|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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Tonight in Zagreb, Croatia fans across the world got to say goodbye to the legendary Remy Bonjasky at GLORY 14 Zagreb. It was a tall task for Bonjasky, who was stepping into the ring with local hero Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic with a rather biased crowd. It didn’t matter, though, as Remy Bonjasky has steppe into the ring with the odds against him in the past before. This was a chance for redemption for Remy Bonjasky, a rematch from twelve years ago that saw Mirko Cro Cop walk away victorious.
It was three tense, close rounds fought by both men. Both Mirko Cro Cop and Remy Bonjasky’s styles have changed as they’ve aged and accumulated injuries, with Cro Cop relying on a more punch-heavy style and Bonjasky more on defense with the hands and offense with the legs. This was the story of the fight, as Mirko would swarm with the punches while Bonjasky would defend, then circle away to get distance and lay into Mirko with body kicks.
Many fans are going to be unhappy about the decision in this fight, though. Cro Cop was a bit more aggressive throughout, but the shots weren’t doing a lot of damage and Bonjasky was never in much trouble. Bonjasky was fighting as he tends to do, but his kicks were landing and landing heavy. This made for an incredibly close bout that fans of both fighters will be disputing for years to come, that being said, Remy Bonjasky’s hand was raised at the end of the night.
Remy Bonjasky has had a tremendous career and it is sad to see him go, but the persisting vision problems as well as years of injuries have made it tough for him to compete against the younger, quicker fighters of today. What we can say is that both men are legends and that nothing, no win or loss, can take that away at this point. I’m genuinely saddened that we won’t have another chance to hear “The Man with the Harmonica” again to lead Remy Bonjasky into the ring, but I was happy to see him walk away from the sport with a victory.Add a comment
There was something in the air in Zagreb, Croatia tonight as Andy Ristie and Davit Kiria stepped into the ring. The swell of momentum was clearly behind Andy Ristie. Ristie had a night that would make anyone’s career in knocking out Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin van Roosmalen a few months ago, making him the top Lightweight in the world. Now all that he needed to do was go into a fight with the usually patient, defensive Davit Kiria and knock him stupid. Everyone was tossing their money onto Ristie for this fight and for good reason -- he is the best in the world.
Everyone was proven right early on in the fight, as Ristie was dominating round one, then knocking Kiria down early in the second round. Kiria fought back, but there was a feeling in the air that it was just a matter of time before Ristie found a way through Kiria’s air-tight defenses again and put him to sleep. Because that is what Andy Ristie does, he puts guys to sleep. The thing is, if this went into the deep waters beyond round three, what would that mean for Andy Ristie, who has been known to slow down even in three round fights?
Round four saw more of the same, with Ristie not slowing down. Kiria was landing a little bit more, but it was still nothing to be afraid of. A lot of people felt it was just inevitable, that we had to sit out two more rounds before Ristie was crowned as the first GLORY Lightweight Champion, adding to his tournament victory. Round five came and it was thick in the air; Kiria had to hit a Hail Mary to walk away with this, that everyone had started to celebrate Ristie’s win. Then something crazy happened; Kiria started landing and Ristie wasn’t going down, but was clearly hurt. The ref counted and the fans were in disbelief.
Now it came down to a matter of could Ristie hold on for the final bell, could Ristie just hold on and win his championship? Kiria came in like his life depended on it, landing a huge shot on Ristie that sent him down like a character from Mike Tyson’s Punchout into the ropes. This was insanity, Andy Ristie down for a second time in the fifth round! Ristie struggles to his feet and the ref lets it keep going, but Ristie can barely stand. Just a few more shots by Kiria put him onto the mat and the arena explodes as Davit Kiria is crowned the first ever GLORY Lightweight Champion.
The truth is that it was never impossible, that Andy Ristie always had these holes in his game, he just had risen to the top of the division and looked untouchable. Davit Kiria has always been a fighter that has looked great, but never seems to get started in three round fights, but when given five rounds against the best in the world, Davit Kiria overcame all of the odds and found himself as the number one Lightweight in the world.
Congratulations, Davit Kiria, you deserve it.Add a comment
GLORY 14 is today, Saturday March 8th and for those who are waiting for the Spike TV broadcast I highly recommend waiting for the event to air before spoiling it for yourself. GLORY is staying quiet on social media for today, it seems, so saving yourself from spoilers might not be difficult.
Remy Bonjasky (R3 - Decision) Mirko Cro Cop
Middleweight Tournament Finals: Alex Pereira (R3 - Majority Decision) Sahak Parparyan
Lightweight Championship: Davit Kiria (R5 - KO) Andy Ristie
Middleweight Tournament: Alex Pereira (R1 - KO) Dustin Jacoby
Middleweight Tournament: Sahak Parparyan (R3 - Split Decision) Jason Wilnis
GLORY SuperFight Series
Mladen Brestovic (R1 - KO) Jahfarr Wilnis
Benjamin Adegbuyi (R2 - TKO) Dmytro Bezus
Aikpracha (R3 - Split Decision) Albert Kraus
Igor Jurkovic (R1 - KO) Michael Duut
Karapet Karapetyan (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Artur Kyshenko
Murthel Groenhart (R1 - TKO [Cut]) Teo MikelicAdd a comment
Not only does GLORY 14 Zagreb go down tomorrow, but in the UK Yokkao 8 will happen, featuring Liam Harrison vs. Houcine Bennoui in the main event. We look forward to hearing all of what goes down in the UK for this huge event. Here are the weigh-in results.
Tomorrow in Zagreb, Croatia, we'll see GLORY 14 take place. GLORY 14 features a Middleweight Contender tournament as well as a Lightweight title fight between Andy Ristie and Davit Kiria. The whole event is topped off with Mirko Filipovic vs. Remy Bonjasky in Remy Bonjasky's retirement bout, which makes this a can't miss event. The event will air on tape delay via Spike TV at 9pm Eastern time, so don't miss it.