Andy “The Machine” Ristie v Ky Hollenbeck
Throughout the night at Glory 17 I was trying to develop one word that described the event as a whole. The Glory 17 fight card and eight-man Last Man Standing tournament was a stacked fight card that gave fans non-stop action from the opening bell. The entire event was quick, the production was efficient and the fights occurred at a fast pace.
In the end, I came away with the word “speed” to describe the night as a whole. And that speed was apparent in the co-headliner bout as two highly-touted fighters squared off. One media member sitting next to me said, “don’t blink,” and is was right.
The co-headliner bout between Andy “The Machine” Ristie and American prospect Ky Hollenbeck lasted as long as it took me to write the first two paragraphs.
Ristie, one of the premier kickboxers in the world, showed his power and explosiveness as he had Hollenbeck pinned against the ropes early in round one before landing a thunderous left hook to Hollenbeck’s chin instantly sending the American to the mat. The fight last 35 seconds and seemed even faster than that from the crowd.
Hollenbeck, who was unable to recover, was unable to continue and the bout was called as Andy Ristie continued his meteoric rise in the kickboxing community.