Saturday, October 12, 2013

Glory 11 Results and Recap

Glory 11 took place tonight at the Sears Center in Chicago, IL and it did not disappoint. The Glory 4-Man heavyweight tournament took place and it was full of surprises. In the first semi-final bout tournament favorite Gokhan Saki was defeated by Rico Verhoeven by majority decision. Verhoeven scored a flash knockdown over Saki in the first round, which Saki protested and even pushed the referee. The fight continued and despite Saki trying to rally Verhoeven did a good job surviving a barrage from Saki and controlling the fight on his way to one of the biggest wins of his career.

In the other semi-final bout Daniel Ghita ran through Anderson Silva after a huge right hook put Silva’s lights out in the first round.

In the tournament final Verhoeven used leg kicks to outpoint Ghita and take home a unanimous decision. It was easily the biggest win of Verhoeven’s career as he beat two of the best heavyweights in the world to capture the Glory tournament victory.

The highly anticipated re-match between Tyrone Spong and Nathan Corbett lived up to expectations. Both men came out throwing heavy punches and kicks and neither was backing down. Despite both fighters throwing heavy shots their technique was crisp. Spong struck first when a left near the end of the first round seemed to rock Corbett, but he made it out of the round. In the second round Spong struck fast as a short left hook knocked Corbett down. Corbett beat the referee’s count and both men went back to throwing heavy leather and moments later another left hook dropped Corbett. The referee began his count and Corbett got back to his feet, when the referee asked if Corbett was okay to continue it seemed Corbett was slow to respond and the referee stopped the fight. Corbett didn’t agree as he stated he was able to continue.

In the night’s co-main event Joseph Valtellini and Karim Ghajji went toe to toe for three rounds. Both fighters were technical and accurate with their attacks, but Valtellini seemed to be landing the cleaner shots more often. As the third round was winding down a spinning back fist by Valtellini rocked Ghajji and Valtellini pounced. The referee jumped in and gave Ghajji a standing eight count. When the fight resumed Valtellini went on the attack and Ghajji was clearly hurt. A head kick from Valtellini connected and the referee stepped in to stop the bout, huge win for Valtellini.

Results:

Glory 4-Man Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final
Rico Verhoeven def. Gokhan Saki via Majority Decision
Daniel Ghita def. Anderson Silva via KO in Rd. 1

Glory 4-Man Heavyweight Tournament Final
Rico Verhoeven def. Daniel Ghita via Unanimous Decision

Glory 4-Man Heavyweight Tournament Reserve Bout
Errol Zimmerman def. Hesdy Gerges via (T)KO in Rd. 3

Super Fights
Tyrone Spong def. Nathan Corbett via KO in Rd. 2
Joseph Valtellini def. Karim Ghajji via (T)KO in Rd. 3

Under Card
Sergei Kharitonov def. Daniel Sam via Unanimous Decision
Danyo Ilunga def. Michael Duut via (T)KO in Rd. 1
Saulo Cavalair def. Filip Verlinden via Unanimous Decision
Steve Moxon def. Reece McAllister via KO in Rd. 3
Gabriel Varga def. Jose Palacios via Unanimous Decision
Troy Sheridan def. Michael Mananquil via Unanimous Decision
Maurice Greene def. Yang Rae Yoo via Unanimous Decision
Aaron Swenson def. Billy Rose via KO in Rd. 2
Kyle Weickhardt def. Quartus Stitt via Unanimous Decision
Ian Alexander def. Austin Lewis via Split Decision
Axel Mendez def. Jordan Weiland via Unanimous Decision

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