On Saturday, June 21, GLORY hosted its first pay-per-view event, Last Man Standing, from the Forum in Los Angeles. The event immediately followed the Spike TV-broadcast GLORY 17For full results of that event, click here.

The pay-per-view card featured three title fights, including the promotion’s one-night, eight-man middleweight title tournament. The tournament included Artem Levin, Alex Pereira, Filip Verlinden, Melvin Manhoef, Joe Schilling, Simon Marcus, Bogdan Stoica and Wayne Barrett.

The promotion’s heavyweight title was up for grabs as Romania’s Daniel Ghita took on Holland’s Rico Verhoeven. The pair met previously as part of the GLORY 11: Chicago tournament, with Verhoeven besting Ghita via decision in the tournament final.

Also on the card, newly crowned welterweight champion Marc de Bonte quickly returned to action to take on Canada’s Joseph Valtellini. De Bonte captured the title at GLORY 16: Denver in early May with a decision win over Karapet Karapetyan and looked to successfully defend it against “Bazooka Joe.”

The event began at 10 p.m. ET live on pay-per-view.

Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven

In a battle for the vacant GLORY heavyweight title, Holland’s Rico Verhoeven used volume striking to get the best of Daniel Ghita and claim a unanimous decision win. Verhoeven’s attack frustrated Ghita from the opening bell. Ghita looked for openings for his thundering kicks, but for every one that he landed, Verhoeven answered with kicks and punches. The middle stanza saw Ghita have his best round, as he clipped Verhoeven with a solid combination, but that was largely it for his success in the fight. Verhoeven cruised through the final two rounds, landing kicks and punches from range. The judges gave Verhoeven the nod on all three scorecards.

Marc de Bonte vs. Joseph Valtellini 

Canada’s “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini stunned champion Marc de Bonte, claiming the GLORY welterweight title with a hard-fought unanimous decision win. Valtellini took it to his Belgian foe early on, scoring with heavy leg kicks and punches. De Bonte started slow, but found his range in round two. Valtellini stayed on the gas pedal, landing a massive head kick in round three that sent de Bonte crashing to the mat. De Bonte recovered and returned the favor in round four, dropping Valtellini with a big flying knee. It was all de Bonte in round five, but it wasn’t enough as Valtellini claimed the decision win and the title.

Middleweight Tournament

Kicking off the tournament, Russia’s Artem Levin put on a clinic against Brazil’s Alex Pereira. Levin used superior footwork and head movement to avoid Pereira’s looping punches and land combo after combo to the Brazilian’s body. Levin mixed in knees and opened up cuts under both of Pereira’s eyes. Levin moved on to the semifinals with the clear-cut decision win.

Belgium’s Filip Verlinden used his height and reach advantage to stifle the attack of Surinamese powerhouse Melvin Manhoef. Manhoef marched forward throughout the fight, but he could not get inside the guard of Verlinden. Verlinden came alive late in round one, scoring a knockdown with a head kick that caught Manhoef off guard. Manhoef survived and continued his aggressive game plan, but Verlinden countered well with kicks and took home the majority decision win.

In their third meeting, American Joe Schilling and Canada’s Simon Marcus put on a war for the ages. Schilling opened the fight as the aggressor, forcing Marcus to back up. Marcus found his rhythm in round two, dropping Schilling in the corner with a vicious flurry. Down on the scorecards, Schilling pushed the action in the third. All three judges scored the fight a draw after three rounds, forcing a fourth and final frame. Both fighters came forward in the extension round, but Schilling forced Marcus to lose his mouthpiece twice, prompting referee John McCarthy to take a point. It wouldn’t matter, however. Schilling clipped Marcus with a short right hook with seconds remaining in the fight that put the Canadian out cold.

Wayne Barrett became the fourth semifinalist by scoring a highlight-reel knockout of Bogdan Stoica. Barrett came forward throughout the opening two rounds, frequently backing Stoica against the ropes. The constant pressure prevent Stoica from unleashing his trademark flying knee attacks. However, in round three, Stoica unleashed one near the ropes and Barrett was waiting for it. Barrett delivered a perfectly timed left hook while Stoica was airborne and knocked him out cold.

The night’s first semifinal bout saw Artem Levin cruise to a one-sided decision win over Filip Verlinden. Levin again used his crisp technique and speed to frustrate his opponent. Verlinden spent the entire three rounds backing up and defending Levin’s attacks. Levin scored with numerous body punches which only further slowed Verlinden’s movement. The judges rewarded the Russian for his work, earning him the first spot in the finals.

In the second semifinal, Americans Joe Schilling and Wayne Barrett locked horns with Schilling eking out a split decision verdict. Both fighters were much more tentative than their first round match-ups. Schilling was slightly more effective with his strikes in both round one and two, which cause Barrett to push hard in the third round. Despite Barrett’s efforts, two of three judges gave the fight to Schilling.

When all was said and done, it was Russian Artem Levin that was the last man standing. Levin exacted revenge from Joe Schilling, who previously bested Levin in the GLORY 10 middleweight tournament. Levin started slower in the final than his previous two bouts, but scored a first-round knockdown with a well-executed spinning back fist that landed flush on Schilling’s jaw. Levin flurried hard afterwards, but Schilling’s chin withstood the barrage. Round two was all Levin as he chased Schilling around the ring. In the final round, referee Al Wichgers deducted a point from Levin for excessive clinching, but it didn’t matter as the Russian cruised to victory.

FULL RESULTS
Artem Levin def. Joe Schilling by unanimous decision (29-26 x3) – middleweight tournament final
Rico Verhoeven def. Daniel Ghita by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) – for heavyweight title
Joe Schilling def. Wayne Barrett by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)  – middleweight tournament semifinal
Artem Levin def. Filip Verlinden by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)  – middleweight tournament semifinal
Joseph Valtellini def. Marc de Bonte by unanimous decision (47-46 x3)  – for welterweight title
Wayne Barrett def. Bogdan Stoica by knockout (left hook). Round 3, 0:58 – middleweight tournament quarterfinal
Joe Schilling def. Simon Marcus by knockout (right hook). Round 4, 2:41  – middleweight tournament quarterfinal
Filip Verlinden def. Melvin Manhoef by majority decision (28-28, 30-27, 30-27) – middleweight tournament quarterfinal
Artem Levin def. Alex Pereira by unanimous decision (30-27 x3) – middleweight tournament quarterfinal