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.”

Print
Other Stories
Brazilian footballer Rivaldo visits Georgia
Famous Brazilian footballer Rivaldo arrived in Georgia on July 21.
Georgia will host FIBA EuroBasket 2021
FIBA is the world governing body for basketball, formed by 213 national federations across the world.
Statue of Ozeki Tochinoshin erected in Japan
The Statue of the Georgian sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze has been erected in the central part of Tokyo, Japan.
Georgian Guram Tushishvili defeats Russian judoka Inal Tasoev
Guram Tushishvili of Georgia won against Inal Tasoev of Russia in the Men's 100+kg Judo at Chizhovka Stadium on June 24, 2019, in Minsk, Belarus.
Georgian pupils win European School Chess Championship 2019
Georgian pupils Davit Tatvidze and Kesaria Mgeladze became the winners of the European School Chess Championship 2019.
Exclusive interview with Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze Tochinoshin
Georgian sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (Levan Gorgadze) reclaimed an Ozeki Title
Georgian canoeist Zaza Nadiradze wins gold at World Cup
Georgian canoeist Zaza Nadiradze won the first stage of the Canoe Sprint World Cup.
Tochinoshin reclaims Ozeki title
Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, Tochinoshin beat his opponent Yoikuzuna Kakuryū Rikisaburō and reclaimed an Ozeki title, one he lost on the previous tournament.
SUMO Natsu Basho 2019: Tochinoshin loses for the fourth time
Tochinoshin, Levan Gorgadze was beaten on the 13th day of Natsu Basho tournament 2019 for the fourth time.
SUMO Natsu Basho 2019: third loss for Tochinoshin
Tochinoshin, Levan Gorgadze was beaten on the 12th day of Natsu Basho tournament 2019 for the third time.
Another loss for Tochinoshin, one more victory needed for Ozeki title
Tochinoshin, Levan Gorgadze lost the second time on the 11th day of Natsu Basho tournament.
Toshinoshin wins the ninth time, one more need for Ozeki title
Tochinoshin, Levan Gorgadze held the ninth victory today, on the tenth day of Basho tournament. He won a bout to Mitakeumi Hisashi, Japanese sumo wrestler.
Tochinoshin needs two more victories to reclaim Ozeki title
Today, on the 9th day of tournament Natsu Basho Tochinoshin whose real name is Levan Gorgadze will not compete, because his opponent Takakeishō Mitsunobu has trauma and could not enter Dohyo.
Tochinoshin wins one of the hardest bouts so far
Today, on the sixth day of Natsu Basho tournament Toshinoshin whose real name is Levan Gorgadze won one more bout.
Tochinoshin wins fifth bout, more victories needed to reclaim Ozeki title
Today, on the fifth day of Natsu Basho tournament Toshinoshin whose real name is Levan Gorgadze won another bout. He has won 5 out of 5 bouts so far.
SUMO Natsu Basho 2019: Tochinoshin wins all bouts so far
SUMO Natsu Basho kicked off on the 12th of May.
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze gained a license to the Olympic Games 2020 for the 9th time in a row
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze gained a license to the Olympic Games 2020 for the 9th time in a row.
Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze is a three-time World Champion
Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze is a three-time World Champion, and four-time European Champion competing in the super-heavyweight category
Exclusive interview with Georgian boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze from Brooklyn Prison
Avtandil Khurtsidze is a Georgian boxer holding the WBO interim middleweight in 2017 and the IBO middleweight title in 2011.
Wheelchair fencer Irma Khetsuriani’s 15th Victory at World Cup
Irma Khetsuriani, a Georgian wheelchair fencer won a gold medal at the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup on the 22nd of March in Pisa, Italy.
Tochinoshin lost the Ozeki title, will try to regain  it in May
Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, Tochinoshin lost the Ozeki title as a result of losing the 15th of bout Haru Basho (2019 Sumo Spring Basho) with Takakeisho.
Georgia wins Rugby Europe Championship, happily celebrates their victory over Russia
Georgian National Rugby team has defeated the Russian team in the Rugby Europe championship to become the winner of the competition.
Georgian boy's name recorded in the history of University of Michigan
Zezva Liluashvili, a Georgian basketball player has been studying at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States for 5 years now.
Fourth victory for Tochinoshin on the Spring Basho tournament
Georgian sumo wrestler Tochinoshin, Levan Gorgadze came out victorious from today’s bout on the Spring Basho.
Tochinoshin’s impressive victory raises eyebrows
Spring Basho or Haru Basho has started in Japan on the 10th of March.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
23.07.2019
24.07.2019
USD
1
USD
2.8831
2.8971
EUR
1
EUR
3.2357
3.2390
GBP
1
GBP
3.5955
3.6066
RUB
100
RUB
4.5779
4.5838
Other Stories
Georgia’s Under-20 national rugby team have claimed their second victory at the ongoing Rugby World Cup in Japan
You can be hopeful of us like we are of you, - sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (Levan Gorgadze) told Georgian Prime Minister
On June 4, world-famous Georgian sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (born Levan Gorgadze) arrived in his homeland.
Georgian rugby team claimed yet another historic victory over French Barbarians – the second national team of the French Rugby Federation.
For the first time in the history of Sumo wrestling, a Georgian national has become the owner of the Emperor’s Cup.
Renowned Georgian chess player Nana Dzagnidze claimed the gold medal
It was in the beginning of the 1980s, when FC Dinamo Tbilisi was enjoying their best
The Georgian national rugby team defeated the U.S. squad at the Mikheil Meskhi stadium in Tbilisi on November 25.
Georgian athletes defeated British in sitting volleyball at the Invictus Games Toronto, Canada, 2017.
The national basketball team of Georgia defeated Israel at the Eurobasket
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.8971
EUR
1
EUR
3.2390
GBP
1
GBP
3.6066
RUB
100
RUB
4.5838
July 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31