HISTORIC DAY IN MMA AS YOUTUBE AND FIGHTGAME STREAM FIRST EVER PAY PER VIEW EVENT “THE GLORY WORLD SERIES”
To watch the event in the USA: http://www.youtube.com/fightgametv#p/u/0/LJAfY4lOcLU
The original deal for tonight's cutting edge endeavour between Fightgame and Youtube was to stream worldwide. However, Youtube was not able to obtain appropriate clearances in time for the Glory World Series XIV. However, Fight Game TV has assured its monstrously loyal fan base that worldwide pay per view is just around the corner. Tonight's event displayed an incredibly high fighting level with numerous knockouts and submissions backed up by world class production. Fight critics are already calling it one of the best shows of the year and wholeheartedly believe there are many more to come.
Fight Fans were fed an electric series of MMA and Kickboxing bouts that were all backed with action. UFC alum Denis Stojnic sank in a Rear Naked Choke with 1 second left in the first round against an unexpectedly game opponent Pavel Zhuravlev. Stojnic landed some hard shots that dizzied but never put Zhuravlev away. Both fighters exhausted Stojnic’s experience and strength eventually wore Zhuravlev out and allowed for the submission victory.
In a battle of bad blood, Errol Zimmerman battered and bruised his way past Mourad Bouzidi in an impressive unanimous decision. Several times it looked as if Zimmerman would score the knockout, but Bouzidi kept getting up until the final bell. Even after a lopsided loss Bouzidi showed his ill will and came at Zimmerman after the fight was over. Errol showing his class didn’t give in or retaliate to the antics. Zimmerman when focused is an absolute threat to any heavyweight in Kickboxing.
The most impressive victory and even more endearing story of the night definitely belongs to Mark "Fightshark" Miller. Miller was making his awe-inspiring return to the fight game after not only losing both his parent in a short period of time but undergoing open heart surgery. Doctor’s took the fighter’s heart out of his body, but couldn’t take it from his soul. Never before done, this return saw an emotional Miller step into the ring against a heavily favored Nikolaj Falin, a mainstay on the heavyweight kickboxing circuit and a real threat. Falin has beaten and held strong against the elite strikers in the world. Most recently nearly lasting the distance against the most gifted striker in the world Gokhan Saki. Falin’s night would be much shorter in Moscow. In the time it took me to recline in my Lazy Boy, Miller’s overhand right knocked Falin out. Cold. In just 3 seconds. Even after moments passed, Falin was staggered as his corner tried helping him to his feet. All he could do is ask “what happened”. Mark “FightShark” Miller is back and in a big way, that’s what happened.
Following Miller was an MMA bout featuring Dion Staring, a fighter more people around the world should know. He is a beast and legit. And improves every time he walks out into a fight. Trainer Martijn de Jong did a marvelous job, as you could hear him screaming instructions throughout the night in many fights. Another MMA fight where de Jong was crucial was when Jason Jones dominated, then started to tire and struggle against Houston Alexander last minute replacement Shamil Abdoulmouoslimov. Regaining composure with excellent cornering Jones landed a destructive knee that ended the night for Abdoulmouoslimov.
And in one of the most anticipated fight of the night, Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix semi finalist Sergei Kharitonov took a night off from MMA and went to battle in Mighty Mo’s realm of kickboxing. Both Mo and Kharitonov are intimidating and hit harder than a stable of mules. After a few wild rights that would have knocked down an 80-year-old Oak tree narrowly missed Kharitonov’s head, the Russian crept in closer. Kharitonov then unleashed a gut-wrenching uppercut that rocked the stadium and the ruckus Russian crowd as Mighty Mo crumbled. Several minutes later Mo was still unaware of where he was or what just ended his night. Kharitonov just made Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers cringe for a second time in a short few months. I assure you, neither one will be excited to eat that punch.
In the MMA $150.000.- finals both Siyar Bahadurzada and Tommy Depret showed great skills and big hearts. Depret took a non-stop attack from Siyar but never stopped or gave in until the referee was forced to step in and stop the fight. Siyar, still relatively unknown in America has developed quite a name amongst fans in Europe. I wouldn't be surprised to see the UFC give him a shot after this tournament win. Bahadurzada is clearly a threat to any top ten welterweight in the world.
The kickboxing $150.000.- finals saw Gokhan Saki out skill and out class a bigger, taller Brice Guidon. To Guidon’s credit he showed massive heart and aggression, but there was clearly a separation in abilities. Saki also announced before the fight he has 1 fight left in kickboxing then will be focusing on transitioning into MMA. This should be interesting.
By Rey Miles
Kickboxing: Igor Jurkovic def. Pavel Zhuravlev (TKO, R2)
MMA: Denis Stojnic def. Mladen Kujundzic (Submission via Rear Naked Choke, R1)
Kickboxing: Errol Zimmerman def. Mourad Bouzidi (Unanimous Decision)
MMA: Rasul Mirzaev def. Roman Kishev (Submission via armbar, R1)
Kickboxing: Mark Miller def. Nikolaj Falin (KO, R1)
MMA: Dion Staring def. Roman Savochka (TKO, R1)
Kickboxing: Sergei Kharitonov def. Mighty Mo (KO, R1)
Kickboxing: Ali Cenak vs. Zabit Samedov (Draw)
MMA: Jason Jones def. Shamil Abdoulmouslimov (KO, R3)
Kickboxing: Artur Kyshenko def. Nieky Holzken (Unanimous Decision)
MMA: Siyar Bahadurzada def. Tommy Depret (TKO, R2)
Kickboxing: Gokhan Saki def. Brice Guidon (Unanimous Decision)