Glory Sports International delivers thrilling first event in Moscow

There has been a lot of press in the past few months about the new Glory Organization that recently signed fighters Peter Aerts, Georgio Petrosyan, Jerome Le Banner, Brice Guidon and many more talented fighters to a multiple fight deal contract with Glory.

Murad Machaev def. Cesario di Domenico

The first fight of the night sets the tone for a great night of fights to come as Italian fighter Cesario di Domenico against Murad Machaev fight for three rounds both fighters showed skill and delivered some heavy blows. It was a super exciting start to the show. Murad is showing he has a great sprawl technique and stand up skills. Domenico displays great talent and potential as well. After two action packed rounds where Cesario overcame some heavy strikes from Murad – he can really take a punch! Cesario is showing a lot of physical damage. Cesario starts with some good low kicks in the last round, but it is too late and the decision goes to Murad Machaev.

Ruslan Magomedov def. Ricco Rodriguez by decision.

Ricco Rodriguez from the USA fought against Magomedov a late replacement for Dennis Stojnic. But it shows early in the fight that Magomedov came to win. His sprawls were well timed and he showed a wicked left high kick that he landed perfectly in almost every round. Ricco was showboating a little with low defenses and circling around to then get caught with a high kick. At the end of round three Ricco finally gets the take down but it is to late for Ricco to finish the fight and loses by decision. Winner Ruslan Magomedov.

First Glory stand up battle of the night

Nieky Holzken vs David Kyria

The first round of the fight we see a surprisingly aggressive David Kiria who is chasing Nieky Holzken and putting on the pressure, scoring with uppercuts and great boxing combinations. Holzken is countering and it is an exciting first round which would go to Kiria. In round two Kiria starts the same but Holzken is figuring out his strategy and Holzkenstarts scoring with inside leg kicks and some good solid punches and knees. Again a very attractive round which goes to Holzken. The final round it is Holzken who is dominating the fight now and deserves the decision win, great fight from both fighters.

Dzhabar Askerov vs Maxim Vorovski

Verovski from Golden Glory replaced Robin van Roosmalen and was the heavy underdog again Askarov. However the first round we see the usual picture from Askarov putting the pressure and taking the middle of the ring. But it is Maxim who scores with great combinations and counters very nicely. Round two its the same picture but now the crowd is chanting MAXIM MAXIM as the young talented protege of Ramon Dekkers is showing a great performance against the much more experienced Askarov. Round three is impressive and the tempo is murderess, the judges decide on an extra round. Round 4 it’s Aksarov leading the fight once again and the last 30 seconds of the round are a all-out war where both fighters delivers heavy bomb – like – blows and they do not stop until the very last second of  round 4. Askarov wins by spilt decision but Maxim made his mark, the young fighter from Golden Glory has a great future ahead of him.
Jamal Ben Saddik def. Vitaly Oparin by TKO in Round 1
Ben Saddik is a giant  ( over two meters) he weighs 136 kg and is only 21 years old. He is undefeated in 20 fights and his last victory was a KO victory over Rico Verhoeven. He trains with the best of them at Golden Glory –  Zimmerman and Saki  just to name a few.  Vitaly looked strong and muscular and tried hard with some heavy swings in the opening round to impress Ben Saddik. But Ben saddik unleashed a flurry of big bombs and landed two huge knees and a powerfull right punch to win another impressive KO victory in the first round. Winner by TKO Ben Saddik. If Ben Saddik looses 15 kg and has a few more fights he will be the next big heavyweight sensation!

Ali Cenik def. Sergej Maslobojev by decision.

Ali Cenik fromTurkeyis well known inRussiaas in his previous debut inRussia( Glory 14) he fought a draw against popular fighters from Belarus Zabit Zamedov. Sergey is a very experienced fighter and it was not as easy a fight as Ali thought. Sergei had good high kicks and boxing combinations but the harder shots came from Ali his right hook left serious marks on Sergej’s face and after three rounds Ali was declared the winner. With a back flip from the ropes Ali celebrated his win.

Zabit Samedov def. Igor JurkovicCroatia

This was a very equal fight where we saw a knock down score by Samedov in the first round – Zabit made some beautiful combinations and landed a great high kick in the first round and then it was Yurkovic in round two who knocked down Samedov.   Round three was for Samedov and he won the fight.

Semmy Schilt def. Brice Guidon

Semmy Schilt has not been seen for 14 months in the ring but he decided to fight for Glory and signed a multiple fight deal. It has always been difficult to find opponents for Semmy, so when Brice Guidon the finalist of last years Glory World Series from was announced as Semmy’s opponent we were pleased. Many people did not give Brice any chance of winning. If you think Semmy had ring rust after 14 months people were in for a big surprise. The first round was very exciting and it was clear that Brice came to fight. In round two it is Semmy who scored two great knock downs. The first knock down Semmy hit Brice with a right hand which literally launched the French man into the air. But Brice overcame the two knock downs and tried to pull a Rocky on Semmy. The audience loved the fight, round three was an all out war, Brice even managed to kick Semmy in the face twice, Semmy then turned mad and become overly aggressive something we have not seen from Schilt in a long time. Schilt wins the fight and it was clearly the fight of the night while both fighters got a standing ovation.

Sergei Kharitonov def. Mark Miller

Mark Miller could also be seen in the previous Glory World Series event ( Glory 14) where Miller scored the fastest KO within 9 seconds against Falin. On that same night Kharitonov fought againstMightyMoand also KO’d Mighty Mo in round 1. The perfect match up for the Russian crowd. ClassicUSAvsAmerica-  the anticipation was high. If it was just a lucky shot from Miller in his fight with Falin or if Sergey just got much better we will never know. Miller started with some wild swings and unorthodox attacks but Sergey stayed calm and within 1 minute Sergey finished the fight with a right straight punch and wins by KO. The Russian audience goes wild. Winner by ko Sergey Kharitonov.

Errol Zimmerman vs. Jerome Le Banner

Zimmerman is on a 10 fight win streak with 9 KO victories which 7 came in the first round. Zimmerman recently knocked out Verhoeven and is clearly really focused and on his game. Now everybody who knows Errol knows that he is one of the most talented young fighters in the world. Has Errol come to his fight with Le Banner with the same preparation as his last 10 fights?  Le Banner has been fighting a lot, recently we could see him in Thailand winning by KO in round three by tko and then Le Banner fought at the NYE in Japan show he defeated Tim Sylvia from the USA. The fight starts slowly where both fighters test each other. But shortly after  Errol lands one devastating kick to Le Banner’s mid section who now knows why they call Errol Zimmerman the – bone crusher –  . A combination by Errol followed by a left hook rocks Le Banner who gets the first knock down. Le Banner tries to get up but he is wobbling and receives another two 8 counts. The 11th victory and 10 by KO in a row for Zimmerman. At only 25 and finally getting serious Zimmerman is tipped to become the heavyweight Glory champion this year. It’s a pleasure to watch Errol’s fights as he is super exciting, aggressive at any minute he can KO his opponent with a deadly blow as it has been said he has one of the hardest punches ever in the kickboxing industry.

During the Glory event the legendary Ramon Dekkers, Cor Hemmers and Bas Rutten announced a 16 man $300.000.- dollar tournament at the end of May this year.

Some participants were mentioned for this upcoming tournament which is looking very promising:

Georgio Petrosyan –  Italy

Robin Van Roosmalen –  Holland

Fabio Pinco –  France

Max Vyrovksy –  Estonia

Mohammed El Mir –  Denmark

Kay Hollenbach –  USA

Chaz Mulkey –  USA

Dennis Schneidmiller  -Germany

Sato –  Japan

Rungroi Sitsongpeenong –  Thailand

Alex Vogel –  Germany

Dzhabar Askarov -Russia

It is a great sign for the stand up fighters in the world that Glory is creating a new platform for the best stand up fighters in the world.

For more information www.gloryworldseries.com

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