The action-packed, GLORY 3 Rome ‘Final 8’ lightweight (70 kilograms/154 pounds) tournament semifinal round matchup between 21-year-old rising star Sanny Dahlbeck (25-5, 15 KO’s) of Sweden and eventual tournament runner-up Robin van Roosmalen (37-14-3, 12 KO’s) of Netherlands was voted ‘Fight of the Night’ by a landslide margin, by fans who tuned into the star-studded championship kickboxing event that awarded its winner, Giorgio Petrosyan (74-1-2 (1 NC), 34 KO’s) of Italy, a grand prize of $300,000 at the famed PalaLottomatica arena on Saturday, Nov. 3, live on GloryWorldSeries.com.
The poll results, determined by the number of re-tweets fans gave each tournament matchup after the event unfolded, have earned Dahlbeck and van Roosmalen a Fight of the Night bonus of $10,000 from GLORY.
The tournament quarterfinal round contest between Dahlbeck and Japanese standout Yoshihiro Sato (49-19, 20 KO’s) in which Dahlbeck emerged victorious via second round TKO, finished as runner-up in the Fight of the Night poll.
“One of GLORY’s goals is to give fans a voice within our league and the sport of kickboxing and, thus, we felt the Fight of the Night poll would be a great avenue to support this mission by allowing fans to award the two fighters whom they felt turned in the best performance during Saturday’s tournament,” said GLORY Managing Director Marcus Luer. “The fans’ enthusiastic participation in the Fight of the Night poll demonstrates just how passionate they are about our great sport and their appreciation deserves to be heard.”
Van Roosmalen scored an inside knockdown on Dahlbeck in each of the first two rounds after Dahlbeck had kept his shorter, stockier opponent at bay for the majority of each frame. In the third round, van Roosmalen sealed the deal, landing a crushing body punch that put Dahlbeck on the canvas and rendered him unable to recover.
In the championship round showdown of the tournament, van Roosmalen gave up a judges’ decision to Petrosyan, who re-affirmed his status as the world’s No. 1 ranked superstar in the weight division, after three rounds of battle. The championship round bout finished in fifth place in the Fight of the Night poll.
COMPLETE GLORY 3 Rome ‘Final 8’
‘Fight of the Night’ Fan Poll Results:
1st Place Winner – Robin van Roosmalen vs. Sanny Dahlbeck
2nd Place – Sanny Dahlbeck vs. Yoshihiro Sato
3rd Place – Robin van Roosmalen vs. Tim Thomas
4th Place – Davit Kiria vs. Shemsi Beqiri
5th Place – Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Robin van Roosmalen
6th Place – Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Davit Kiria
7th Place – Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Ky Hollenbeck
GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe. It offers up to $1,000,000 in prize money to successful fighters via individual matches and participation in the 16- and 8-man tournaments, which are open to only the very best fighters in each weight class.
With television deals across over 145 countries plus a ground-breaking online video streaming system and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organizations already.
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in Holland, the UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel include prominent hedge-fund investors, the pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia and several executives from the Golden Glory and It’s Showtime team.