Andy Ristie Usurps Throne to Claim GLORY 12 Lightweight Crown

Andy Ristie Usurps Throne to Claim GLORY 12 Lightweight Crown

Last night on Spike TV the impossible happened. It almost seems cliche at this point to call a huge upset in a tournament to be impossible, yet what happened last night at GLORY 12 really did seem to be the impossible. What was this impossible feat, you might ask? Andy Ristie not only defeated Giorgio Petrosyan, but he knocked out Giorgio Petrosyan. Yes, Giorgio Petrosyan, the now-former pound-for-pound king of the Kickboxing world has been usurped after five years atop of the throne by Andy Ristie.

It’s safe to say that Andy Ristie had not only a good night, but the night of his career last night scoring two knock outs against the #1 and #2 Lightweights in the world, Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin van Roosmalen. In a way, this echoes what happened at GLORY 11 Chicago’s Heavyweight tournament where Rico Verhoeven scored victories over Gokhan Saki and Daniel Ghita; the underdog just blew expectations away and claimed the #1 spot in a hotly-contested division. Hell, even at GLORY 10 Los Angeles Joe Schilling was able to overcome Middleweight kingpin Artem Levin.

Is there something in the water that they are handing out at these GLORY events that is leading the underdogs to do something incredible, or what? I don’t know, but I do know that 2013 has been the year of the shake-up in Kickboxing so far.

Here is GIF proof that Andy Ristie did the impossible last night, twice, courtesy of ZProphet.


Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh is a writer residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico who is best known for his work as a Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts journalist. His work has been featured on a number of publications, including,,, as well as his own site,

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+17 # uhhhhhh 2013-11-24 15:18
one of the most action packed cards of combat sports all year.
-10 # fuckandersonsilva 2013-11-24 15:34
You are horrible at taking falls, Giorgio. Just horrible.
-13 # Tank 2013-11-24 16:06
Well if the first fight wasn't a div, I don't know what is. He fucking trips on his own feet and it's not until he hits the canvas that he realizes that "shit, maybe I should pretend to be unconcious"

What junk.
0 # MewTwo 2013-11-25 06:20
can't front, the doctor's ko looked funny, but i highly dount giorgio took a fall even with the odds
0 # Dave Walsh 2013-11-25 11:59
Petrosyan broke his paper mache hand in the first round and took way more damage than he usually does.
+5 # decapitationstation 2013-11-24 18:16
petrosyan was 76 -1 DAMN
+6 # Lefthea D. Kick 2013-11-24 19:03
One thing I learned is that you should always bet on the underdog in the GLORY tournaments.
+10 # GONZO 2013-11-24 19:37
Had the Pacquiao fight on with people over, and I kept switching back to this card. Definitely got a lot of my friends interested in Glory. This card made helped me not look like a liar when I talk about Boxing getting stale.
+10 # NoHomo 2013-11-24 20:50
Only thing that would make Glory better is if they let guys drag each other to the ground and forcibly lay and rub on top of them with their own bodies.
+1 # fuckandersonsilva 2013-11-25 09:35
that's true, bro
0 # MewTwo 2013-11-25 06:16
damn my job... missed this. can't believe he beat petroysan! he looked so strong in these gifs, about to watch these fights right now
0 # Cactus 2013-11-25 07:57
I love van Roosmalen but I just felt he was hopeless against Ristie. LW is so stacked it's crazy.
0 # Rickebones 2013-11-25 10:49
I was there, it was GLORY-ous! :D

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