GLORY 14 Results/Pictures: Bonjasky tops ‘Cro Cop’, Kiria stuns Ristie with comeback

GLORY 14 is now a thing of the past and it was also monumental to a large extent.

The event went down at the Zagreb Arena on Saturday night in Zagreb, Croatia. The entire fight card streamed LIVE online and was aired on SPIKE TV via tape delay at 9 p.m. ET.

The main event largely took the limelight because it served as the retirement fight for Remy Bonjasky. He was fighting fellow former K-1 champ Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ for the second time, after their initial meeting in 2002 which ended in a TKO victory for the latter.

But that was not to be the case this time around, as Bonjasky ruined Cro Cop’s homecoming party and restored some bragging rights in his favor.

The fight, holistically, was stalled multiple times with both fighters attempting to get the better of the other through the clinch. Cro Cop, meanwhile, caught a lot of Bonjasky’s kicks but the Suriname native connected with more shots. The final score cards read 29-28, 29-28, 28-28 in favor of Bonjasky, in a fight that saw neither fighter establishing much momentum.

The crowd, understandably, reacted with boos and jeers as they felt their homeboy, Cro Cop, deserved the nod instead.

“I have been in this fighting business for more than twenty years. I wanted to end my career with a big win but the people didn’t appreciate it. I was disappointed by the reaction,” Bonjasky said, at the post-fight press conference. “At first I was very emotional because you don’t want your career to end to the sound of boos. At first I took it personally, but when emotions calmed down, I realized the boos were because the Croatians were disappointed that their fighter didn’t win. It wasn’t aimed at me personally.”

In GLORY’s trademark tournament of the night, the Middleweights were the ones taking the spotlight this time around. Armenian Sahak Parparyan notched Jason Wilnis via split decision to advance to the finals against Alex Pereira, who took out former MMA star Dustin Jacoby with a first round TKO stoppage in the semis.

In the finals, Pereira edged Parparyan on the scorecards (29-27, 29-27, 28-28) to win the contender’s tournament. He will now be slotted to a Championship Middleweight tourney that’s been targeted for later on in the year.

“I believed in myself and in my skills. I knew I could do it. I am very proud to have won this tournament. I wanted to show that Brazil is not only MMA and Jiu Jitsu fighters; we also have kickboxers,” Pereira said. “Now I go into the eight-man World Championship Tournament and I’m ready to face anyone. I will prepare exactly the same as I did for this tournament and yes, whether it is Artem Levin or Joe Schilling, I am ready. Anybody at all.”

The combination that eventually won David Kiria the GLORY Lightweight Championship title.

The combination that eventually won David Kiria the GLORY Lightweight Championship title.

But the fight which truly had fans on the edge of their seats was the exquisite Lightweight title battle between David Kiria and Andy Ristie. The champ, Ristie, was coming off back-to-back knockout triumphs over Robin van Roosmalen and Giorgio Petrosyan in his previous outings, and appeared to be a massive favorite on paper.

And he lived to the bill as he dominated proceedings from the start, dropping Kiria with a huge knee in the second round. He looked in complete control thereon in.

Kiria, though, showed up with heart and intestinal fortitude in the fifth round, scoring a huge right hand and following it up with strikes to force an eight-count from the referee. With a minute to go, Kiria dropped Ristie again, and an upset looked to be on the cards. Pandemonium struck the Zagreb Arena; they knew Kiria was just one knockdown away from scoring the title strap.

It was all catastrophic from then on, as Kiria dropped Ristie with a brutal right hand, left uppercut combination. It was a brilliant comeback victory.

Kiria was the new GLORY Lightweight Champion.

“I started to train karate at nine years old and ever since then I dreamed of this day. I always wanted to be a champion and now it has come true. I think that this is the happiest day of my life,” Kiria said. “Georgian people are a warrior people. All through our history we have had war and battle, so we have a warrior spirit. And I am a karate fighter, since I was a young boy. The spirit of karate is that you must keep going and keep going until your dying breath. You can never give up. So I think what kept me going was my Georgian heart and my karate spirit.”

Check out full results and exclusive pictures from GLORY 14 below:

MAIN EVENT

  • Remy Bonjasky def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

MAIN CARD

  • Alex Pereira def. Sahak Parparyan via Majority Decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28) – GLORY Middleweight Contender Tournament Final match-up
  • Davit Kiria def. Andy Ristie via KO at 2:22 of Round 5 (For GLORY Lightweight Championship title)
  • Alex Pereira def. Dustin Jacoby via KO at 2:02 of Round 1 – GLORY Middleweight Contender Tournament semi-final match-up
  • Sahak Parparyan def. Jason Wilnis via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) – GLORY Middleweight Contender Tournament semi-final match-up

GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES/PRELIMS

  • Mladen Brestovac def. Jahfarr Wilnis via KO (Left High Kick) at 1:19 of Round 1
  • Benjamin Adebugyi def. Dmyto Bezus via TKO (Referee’s Stoppage) at 1:53 of Round 2
  • Aikpracha Meenayothin def. Albert Kraus  via Split Decision (30-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Igor Jurkovic def. Michael Duut via KO at 1:14 of Round 1
  • Karapet Karapetyan def. Artur Kyshenko via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Murthel Groenhart def. Teo Mikelic via TKO (Cut) at 3:00 of Round 1

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Author:Thinesh John

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