A Complete Breakdown For The Glory 12 Lightweight World Championship Tournament In New York City
Where: The Theater At Madison Square Garden
When: November 23rd, 2013. Live coverage starts @ 9pm ET.
How To Watch:
US Audience: Spike TV (check your local listings)
International Audience: www.gloryworldseries.com
Words can’t begin to explain how pumped I am for the Glory 12 show here in NYC. From top to bottom, the fight card is loaded with some of the most talented kick boxers the world has to offer. With guys that are near unbeatable like Giorgio Petrosyan, and highly skilled, trash talkers like the newly crowned king of the Glory light heavyweight tournament, Joe Schilling, there is no chance that this night isn’t going to be anything but fireworks!
The Fight Card (Televised Portion)
The televised portion of the show is no doubt what everyone is looking forward to. With that being said, get a more in-depth look of these match-ups including interviews, previous fight videos and more!
Main Event – #2 Joe Schilling vs. #6 Wayne Barrett
Joe Schilling almost single handily put American kickboxing on the map with his wins over Kenzo Shimizu (click here to watch the fight video) and Artem Levin, making him the Glory light heavyweight champ and winning $150,000 in the process. He’s fought the toughest guys in the world and has no doubt that he will come out the victor over Wayne Barrett.
Joe Schilling Glory 12 NYC Interview
On the other side of the ring is Wayne Barrett. Barrett is one of the rising stars in American kickboxing and is looking to make a huge statement by taking out the highly favorited, Joe Schilling. Currently with a 3-0 record with 3 KO’s as a Glory fighter, Barrett hasn’t really been tested yet as a professional fighter. He takes a huge step up in competition, but he thinks he has the heart and skill to shock the world on November 23rd.
Wayne Barrett Glory 12 NYC Interview
Also you know what’s pretty cool? I interviewed both of these fighters a few months back and got their insights on their training and future career plans. It’s awesome to see both these guys succeed and do the things they said they were going to do. Make sure you check out the Muay Thai Guy podcast and listen in on the interviews I had with both main event fighters!
Co-Main Event – #11 Jamal Ben Saddik vs. #15 Ben Edwards (heavyweights)
Although I don’t know much about either fighter, I’m always excited for a big heavyweight match up between two sluggers looking to knock each other out.
Ben Edwards stands at 6’ 2’’, 256lbs and hails from Australia. Edwards has his fair share of KO’s under his belt and is looking to make a mark in the Glory heavyweight division by showcasing his toughness, power and chin against Jamal Ben Saddik.
Another huge heavyweight at 6’ 9’’ 256lbs, Jamal Ben Saddik is only 23 but took out the very experienced Remy Bonjasky with ease. He also stood toe to toe with Peter Aerts and nearly knocked him out before Aerts turned the tide and took it to Saddik.
Lightweight Tournament Preview And Match-ups
Man, this lightweight tournament is going to be epic! With Giorgio Petrosyan being the favorite to win, there is still great potential for each of the other 3 fighters to come out on top.
The previous lightweight tournament held at Glory 3 in Rome showcased how technically sound Petrosyan was with wins over Ky Hollenbeck, Davit Kiria and Robin Van Roosmalen. Don’t count out Kiria and Roosmalen because chances are they learned from their mistakes from their previous fights against “The Doctor” and will be looking for revenge at Glory 12 NYC!
(somehow he’s ranked #2) Giorgio Petrosyan vs. #4 Andy Ristie
Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan is arguably the best pound for pound kickboxer in the world. Just check out his highlight reel here and watch how he surgically picks apart his opponents while avoiding any damage to himself.
Giorgio Petrosyan Pre Fight Interview
Andy Ristie is a Dutch-Surinamese kickboxer, who has a ton of athleticism and skill that is hard to overlook (check out his skills here). Even though he is the underdog against Petrosyan, he will be looking for the huge upset in the first round of the Glory 12 lightweight tournament.
Andy Ristie Pre Fight Interview
#1 Robin Van Roosmalen vs. #3 Davit Kiria
I love Van Roosmalens style of fighting. Aggressive, powerful and dynamic are just a few ways to describe it, but I just like to say it’s fucking badass. He took it to Petrosyan at Glory 3 Rome but came up short due to the quickness and intelligence of The Doctor. That being said, don’t expect him to overlook his first opponent Davit Kiria, who also has a very exciting style to watch.
Robin Van Roosmalen Pre Fight Interview
Davit Kiria has an awesome beard and a very unique jumping flip kick that I have yet to see land fully. Other than his flashy moves, he is technically sound in his offense and defense and also put up a good fight against Petrosyan at Glory 3.
Davit Kiria Pre Fight Interview
Tournament Reserve Bout
Ky Hollenbeck vs. Warren Stevelmans
I’m a huge Ky Hollenbeck fan so I definitely have some prejudice writing this review… but he’s the shit. Having a background in gymnastics allows him to be super agile, fluid and in control whenever he steps into the ring. His coordination, balance and technique is unreal and he showcased it against top ranked Albert Kraus in his most recent fight at Glory 10 Los Angeles
I’m not gonna lie, I’m not too familiar with Warren Stevelmans but I’m sure he’ll be up for the challenge that Ky Hollenbeck is bound to give him. I do know that Stevelmans has also fought and lost to Petrosyan (so has everyone else in the lightweight division it seems) and has also fought Buakaw as well.
Superfight series (undercard, not televised)
The following fights are the undercard fights that won’t be televised on Spike TV. There are a handful of talented fighters that are looking to climb the Glory rankings, so it should be an action packed nights knowing that these fighters are trying to make a name for themselves:
Artem Vakhitov (#15) vs. Nenad Pagonis (#11) (light heavyweight)
Francois Ambang (#12) vs. Eddie Walker (#13) (welterweight)
Brian Collette (#8) vs. Warren Thompson (n/a) (light heavyweight)
Paul Marfot (#14) vs. Thiago Michel Silva (n/a) (welterweight)
Igor Jurkovic (#16) vs. Jhonata Diniz (#17) (heavyweight)
Mark Miller (n/a) vs. John King (#20) (heavyweight)