|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey, GLORY will present GLORY 15 Istanbul. GLORY 15 is slated to feature the GLORY Light H...Read more
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.
If you've been paying attention to the internet and the fight scene over the past few months you are probably well aware of online networks, as the UFC launched Fight Pass and WWE (not exactly fight related, but still) launched the WWE Network. It's safe to say that putting your content on the internet for fans to view it is the way to go, especially if you are trying to reach a new, bigger audience. In the case of European promotion Enfusion, they have some television deals in Europe but they do not reach as wide as they'd like to, so they've taken to the internet to post their fight library.
Starting on March 13th Enfusion will launch http://www.enfusionlive.com, which will feature all of their shows to date, which means Fighting Rookies, Enfusion Live and Enfusion Reality shows. They will also do daily broadcasts at 22:00 Amsterdam time to discuss the world of Martial Arts. So don't forget to bookmark Enfusionlive.com and check it out when it launches!Add a comment