Glory 14: Mirko Cro Cop Vs. Remy Bonjasky

  • 2014
  • Aired 03/08/2014
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Legends collide as Mirko Cro Cop returns to kickboxing to battle "Flying Gentleman" Remy Bonjasky in Bonjasky's retirement fight.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS

THE HEADLINE BOUT OF THE

EVENING.

A REMATCH 12 YEARS IN THE MAKING

BETWEEN TWO MEN WHOSE NAMES WILL

BE FOREVER CARVED IN KICKBOXING

HISTORY.

AT THE OPENING BELL, THE REFEREE

FOR THIS CONTEST WILL BE AL

WICKERS.

TO THE FANS WITH US LIVE AT

ARENA ZAGREB AND GLORY FANS

WATCHING AROUND THE WORLD, IT'S

TIME FOR GLORY!

INTRODUCING FIRST, STANDING IN

MY RIGHT AND FIGHTING OUT OF THE

BLACK CORNER.

ONE OF FOUR MEN TO WIN THE WORLD

GRAND PRIX THREE OR MORE TIMES,

HIS PROFESSIONAL RECORD

IMPRESSIVE.

98 WINS WITH 12 LOSSES, 36 BIG

WINS BY KNOCKOUTS.

HE STANDS 6'3", WEIGHED IN AT

FIGHT TIME AT 240 POUNDS.

108.8 KILOS.

FIGHTING TONIGHT OUT OF THE

NETHERLANDS, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, INTRODUCING REMY THE

FLYING GENTLEMAN BONJASKY!

HERE NOW IS HIS OPPONENT,

STANDING AT MY LEFT AND FIGHTING

OUT OF THE WHITE CORNER.

HE TOO WON THE WORLD GRAND PRIX

TWO YEARS AGO.

HIS RECORD, 22 WINS WITH 7

LOSSES, 12 WINS BY KNOCKOUT.

AT 6'1", HE WEIGHED IN AT 242

POUNDS, 109.6 KILOS,

REPRESENTING CROATIA, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, HERE IS MIRKO CRO

COP!

YOUR REFEREE IS AL WICKERS.

>> FELLOWS, LET'S HAVE A GOOD

CLEAN FIGHT.

OBEY MY COMMANDS AT ALL TIME.

FIGHT CLEAN AND FIGHT HARD.

ANY QUESTIONS?

LET'S ROCK AND ROLL, GUYS.

>> LET'S ROCK AND ROLL IS RIGHT!

RON KRUK ALONG WITH DUKE RUFUS.

RINGSIDE FOR GLORY 14.

HONORED TO BE HERE FOR THAT

MAN'S TIME FIGHT.

REMY BONJASKY.

HE WILL GET NO LOVE FROM THE

CROATIAN FANS AS THEY'RE

CHEERING FOR THEIR HERO, MIRKO

CRO COP.

>> FIGHT!

>> TOUCHES GLOVES FOR THE FINAL

TIME.

WE'RE SCHEDULED TO GO.

ROUND NUMBER 1, MIRKO CRO COP

AND REMY BONJASKY.

RIGHT AWAY, THE TRADEMARK HIGH

KICK FROM CRO COP.

>> GOING TO BE INTERESTING.

BOTH GUYS WERE COACHED BY THE

SAME COACH FROM AMSTERDAM.

HE'S GOING TO HELP REMY GAME

PLAN AGAINST MIRKO.

IT'S NATURAL.

IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE

HOW REMY TAKES THAT INFORMATION

AND USES IT AS MIRKO.

>> A HIGH KICK BLOCK BY CRO COP.

CRO COP LOOKS GREAT FOR 39 YEARS

OLD.

REMY LANDS A HIGH KICK.

CRO COP BACKING UP NOW.

REMY ON THE ATTACK.

FIGHTERS CLINCH.

AL WICKERS WILL BREAK THEM UP.

YOU CAN SEE THAT MIRKO IS A

LITTLE TENTATIVE.

HE NEEDS TO SET THE KICKS UP

WITH THE PUNCHES.

REMY AS WELL.

HE HAS THE EXPLOSIVE STYLE.

OH, GREAT LIVER KICK.

>> HEARD THAT LIVER KICK HERE AT

RINGSIDE.

CRO COP, SOUTHPAW STANCE.

BONJASKY ORTHODOX.

BOTH OF THOSE GUYS HAVE DONE SO

MUCH FOR THE SPORT OF

KICKBOXING.

>> DEFINITELY.

YOU KNOW, BACK IN THE DAY, MADE

THE DEBUT IN 1996.

MIRKO AND I WERE ON THE SAME

CARD IN TOKYO.

WE GO WAY BACK.

HE'S A HERO OF MINE.

HE HELPED ME GET IN THE MMA

WORLD, TOO.

>> MIRKO CRO COP BLOCKS THE

FLYING KNEE FROM BONJASKY.

WE HIT THE ONE-MINUTE MARK.

THE FIRST ROUND.

CRO COP PUSHING BONJASKY BACK UP

AGAINST THE ROPES.

>> WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HANDS

AND LEGS VERSUS KNEES AND LEGS.

SO IF MIRKO CRO COP CAN PUT HIS

HANDS ON HIM AND REMY WANTS TO

PUT HIS KNEES AND KICK ON MIRKO.

>> GREAT FROM BONJASKY.

MISSES.

THE KICK BLOCK BY CRO COP.

THE FEELING THAT CRO COP IS

TRYING TO FIND THAT RANGE TO

THROW THAT PATENTED HIGH KICK.

>> THAT'S WHAT LANDED IN THE

FIRST FIGHT.

A QUICK PUNCH COMBO.

>> AS YOU MENTIONED, THIS IS A

REMATCH OF THEIR 2002 MEETING.

CRO COP WON BY CONTROVERSIAL

REFEREE STOPPAGE.

REMY WAS LOOKING TO ATTACK.

BUT REFEREE AL WICKERS REACHED

OUT.

UNDER 10 TO GO IN THE FIRST

ROUND.

>> WELL, I MIGHT GIVE THAT FIRST

ROUND TO CRO COP.

HE LANDED THAT HEAVY KICK.

LANDED SOME GOOD PUNCHES.

ROME MY COULDN'T FIND HIS RANGE.

HE LANDED ONE KICK BUT COULDN'T

GET THE REST OF HIS OFFENSE

GOING.

CRO COP IS WINNING 1-0.

>> WELL, GLORY 15 ISTANBUL COMES

TO YOU NEXT MONTH.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES,

INCLUDING GOKAN SAKI WILL THROW

DOWN SATURDAY APRIL 12th.

YOU CAN SEE IT RIGHT HERE ON

SPIKE.

>> ROUND NUMBER 2 BETWEEN CRO

COP AND BONJASKY UNDERWAY.

>> YOU CAN SEE REMY WANTS TO GO

FOR THE HEAD KICK.

HE'S HUNTING IT.

HE THINKS THERE'S A KINK IN CRO

COP'S ARMOR.

>> AND CRO COP CONTINUES TO MOVE

FORWARD AND CLOSE THE DISTANCE.

>> THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

DON'T GIVE HIM ROOM TO KICK.

>> BONJASKY RANKED NUMBER 10 IN

THE HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION.

CRO COP NUMBER 9.

THE TWO LOOK LIKE THEY BUMPED

HEADS.

AL WICKERS CALLING A TIME-OUT.

TALKING ABOUT THE HEAD BUTT.

RESETS.

FORTUNATELY NO CUT.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A HORRIBLE

WAY TO END THIS HISTORIC MATCH

BY WAY OF A CUT.

>> SOUNDS CLICHE', BUT THE GUY

THAT BACKS THE OTHER GUY UP WILL

WIN.

IF REMY CAN COME FORWARD WITH

THE BIG KNEES AND KICKS AND CRO

COP NEEDS ROOM TO LAND THAT

KICK.

>> NO KNOCKDOWNS.

BONJASKY FLIPS.

SAME WITH CRO COP.

>> THE RIGHT KICK LANDS TO THE

RIBS OF BONJASKY.

>> THAT WAS A GOOD LOW KICK.

>> CRO COP CREATED SOME DISTANCE

THERE.

BONJASKY FLIPS AGAIN.

WE CHECK OUT THE ARM STRIKES.

ALL CRO COP IN THIS ONE.

>> THAT'S THE THING.

BIG GUYS LIKE THIS, BY ONLY

THROWING KICKS, IT MAKES THEM

TIRED.

YOU HAVE TO THROW PUNCHES.

IT'S HARD TO KICK AS HARD AS YOU

CAN FOR THREE ROUNDS.

>> LEG STRIKES DEAD EVEN.

HIGH KICK FROM BONJASKY MISSES.

APPROACHING ONE MINUTE TO GO IN

ROUND NUMBER 2.

CRO COP GOT BONJASKY IN THE

CORNER.

OUR REFEREE, AL WICKERS, BREAKS

THEM UP.

BONJASKY.

HEAD COACH FROM CRO COP.

>> THE RIGHT LEG CAN SEND YOU TO

THE CEMETERY.

GOOD BLOCK THERE.

>> AND BONJASKY IS GOING NOWHERE

YET.

LOW KICK FROM BONJASKY.

CRO COP MOVING FORWARD.

AGAIN, PUSHING BONJASKY INTO THE

CORNER.

UNDER 30 SECONDS TO GO.

ROUND 2.

>> BOTH WORKING HARD.

MIRKO IS THE BIGGER GUY.

>> AND MIRKO IS LIKE A HYDRANT.

A LOT GOING HIS WAY.

KEEPING BONJASKY IN THE CORNER.

THAT'S GOING TO DO IT FOR ROUND

2.

>> BONJASKY NEEDS TO MAKE SOME

ADJUSTMENTS, RON.

I THINK HE LOST THAT ROUND

AGAIN.

WE SAW IN THE STATS, THE KICKS

ARE OFTEN BUT MIRKO PUTTING THE

PUNCH ATTACK.

WE'LL SEE IT RIGHT NOW.

YOU KNOW, THEY'RE IN -- THERE'S

THE CLINCH.

THE BODY KICK.

MIRKO COMES BACK WITH HIS

HOSPITAL RIGHT KICK.

TRIES TO BODY KICK.

COME BACK WITH HIS LEFT HAND.

HE'S MARCHING HIM DOWN.

>> AND BONJASKY NEEDS TO GET

SOME DISTANCE TO LAND THOSE HIGH

KICKS.

UNABLE TO DO IT SO FAR.

THE CROATIAN FANS CHEER ON THEIR

HERO, MIRKO CRO COP.

WELL, HISTORY IN THE MAKING HERE

AT GLORY 14.

THE THIRD AND FINAL ROUND FOR

REMY BONJASKY.

HIS FAREWELL FIGHT AGAINST MIRKO

CRO COP.

KNEE THERE FROM BONJASKY.

CRO COP COUNTERS.

>> JUST MISSES WITH THE WHEEL

KICK.

BONJASKY GETTING THOSE LEG KICKS

TO THE BODY OF CRO COP, BUT

THEY'RE NOT DOING MUCH DAMAGE.

CRO COP PUSHES BONJASKY TO THE

CANVAS.

>> BIG BROTHERED HIM THERE.

YOU CAN SEE THE STRENGTH

DIFFERENCE.

NICE LEFT HAND.

>> CRO COP BELIEVES THAT WAS A

LOW BLOW.

HE WILL GET SOME TIME TO

RECOVER.

BUT NOT MUCH.

THE FANS HERE CHEERING ON MIRKO

CRO COP.

MAKING HIS GLORY DEBUT.

THROWS MIRKO TO THE CANVAS

AGAIN.

GOOD COMBINATION FROM CRO COP.

>> YOU CAN'T DO THAT DOUBLE

UNDERHOOK SLING.

THAT'S ILLEGAL IN GLORY.

>> OH, BIG SWEEP KICK FROM CRO

COP.

THAT ONE TOOK BONJASKY THE

CANVAS.

IT'S BEEN ALL CRO COP IN THE

THIRD ROUND.

1:30 TO GO.

AND NOW ANOTHER LOW BLOW.

THIS TIME FROM MIRKO CRO COP.

>> THAT'S A HARD THING IN

KICKBOXING.

THE STRIKES ARE FLYING

EVERYWHERE.

THE KNEES, THE KICKS.

THEY GET CLOSE.

ACCIDENTAL BLOWS HAPPEN.

>> REMY BONJASKY TAKING HIS TIME

TO REGROUP.

WE'RE BACK.

1:20 TO GO.

KICK TO THE RIBS FROM BONJASKY.

CRO COP MOVING FORWARD.

KNEE FROM BONJASKY.

CRO COP, HIGH KICK.

BONJASKY BLOCKED MOST OF THAT

ONE.

CRO COP TUMBLES.

UNDER A MINUTE TO GO.

ROUND THREE.

>> HE'S HUNTING FOR THE HIGH

KICK.

BOTH GUYS WANT BIG FINISHES.

>> WHAT A BODY KICK FROM MIRKO

CRO COP.

>> HE HAVING A RESURGENCE.

HE FEELS LIKE HE'S BACK HOME.

HE SPENT SOME TIME SUCCESSFUL IN

THE MMA BUT HIS HOME IS

KICKBOXING.

>> THAT BODY KICK MAY HAVE HURT

BONJASKY.

30 SECONDS TO GO.

CRO COP, OH, JUST MISSES WITH

THE HIGH KICK.

>> AND CRO COP TAKES BONJASKY

DOWN AGAIN.

THAT DOES NOT COUNT AS A

KNOCKDOWN THOUGH.

10 SECONDS TO GO AS THE CURTAIN

COMES DOWN ON REMY BONJASKY'S

INCREDIBLE CAREER.

>> 32-YEAR-OLD MIRKO CRO COP IN

PHENOMENAL SHAPE.

LET'S CHECK OUT THE FINAL STATS

FROM THIS HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLE.

>> DEFINITELY, A LOT OF THE

STATS ARE EVEN.

THE PERCENTAGES.

ONE MORE, THE ARM STRIKES FROM

CRO COP.

BUT CRO COP WAS THROWING MORE OF

THE POWER STRIKES.

HE WANTED TO FINISH THIS FIGHT.

>> HE WANTED TO.

HE WAS JUST UNABLE TO DO IT.

>> APPEARING IN FRONT OF HIS

HOMETOWN CROWD.

HERE'S SOME OF THE ACTION.

HERE HE CAUGHT THE LEG, GAVE HIM

A LEG KICK UNDER.

KNOCKED HIS LEG KICK OUT FROM

UNDER HIM.

CRO COP PULLING OUT ALL THE

STOPS TONIGHT.

HAD SOME TRICKERY TONIGHT.

YOU CAN TOUCH THAT OLD CROP DOG

NEW TRICKS.

>> APPARENTLY SO.

>> YES.

BEAUTIFUL LEG KICK UNDER.

AGAIN, KNOCKED HIM ON HIS BUTT.

BREAKING UP THE FLOW OF THE

FIGHT FOR REMY.

>> THE FINAL DECISION IS IN.

LET'S MAKE IT OFFICIAL.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AFTER

THREE ROUNDS, WE GO TO THE

JUDGES' SCORE CARDS.

TWO JUDGES SCORE IT 29-28.

THE THIRD JUDGE SCORED IT EVEN.

29-29.

A MAJORITY DECISION FOR YOUR

WINNER, REMY BONJASKY!

>> WELL, THE CROATIAN FANS DON'T

AGREE WITH IT.

REMY BONJASKY EARNED A WIN IN

HIS FINAL FIGHT.

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