After I wrote an article hyping up last night’s Glory kickboxing event, I was worried I’d look like an idiot if the event was a snoozer. Fortunately, my hype was justified. In 11 fights, there was barely a dull moment. It’s rare to see such wall-to-wall talent right down to the undercard but that’s exactly what Glory delivered.
First, the lowlights.
A “Navy vs. Air Force” match served to illustrate the big skill difference between amateur and professional. Still, at least they gave us a knockout with Cedric Smith battering a game but out-classed James Hurley with heavy punches, kicks and knees for a second round TKO and a completely meaningless but very pretty belt.
In the main event, Errol Zimmerman came out swinging hard punches and his surprisingly crisp kicks against heavyweight champ Rico Verhoeven. Rico showed a side of him we haven’t seen: power and wild aggression. Rocking Zimmerman badly with counters then getting rocked himself as he blasted away throwing caution to the winds. Zimmerman looked hurt and tired but still very much game to fight in the second round until he blew out his knee throwing a spinning back kick. It was a premature end to what was shaping up to be an exciting contest.
Everything else on the card was pretty much striking gold.
Josh Jauncey’s bout with Max Baumert met a similarly unfortunate end. Jauncey’s impeccable head movement and diverse striking arsenal appeared to be too much for a gutsy Baumert until Baumert scored an impressive knockdown with a 3 punch combo right at the end of the second. Jauncey recovered and needed only 34 seconds of the third to land a knee which opened a deeply unpleasant cut above Baumert’s eye which ended the fight.
Francois Ambang and Xavier Vigney both notched beautiful first round knockouts. Ambang landed a beautiful right hand which left his opponent stiff on the canvas and Vigney, showing impressive hand speed for 6’8’’, put his man down with a slick boxing combination in the corner.
Andy Ristie weathered an early storm of overhand rights from his shorter opponent before finding his groove and scoring a brace of knockdowns with knees and body shots before finishing with a running right hand in a clinical one round destruction. Ristie will undoubtedly look for a title fight with his former opponent Davit Kiria or fellow title challenger Robin Van Roosmalen whom Ristie beat in 2013.
Joe Schilling, with his trademark mad dog style, overwhelmed a young Rob Thomas who showed great promise with his kicks and straight punches even as his youthful chin was put to the test.
In the welterweight tournament, Raymond Daniels used a flurry of spinning back kicks, spinning heel kicks, rushing knees and fast punch combinations to TKO a tough Jonatan Oliveira who looked to use Valtellini’s low kick and pressure strategy but fell victim to a spinning back kick in the second.
On the other side of the bracket, Nieky Holzken, shaking off a long injury-based layoff fought to an exciting decision win over Alexander Stetcurenko. Stetcurenko impressed but Holzken’s amazingly tight infighting, body hooks and leg kicks edged him for the win.
Both Holzken and Daniels appeared fresh as they entered their final match. Holzken shook off whatever rust might have been ailing him and began an incredibly high-pressure systematic boxing offence. Daniels backed himself into a corner repeatedly and launched jump knees. His spinning back kicks were largely smothered throughout the first and a crushing liver hook from Holzken sent him to his knees. Holzken continued his beautiful boxing attack mixing in leg kicks and showcasing his excellent defence.
His composure held despite a Daniels’ rally at the start of the second to force Daniels to his knees once with punches and once with a flying knee. Daniels’ approach of staying in the corner was costing him dearly but he did not appear to have a varied enough offence to develop a new strategy.
In the 3rd round, Daniels looked very smug as he sat Nieky down with a spinning back kick. Nieky smiled, got to his feet and motioned for the referee to start the fight again. Marching through a vigorous barrage of kicks like they were nothing, Holzken again forced Daniels to the corner, stuck his head in his chest and launched a couple of body hooks then stiffened Daniels with a flying knee, backed up, picked his moment then closed the show with his trademark hand trap to right hook and claimed his second consecutive welterweight tournament cup.
Glory 19 was a fantastic event and I strongly encourage you to check it out if you get the chance. Ristie and Schilling are as exciting and technical as any fighters in the world and there are plenty of great match ups for them in the future and, of course, I can’t wait for Holzken and Valtellini’s rematch for the belt.
No guts, no glory!
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
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