|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)|
In what was a matchup between the best fighters at Light Heavyweight under the GLORY banner we saw Tyrone Spong square off against Danyo Ilunga in the Light Heavyweight Slam Finals. Both men were worn down from fighting twice earlier in the night, with Ilunga fighting two harder bouts for sure. Both men were primed and ready for action when Spong landed a barrage of strikes that Ilunga was covering up.
In what was a rather confusing turn of events, Ilunga, who was still standing, still covering up and aware of what was happening, was pushed aside by the ref who called the bout in what was one of the worst stoppages that we've seen in a very, very long time. It makes some of the Joop Ubeda stoppages of the last few years look competent. We'll hopefully have footage of the stoppage in a bit up on the site, but if you somehow missed it, trust us, Spong was looking good, but Ilunga was not down and out by any stretch of the imagination.
Congratulations go out to Tyrone Spong, though, as he won the GLORY Light Heavyweight Slam in New York, which is a feather in his cap no matter what.
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Glory 9 has really turned into one of the most fun events of the year so far, with another American fighter, this time Wayne Barrett, putting on an incredible performance against a very tough Mike LeMaire. LeMaire is known for his Road 2 Glory LA win, including a win over Eddie "Showtime" Walker, but he had a tough time against Wayne Barrett here tonight.
Barrett really turned up the heat in the second round and this Knockout was one of the most impressive of the night. Watch the KO thanks to ZombieProphet.
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The fight that we all predicted as the finals of the GLORY 9 New York Light Heavyweight tournament might have been Danyo Ilunga vs. Tyrone Spong, but the other fighters on the card were not ready to just let that happen. Danyo Ilunga went up against Dustin Jacoby, whom many saw as a pushover in the tournament, only for him to really turn up the pressure and give Ilunga a run for his money. While Ilunga's cardio might not have held up, Jacoby's did and he did his best to pull out the upset against Ilunga. Ilunga did walk away the better man, moving into the finals.
That left Tyrone Spong against Filip Verlinden. Verlinden might have had some doubts about his last fight hanging over his head, as you could argue that Steve McKinnon won the bout, but he really turned up the intensity against Spong, knowing what was on the line here. Spong against a guy closer to his size showed some hesitation and restraint, which gave Verlinden a chance to get off some better shots and hold his own. Spong was still the stronger fighter, with the damage all over Verlinden's arms and body showing up by the end of the second round. Spong won the decision to put him into the Finals.
That leaves Tyrone Spong vs. Danyo Ilunga as your Finals in what will determine the best Light Heavyweight Kickboxer in the world.
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Glory 9 has been lacking in huge KO's and when Brice Guidon and Daniel Ghita stepped into the ring following a huge KO by Spong earlier you could feel it in the air, someone was going to go down hard. The announcers for some reason keep talking about Daniel Ghita's leg kicks like it is 2009, but Ghita has become such a complete fighter in the past few years and there is no better proof than in this fight where he cornered Brice Guidon and was hitting a beautiful flurry of punches, changing levels the whole way before a left hook flattened Brice Guidon.
Guidon went down and went down hard, out cold as Ghita gets back on the winning path after two tough losses in a row. The Sniper is back.
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In one of the most exciting moments of Glory 9 so far, tournament favorite Tyrone Spong squared off against Michael Duut. Many were expecting Spong to make quick work of Duut, and in a way he did, but not before a surprise hit in the early part of the fight took Spong by surprise and floored him. In what was one of the most dramatic moments that we've seen all night, Spong got back up to his feet, kept Duut at a distance and unloaded with a brutal right hook that knocked Duut right out.
In a way it reminded me a lot of the second time that Badr Hari met Ruslan Karaev, where Karaev scored a surprise knockdown on Badr that only upset him so much that when he got up he basically murdered him.
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GLORY hits New York tomorrow for their first event on American soil, featuring an eight man tournament in the light heavyweight division of 95kg, as well as a number of other fights with the likes of Daniel Ghita, Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman on the card. The event can be watched live here on LiverKick for $20USD.
Betting odds for the event were released on 5Dimes today by MMAOddsbreaker's Nick Kalikas.
Rico Verhoeven -130
Errol Zimmerman -110
Tyrone Spong -1200
Michael Duut +600
Danyo Ilunga -215
Mourad Bouzidi +165
Daniel Ghita -750
Brice Guidon +450
Anderson Silva -210
Daniel Sam +160
Joseph Valtelini -210
Francois Ambang +160
Artem Vakhitov -530
Luis Tavares +350
Filip Verlinden -210
Steve McKinnon +160
Brian Collette -215
Dustin Jacoby +165
Glory held an open workout this afternoon in New York City featuring the fighters from Glory 9 New York and MiddleEasy's own Bauzen was there to capture the event for the WKA. Go ahead and check out the full gallery on their Facebook page now for all of the shots from this afternoon's press event.Add a comment
A few days ago Dzevad Poturak announced that he would be retiring come this September at Final Fight 07 in Sarajevo, although there was no opponent chosen yet. That has changed today as we find out that Poturak's final opponent will be Stefan "Blitz" Leko. This is an interesting fight for both men as Poturak has undoubtedly had better results over the past few years, while Leko has fallen upon hard times, having a hot and cold career since 2005 or so.
This makes Leko a perfect last opponent for Poturak, as a win over Leko will help to put a good bookend on his career, but a loss to Leko will not be seen as any sort of disgrace, either, as Leko still shows flashes of brilliance when he is motivated.Add a comment
Look, at this point there isn't a whole lot that can be said about Buakaw. Buakaw is a former K-1 World MAX Champion and probably the most famous thai fighter to fight outside of Thailand. Over the past few years Buakaw has kind of been taking it easy with his fights in the ring while focusing on fights outside of the ring. This stretches from a parting with his former camp, Por. Pramuk, and claiming that their contracts were that of slaves. Then he worked with Yokkao to establish a temporary training camp before he moved on to create his own, independent of anyone else.
His biggest ally during the parting with Por. Pramuk was easily the promotion Thai Fight, who not only fed him a healthy dose of easier fights to build up his name across the world, but helped to assure that the Por. Pramuk breakup would be beneficial for both Thai Fight and Buakaw. Now that relationship has apparently gone sour as well for both parties, as last month Thai Fight launched a lawsuit against Buakaw for about $1.5 million for breach of contract. Now Buakaw Banchamek is launching his own counter-suit for defamation of character.
I will almost always side with fighters when it comes to stuff like this, but many are beginning to wonder why trouble seems to be following Buakaw. Is it just that he's a whistleblower in the world of Thai fighting, or is he breaching the tradition?
If you are unfamiliar with Buakaw's plights, I urge you to read my piece from last year on the whole saga.Add a comment
Part II of "The King of the Ring" featuring Tyrone Spong, from the team that brought you The Reem. This episode follows Tyrone Spong around while he prepares for his bout with Remy Bonjasky as well as focuses on his life in Miami.Add a comment