Georgian World Champion Kickboxing
13 March, 2014
Georgian World Champion Kickboxing
Davit Kiria knocked out Andy Ristie in the fifth and final round of their Lightweight title fight at GLORY 14 on 8 March, which was aired via tape delay on Spike TV. The Georgian fighter was overwhelmed by emotion after his sensational comeback win, fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming champion, the Mmania website informs. 
The GLORY Lightweight title - the first in the promotion’s history - was up for grabs on Saturday afternoon at the Arena Zagreb between the
GLORY 13 tournament winner Andy Ristie and the No.3-ranked Davit Kiria.
After an even opening round where no fighter gained strong advantage, Ristie floored the Georgian fighter with a knee as he ducked a punch in the second frame. Ristie came after him when the fight resumed, but Kiria managed to get his bearings and pressed on throughout the fight.
Kiria failed several times to utilize his very unorthodox kicking game that stems from his Ashikara karate background, missing badly on several spinning back kicks that saw him jumping in mid air, missing and falling on the mat.
If the fight had been a three-round affair, Ristie would have more than likely won the decision, but the GLORY title fights consist of five rounds and that was to Kiria’s advantage, as he took control in the final round and never looked back.
During an exchange, Kiria connected with a huge punch that sent Ristie flailing, with ropes saving him from being knocked down, so the referee stepped in to give a standing eight count. As soon as the action continued, Kiria went in for the kill and dropped Ristie clean to the floor this time. After receiving yet another standing eight count, Ristie was given the green light to continue and Kiria delivered the fatal blow. This time it was a devastating left hook that sent Ristie bouncing off the ropes, onto the mat unconscious at the 2:22 mark of the fifth round.
After the fight, the new GLORY Lightweight champion was overwhelmed by emotion and shockingly couldn’t recall any of the fights details that just occurred.
“I don’t remember honestly the fight was a war,” Kiria told Mmania after the fight’s conclusion. “I’m very happy. Special thanks to my trainers, my supporters, my country. I am very happy.”
Visibly exhausted after the five-round battle, the new champion was longing to be with his significant other and ecstatic that he fulfilled a childhood dream. 
“My girlfriend is here,” he said. “I want to hug and kiss her. I’m very happy and for a very long time, because I was nine when I started training, this was my dream and it came true.”

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