On Friday, I wrote a piece on 5 reasons to watch GLORY. These reasons were basically meant to act as incentive for viewers to make an investment in a promotion that we are very fond of here at SciFighting.
Fans were, if nothing else, given a reason to hop over the fence and partake in the discussion for one of the best GLORY cards yet.
Well whether you tuned in or not, here are a few reasons why you should have. Five to be exact.
5: Free on SPIKE TV.
For some of you in the western hemisphere, the 5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT broadcast may have been a bit rough to catch. However, if you avoided the internet, mainly social media, you were still in the dark on the results and had a chance to watch the event ‘live’ on SPIKE TV at no cost. These fights were definitely worth buying as well so those of you who skipped on the free card deserve coal this Christmas.
4: The Superfight Series.
Fans love free fights. GLORY gave you six of them. Six well fought matches for free. These fights featured big names and big stakes. Among these fights was an upset over Remy Bonjasky as Anderson Silva notched one of the biggest wins of his career. Jerome Le Banner also fought Sergei Kharitonov in a rescheduled bout that was meant to headline GLORY 11.
3: Daniel Ghita’s Destruction of Errol Zimmerman.
A highly anticipated fight on the main card involved two fan favorites. Both Daniel Ghita and Errol Zimmerman are beloved for their knockout power and their willingness to make any fight a brawl. Although this fight lasted just 35-seconds, it seemed to show a big disparity in where these two men lie in the division. Ghita had the advantage of having lost his last fight, a close decision against Rico Verhoeven. This loss left a bitter taste in Ghita’s mouth, one that could only be satiated with the destruction of his next opponent.
He blasted Zimmerman early and landed several of those brutal body kicks he is known for. To Zimmerman’s credit, he stuck with it and took more punishment to the body than most can from Ghita. The end came on a counter left hook from Ghita that put Zimmerman down, landing awkwardly on his leg. While I truly hope Zimmerman didn’t injure his leg on the fall, it was Ghita who showed that perhaps he deserves another crack at Verhoeven.
2: The Welterweight Tournament.
Surrounding the intensity of the previously mentioned heavyweight bout, the GLORY 13 welterweight championship took place. Four of the best fighters in the division went at it producing three fantastic fights on one card. Nieky Holzken came out victorious in a brawl with Joseph Valtellini in the finals as both men surely acquired legions of new fans for their performances. The wait to watch these guys fight again will be an anxious one for sure.
1: Peter Aerts Retirement Fight.
Last but very certainly not least, the final fight from the illustrious career of Peter Aerts took place. While I had Verhoeven winning the fight on my scorecard, the decision for him was one that was met with a bit of controversy. Yes, the judges made several blatant mistakes on the card but I feel this one while close, was scored correctly.
With that said, Peter Aerts did exactly what he said he would. He fought for his life against the young and hungry Rico Verhoeven. After an intense jog to the ring with the backdrop of screaming fans, Aerts came in and never took a step back. He was repeatedly battered with leg kicks but he never wavered in his approach. It was truly an honor just to watch him work, win or lose.