The GLORY lightweight title was on the line as GLORY 12 lightweight tournament winner Andy ‘The Machine’ Ristie took on Davit Kiria. The vacant lightweight title would be crowned and create a goal for the other fighters in the division to strive for.
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Round 1: Kiria had an early answer for the reach and tenacity of Ristie as he drove forward and pressured Ristie who was surprised to see him come in with such a brash attitude. Ristie was successful when he created distance. He stretched his arm out to extend the distance between them.
Round 2: Kiria was planted on the canvas with a big knee that threw off Kiria’s timing for his defense after Kiria leaned in too far on a reaching left hook. He recovered to an extent as Ristie tried to become the champion in the second round. Kiria looked fully healed after a late round clinch and pushed the pace momentarily to show that he had some fight left but Ristie finished the round with a barrage of knees and punches.
Round 3: Ristie was a bit slower in this round, maybe saving some energy for the pontetial championship rounds. He was aggressive when he needed to be but conserved some energy in the breaks. Kiria went for broke with a few rolling thunder kicks, all of which missed their mark.
Round 4: Kiria continued to use a stiff front kick and landed a head kick early on. Ristie was still in control as his composure was winning this fight for him as a wild Kiria did what he could against a fighter who up until this point was superior.
Round 5: This round was absolutely stunning. Slow and steady to start, Kiria rocked Ristie with a big shot and Ristie began to wobble around. Kiria got a second wind and knocked him down once. Once Ristie made the count, Kiria hit him with a front kick and battered Ristie until he got knockdown #2. Ristie had less than a minute to survive and likely win the bout but Kiria was unrelenting and put his entire life in to the last few seconds of the fight, dropping Ristie for the third time and winning the GLORY lightweight championship.
Official Decision: Davit Kiria defeats Andy Ristie via TKO at 2:22 of Round 5.
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