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GLORY 14 Post-Fight Press Conference Highlights

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After an historic night that saw a GLORY 14 middleweight tournament champion and lightweight champion crowned, just prior to the final fight of the famed career of Remy Bonjasky, catch up with highlights from the GLORY 14 post-fight press conference courtesy of GLORY Sports International.

Davit Kiria defeated Andy Ristie in a colossal upset that shook the kickboxing world. The win crowned him as GLORY lightweight champion and sent notice to the rest of the division not to sleep on him:

“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.”

“I think I will sleep with the belt tonight. If not on me, then definitely near me. I like this belt and I am going to keep it for a long time.”

“I am happy to fight anyone. I am a fighter. I am not someone who picks his opponents. Whoever wants to fight me, bring them. But I do agree that there are some possible rematches. When you lose to someone it is never right in your mind, you know? So it is obvious that there may be rematches with Robin van Roosmalen and Giorgio Petrosyan; these are two guys I lost to and I would like to beat them of course.”

The victor of the GLORY 14 middleweight tournament, Alex Pereira, stunned the Croatian audience with a first round knockout over Dustin Jacoby, before beating Sahak Parparyan in the finals:

“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.”

“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.”

“There are many good kickboxers in Brazil. We can be as successful in GLORY as in MMA and the UFC. There is myself and also you have guys like Saulo Cavalari, Jhonata Diniz… they are in GLORY and there are more guys back home in Brazil who you didn’t see yet, but you will.”

Finally, in the main event of GLORY 14, kickboxing legend Remy Bonjasky brought Mirko Cro Cop to a majority decision and he won what was the last fight of his storied career:

“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. 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.”

“This was definitely my last fight. I won’t be back. I have had a good career. This most recent part of it was bittersweet maybe – my first KO loss, being booed tonight – but I think now is a good time to draw a line under it and move on. I have my academy and I have my television work, so I’m very busy and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”

“Mirko left the ring and went to his dressing room after the fight, then he left the arena, so we didn’t talk yet. Obviously he wasn’t happy with the result and I know the fans felt the same. I don’t know; I felt I was winning the fight and then there were things like when he caught my kick and swept my leg – that is not legal under GLORY rules, so maybe he lost some points with the judges for things like this.”


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