Stand and bang!
GLORY kickboxing returns tonight (Dec. 21, 2013) LIVE from the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan, with the four-man Welterweight Championship Tournament on Spike TV and the online "Super Fight Series" pay-per-view (PPV). One complete event taking place in "The Land of the Rising Sun" broken into two separate parts.
Find out how, when and where to watch them both right here.
The action gets underway LIVE at 4:30 p.m. in Japan local time, which means the text results and LIVE fight coverage will begin to flow around 2:30 a.m. ET right here (see below) in the wee hours of Friday night/Saturday morning. Of course, you can watch it all go down in real time in our live video feed here, or wait and catch the second half of the show via tape delay at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV.
Now, on with the show.
Please note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.
GLORY 13 QUICK RESULTS:
Super Fight 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
Main Card and Welterweight Tournament:
Nieky Holzken def. Joseph Valtellini via technical knockout
Rico Verhoeven def. Peter Aerts via split decision
Daniel Ghita def. Errol Zimmerman via knockout
Makoto Uehara def. Dustin Jacoby via split decision
Joseph Valtellini def. Raymond Daniels via knockout
Nieky Holzken def. Karapet Karapetyan via unanimous decision
GLORY 13 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Super Fight Series:
Yuta Kubo vs. Mosab Amrani
Round 1: Sorry folks we had another technical mishap and had to abandon ship for this round.
Round 2: Kubo charges and Amrani shoves him into the ropes. Then a clinch. Spinning back fist by Kubo fails miserably. They wing some punches then hug. Another scramble and this time Amrani is on his ass. More clinching. More punching. Kubo shoved into the ropes and narrowly avoids a head kick. So they clinch. Amrani the aggressor and Kubo the hugger. They embrace until the bell.
Round 3: Nice push kick by Kubo and Amrani goes batshit crazy with punches. Kubo gets on his bicycle and works the body with kicks. Another tumble to the floor. Amrani runs in real fast and hugs him. That was awkward. Jumping knee finds its mark for Amrani. Kubo trying to find his offense but he's nullified by his opponent's aggression. Could cost him the fight, There's the bell.
Final result: Amrani def. Kubo via unanimous decision
Artur Kyshenko vs. Masayuki Kenmun
Round 1: Some lunatic in the audience is banging a giant drum and screaming KENMUN! (dum-dum) KENMUN! (dum dum) KENMUN! Ky rushes in with punches and there is a scramble and Ky goes ass over tin cups. He's okay. Back to the striking and Kenmun sails wide with a spinning back fist. Kenmun charges in banshee style and Ky simply sidesteps him. Kenmun has his hands at his hips and gets crushed with a jumping knee to the breadbasket. He beats the count and gets saved by the bell a second after.
Round 2: Kenmun looks refreshed and pops off a body kick. Ky stalking and kicks Kenmun in the face. Kenmun catches it and they both crash to the canvas. They get back up Kenmun throws Ky to the floor after eating a bunch of knees. Back up and they just stand there and bounce up and down for like 30 seconds until the horn. Bizarre.
Round 3: Kenmun wants a touch of gloves and gets denied. He starts doing a sexy hip dance and the crowd roars in approval. They tie up and have to be separated and Kenmun eats knees but scores a knockdown over Ky (looked more like a shove) and celebrates. Ky jumps up and chases down his opponent. Time is called and both fighters are warned for reasons not apparent in press row. Ky with a kick and it gets caught. There's the bell. WHERE ARE ALL THE FINISHES?!?
Final result: Kyshenko def. Kenmun via unanimous decision and they beat the drum anyway
Aleksandr Stetcurenko vs. Karim Ghaiji
Round 1: Both fighters tentative to start. Spinning back kick by Stets is an airball. Ghaiji working the legs. Stets with a solid right and they clinch. Ghaiji doing a lot of hugging. They get into a wild exchange and Stets flat-out Reem-tosses him to the ground. Ghaiji back to the bear hug. A few late punches at the bell.
Round 2: We have a balls-to-the-wall slugfest here and I'm not sure who is getting the better of the exchanges. Stets with a spinning back fist that grazes. Ghaiji answers with his own and it's ugly. The crowd giggles. Ghaiji tries the fist thing again and gets clocked for his efforts so he unleashes the bear hug of doom. Stets with a spinning back kick at the horn.
Round 3: Ghaiji hugs! Stets opens up to the body and blocks a charging hug with a shot to the liver. Ghaiji lands a looping left hand but gets bumped back with a push kick. Both fighters turning it on but Stets appears to be doing more damage. They clinch and Ghaiji once again gets sent to the canvas. Ha! The 10-second clicker is sounded and Ghaiji hugs so Stets throws up his arms like WTF???
Final result: Stetcurenko def. Ghaiji via unanimous decision
Remy Bonjasky vs. Anderson Silva
Round 1: Sorry folks we had some site issues. This was a very close back-and-forth affair.
Final result: Silva def. Bonjasky via unanimous decision
Ewerton Teixeira vs. Hesdy Gerges
Round 1: Tex with a low kick and then a barrage of punches. Gerges answers with kicks. Tex fires one to the body then a combo to the dome. Gerges tentative. Tex goes high then low and they clinch. They separate and Tex eats a low kick in exchange for a combo. Tex with punches and bunches and they clinch. Gerges with a hard kick to the body and Tex returns it. More punches followed by the bell.
Round 2: Sorry folks SB Nation went full retard and we were offline for a bit.
Round 3: This round was dominated by Gerges.
Final result: Gerges def. Teixeira via unanimous decision
Jerome Le Banner vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Round 1: Sergei low kicks and LeBanner returns fire. Kharitonov misses with an uppercut and LeBanner kicks the body and circles out. More body kicks. Sergei misses an uppercut and LeBanner swings wide with a right. Kharitonov backs him into the ropes and unloads but its blocked. Good knee by Sergei but LeBanner blasts him with a 1-1. Sergei lands flush and LeBanner retreats. Sergei drops his hands and gets lit up but lands a solid straight right. They exchange punches at the bell.
Round 2: Sergei lands a nice uppercut and then a right. LeBanner still working the body with kicks. Sergei presses forward and pushes LeBanner into the corner. It turns into a firefight and LeBanner gets crushed against the ropes. He gets up before the count. Sergei goes in for the kill and welp, kills him. LeBanner up one more time and somehow survives until the bell.
Round 3: LeBanner comes out and Sergei greets him Nate Diaz style with the arm flexing. They tie up in the corner and have to be separated. LeBanner doing rope-a-dope and gets smashed. He collapses but manages to beat the count. Sergei hands are low and a spry LeBanner chases after him. Another flex from the Russian. LeBanner meekly kicks the body and they works his jab but Sergei is on his bicycle until the bell.
Final result: Kharitonov def. LeBanner via unanimous decision
Main Card and Welterweight Tournament:
Joseph Valtellini vs. Nieky Holzken
Round 1: Joe picks up right where he left off, working the legs. Holzken returns the favor. Now they're going tit-for-tat with the leg kicks. Nice left-right combo from Joe. Then a leg kick. Holzken to the bread basket. Joe breaks a clinch with a low kick. Nice uppercut lands for Holzken. Jumping knee grazes for Holzken but then he rocks Joe with an uppercut. He presses forward and gets Joe into the corner and lets his hands go. Joe could be in trouble here but the bell dings and we go to the corners.
Round 2: Joe goes to the legs but he's getting punished with the hands. Joe works his way out of danger with a nice combo but then Holzken gives him another dose of punishment. Joe owning the legs but he's getting outboxed on the feet. Joe won't go without a fight and storms back with a flurry of his own. Holzken staggers him with a head kick then a 1-2 punch. Joe answers. This is a helluva fight and ding that's another round in the books.
Round 3: Both guys come out super aggressive but without sacrificing technique. Holzken stuns Joe and he's hurt but Joe lashes out with an insane combo. Holzken weathers the storm and drops Joe with a brutal liver shot. Joe recovers and pours it on. Holy shit what a fight. Holzken slips on a kick. He gets up and Joe senses desperation. It devolves into a brawl and Holzken creams him with a right and Joe collapses. He beats the count but the ref has seen enough.
Final result: Holzken def. Valtellini via technical knockout
Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven
Round 1: They trade low kicks and Aerts is game. Crowd roars every time he lands. Aerts slips after eating a low kick. Then another. He rushes in and misses with a high kick but tags Rico with a right. Fast pace so far. Verhoeven getting the better of the low kick battle and now there is a lot of clinch work. Aerts dives in to hug. Round over.
Round 2: Aerts rushes in with punches in bunches and they clinch. Aerts with a solid right that lands. Rico to the legs and they hug. High kick lands for Aerts but Rico lights him up with a low kick. Aerts knocked down with a low kick and pushes forward to clinch. Rico drops him again with a leg. Aerts still coming forward but the clinches are happening more frequently. Good flurry to end the round.
Round 3: Crowd cheering for Aerts. This is Japan? They are yelling! Rico pops him one and they clinch. Then again. Right hand stuns Rico but he fires back and lands several kicks. They hug. High kick lands softly for Aerts and they hug. Then they hug again. Nice combo hits the mark for Rico and they hug. Referee stops the action and warns Aerts for hugging. He comes out punching and Rico lights up his legs. Then come the hugs. Push kick lands for Rico, then they hug. There is the bell. Anti-climatic.
Final result: Verhoeven def. Aerts via split decision
Daniel Ghita vs. Errol Zimmerman
Round 1: Uh ... holy shit. Ghita comes out with an insane barrage of kicks to put Zimmerman on the chopping block then murders him with a fist. Wow.
Final result: Ghita def. Zimmerman by way of unholy death punch
Dustin Jacoby vs. Makoto Uehara
Round 1: Jacoby opens with low kicks and Uehara answers him. Jacoby misses with a looping right and Uehara circles out of danger. Low kick lands for Uehara and they hug. Pace is a bit slow in this one. Jacoby misses a kick, Uehara misses a hook. Leg kicks finding their mark for Uehara. Jacoby stalking but not doing much in the way of offense.
Round 2: Jacoby picking up the pace and using his kicks to keep Uehara ta bay. Huge overhand right misses for Jacoby and Uehara is running in circles. Both fighters swing and miss. Uehara slips and gets right back up. Jacoby stalks him and paws the jab. Nice body shot by Uehara who then goes for a spinning something-or-other and falls to the ground like a dreidel. Bell rings. Not much action.
Round 3: They trade kicks and Jacoby whiffs on an uppercut. Uehara staying low and continues his ring-around-the-rosy defense. Both guys swing and miss. Then again. Ref calls time and warns Uehara for stalling. Jacoby throws a jab and Uehara ducks under it and flops to the ground. Ugh. Spinning back kick for Uehara misses but at least he stays upright. Spinning back kick whiffs for Jacoby. In fact, I'm not sure these guys have even made contact this entire round. Weird fight.
Final result: Uehara def. Jacoby via split decision
Joseph Valtellini vs. Raymond Daniels
Round 1: Daniels takes 20 seconds after the bell to meditate then comes out juking and jiving. Joe has his hands high and tight and is being cautious. Body shot by Joe. Daniels spinning back kick misses. Body kick lands for Joe but he misses a spinning back fist. Oblique kick for Joe and they tie up in the corner. Leg kick for Joe. Daniels flurries and eats a low kick. Joe stumbles in retreat. Side kick for Daniels misses. Joe chasing until the bell.
Round 2: Daniels aggressive with punches but his legs get abused. It turns into a brawl in the center of the ring and ends with a hug. Joe working the legs and Daniels gets on his scooter. Another leg kick and Daniels has a limp. Three straight leg kicks for Joe and Daniels is in trouble. A fourth rattles him and they tie up. Daniels eats another two. Then Joe goes upstairs. Then to the body. Daniels is getting worked. Someone behind me smells like the bathroom at Penn Station.
Round 3: Daniels runs in and gets his leg kicked and claims toe-on-ball. They reset and Joe lights him up. Daniels getting wild now in desperation and misses a sloppy kick. Joe backs him into a corner, crushes his leg then knocks him out with a head kick. Outstanding display of kickboxing technique.
Final result: Valtellini def. Daniels via knockout
Nieky Holzken vs. Karapet Karapetyan
Round 1: Karapetyan stalking with kicks. Holzken opens up the hands. Nice push kick by Karapetyan gets answered with a right hook and Karapetyan is looking at the lights. He beats the count and Holzken swarms. Karapetyan defends well and keeps himself in it but is now playing defense. 30 seonds left to go and Holzken is teeing off in the corner. Karapetyan circles out and plays keep away until the bell.
Round 2: Karapetyan comes out aggressive with his kicks and Holzken is picking his spots. Karapetyan tries to go high and gets dropped with a perfectly-placed counter. He's back up and has a lot of fight left in him, using push kicks and forward motion to keep his opponent at bay. Holzken perhaps being a bit too patient here as Karapetyan appears busier. Nice spinning back kick finds its mark for Holzken at the bell.
Round 3: Karapetyan comes out guns blazing and Holzken needs to get busy. He seems content to counter strike but his volume is low. Nice jumping knee from Holzken. Karapetyan chases him down with leg kicks. Holzken uncorks a high kick but Karapetyan fires right back with a flurry. They exchange fairly evenly to close out the fight.
Final result: Holzken def. Karapetyan via unanimous decision