Heavyweights = heavy leather.
GLORY was back in action last night (Sat., May 3, 2014) with an 11-fight kickboxing card that blew the roof off the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado, split between the "Super Fight Series" on digital pay-per-view (PPV) and GLORY 16 main card on Spike TV.
Either way, bodies were dropping left and right.
The big story of the night was the debut of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Pat Barry, who quit mixed martial arts (MMA) because he didn't want to deal with the ground game. Well, the change of scenery -- and rule set -- didn't do him much good, as "HD" was laid out by hulking ex-boxer Zack Mwekassa.
See the violent ending in GIF form here.
Also getting busy in the land of the big men was longtime kickboxing icon Errol Zimmerman, who came out like a man possessed in the opening round of the promotion's heavyweight tournament. "The Bonecrusher" smashed Ben Edwards -- avenging the loss of a teammate in the process -- with a brutal right hook in the opening frame.
And if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Zimmerman used the same punch to floor Anderson Silva in the tournament final and take home the trophy. "Braddock" earned his way into a second fight by turning away a lethargic Sergei Kharitonov, but the three-rounds of huffing and puffing he did against the former Russian paratrooper left him ill-prepared for a follow-up dance.
But at least he didn't end up like Francois Ambang.
"Bang Bang" was lit up by karate kingpin Raymond Daniels in the "Super Fight Series," who may have scored the greatest knockout in GLORY history with what has been described as a two-touch, 360 spinning back kick. It has to be seen to be believed and that's why we posted the video.
See "Real Deal" land it right here.
The carnage on the rest of the main card left some pretty lofty expectations for the five-round, championship main event, which featured Marc De Bonte taking on Karapet Karapetyan for the right to be called new GLORY welterweight champion.
Expectations that were not met.
The crowd grew restless across the 25-minute encounter, which featured a lot of movement and not much in the way of fireworks. In addition to trying to put a cherry on a card that featured hard-hitting heavyweights, fans were probably still mourning the loss of No. 1-ranked welterweight Nieky Hoelzken, who was pulled from Denver after a car accident left him injured.
Maybe next time.
All in all, the event delivered and it will be interesting to see how well the promotion does when it makes its PPV debut next month in Los Angeles (more on that here). For more on GLORY 16: "Denver," including full results and live-play-by-play, click here.
That's a wrap from here in Denver ... what did you think of last night's fights?