The event was highlighted by GLORY’s trademark 4-man tournament and a main event Heavyweight battle between Rico Verhoeven and Peter Aerts (pictured).
GLORY 13 took place on December 21st at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan. The event aired on tape delay on SPIKE TV at 9:00 p.m. ET, 6:00 p.m. PT. Bouts on the GLORY Superfight series, which took place prior to the GLORY 13 main card, aired LIVE on the promotion’s official website at 2:30 a.m. ET, 11:30 p.m. PT.
Verhoeven took home a split decision victory over Aerts in a tightly contested affair. Publicized as a retirement bout for Aerts, the Dutch Kickboxing legend, however, proved to the world he still had enough in the tank to compete at the highest level. Aerts did indeed set out to accomplish what he said he would – a street fight. And although Verhoeven’s technical fitnesse was well matched by Aerts’ style, the 24-year-old ultimately edged the fight and score cards with his profound leg kicks.
“It was a strong fight. He never comes for an easy fight. He comes 100% and tries to make it as difficult for me as possible and that’s what he did,” Verhoeven admitted. “I saw Peter go down a little bit in the second round, but he still goes on with his fighting heart; it’s amazing. I have a lot of respect for Peter for being 43 years old and still having that crazy good conditioning and being in such good shape.”
Daniel Ghita vs. Errol Zimmerman in the night’s co-main event turned out to be a complete slugfest. Ghita had Zimmerman hurt in the opening stages when both fighters came out with heavy leather. Ghita piled on strikes with punches and hard kicks, as he went for the kill. A huge left hook then dropped Zimmerman who tried hard to recover, but just couldn’t.
“This time Daniel knocked me out, next time I’ll knock somebody else out,” Zimmerman said, after the fight. “I have no damage. I hope to fight soon and I hope to fight again in Japan with a different result.”
Nieky Holzken, meanwhile, garnered the 4-man Welterweight tournament crown after defeating Joseph Valtellini and Karapet Karapetyan.
“I feel very good. I won the tournament and won by way of knockout. They were all strong guys, Karapet and Valtellini, but I said that this would be my year. I came from a 7-win streak, all knockouts. I’ve never felt so strong,” Holzken said. “I did it also for Ramon Dekkers, because he was also in my heart. I said I was going to win because he was going to look from the stars above and give me the power, and give me the left hook and the liver shot to make everybody go down.”
Check out full results of the event below:
GLORY 13 Main Card:
- Nieky Holzken def. Joseph Valtellini via KO (Right Hook) at 2:44 of Round 3 - Welterweight Tournament Final match-up
- Rico Verhoeven def. Peter Aerts via Split Decision
- Daniel Ghita def. Errol Zimmerman via KO (Left Hook) at 0:35 of Round 1
- Makoto Uehara def. Dustin Jacoby via Split Decision
- Joseph Valtellini def. Raymond Daniels via KO (High Kick) at 1:20 of Round 3 - Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final match-up
- Nieky Holzken def. Karapet Karapetyan via Unanimous Decision - Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final match-up
GLORY SuperFight Series:
- Mosab Amrani def. Yuta Kubo via Unanimous Decision
- Artur Kyshenko def. Masayuki Kenmun via Unanimous Decision
- Aleksandr Stetcurenko def. Karim Ghaiji via Unanimous Decision
- Anderson Silva def. Remy Bonjasky via Unanimous Decision
- Hesdy Gerges def. Ewerton Teixeira via Unanimous Decision
- Sergei Kharitonov def. Jerome LeBanner via Unanimous Decision
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