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It´s Time for Another HeavyWeight Tournament

taken from Liverkick.com - written by Dave Walsh

(C) Glory Sports International

Friday night in Virginia live on Spike TV Rico Verhoeven defended his GLORY Heavyweight Championship against Errol Zimmerman. Of course Zimmerman went down to a knee injury in the second round and not to the fists of Verhoeven, but that's another story for another day. The story right now is that Rico Verhoeven is still the Heavyweight Champion and that when you look out over the rest of the division things are a bit muddled at the moment. 

If you look around it will be clear that the guy next in line should be Daniel Ghita, but of course, the only problem with that is that we've seen Daniel Ghita challenge for the GLORY Heavyweight title already within the last year. At this point Daniel Ghita is 0-2 against Verhoeven and it's not clear if a third bout would really be a smart move so soon after the last bout between the two.

Looking down through GLORY's rankings we see, well, a mess of a division. GLORY's rankings never did make much sense to me, but they are especially strange considering Sergei Kharitonov is in the #2 spot behind Ghita considering Anderson "Braddock" Silva defeated him last year at GLORY 16. While you might be able to make a case for Braddock, for Adegbuyi or maybe even Gerges in the future, I think that it is high time that we are returned to our kickboxing roots and get an old-fashioned Heavyweight tournament.

The last large-scale Heavyweight tournament was GLORY 4, which was done via a 16-man field, which might have been too much for one evening. That tournament did, however, set Daniel Ghita apart from the pack as one of the top contenders in the division. The truth of the matter is, while GLORY might be able to turn a blind eye to Verhoeven's fight from January in China, those of us that follow the sport closely are well aware of it and the problems that it creates. Essentially Verhoeven's #1 spot in the Heavyweight division comes with an asterisk at the moment. The best way to alleviate some of that pressure and to make heads or tails of the division is to toss them all into the blender and see who comes up on top.

An eight-man field containing Verhoeven, Ghita, Braddock Silva, Zimmerman (once healed), Gerges, Edwards, Adegbuyi and Kharitonov would remove any doubts or concerns about the division and help to create more excitement around what has proven to be the money division in the sport. It would especially make sense considering how much more sense can be made of the Middleweight division after Last Man Standing last year. Four man tournaments have their place, but at the end of the day pitting the top contenders against each other is what will cause the cream to rise to the top and for the true king of the division to stand at the top.


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D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2015-02-12 at: 01:15
Wouldn´t it be GREAT to have a HW tournament again??
It´s just that I wish that Spong and Saki could be there as well ...
stark (1143 posts)
Posted: 2015-02-12 at: 07:15
Yeah, HW tournament is something we all miss. Remember the excitement before K1 final 8 every year? That is what we need. Glory 4 reminded me of those good old days.
I stood my girlfriend up because of that tournament. And I don't feel sorry
She forgave me tho :)
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2015-02-12 at: 07:15
@D-rop Would be a dream come true but there is one problem and im saying this with as much respect possible ...there is no challenge for verhoefen (not because he is so good) but more of the fact that the HW division lacks fighters ..

Gerges,= in jail doing the first part of his 5 year sentence

Edwards,with all do respect is a nobody to me wont make me buy or go to a event or even wanna watch a event

Khartinov is long and forgotten glory wont attract any viewers at this moment

Zimmerman also with all do respect will never be more than a Gatekeeper he had his time in k1 and even there he always came short in the end ..

And now with saki and spong gone it kinds of makes for a dead division
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2015-02-13 at: 12:16
@stark Yeah, I do remember this excitement ... and I miss it!

But Rishi is probably right. Sad but true. The division lacks a few good fighters.
In the old days all the best fighters were in the tournament. No problem with contracts or anything.
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