Robin van Roosmalen Stops Matt Embree at Glory 37 after Losing Featherweight Title on Scale

By Mike Sloan Jan 21, 2017
Robin Van Roosmalen lost his Glory featherweight title on the scale when he missed weight by a few ounces on the eve of his showdown with Canadian Matt Embree. That turn of events turned van Roosmalen into a man possessed, as he systematically broke down Embree before stopping him in the fourth round of their Glory 37 Superfight Series headliner on Friday at The Novo in Los Angeles.

Van Roosmalen (48-16-3, 13 KOs) forced Embree into a slugfest over the first three rounds, and the young challenger fought well. However, van Roosmalen’s prediction that Embree would fade from the onslaught came true. The Dutchman hurt Embree with a left hook to the liver and followed up with an avalanche of punches downstairs and up, forcing Embree (39-8, 18 KOs) to wither against the ropes. Veteran referee John McCarthy had no choice but to intervene, calling a halt to the action at 2:00 of the fourth round.

While not yet official, it appears as though van Roosmalen will be afforded the opportunity to regain his championship in a match with Gigi Chikadze later this year.

Meanwhile, heavyweight contender Jhonata Diniz settled for a unanimous decision after nearly stopping Tomas Mozny in the first round. Diniz floored the Slovakian with a sizzling left-right combination to the head, and though the lanky Mozny (17-5-1, 6 KOs) survived the round, he was never again a factor in the fight. Diniz (15-5, 10 KOs) stalked his opponent throughout and was awarded 30-26, 29-27 and 29-27 marks from the judges.

Atlanta-based middleweight Warren Thompson registered his first win under the Glory banner after starting 0-4 in the promotion, as “The Destroyer” dominated Mike Lemaire (18-4, 8 KOs) from start to finish. Thompson (14-8-1, 3 KOs) rocked Lemaire in the first round but could not put him away and instead wound up earning a unanimous decision: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

Bellator MMA veteran Zoila Frausto (5-0, 2 KOs) kept her unblemished kickboxing record intact with a superb performance against Daniela Graf (26-8-1, 2 KOs). While neither woman was hurt, they slugged it out for three rounds. Frausto landed the harder, cleaner shots and thus drew favor from the judges. Scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28, all for Gurgel.

Finally, the aforementioned Chikadze (37-5, 22 KOs) forced his will on promotional newcomer Victor Pinto early and often, unleashing thudding kicks to the head and body. Pinto (72-27, 22 KOs) blocked much of the incoming fire, until a lethal kick to the liver found its mark. Pinto crumbled as soon as the kick connected and was counted out by referee Michael Bell, the end coming 2:03 into Round 1.

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