Rome, Italy, was the site of Glory 3 where number one ranked 70kg fighter Giorgio Petrosyan continued his dominance in the kickboxing world.
Petrosyan defeated Robin Van Roosmalen, Davit Kiria, and Ky Hollenbeck to become the Glory 70kg tournament champion. With the win, Petrosyan earns $300,000 American and maintains his status as the best 70kg kickboxer in the world.
In the main event of Glory 3, Petrosyan defeated Robin Van Roosmalen via unanimous decision. The Italian never let Roosmalen find his rhythm, by constantly circling away from his powerful right hand and never letting Roosmalen back him up against the ropes. Petrosyan landed the far cleaner punches, teep kicks and round kicks to the body. In the third round, Petrosyan coasted a little bit and Roosmalen connected with a few short punches to the body and a grazing uppercut but nothing damaging.
Roosmalen was on a tear before losing to Petrosyan in the finals and put his powerful right hand on display. Earlier that night, Roosmalen finished impressive youngster Sanny Dahlbeck and Tim Thomas via TKO. Roosmalen put away Dahlbeck with a body shot in round 3 after knocking him down twice and overwhelmed Thomas with a flurry of punches in the second round.
At the end of the show, it was announced that both Roosmalen and Petrosyan would be competing at the Dream New Year’s Eve event. Roosmalen will make his MMA debut and Petrosyan will compete in a kickboxing bout.
The youngest fighter in the tourney, 21-year-old Sanny Dahlbeck upset late replacement and K-1 veteran Yoshihiro Sato in the quarterfinals. Sato had no answer for Dahlbeck’s straight left in the first round. In the second round, Dahlbeck dropped Sato with a straight right and then later dropped Sato with a hard knee to the body. Sato had trouble getting back to his feet and the ref called off the fight.
-Giorgio Petrosyan defeated Robin van Roosmalen by Unanimous Decision
-Giorgio Petrosyan def. Davit Kiria by Unanimous Decision
-Robin van Roosmalen def. SannyDahlbeck via TKO (Ref Stoppage), R3
-73kg Alka Matewa def. Marco re by Unanimous Decision
-70kg Jordan Watson def. Mustapha Haida by Unanimous Decision
-Sanny Dahlbeck vs. Yoshihiro Sato by TKO (Ref Stoppage), R2
-Robin van Roosmalen def. Tim Thomas TKO (Ref Stoppage), R2
-Davit Kiria defeated Shemsi Beqiri via Unanimous Decision
-Giorgio Petrosyan def. Ky Hollenbeck TKO (Injury), R2
Tournament Reserve Fights 70kg
-Alessandro Campagna def. Fabio Pinca by Unanimous Decision
-Warren Stevelmans def. Dzhabar Askerov by Unanimous Decision
-MMA: Cesario Di Domenico def. Davide Dolce by submission (rear-naked-choke) at 1:08, R1
-72.5g Catchweight: Ricardo Lecca def. Giuseppe D’Amuri by KO, R1
-70kg: Julian Imeri def. Emannuele Raini via Unanimous Decision
-MMA: Ivan Musardo def. Giorgio Belsanti by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:00, R1