Yesterday, fight fans in the US were asked to fulfill what’s called our “civic duty” and participate in midterm elections. We think hard, elect Senators, decide on bunch of state measures, and talk about matters like fiscal responsibility.
Results are in, and maybe you’re celebrating right now, maybe you’re not.
But you have some more choices to make this weekend. Call it your “fistic” responsibility. Which combative sports will you check out?
You’ve got plenty to choose from. UFC has two shows to make a bid on your time, UFC Fight Night 55 on Friday, and UFC Fight Night 56 on Saturday.
Saturday also features Bernard Hopkins’ return to the ring, this time in an effort to unify boxing’s light heavyweight titles against the undefeated Sergey Kovalev.
But there’s another candidate on the weekend’s ballot. Maybe it’s the dark horse but it’s my pick.
Glory 18 will go down on Saturday from Oklahoma, televised live on SPIKE TV in the US and webcast on LiverKick.com elsewhere in the world. The main event features GLORY Lightweight Champion Davit Kiria (22-9-0, 7 KOs) against #2 ranked challenger Robin van Roosmalen (32-6-0, 19 KOs).
Kiria won GLORY’s lightweight title in a shocking come-from-behind knockout performance against the heavily favored Andy Ristie at GLORY 14. Journalist John Joe O’Regan called it “the most amazing comeback I’ve ever seen. Like a Rocky movie, but you couldn’t script something like that.” The native of Zugdidi, Georgia (that’s the country of the former Soviet Union, not the US state) has developed solid boxing skills with his karate base — and a ton of heart to back it up.
His opponent van Roosmalen is another Dutch Muay Thai standout who most recently scored a decision victory over Armenian prospect Marat Grigorian in April at GLORY 15. Known for an aggressive and technical style, van Roosmalen has won two previous encounters with Kiria, including a decision victory in 2013 at GLORY 12. But Kiria is riding an emotional wave right now, and with this bout scheduled for five rounds, can he avoid the champion’s power?
Check out this promotional video from GLORY, and cast your vote wisely: