So there was a lot of stuff that went down at GLORY 16. Like a metric ton of stuff, so here we are to pick out the big stories for you guys in a heavily digestable manner.
- Pat Barry Gets Knocked Out - This was not that shocking for me, in fact, I had picked Mwekassa to defeat Barry, even though Barry was the heavy favorite going into this. Sure, Pat Barry had his UFC experience, but contrary to popular belief his problems in the UFC weren't ground fighters, his problems in the UFC were strikers. Shawn Jordan and Soa Palelei have first round KOs over him, for example.
- Raymond Daniels's Awesome KO - I can't stress this enough, it was awesome. Fans were ignoring the other big name fighters walking around the arena and swarming Daniels. It was a legitimate awesome knockout and a great story.
- Rico Verhoeven vs. Daniel Ghita - Rico Verhoeven vs. Daniel Ghita was announced for GLORY's Last Man Standing PPV, I believe for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. Even if not, this is a huge, important fight and should be incredible. GLORY 17 is just getting to be a better and better live show for fans.
- Mirko Cro Cop at GLORY 17 - Speaking of GLORY 17, Mirko Cro Cop will return to the GLORY ring at GLORY 17.
- Josh Jauncey Has Arrived - Josh Jauncey is a guy that I've been talking about for a while now and he finally got his shot at the big show in GLORY, with a super stiff challenge in Warren Stevelmans. It was a tough challenge for sure, but Jauncey bounced back and took a decision victory after an extension round.
- Benjamin Adegbuyi is For Real - We've discussed how sometimes that there are guys who get protected and aren't given the toughest fights, but Benjamin Adegbuyi has paid his dues and is absolutely a name to be looking out for in the GLORY Heavyweight division.
- Errol Zimmerman Was Ready to Quit - Errol Zimmerman stated in the post-fight press conference that if he lost the tournament that he would have quit Kickboxing entirely. Luckily for us he didn't and he is now right back in title contention.
- Welterweight is STACKED - Man. So Marc de Bonte is the Champion, but, waiting in the wings are Nieky Holzken, Joe Valtellini and now Raymond Daniels is tossing his name into the mix. Damn.