Ristie looks to regain title at Glory kickboxing
April 02, 2015 4:30 PM
by Alan Berg
It was one of the most shocking nights in kickboxing history, Andy Ristie defeated not one but two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world both by knockout becoming the first Glory Lightweight Champion of the World at Glory 12:New York.
Then in his first title defense against Davit Kiria, Ristie ran out of gas and was stopped in the fifth and final round. Ristie won the first four rounds on all scorecards.
At Glory 20: Dubai, Ristie gets his title rematch although it isn’t against Kiria, it’s against one of the fighters he knocked out to become champion, Robin van Roosmalen.
van Roosmalen won his first Glory Lightweight Title by defeating Kiria by unanimous decision at Glory 18:Oklahoma.
Both fighters look to establish themselves as the top lightweight in the world. Ristie is an absolute pleasure to watch, he is unorthodox but has that rare mix of speed and power that everyone from boxing to MMA to kickboxing dreams to have. He is the right guy to captain (Diamond!) your Kountermove Glory team. If you still need convincing search YouTube for fights against Steve Moxon and Ky Hollenbeck his two fights in Glory since losing his world title, don’t worry it won’t take long.
Moving on to the rest of the card, Glory traditionally features a tournament pitting some of the top fighters in the same weight class fighting twice in one night to earn a title shot.
At Glory 20:Dubai this will be the middleweight contender tournament featuring Jason Wilnis vs. Alex Pereira and Wayne Barrett vs. Simon Marcus. Both fights should be highly competitive fights and could truly go either way. The winner of those fights meet later in the night, so it is a wise decision to pick one fighter from that group possibly two. If you pick the right winner you are guaranteed two fights which should lead to some quality points.
The other big fight of the night is for the first ever Glory Featherweight Champion, pitting Gabriel Varga vs. Mosab Amrani.
It should be an explosive card that you can catch on tape delay on Spike TV Friday night. Also on CBS Sports Network Saturday you can catch the Superfight Series which is also from Dubai, now on to the picks, salaries are from Kountermove.com:
Wayne Barrett ($5,400) – Barrett is the best all-around fighter in the middleweight tourney and has the ability to make this easy if he sticks to his game plan. The only question is will he, the reason he gets my captain dollars is he should at worst make the final, I don’t see Simon Marcus being able to give Barrett a hard night, but in Glory anything is possible. Projection: KO2 over Marcus; UD over Pereira.
Diamonds in the Rough
Andy Ristie ($4,800) – Ristie is that fighter I will make my captain until proven otherwise. But since he only fights once he falls under the average making him a bargain. While Ristie might not knockout van Roosmalen this time, the speed and power of The Machine will give the Dutch craftsman too much trouble leading to Ristie regaining his championship. Projection: UD5.
Mosab Amrani ($4,900) – At the absolute top of the diamond budget this one is too hard to pass up, I think Amrani has the tools to outstrike and outscore Varga and will go on to win his first Glory World Title. Projection: UD.
This article is in place of my normal article, for my UFC picks for this Saturday check back to this link: http://www.gamingtoday.com/articles/article/52861-The_Train_shows_up_just_in_time_for_fantasy_college_picks#.VR3Gl3RFAqM
Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter: @vegasberserker Contact him at ABerg@GamingToday.com.