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Countdown to Glory 14: Zagreb

Heavyweight legends collide as Mirko Cro Cop faces Remy Bonjasky. Plus, Andy Ristie meets Davit Kiria, and a one-night tournament to name a top middleweight contender.

male narrator: KICKBOXING'SPREMIER ORGANIZATION, GLORY,

COUNTS DOWN TO A REMATCH12 YEARS IN THE MAKING.

REMY "THE FLYING GENTLEMAN"BONJASKY

TRAVELS INTO ENEMY TERRITORY

TO TAKE ON HOMETOWN HEROMIRKO CRO-COP.

PLUS, FOR THE FIRST TIMEIN GLORY HISTORY,

A FIVE-ROUND BATTLEFOR THE LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE,

RISTIE VERSUS KIRIA,

AND A FOUR-MANONE-NIGHT TOURNAMENT

FOR THE RIGHT TO FIGHTFOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

IT'S TIME FOR COUNTDOWN TO GLORY 14: ZAGREB.

[dramatic music]

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SATURDAY NIGHT, MARCH 8TH,ON SPIKE,

IT'S GLORY 14: ZAGREB.

[rock music]

REMY BONJASKYINVADES ENEMY TURF

IN A REMATCHAGAINST CROATIAN MIRKO CRO-COP.

WE WILL SEE GLORY HISTORY

AS TOURNAMENT CHAMP ANDY RISTIEAND DAVIT KIRIA

VIE FOR THE FIRST-EVERLIGHTWEIGHT TITLE.

PLUS, IT'S THE CONTENDERTOURNAMENT,

FOUR MIDDLEWEIGHTS.

ONLY ONE WALKS AWAYWITH A GUARANTEED PLACE

IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPTOURNAMENT.

BEFORE WE LOOK AHEADTO GLORY 14,

WE TAKE YOU BACK TO THE ACTIONFROM GLORY 13

IN TOKYO, JAPAN:

LIVING LEGEND PETER AERTS,

IN WHAT COULD BEHIS FINAL TIME IN THE RING,

TAKING ON GLORY HEAVYWEIGHTTOURNAMENT CHAMPION

RICO VERHOEVEN.

- A FINAL FIGHT IN THE LEGENDARYCAREER OF PETER AERTS.

[bell dings]- FIGHT!

- THE BELL IN ROUND NUMBER ONE.

AND WHILE IT'S BEEN BILLEDAS HIS FINAL FIGHT,

DUKE, YOU KNOWTHAT IN COMBAT SPORTS,

RETIREMENTS LAST ABOUT AS LONGAS A COMMON COLD,

AND WE'LL HAVE TO SEEWHAT PETER AERTS HAS LEFT HERE

AS HE GOES IMMEDIATELYON THE ATTACK.

- HE'S THE KING OF KICKBOXING,

BUT THAT BEING SAID, THE PRINCE,RICO VERHOEVEN,

WANTS TO TAKE HIS CROWNAND BECOME THE KING HIMSELF.

HE'S GOT TO GET THAT ONE DUDE,

"THE LUMBERJACK" PETER AERTS,

10-9, AGGRESSIVE STRIKING,

AND MORE VOLUME IN STRIKING.

- HIGH KICK, AND YES,HIS CALLING CARD.

THAT'S WHY HE'S KNOWNAS "THE DUTCH LUMBERJACK,"

FOR THOSE DEVASTATINGHEAD KICKS.

HE CHOPS AWAY AT AERTS' LEG.

- RIGHT ABOVE THE KNEEIN THE TENDON.

THAT LOOKED VERY PAINFUL.

- [yelling indistinctly]

- AERTS REMAINS IN THE POCKET,

INITIATING THE ATTACKON VERHOEVEN,

WHO LANDS A LIVER KICK.

RIGHT UPPERCUT, LEFT HOOKTO THE BODY BY VERHOEVEN,

THE BEST COMBINATIONOF THE NIGHT FOR HIM.

- THAT WAS A CLOSE ROUND.

I'M GONNA GOWITH RICO VERHOEVEN.

HE LANDED THE BIGGER LOW KICKS,BODY KICKS.

HE ARRANGED SOME GOOD PUNCHES,

BUT IT WAS A CLOSE ONE.

- AS WE ARE SET FOR THE THIRDAND FINAL ROUND,

THE CROWD HEREAT THE ARIAKE COLISEUM

SALUTING PETER AERTS.

- FIGHT!

- 43-YEAR-OLD AERTS MADE HISWORLD GRAND PRIX DEBUT IN 1993,

WHERE HE WAS ELIMINATEDBY FELLOW LEGEND ERNESTO HOOST.

RIGHT CROSS BY VERHOEVENCONNECTS.

INSIDE LOW KICK BY VERHOEVEN.

HIGH KICK BY AERTS.

A BODY KICK BY AERTS.

- WE GOT OURSELVES A FIGHT.

- SO IN THE FINAL 45 SECONDS,

THE CROWD BEGINNING TO ROARTHEIR SUPPORT FOR PETER AERTS,

ABSORBING THE KICKSFROM VERHOEVEN.

PETER AERTS' FINAL FIGHTIN JAPAN GOES THE DISTANCE.

[bell dings]

- IT WAS A VERY CLOSE FIGHT.

- YOUR WINNER BY SPLIT DECISION,

RICO VERHOEVEN!

- RICO VERHOEVEN ESCAPESWITH A SPLIT DECISION

OVER "THE DUTCH LUMBERJACK"PETER AERTS.

narrator:$150,000 WAS ON THE LINE

FOR THE WINNER OF THE FOUR-MANWELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

IN THE FIRST MATCH,

NUMBER ONE RANKEDNIEKY "THE NATURAL" HOLZKEN

DOMINATED FOURTH RANKEDKARAPET KARAPETYAN...

- OH, THE LEFT HOOK BY HOLZKENDROPS KARAPETYAN.

narrator: SENDING HIMTO THE CANVAS TWO TIMES

EN ROUTETO A UNANIMOUS DECISION.

- HOLZKEN!

narrator:A DEJECTED KARAPETYAN

TASTES DEFEATFOR THE FIRST TIME IN GLORY.

HOLZKEN ADVANCED TO THE FINAL

AND WAITED ON THE WINNER

BETWEEN SECOND RANKEDCANADIAN JOSEPH VALTELLINI

AND UNDEFEATEDRAYMOND "THE REAL DEAL" DANIELS.

VALTELLINI PROVEDTO BE TOO MUCH,

STOPPING THE KARATE SPECIALISTDANIELS IN THE THIRD ROUND.

- DANIELS GOES DOWNFOLLOWING THAT KICK.

narrator:VALTELLINI MANHANDLED DANIELS

AND WAS ALL SMILES BACKSTAGE.

BUT THE CELEBRATIONDIDN'T LAST LONG,

AS NUMBER ONE RANKEDNIEKY HOLZKEN

WAS AWAITING HIM IN THE FINAL.

- IT IS TIME FOR THE GLORYWELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT FINAL.

VALTELLINI, HOLZKEN NEED TO WINTWO FIGHTS IN THE SAME EVENING

TO BE CROWNED WELTERWEIGHTTOURNAMENT CHAMPION

AND GO HOME $100,000 RICHER.

AND A HIGH-LEVEL STARTALREADY HERE

BETWEEN TWO OF THE VERY BESTTO PUT ON THE GLOVES.

- THEY'RE BOTH, YOU KNOW,DRAWING A LINE IN THE SAND,

GOING, "WHO'S THE BEST?"

- RIGHT CROSS BY HOLZKEN.

KNEE BY HOLZKEN.

FINAL TEN SECONDS,

AND SOME TERRIFIC STUFFTO KICK OFF THE FINAL.

WE DIDN'T EXPECT ANYTHING LESSBETWEEN HOLZKEN AND VALTELLINI.

[bell dings]

STAGGERED BY THAT STRAIGHT SHOTBY HOLZKEN.

MISSES WITH THE LEFT HOOK.

HOLZKEN ATTACKING THE BODY

AND THEN THE LEAD LEGWITH THE OUTSIDE LOW KICK.

AGAIN ANOTHER OUTSIDE LOW KICKTO VALTELLINI'S LEAD LEG.

- 'CAUSE HE'S NOT GOINGANYWHERE.

HE'S STARTING TO PICK UPSOME STEAM AGAIN,

LIKE HE ALWAYS DOES.

- LEG!

USE THE LEG!

- LEFT HOOK TO THE LIVER.OUTSIDE LOW KICK.

AND ANOTHER GREAT COMBINATIONBY VALTELLINI

WITH 30 SECONDS LEFTIN THE ROUND.

THE THIRD AND FINAL ROUND.

WHO WILL WALK AWAY

WITH THE GLORY WELTERWEIGHTTOURNAMENT TITLE?

HE GOT ROCKED BY THAT LEFT HOOK.

VALTELLINI'S IN TROUBLE.

BUT LOOK AT HIM FIRING BACK.

- ARTURO GATTI STYLE,ITALIAN-CANADIAN.

HE'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

- RIGHT UPPERCUT JAGS THE JAW.

HOLZKEN PUTTING THE ATTACK NOWON VALTELLINI'S BODY.

VALTELLINI STILL TRYINGTO SHAKE OUT THE COBWEBS.

- LIKE THAT TEMPO CHANGE.

HE'S TOUCH, TOUCH, TOUCH,THEN RIP.

- LOOK AT THAT.

THE LIVER SHOT.

VALTELLINI DOUBLED OVER.

- WELL, HE DIDN'T TAKE A KNEE,SO IT'S NOT A KNOCKDOWN.

- HE IS IN ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE

COURTESY OF THE ONSLAUGHTOF NIEKY HOLZKEN.

IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN,

WE ARE BEARING WITNESSTO THE FORTUNES RISING FOR ONE.

WHO IS GOING TO WALK AWAYWITH THE WELTERWEIGHT TITLE?

- OH!

- HOLZKEN DROPS VALTELLINI!

WOW!

AND THAT COULD BE ITRIGHT THERE.

- SEVEN, EIGHT,

NINE.

- THE FIGHT IS OVER.

"THE NATURAL" NIEKY HOLZKENHAS DONE IT.

HE WINS THE $100,000 CASH PRIZE

AND SOLIDIFIES HIS STANDING

AS THE BEST WELTERWEIGHTON THE PLANET.

- YOUR WINNER

AND NOW GLORY WELTERWEIGHTTOURNAMENT WORLD CHAMPION,

NIEKY HOLZKEN!

narrator: HOLZKEN GOES HOMEWITH A GIANT-SIZED CHECK

AND A HUGE PAYDAY.

IN ZAGREB, IT WILL BETHE MIDDLEWEIGHTS' TURN,

A FOUR-MAN TOURNAMENT,

THE WINNER RECEIVINGA GUARANTEED PLACE

IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPTOURNAMENT LATER THIS YEAR.

A LOOK AT THE FIGHTERSWHEN WE RETURN.

narrator:GLORY 14: ZAGREB

WILL SHOWCASEANOTHER WORLD EXCLUSIVE,

THE MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDERTOURNAMENT.

FOUR UP-AND-COMING FIGHTERSSQUARE OFF FOR A GUARANTEED SPOT

IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPTOURNAMENT LATER THIS YEAR.

THE FIRST FIGHT HASFOURTH RANKED SAHAK PARPARYAN

UP AGAINST NUMBER FIVE RANKEDJASON WILNIS,

A REMATCH FROM A 2012 BOUT

WHERE PARPARYAN WONBY SPLIT DECISION.

narrator: THE SECOND SEMIFINALHAS DUSTIN JACOBY,

LOOKING TO REBOUNDAFTER A CONTROVERSIAL LOSS

IN GLORY 13,UP AGAINST ALEX PEREIRA.

PEREIRA IS MAKING HIS DEBUTIN GLORY,

COMING IN WITH A RECORDOF 11-1.

- PLEASE WELCOME DUSTIN JACOBY.

- I THINK MY BEST WEAPONAS A FIGHTER

IS MY LONG JAB

AND MY SIZEAND ATHLETICISM.

I FEEL LIKE THE BEST FIT FOR MEIS TO DROP DOWN TO MIDDLEWEIGHT,

WHERE I WILL BETHE BIGGER, STRONGER GUY.

EVERY SINGLE DAY WHEN I WAKE UP,

I HAVE TO CONTINUETO KEEP FOCUS

TO GET BETTERAND TO WIN THIS TOURNAMENT.

- [speaking Portuguese]

[roars]

- I KNOW PEREIRAIS A TALL, LONG FIGHTER.

HE'S GOT A GOOD RECORD,

AND HE'S GONNA BRINGA GOOD FIGHT.

I'M LOOKING FORWARDTO COMPETING AGAINST HIM

AND SHOWCASING MY SKILLS

IN DOING WHAT I KNOWCAN BEAT HIM.

- THERE'S FOUR OF US.

WE'RE ALL GONNABE STANDING THERE.

AND I'M JUST GONNAPUT IT IN MY HEAD

THAT THERE'S FOUR OF USCHASING ONE DREAM,

AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE

THAT I'M THE ONETHAT COMES OUT ON TOP.

I'M DOING THE RIGHT THINGSEVERY SINGLE DAY.

AS LONG AS I GET IN THEREAND DO WHAT I'M CAPABLE OF,

I'M GOING TO PUT ON A SHOWFOR MY FANS.

narrator: ALSO THAT NIGHT,GLORY HISTORY WILL BE MADE,

THE CROWNING OF THE FIRST-EVERLIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION.

DAVIT KIRIA,WHO CAME UP SHORT

IN THE GLORY 12LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT,

WILL GET HIS SHOTAT ANDY RISTIE.

RISTIE SHOCKED THE WORLDIN TAKING THE TITLE

WITH WINSOVER GIORGIO PETROSYAN

AND ROBIN VAN ROOSMALEN.

- PLEASE WELCOMEANDY "THE MACHINE" RISTIE.

- RIGHT HAND, BUT RISTIEDROPS PETROSYAN WITH THE LEFT.

HE JUST VANQUISHEDTHE TOURNAMENT FAVORITE.

"THE DOCTOR" GIORGIO PETROSYAN

HAS BEEN STOPPED FORTHE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER.

- ANDY RISTIE HAS PULLED OFFAN AMAZING UPSET HERE TONIGHT.

IT TOOK A COUPLE OF ROUNDS,BUT IN ROUND NUMBER THREE,

HE STOPPED HIM.

- ANDY "THE MACHINE" RISTIEHAS DONE IT.

narrator: NEITHER OF THESEUNORTHODOX FIGHTERS

HAVE A REVERSE GEAR.

LOOK FOR AN EPIC BATTLETO TAKE PLACE.

THE REMATCH 12 YEARSIN THE MAKING,

BONJASKY VERSUS CRO-COP:

WE BREAK DOWN THE MAIN EVENTNEXT.

narrator:ON MARCH 8TH,

IT'S THE REMATCHTHE WORLD HAS BEEN WAITING FOR,

THE GLORY 14 HEADLINER,CRO-COP VERSUS BONJASKY.

TWO FRIENDS,TWO SEASONED WARRIORS.

WILL IT BE REPEATOR REVENGE?

- AND NOW MAKING HIS ENTRANCETO THE RING,

MIRKO CRO-COP.

- I GOT TO SAY I WASTHE SELF-MADE FIGHTER.

YOU KNOW,I STARTED IN MY OLD GARAGE,

TRAINING MYSELF, YOU KNOW,

AND WATCHING SOME VIDEOS,YOU KNOW,

CATCHING SOME MOVES.

YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T HAVE--

I NEVER HAD SOME STRONG CAMP

OR BIG SCHOOL, YOU KNOW,

BECAUSE THERE WASN'TSUCH A THING IN MY COUNTRY.

- WHEN I WAS FIGHTING CRO-COPIN 2002,

I DIDN'T HAVE ANY KIDSOR FAMILY OR--

MY ONLY GOAL WAS TO BETHE BEST IN THE SPORT.

BY THAT TIME, CRO-COP WASALREADY ONE OF THE BIG STARS,

SO--AND I WAS JUST A FRESHMAN.

I WAS JUST A FRESHMAN.

I WAS ALREADY FEELING GOODIN THIS FIGHT

BECAUSE I WAS PUTTINGA LOT OF PRESSURE,

BUT, LIKE, HIS LEFT HIGH KICK,I JUST MADE A MISTAKE.

I MADE A MISTAKE.I CAUGHT HIS--

I THOUGHT I CAUGHT HIS FOOT,BUT IT CAME UP LATE,

SO HE HIT MEWHEN MY HAND WAS DOWN.

THAT WAS HIS BREAK TO--

TO WIN THE FIGHT AGAINST ME.

I WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED.

I WAS REALLY, REALLYDISAPPOINTED AT THIS FIGHT,

REALLY DISAPPOINTED.

BUT IT MADE ME STRONGER.

HAVING MIRKO AS A FRIEND,

IT DOESN'T MAKE IT HARDERTO FIGHT HIM.

IT DOES MAKE IT DIFFERENTTO FIGHT HIM.

- WE DON'T CALL EACH OTHERFOR THE CHRISTMAS.

WE DON'T CALL EACH OTHERFOR THE NEW YEAR, ET CETERA.

BUT I LIKE REMY.

REMY'S A NICE GUY, YOU KNOW,

AND HE'S A DEDICATED SPORTSMAN,

A TRUE WARRIOR,

AND I RESPECT HIM A LOT.

BUT THIS IS BUSINESSJUST LIKE ANY OTHER, YOU KNOW.

- WE'VE TRAINED TOGETHER.

WE'VE HELPED EACH OTHER.

BUT THE MOMENT THAT WE STEPINTO THE RING,

WE CLICK ON A BUTTON,

AND THEN WE DOWHAT WE HAVE TO DO.

CRO-COP IS MULTITALENTED,

AND HE'S STRONG.

HE KNOWS HOW TO DEFEND HIMSELF.

HE KNOWS HOW TO ATTACK.

HIS BEST WEAPON, EVERYBODY KNOW,HIS LEFT KICK

AND HIS HARD PUNCHES.

- BUT MOST IMPORTANTTHAT I'M FAST ENOUGH.

THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANTFOR ME.

- YES, I KNOWHIS WEAKEST POINT.

BUT HE ALSO WILL KNOWMY WEAKEST POINT.

- WELL, I WOULDN'T CHANGEMY STYLE COMPLETELY.

MAYBE I USE MORE CLINCHINGAND SHORT DISTANCE NOW,

BUT I THINK IT IS RESULTOF SO MANY FIGHTS IN MMA.

SO MAYBE I CHANGE A LITTLE BITBUT NOT SOMETHING DRAMATIC.

- PEOPLE KNOWTHAT I HAVE A BAD EYE.

PEOPLE KNOW THAT I'VE BEENOPERATED ON MY LEFT LEG.

PEOPLE KNOW A LOT OF THINGS.

- HE ALWAYS HASHIS WAY OF FIGHTING,

YOU KNOW, WITH HIS HANDSKEEPING UP,

A LOT OF KNEES, YOU KNOW,LOW KICKS.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

WILL BE WHO WILL BEBETTER PREPARED FOR THE FIGHT.

STAMINA WILL BE THE KEYOF SUCCESS IN THIS FIGHT,

DEFINITELY.

- I THINK THAT THE WAY TO FIGHTAGAINST MIRKO

WOULD BE PUT ONA LOT OF PRESSURE,

BECAUSE IF YOU LET HIM COME,HE WILL GET STRONGER.

- THIS WILL BE WAR, DEFINITELY.

I WILL REALLY GIVE MY BEST.

- I THINK IT'S GONNA BEA K.O. FIGHT, YEAH.

- IT IS SOMETHING SPECIALTO FIGHT IN YOUR HOMETOWN,

AND I THINK IT IS GOING TO BEA GREAT SHOW.

narrator:ON MARCH 8TH, ELITE KICKBOXERS

FROM ALL FOUR CORNERSOF THE GLOBE

HEAD TO ZAGREB, CROATIA,FOR GLORY 14.

THE HEADLINE EVENT IS A REMATCH12 YEARS IN THE MAKING

AS KICKBOXING ICON REMY BONJASKY

FACES OFF AGAINST HOMETOWN HEROMIRKO CRO-COP.

PLUS, RISTIE VERSUS KIRIA,

A FIVE-ROUND BATTLEFOR THE LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE.

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME,

GLORY PRESENTS THE MIDDLEWEIGHTCONTENDER TOURNAMENT.

GLORY 14.

WATCH IT ON SPIKESATURDAY, MARCH 8TH.

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