Glory 3 Rome ‘Final 8’ took place on Saturday, Nov. 3, with the biggest 70 kg tournament in recent years.

The event featured eight of the top kickboxers in the world, with the winner taking home a $300,000 cash prize.

Also on the card were two superfights, two tournament reserve bouts and a four-fight undercard that featured two MMA bouts.

All the action took place from the historic Pala Lottomatica in Rome, Italy.

A pay-per-view stream on the promotion’s website showcased the entire tournament.

Final – Petrosyan too technical for brawler Van Roosmalen

Petrosyan (standing) finished Hollenbeck in the quarterfinals (Glory)

If there was any doubt prior to the tournament who the best kickboxer on the planet is, Giorgio Petrosyan erased all of it by defeating Robin Van Roosmalen and claiming the $300,000 prize.

Petrosyan’s textbook striking kept Van Roosmalen from turning the fight into a brawl from the opening bell.

Every time the Dutchman would try to get inside, Petrosyan would either cover up and counter, or simply use his footwork to elude the attacks.

Van Roosmalen knew he was down on the scorecards heading into the final round and he pressed forward looking for a finishing blow, but Petrosyan never let him find the mark.

Petrosyan earned the fight on the scorecards to take home the tournament championship and cash prize.

Superfight – Watson outclasses Haida

Jordan Watson’s Muay Thai background was on clear display as he simply outclassed Mustapha Haida over the course of three rounds.

Watson used kick after kick to Haida’s body to slow his opponent’s advances. Haida showed resolve to absorb the punishment, but his offense was largely held in check by Watson’s attacks. After three rounds, there was little doubt that Watson had won a decision.

Semifinals – Petrosyan cruises past Kiria, Van Roosmalen stops Dahlbeck

Van Roosmalen (R) punished Thomas (Glory)

Unlike in the quarterfinal round, Davit Kiria fought conservatively and was completely outclassed by Giorgio Petrosyan like so many before him have been. Petrosyan’s southpaw stance appeared to give Kiria fits as he resorted to simple jab-cross combinations and was easily countered by Petrosyan again and again. The Armenian-Italian Petrosyan cruised through the rounds, advancing to the final with a decision win.

Robin Van Roosmalen used his power and aggression to neutralize the length of Sanny Dahlbeck and punch his ticket to the finals. Dahlbeck opened the bout with an intelligent strategy of using teep kicks to keep his opponent at distance, but once Van Roosmalen got inside, Dahlbeck’s chin could not withstand the assault. The Dutchman dropped Dahlbeck in each round with vicious combinations, ultimately earning the TKO in the final frame.

Superfight – Matewa takes decision over Re

The night’s first superfight to give the tournament fighters a breather saw Alka Matewa use constant pressure to best Marco Re by decision.

Matewa battered Re for the majority of the first round, only to have Re drop him in the waning seconds. He responded early in the second to drop Re with a straight right hand and continued to deliver punishment. Matewa’s pace took its toll in the final round, as Re took advantage of his slowed aggression. However, Re fell short as the scorecards rewarded Matewa for the early action.

Quarterfinals – Petrosyan, Van Roosmalen, Dahlbeck score TKOs, Kiria wins decision

Dahlbeck (R) delivers a head kick (Glory)

Top-ranked Giorgio Petrosyan barely broke a sweat in his match-up with American Ky Hollenbeck. Petrosyan showcased his typical precision, countering Hollenbeck’s flashy attacks and dropping the American midway through the first with a right hook. Hollenbeck survived the round, but in the second frame, his right knee gave way, allowing Petrosyan to advance to the semifinals.

In a bit of an upset, Davit Kiria simply outclassed Shemsi Beqiri en route to a decision victory. Kiria was very aggressive from the start and it prevented Beqiri from mounting any offense for the first two rounds. Beqiri pressed the action in the final stanza, but it was too little, too late as Kiria advanced.

Dutch powerhouse Robin Van Roosmalen used his speed and aggression to overcome the reach advantage of England’s Tim Thomas. The majority of the damage came in the second round as Van Roosmalen pummeled Thomas with combinations along the ropes. The first count came with about a minute left in the round, and Van Roosmalen smelled blood, forcing the stoppage.

Sweden’s Sanny Dahlbeck put on a strong performance to upset Japan’s Yoshihiro Sato and advance to the semifinals. Dahlbeck punished Sato with counter left after counter left. In the second round, he dropped Sato with a straight left down the pipe and then finished the bout with a knee to the body.

Tournament Reserve Fights – Campagna, Stevelmans claim decisions

In the second reserve bout, lanky Frenchman Alessandro Campagna capitalized on a point deduction to Thai-stylist Fabio Pinca in the final round. Pinca was the aggressor throughout, scoring repeatedly with body kicks. However, his aggression was his own Achilles’ heel as he took Campagna down late in the fight and was penalized.

Despite fighting on just a few days’ notice, Warren Stevelmans won his reserve tournament bout against Dzhabar Askerov. Stevelmans managed to drop the powerful and compact Askerov late in the opening frame and then used a barrage of kicks to take the decision win.

FULL RESULTS

Final
Giorgio Petrosyan def. Robin Van Roosmalen by decision
Semifinals
Robin Van Roosmalen def. Sanny Dahlbeck by TKO. Round 3
Giorgio Petrosyan def. Davit Kiria by decision
Quarterfinals
Giorgio Petrosyan def. Ky Hollenbeck by TKO (injury). Round 2
Davit Kiria def. Shemsi Beqiri by decision
Robin Van Roosmalen def. Tim Thomas by TKO. Round 2
Sanny Dahlbeck def. Yoshihiro Sato by TKO. Round 2

Tournament Reserve Fights
Alessandro Campagna def. Fabio Pinca by decision
Warren Stevelmans def. Dzhabar Askerov by decision

Superfights
Jordan Watson def. Mustapha Haida by decision
Alka Matewa def. Marco Re by decision

Undercard
Cesario di Domenico def. David Dolce by submission (rear-naked choke). Round, 1:08
Ivan Musardo def. Giorgio Belsanti by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:00
Riccardo Lecca def. Giuseppe D’Amuri by knockout. Round 1, 2:05
Julian Imeri def. Emmanuelle Raini by unanimous decision (30-27)

Top Photo: Giorgio Petrosyan captured the tournament (Ben Pontier/Glory)

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