(All gifs courtesy of Zombie Prophet.)
Last Saturday marked an increasingly rare occasion for the fight fan attempting to have an honest to God social life, with the UFC taking a much needed break ahead of this weekend’s Fight Night doubleheader. That is not to say there wasn’t plenty of fight action to be witnessed — both the World Series of Fighting and Glory kickboxing held events in California over the weekend — but were any of you honestly on pins and needles to watch the former’s middleweight title fight between David Branch and Jesse Taylor, or the latter’s rematch between Mirko Cro Cop and Jarrell Miller? Thought so.
Had you turned into Glory 17, however, you would have not only witnessed the former PRIDE killer and prankster extraordinaire score a unanimous decision victory over Miller, but a bevy of blistering knockouts as well. The quickest KO of the night went to Glory 12 lightweight tournament winner Andy Ristie in his preliminary tilt against Ky Hollenbeck, the man Ristie was supposed to face for the inaugural Glory lightweight belt at Glory 14 before an injury forced Davit Kiria to step in and eventually defeat Ristie via last second, come-from-behind KO.
It took Ristie just 35 seconds to flatten Hollenbeck with his trademark left hook, which you can check out in gif form above courtesy of Zombie Prophet. After the jump: Gifs of the night’s other, more violent finishes and complete Glory 17 results.
The middleweight tournament quarterfinal bout between Joe Schilling and Simon Marcus was easily one the evening’s most entertaining bouts, both going to a sudden death fourth round and ending in a falling tree KO that was nearly a double KO when Schilling and Marcus landed simultaneous right hands. It was Schilling’s right hook that won the day over Marcus’ right straight, securing him a spot in semifinals against the man who would score a devastating counter punch KO of his own in the very next fight of the night…
Yep, that’s Romania’s Bogdan Stoica going full Arlovski vs. Fedor on American Wayne Barrett in their quarterfinal fight and achieving the exact same results. Yowza. I’m just saying, unless you possess the hops of Chris Beal, maybe set that flying knee up with something rather than leap into it from halfway across the ring. I’m not even here. (*backs slowly out of room*)
Aside from Saturday’s epic middleweight tournament, Glory 17 also saw the crowning of a new heavyweight and welterweight champion, as well as the return of Melvin Manhoef to the squared circle, so check out the complete Glory 17 results below.
Glory “Last man Standing” Middleweight Tournament Results:
-Tournament Final: Levin def Schilling via unanimous dec (29-26, 29-26, 29-26) new Middleweight champion
-Semi final: Levin def Verlinden via unanimous dec (30-27 x 3)
-Semi final: Schilling def Barrett via split dec (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
-Artem Levin def Alex Pereira via unanimous dec (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Joe Schilling def. Simon Marcus via KO in extra round 2:41
-Wayne Barrett def Bogdan Stoica via KO RD 3 0:58
Filip Verlinden def Melvin Manhoef via unanimous dec (30-27, 30-27, 28-28)
-Heavyweight championship: Rico Verhoeven def Daniel Ghita via unanimous dec (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
-Welterweight championship: Joseph Valtellini def Marc de Bonte via unanimous dec (47-46 x 3)
-Mirko Filipovic def Jarrell MIller via unanimous dec (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
-Andy Ristie def Ky Hollenbeck via KO Rd 1 0:35
-Featherweight tournament final: Varga def Oblonsky via unanimous dec (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
-Gabriel Varga def Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai via unanimous dec (30-27 x 3)
-Shane Oblonsky def Marcus Vinicius via unanimous dec (29-26)