the Florida MMA Awards.
Believe in the power of you
With a wide variety of works and experiences, Benny, is never afraid to take on a new challenge and is never afraid to fail. Failure is part of the learning process and no great success story ever came without a struggle. That said, anything is possible when you believe in yourself and you wholeheartedly chase your dreams with a strong work ethic and a desire to win / succeed. He reminds you that ‘it’s up to you’. Nobody decides for you what you can or cannot do... so attack each day with a motivation to be 1% better than you were yesterday. Embrace the differences in the people around you, respect what others have to offer, and never give up on your dreams!!! Believe in the power of YOU!