Glory - Last Man Standing: Artem Levin vs. Filip Verlinden

  • 2014
  • Aired 06/21/2014
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Semifinal Match - Coming off tough decision victories Artem Levin meets Filip Verlinden.

- THEY'RE BOTH ALMOST PHYSICALLYTHE SAME.

THEY'RE TALL,THEY'RE RANGY,

AND WHAT IT'S GONNACOME DOWN TO,

WHOSE TACTICS IS GONNA WINTHIS EXCHANGE?

YOU KNOW,YOU'VE GOT THE BOXING OF LEVIN,

AND, OF COURSE, THEKICKBOXING SKILLS OF VERLINDEN.

- ARTEM LEVININ THE WHITE GLOVES

TAKING ON FILIP VERLINDENIN THE BLACK GLOVES

AND BLACK TRUNKS.

- YEAH, THE ONLY DING I SEEON VERLINDEN IS,

THAT LEFT UPPER SHIN.

THERE'S A LITTLE MARKOVER THERE.

BUT GET THAT ADRENALINE GOINGAND 200,000 REASONS

WHY YOU WANT TO KEEP FIGHTING.

- AND AS REPORTEDBY LUKE THOMAS EARLIER,

BOTH THESE GUYS SAIDTHEY MADE IT OUT

OF THAT QUARTERFINAL MATCHUNSCATHED

AND FEELING PRETTY GOODFOR THIS SEMIFINAL FIGHT.

AND, OF COURSE,THEY WOULD BE HONEST

WITH LUKE THOMAS,RIGHT?

FILIP VERLINDEN GOES DOWNBUT RULED A SHOVE.

- HERE'S THE INTERESTING THINGABOUT TOURNAMENTS.

NOW YOU'VE GOT TO SWITCH TACTICSFOR A DIFFERENT BODY STYLE,

DIFFERENT MIND-SET,DIFFERENT SKILL SET,

AND THAT'S WHERE IT REALLY COMESINTO A SPECIAL FIGHTER

WHO CAN DO THATAND WIN THE TOURNAMENT.

- ARTEM LEVIN...

HAD A LOT OF SUCCESSIN THAT FIRST FIGHT

REALLY WITH HIS SPEEDAND ACCURACY.

YOU KNOW, VERLINDEN, THOUGH,REMEMBER,

THIS IS A GUY WHO FOUGHTAT HEAVYWEIGHT,

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT,BIG FIGHTER,

PACKS SOME POWER.

- STOP.

- LEVIN GRABBED THAT LEG,THREW HIM DOWN.

AND HE JUST MISSESWITH THE OVERHAND RIGHT,

LEVIN DID.

- AND AS WELL, VERLINDEN,HE'S TRYING TO TIME

THE COUNTER STRAIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT YOU DO.

IF SOMEBODY'S GOTTHAT GOOD HOOK,

YOU CAN'T TRY TO BLOCK IT.

YOU'VE GOT TO TIE THEM UP ANDHIT THEM WHILE THEY'RE HOOKING.

- ARTEM LEVIN THE FAVORITECOMING INTO THIS TOURNAMENT.

SPINNING BACK FIST BLOCKEDBY VERLINDEN.

WILD SHOTS THERE BY LEVIN.

NOTHING GETTING THROUGH,THOUGH.

BODY SHOT FROM LEVIN,

AND THEN A COUNTERFROM VERLINDEN.

WATCH THOSE KICKSFROM VERLINDEN.

THAT'S WHAT DID A LOT OF DAMAGEIN THAT QUARTERFINAL FIGHT,

AS WE ARE UNDER A MINUTE TO GOIN ROUND NUMBER ONE

SCHEDULED FOR THREE3-MINUTE ROUNDS.

- AND YOU CAN SEE THE WELTON LEVIN'S RIBS

FROM CATCHING THOSEHARD SHIN KICKS.

THERE HE'S GOING FORTHE HIGH KICK.

- SHOWBOATING A LITTLE BITFROM ARTEM LEVIN,

BUT WHEN YOU'RE COMPAREDTO FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.,

THAT'S WHAT YOU EXPECT.

- COUNTERPUNCH THROWN,FILIP VERLINDEN.

FIGHTERS NOW EXCHANGING.

VERLINDEN USED A LOT OF MOVEMENTIN HIS FIRST ROUND

QUARTERFINAL FIGHT.

AND THERE'S A NICE EXCHANGEFROM BOTH FIGHTERS

AS ROUND NUMBER ONECOMES TO AN END.

- AND LEVIN'S HAVING FUN.

I LIKE THE WAY THIS KID FIGHTS.

HE JUST--HE'S IN THE SANDBOX.

A LOT ALUMSFRO THAT '70s SHOW

HAVE BECOMEGLORY KICKBOXING FANS.

LAURA PREPON WAS OUT HEREFOR GLORY 10 AS WELL.

ROUND NUMBER TWOOF THIS SEMIFINAL FIGHT

WITH ARTEM LEVINAND FILIP VERLINDEN.

WHO DID YOU GIVETHAT FIRST ROUND TO, DUKE?

- I GAVE IT TO LEVIN.

THAT '70s SHOW IS A GREAT PLACE,

'CAUSE IT'S BASED IN WISCONSIN,MY HOME STATE.

- [laughs]

LOOK AT THE CUT ON THE BACKOF FILIP VERLINDEN.

- YEAH,HE'S GOT A ROPE BURN.

THAT'S FROM THE FIRST FIGHT.

MANHOEF WAS FORCING HIMON THE ROPES SO HARD

THAT HE GOT ROPE BURNS.

- THAT'S THE POWEROF MELVIN MANHOEF,

KEPT PUSHING HIM UPAGAINST THE ROPES.

- LIKE I SAID,THE LAST MAN STANDING.

WHO IS GONNA BE ABLETO WITHSTAND EVERYTHING,

THE SHIN BUMPS,THE SORE HANDS,

THE KNEES, THE RIBS,THE HEAD, THE CUTS,

THE BUMPS,THE BRUISES?

- COMBINATION FROM ARTEM LEVIN.

- STEP BACK. STEP BACK.STEP BACK.

- AND SOME GOOD DEFENSE THEREFROM VERLINDEN.

THOSE SHOTS DIDN'T DOTOO MUCH DAMAGE.

- STOP!STEP BACK.

- KNEE SHOT GETTING PUSHED OFF.

THE SPEED OF ARTEM LEVINIS REALLY INCREDIBLE,

WHEN YOU SEE HIM MOVEOUT OF THE CLINCH

AND RIGHT INTO EITHER KNEEOR A HOOK,

LIGHTNING QUICK.

- HE FIGHTS LIKE AN ACCORDION.

THE CLOSER HE GETS,HE FITS IN THE RIGHT NOTES,

AND THEN THE FARTHER HE EXPANDS,

HE DOES THE RIGHT TECHNIQUESFROM FARTHER RANGE.

HE HAS GREAT UNDERSTANDINGOF DISTANCE AND RANGE

IN THE KICKBOXING RING.

- STOP.STEP BACK.

STEP.

FIGHT!

- 72% KNOCKDOWN RATIOFOR ARTEM LEVIN.

SPINNING BACK KICKJUST MISSES.

COMBINATION FROM ARTEM LEVIN

GOING TO THE BODYAND THEN UPSTAIRS.

1 MINUTE TO GOIN ROUND NUMBER TWO.

HIGH KICK AND SPINNING BACK FISTFROM ARTEM LEVIN.

- THAT WAS JUSTAN INCREDIBLE SLIP HE DID THERE,

THEN HE BOBBED AND WEAVEDTHAT SPINNING BACK FIST.

HIS DEFENSE IS AWESOME.

LEVIN,THAT IS.

- UPPERCUT FROM ARTEM LEVIN.

FILIP VERLINDEN WAS USINGA LOT OF MOVEMENT EARLIER.

HE'S SLOWING DOWN,AS TO BE EXPECTED.

UNDER 30 TO GOIN ROUND NUMBER TWO.

- STOP.STEP BACK.

- ARTEM LEVINWAS ONE OF THOSE FIGHTERS

THAT SAID HE PREPARED FOR ALLTHE FIGHTERS HERE TONIGHT,

JUST NOTHIS FIRST ROUND OPPONENT,

ALEX PEREIRA,WHERE VERLINDEN,

HE SAID HE ONLY PREPAREDFOR MANHOEF,

AND THAT WAS IT.

[bell dings]

- ♪ I GET KNOCKED DOWN,BUT I GET UP AGAIN ♪

- SO WHEN YOU DO THAT, DUKE,

YOU REALLY RELYON YOUR CORNERMEN

IN THE LOCKER ROOMTO GET YOU READY

FOR THAT SEMIFINAL FIGHT,CORRECT?

- OH, FOR SURE.

I MEAN, THAT'S WHY WE BRINGTEAMS OUT WITH THE ATHLETES.

YOU KNOW, REMY BONJASKYTALKED ABOUT ONE OF HIS GUYS

WHEN HE WAS WINNING GRAND PRIXS.

ONE WOULD GO WATCH RINGSIDETHE SCENE

WHICH THE IMAGINE WAS GOING,HOW--THEY'D SEE IT CLOSE.

THEY'D BE WATCHINGON THE TV SCREEN IN THE BACK,

AND THAT'S WHY HE WASA MULTI-TIME CHAMPION.

HE REALLY TOOK A CEREBRAL,SOPHISTICATED APPROACH TO THIS.

JUST NOT GETTING IN THE RINGPUNCHING, KICKING, AND KNEEING.

- THAT'S ONE OF THE BESTIN HIS CORNER,

AS YOU CHECK OUT NICKIE HEMMERS,AND, OF COURSE,

VERLINDEN'S DAD THERE A WELL.

WELL, THAT WASA BACK-AND-FORTH SECOND ROUND,

BUT WHO DID YOU GIVE IT TO?

- I JUST THINK THAT ARTEM LEVINWAS THE BUSIER,

A LITTLE BITMORE AGGRESSIVE FIGHTER,

LANDED THE MORE TELLING BLOWS.

- AGREED.

[bell dings]

THIRD AND FINAL ROUNDIN THIS SEMIFINAL MATCH,

THE GLORY LAST MAN STANDINGMIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

LEVIN IN THE WHITE GLOVES,VERLINDEN IN THE BLACK.

QUICK HOOK JUST MISSESFROM ARTEM LEVIN.

- AND I THINK THAT FILIPSENSES SOME URGENCY.

THAT'S WHY HE'S HEADHUNTINGWITH THE KICKS,

AND I THINK WE'RE GONNA SEE HIMGO FOR IT A LITTLE MORE HERE.

- WE'LL SEE IF LEVINTAKES THE FOOT OFF THE GAS PEDAL

A LITTLE BIT,BUT, YOU KNOW,

AS WE JUST SAW WITH THE JUDGINGIN THAT LAST FIGHT,

YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE IT UPTO THE JUDGES.

JUST NEVER KNOW.

- THEY'LL BREAK YOUR HEARTEVERY TIME.

- YES, THEY WILL.

PACE SLOWING DOWN HEREIN THE THIRD ROUND.

LEFT FROM LEVIN.

LEVIN'S STYLE IS JUST--IT'S ALL BASED ON TIMING...

ODD ANGLES.

- YOU CAN TELL HE DOESA LOT OF LIGHT SPARRING,

BECAUSE THAT GIVES HIMTHE ABILITY TO TRY NEW THINGS.

IF YOU'RE DOING A LOTOF HARD SPARRING,

IT MAKES YOU LOOK CONSERVATIVESOMETIMES.

- THOSE HOOKS GETTING CLOSE,

AND THE UPPERCUTFINDING THEIR RANGE.

MIDWAY THROUGHROUND NUMBER THREE.

VERLINDEN CAME IN AS THENUMBER FOUR RANKED MIDDLEWEIGHT,

NUMBER ONE RANKED ARTEM LEVIN.

- LEVIN DOES A GOOD JOB.

HE'S ALWAYS HITTINGAND THINKING ABOUT--

HE KEEPS HIS EYES VERY FOCUSEDON VERLINDEN EYES,

HIS PUNCHES.

HE'S REALLY WATCHINGHIS OPPONENT.

THAT'S WHY HIS DEFENSEIS SO GOOD.

- UNDER A MINUTE TO GO.

FILIP VERLINDEN NEEDS TO DOSOMETHING SPECTACULAR

AND QUICKLY.

BODY SHOT,THEN UPSTAIRS FOR LEVIN.

RELENTLESS PRESSUREFROM ARTEM LEVIN.

- HE DOES A GOOD JOB.HE'LL PUNCH, PUNCH, PUNCH.

HE'LL KNEE,AND HE SMOTHERS YOU,

ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE TALLER,LIKE HIM.

HE DOES A GOOD JOB OF NEGATINGOTHER GUYS' REACHES REAL WELL.

- UNDER 20 TO GO.

ARTEM LEVIN LOOKINGTO PUNCH HIS TICKET

TO THE MIDDLEWEIGHTWORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

TOURNAMENT FINALS.

- FIGHT!

[bell dings]

- WHO GOES TO THE FINALS?

WE'LL FIND OUT NEXT.

- WELCOME BACKTO LAST MAN STANDING.

AFTER AN IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCEBY ARTEM LEVIN,

WOULD HE MOVE ON TO THE FINALS?

LET'S HEAD BACK TO THE RINGFOR THE DECISION.

- ONCE AGAIN,LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

WE TURN IT OVER TOTHE JUDGES' SCORECARD,

AND THEY GIVE BACKA UNANIMOUS DECISION.

ALL THREE JUDGES SCORE THE BOUT30-27 FOR YOUR WINNER

NOW ADVANCING TOTHE TOURNAMENT FINALS,

ARTEM LEVIN.

[bell dings]

- ARTEM LEVIN MOVING ON

TO THE GLORYMIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS

WITH A WINBY UNANIMOUS DECISION.

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