Lightweight talent Andy Ristie (44-4-1, 24 KO’s) earned a title shot with a win at Glory 19 to face Robin van Roosmalen (33-6, 19 KO’s) for his newly acquired title. The two have faced one another in the throws of Glory 12’s lightweight tournament, where Ristie defeated Roosmalen via 2nd round KO. Examining both fighting styles and recent performances, we preview the action leading up to Glory 20.
Robin Van Roosmalen
Robin van Roosmalen’s lone loss in his last 7 fights was to Andy Ristie at Glory 12. Roosmalen has a reputation for being an aggressive and high-paced fighter. He is known for pushing to close the distance and waiting for the perfect counterpunching opportunity. This style works extremely well for Roosmalen, using hooks to the head and body in tight like a classic scrapper. Against Ristie, this style was outmatched by Ristie’s evasive movement and ability to strike from a distance.
Andy “The Machine” Ristie is tall for his weight class at nearly 6′. He uses the advantage of his 77” reach to constantly catch opponents with a long-reaching jab as well as a powerful Teep to the midsection. In the pocket, Ristie utilizes very fast movement and unconventional striking combinations. In the Glory 12 tournament, both competitors Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin van Roosmalen fell to his left uppercut KO. When not picking off opponents with distance strikes, Ristie also loves to throw in flying knee strikes to change up the pace.
Joining Pat Barry vs. Mourad Bouzidi, and Gabriel Varga vs. Mosab Amrani for the featherweight title, Robin Van Roosmalen vs. Andy Ristie will be a very exiting rematch for the lightweight title. Glory 20:Dubai airs on Spike TV on Friday, April 3 at 9pm ET/8pm CT.