Andy RISTIE shocks the world knocking out PETROSYAN and VAN ROOSMALEN !
By Glory , Sunday November 24, 2013
Andy ‘The Machine’ Ristie shocked the world in the grand final of the GLORY 12 NEW YORK Lightweight Championship Tournament, knocking out Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin Van Roosmalen to capture the tournament belt and the $150,000 grand prize.
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“I told everybody before this tournament that I would be number one. I knew I was going to win,” said Ristie afterwards. “I trained really hard for this fight. I have a difficult style for people to fight against and I have the power to knock anybody out.
“When Petrosyan went down I knew he was finished, I could feel it as soon as I hit him. I was really happy. People didn’t give me a chance in this fight but I proved them wrong. And I had the right tactics to beat Robin.
“Who gave me the biggest problem? None of them. I didn’t have a problem with either of them. I was in control. But I like how Robin fights. I don’t like to watch Petrosyan’s fighting, he doesn’t like to have a war.”
Not only is Ristie’s prize money the biggest purse of his career - “I’m going to spend it on some special things,” he smiles - his achievement is also something which will go into the record books. Tonight he stopped the #1 and #2-ranked lightweight kickboxers in the world, back to back.
Tournament Final: Andy Ristie vs. Robin Van Roosmalen
On paper, Ristie is a nightmare for a fighter like Van Roosmalen and so it proved. The fight depended on whether Van Roosmalen could bridge the gap and get inside Ristie’s reach to land his power-bombs. For the most part, he couldn’t.
Ristie kept Van Roosmalen at bay with long straight shot, including push kicks to the jaw over and over. Then he would flip the script and step in close, hammering knees into Van Roosmalen’s torso then pushing him away and re-establishing distance.
Van Roosmalen did get some good shots in here and there and he staggered Ristie at least once. Moments of the fight were absolute wars, the two of them standing right in front of each other and throwing long combinations with savage ferocity.
Semi Final Two: Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Andy Ristie
Giorgio Petrosyan went in with a 78-1-1 record, with the loss coming by way of controversial decision in Thailand six years ago. He came out with a 78-2-1 record after Ristie knocked him out in the third round of their contest.
To say that Ristie shocked the world would be an understatement. Shots of the Madison Square Garden venue showed a stunned crowd stood in silence, mouths open, struggling to process what they had just witnessed.
From the outset it had looked like it was going to be one of Petrosyan’s tougher fights. Ristie is one of the most unorthodox fighters in the sport, so much so that his style has been described as “weirdpaw”. For a master technician like Petrosyan, timing and anticipation are everything. Normally he can read his opponents like a book. Tonight he found out that Ristie is written in hieroglyphics.
Petrosyan probably edged the first round thanks to his point-scoring and damage-evasion, but he started to look flustered in round two as Ristie went after him hard. Often fighters will try and draw Petrosyan into a war, be foiled, and then go back to playing a technical game with him. Ristie wasn’t taking no for an answer.
The result was that, for the first time anybody can remember, Petrosyan was forced to fight somebody else’s fight. Ristie backed him into the ropes and let rip with a hard left hook to the body. Petrosyan dropped his arm with the impact, leaving himself open for a hook to the head which knocked him clean out.
At first a huge cheer went up, as it does for any knockout, but it was quickly followed by a deathly silence as the audience made sense of what they had just seen. Not only was Petrosyan finished, but it was the first time anybody can remember him even being knocked down.
Semi-Final One: Robin Van Roosmalen vs. Kiria
Robin Van Roosmalen, ranked #1 in the world after racking up wins in 2013, booked himself a spot in the final by beating karate stylist Davit Kiria. Their semi-final fight was a tough battle. Van Roosmalen and Kiria are both fighters who like to go forward and get into heavy exchanges.
The first round was close, Kiria’s trademark relentlessness on display. By the second Van Roosmalen was landing cleaner, harder shots and Kiria started to flag as the hits took their toll. The pace was high throughout the whole fight but Van Roosmalen looked to be handling it better. As the fight wore on it seemed Kiria was increasingly struggling for ideas.
Van Roosmalen can knock anyone out but it never looked like it was going to happen with Kiria. The ridiculously tough Georgian absorbed some massive shots without blinking. His lead leg was kicked black and blue but he soldiered through it thanks to his stoic karate training.
The judges gave the first round to Kiria, the remaining two to Van Roosmalen. There was no protest from Kiria. By round three it was obvious he had lost the fight and he now stands 0-2 against Van Roosmalen, who took a 29-28 win on all three judge’s cards.
Tournament Reserve Fight: Ky Hollenbeck vs. Warren Stevelmans
This fight was absolute domination from Hollenbeck. He set a pace which overwhelmed Stevelmans and did pretty much whatever he wanted with him for the whole fight.
Massive hand combinations rocked Stevelmans repeatedly. Hollenbeck would then move in and set up a clinch, throwing hard knees into the midsection and taking Stevelmans’ energy away.
There were a couple of moments when Hollenbeck did look to be in some trouble, notably at the start o the second went Stevelmans charged into him looking to make a war out of it, clearly having no chance of winning the technical game.
Hollenbeck got rocked a couple of times but came through the scares instantly, handing the punishment right back to Stevelmans twofold. Such was Hollenbeck’s dominance that he was able to hit a spinning backfist around six times over the course of the fight; it takes confidence to try that move even once.
As the two fighters waited for the result to be announced, Hollenbeck stood draped in the Stars and Stripes. The scores came back as 30-27 on all three judges’ cards, a unanimous decision in Hollenbeck’s favor.
Part of his mission is to force the kickboxing world to recognize that America is now a force. By beating a veteran like Stevelmans, and having dominated a huge name in Albert Kraus at GLORY 10, Hollenbeck is flying the flag high for the US kickboxing community.
Joe ‘Stitch Em Up’ Schilling vs. Wayne Barrett
The headline fight of GLORY 12 had it all - two talented fighters, two bitter rivals, a West Coast/East Coast rivalry and a style vs. style clash which pitted Schilling’s background in Muay Thai against Barrett’s background as a Golden Gloves amateur boxer.
It was obvious from the first round that this would be a serious battle between two fighters who don’t like each other all that much. There had been significant trash-talking from Schilling in the build-up and Barrett, who had maintained a dignified silence for the most part, was ready to answer back at last.
No decisive advantage came out until the second round, when Barrett was able to land some clean punches and drop Schilling. The New York crowd was entirely behind Barrett and cheered wildly as Schilling regained his feet looking groggy. They went wild when he got dropped for a second time shortly afterwards.
Schilling needed a stoppage in the third if he wanted to win the fight and he nearly got it, landing a knee on Barrett which put him down. Barrett looked unsteady but he beat the count to get back into the fight and battle it out until the final bell. The judges saw the fight his way, putting him in the lead two rounds to one for a unanimous decision win.
Barrett now rises to 4-0 as a professional following a successful amateur career. The win is huge but the rivalry is probably not done yet. Barrett and Schilling are sure to rematch at some point in the future, possibly in 2014. In the meantime, Barrett has announced himself as a serious force on the middleweight scene.
Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Ben Edwards
With two of the heaviest fighters on the GLORY roster slugging it out, this one was never likely to go the distance. In fact it did go longer than might have been expected, thanks to Ben Saddik playing a clever and mobile game to make maximum use of his height advantage.
Shorter, stockier Edwards had to try and get in range to unload his bombs. Ben Saddik made it difficult for him, keeping him on the outside and punishing him with knees when he did manage to get on the inside. Edwards was cut and bloodied going into round three.
He still had fire in him though, and it seemed like his fitness might be better than Ben Saddik’s. Something changed suddenly in the middle of the third round and it was Ben Saddik on the back foot. What looked to be a certain decision victory turned into a defensive action as Edwards went after him.
A hard exchange against the ropes had Ben Saddik in trouble. Edwards saw it and unloaded, landing huge blow after huge blow. The ropes saved Ben Saddik from going down until his legs completely gave way. He crashed to the canvas and was counted out by the referee to give Edwards one of the year’s biggest comeback wins.
Six fights in the GLORY Superfight Series opened Saturday night’s event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
A mixture of established names, new talents and GLORY debutants took to the ring to fight for the victories which would move them up the rankings and closer towards title contention and placement in the prestigious GLORY Championship Tournaments.
The results of the fights are detailed below. If you don’t want to know the results then don’t read on. These fights will be made available to watch for free via GloryWorldSeries.com soon. Register an account to watch free video content and past events.
Brian ‘The Lion’ Collette vs. Warren Thompson
Both these fighters have a reputation for being able to bang. It took just over one minute for that to be proved correct. They engaged early and at the one minute mark Thompson was attempting to do some damage in the clinch.
Collette broke away and as he did so he leaned down sharply to his left and brought his right shin up at an incredibly right angle. The connection was clean and hard; Thompson went down. As he tried to regain his feet he staggered and the referee waved the fight off to give Collette the win by KO at 1:03.
Artem Vakhitov vs. Nenad Pagonis
GLORY debutant Pagonis has a lot of experience from competition around his Eastern European homeland, so he was able to use his range to create some problems for the slightly shorter Russian.
Vakhitov likes to hit body shots, so keeping him at distance is a good idea. As the fight went on he started finding his way in more and more often, landing the liver and stomach shots which are his trademark.
After three rounds were done the judges felt that Vakhitov had controlled the fight more and had done more damage with his body shots and knee strikes. They gave him two rounds to Pagonis’ one, taking Vakhitov to 2-0 in GLORY.
Eddie Walker vs. Francois Ambang
Walker couldn’t have had a tougher welterweight debut, facing a the man who earned his GLORY contract by knocking out three opponents in one night to win a ‘Road to Glory’ tournament earlier this year.
A runner-up in the middleweight ‘Road to Glory’ tournament, Walker found himself outsized and outgunned when he debuted at GLORY 5 LONDON against world-ranked #2 Steve Wakeling. That fight ended in TKO via leg-kicks, as Walker’s ‘Road to Glory’ tournament final had against Mike Lemaire.
Tonight’s fight with Ambang went the same way. Walker’s leg-kick defense looked improved but he still took a lot of damage to the lead leg. Ambang threw hard hand combinations and finished on leg kicks a lot. Often Walker would check the kick but Ambang would power through the shin-on-shin contact like it was nothing.
Walker had some good moments, at one point almost KO’oing Ambang with a hard right hand. But his lead leg took so much damage that towards the end of the fight even light kicks from Ambang were making him fall down. Two low-blows from Ambang did nothing to make Walker’s night any better.
The fight didn’t make it to the end. Just past the midpoint of the third frame Walker’s leg took one too many kicks.
Jhonata Diniz vs. Igor Jurkovic
Diniz is only 22 years old and has had a hard road in GLORY, fighting some of the biggest names of the sport in his first few fights for the organization. A war with Daniel Ghita at GLORY 4 showed us what he was capable of, though he lost the decision in that one.
Tonight he had no intention of leaving it to the judges - he went after Jurkovic hard and scored his first knockdown early on with a big right hand. A second knockdown came almost immediately on the restart. Jurkovic looked wobbly but held on, firing back with some hard straight punches when they got back into it.
Diniz knew a finish was close and he went for it. Jurkovic found himself under ceaseless pressure, Diniz throwing punches and head kicks as he chased the knockdown which would end the fight. He found it by pressuring Jurkovic into a corner and letting rip. As Jurkovic tried to get out he took a punch and went down again.
Under GLORY rules a fight ends if a fighter is knocked down three times in one round. Diniz jumped on the ropes straight away and roared in triumph, celebrating his first KO win in GLORY. “In 2014 you will see the new Jhonata Dinizh,” he said. “Next year I want a rematch with Daniel Ghita. That’s the fight I want.”
Saulo Cavalari vs. Mourad Bouzidi
In only his second outing for GLORY, Cavalari put the light-heavyweight divisioon on notice the best way that any fighter can - with a crushing first-round knockout of an established name who has fought and beaten some of the best in the world over the course of more than one hundred fights.
Bouzidi was a heavyweight until recently. He was always small for that division and dropped to light-heavyweight when GLORY made that a viable weight class. He is used to fighting big, powerful guys without being KO’d, which makes Cavalari’s win incredible.
From the opening bell Cavalari was going in on Bouzidi with power-shots and forcing him backwards under pressure. Bouzidi did get his own offense going and landed some nice shots of his own but the power hits were all Cavalari.
An overhand right over Bouzidi’s jab put the Tunisian down - he was out before he hit the floor and he stayed down a long time. Bouzidi dropped so fast that Cavalari’s follow-on left-hook missed him completely.
He stayed down so long that Cavalari had completely cooled off by the time the official result was read out. “I’m coming for the belt,” he said afterwards. “I’m telling all the light-heavyweights, next year I am going to be number one and the belt is going to Brazil.”
Paul Marfort vs. Thiago Michel
A strong start for Marfort won him the first round. He landed the cleaner shots and got inside Michel’s looser punches to land hard counters. He was particularly successful with his right cross in the first and second round but seemed to fade as the second round went on.
Marfort started covering up more as Thiago hit him with a variety of shots. Such was Michel’s confidence in the third round that he was able to hit a 720-kick, which the crowd appreciated. Marfort had clearly won the first round with his harder pucnehs,
Michel clearly won the third. Round two was more mixed but as Michel won the latter half of it, the judges awarded it to him. Michel took a unanimous decision, 29-28 on every judge’s card.
GLORY 12 NEW YORK: FULL RESULTS
Wayne Barrett defeats Joe Schilling by Unanimous Decision (30-26 an all three cards)
Ben Edwards defeats Jamal Ben Saddik by KO, R3, 2:52
Andy Ristie defeats Robin van Roosmalen by KO, R2, 1:45
Semi Final One
Robin van Roosmalen defeats Davit Kiria by Unanimous Decision (29-28 on all three cards)
Semi Final Two
Andy Ristie defeats Giorgio Petrosyan by KO, R3, 0:43.
Tournament Reserve Bout
Ky Hollenbeck defeats Warren Stevelmans by Unanimous Decision (30-26 an all three cards)
Brian ‘The Lion’ Collette defeats Warren Thompson by KO, R1, 1:03
Artem Vakhitov defeats Nenad Pagonis by unanimous decision (29-28 on all three cards)
Francois Ambang defeats Eddie Walker by TKO, R3, leg kicks
Jhonata Diniz defeats Igor Jurkovic by TKO, R1
Saulo Cavalari defeats Mourad Bouzidi by KO, R1, 2:10
Thiago Michel defeats Paul Marfort by unanimous decision (29-28 on all three cards).