Glory 12 took place tonight in New York and it was a night full of surprises. In the Glory lightweight tournament most were expecting to see a tournament final featuring Giorgio Petrosyan who has not lost since 2007, but Andy Ristie had other plans. In a fight that was pretty even things changed in a heartbeat in the third round when Ristie landed a left uppercut that knocked Petrosyan out. Despite Petrosyan's effort to get back to his feet he was clearly on wobbly legs and could not continue.
In the night’s other semi-final bout Robin van Roosmalen out pointed Davit Kiria for three rounds to win a unanimous decision. In the final, however, van Roosmalen would not see things go his way. Not only did Ristie not get the memo that Petrosyan was supposed to win this tournament, he also didn’t get the memo that van Roosmalen is a wrecking machine not to be messed with. Ristie knocked van Roosmalen down in round one and then again in round two with van Roosmalen not being able to answer the referee’s count in the second round thus giving Ristie the win. This was a huge night for Ristie as he not only beat the top two fighters in Glory’s lightweight division, but he knocked them both out.
In other action Glory middleweight tournament champion Joe Schilling took on Wayne Barrett. Schilling was considered the favorite, but like with Ristie it seems that Barrett did not get the memo. This was Barrett’s fourth pro fight, but you wouldn’t know it as he looked confident in the ring. Barrett struck first in the second round when he knocked Schilling down not once, but twice.The first knockdown came from an over hand right and the second early in round two and the second from a right hook as the round ended. In the third round Schilling was able to gain some ground back when he connected with a knee that dropped Barrett, but he was able to beat the count. The fight went to the judges and Barrett was awarded a unanimous decision victory in a huge win for his young career.
In another of the night’s super fights Australian Ben Edwards scored a third round knockout over Moroccan Jamal Ben Saddik. In the tournament reserve bout American Ky Hollenbeck used his unorthodox style to out point late replacement Warren Stevelmans to earn a unanimous decision victory.
In the night’s under card Francois Ambang scored a (T)KO over Eddie Walker due to leg kicks in the third round and Brian Collette scored a tremendous head kick knockout over Warren Thompson in the first round. Artem Vakhitov also scored a unanimous decision over Nenad Pagonis and Saulo Cavalari scored a devastating knockout over Mourad Bouzidi.
Glory Lightweight Tournament Final
Andy Ristie def. Robin van Roosmalen via KO in Rd. 2
Glory Lightweight Tournament Semi-Finals
Robin van Roosmalen def. Davit Kiria via Unanimous Decision
Andy Ristie def. Giorgio Petrosyan via KO in Rd. 3
Glory Lightweight Tournament Reserve Bout
Ky Hollenbeck def. Warren Stevelmans via Unanimous Decision
Wayne Barrett def. Joe Schilling via Unanimous Decision
Ben Edwards def. Jamal Ben Saddik via KO in Rd. 3
Artem Vakhitov def. Nenad Pagonis via Unanimous Decision
Brian Collette def. Warren Thompson via KO (Head Kick) in Rd. 1
Jhonata Diniz def. Igor Jurkovic via (T)KO in Rd. 1
Francois Ambang def. Eddie Walker via (T)KO (Leg Kicks) in Rd. 3
Saulo Cavalari def. Mourad Bouzidi via KO in Rd. 3
Thiago Michael def. Paul Marfort via Unanimous Decision
Alexy Filyakov def. Mohamed Fanzy via KO in Rd. 1
John Bowman def. Villi Bello via (T)KO in Rd. 3
Niko Tsigaras def. Dominick Biondo via KO in Rd. 1
Casey Greene def. John King via KO in Rd. 1
Anna Shearer def. Andrea D'Angelo via Unanimous Decision