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Tyrone Spong Already Up and Walking

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Spong

Tyrone Spong is a crazy man. No, not in a bad way, but in the sense that he is just a tough dude. When Spong went down this weekend at GLORY 15 there was no screaming, no pained looks. Spong was stoic in the face of a possibly career-threatening injury. He handled it like a boss, it was incredible. Now it is Wednesday and Tyrone Spong has posted a video on Instagram of him up and walking.

Yes, he's a bit shaky and can't put his full weight on his leg just yet, but the man broke his shin on Saturday night and come Wednesday is walking without assistance. Crazy.

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LiverKick.com Interview with Mike Passenier

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Mike Passenier

Like or hate him, one thing is certain, Mike Passenier is one of the biggest names in kickboxing today. Combat sports figures from many disciplines have found a home at Mike's Gym. Among the many superstars who have called his gym home names like Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef, Murthel Groenhart are a few of the most notable. Definitely an affable character with a penchant for quick dry wit, don't be fooled by his big smiling brown eyes and equally large grin. Mr. Passenier is a shrewd business man.

In our chat before Glory 15, Mike fielded questions regarding his plans for 2014, Badr Hari and his style of training.

SW: What are your plans for 2014?

MP: I want to do more with social media, I'm having someone work on becoming more active with that. I am also planning on expanding my gym franchise to include other locations.

His plan to expand his franchise is indicative of his calculated risk taking and no nonsense approach to life. When asked how he describes his training style, Mike characterizes his style of coaching as hands on, but demands respect from his trainees and teaches with the expectation that the fighters take responsibility for their roles in victory and defeat.

SW: Who are you currently working with?

MP: Well, there's Saki who's here for the tournament. Also still Badr Hari, Murthel and Artur Kryshenko.

SW: You also train MMA fighters... I know at one time Muhammed Lawal was training in your gym.

MP: Yes a lot of guys.

SW: Speaking of Badr, is there any truth to the rumor that he has signed to fight with Glory?

MP: No, you know people see or hear that maybe he's meeting with someone then they automatically assume that he's signed with them but not right now. Not true.

As an observer, Mike appears to train a wide variety of personality types with varying skill levels.With that observation in mind, I tried to ascertain what qualities he looks for in the fighters he takes on.. His response to this question was a bit more abstract, not identifying one or any certain combination of qualities as a predictor of success.

For those who might not take him seriously, Mike could care less! Right now he has found a formula for success and he plans to make it grow. He and his brand have risen like the mythical Phoenix from the ashes of his former gym that was lost in a fire in 2009. The new Mike's Gym is spacious and has state of the art equipment, but he also maintains respect for older, tried and true regimens that enhance strength, agility and speed among his fighters. In addition to gym facilities, Mike stated that he also has a residence at which the fighters can live while they train with him.

At the end of this interaction, Mike revealed himself to be a complex individual who surprisingly enough, when he's not motivating fighters in the gym, admits that he enjoys watching pro wrestling with his son. But again, perhaps not so surprising at all as Mike easily cops to having his own flair for building up fights and making things exciting in the ring.

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Tyrone Spong Talks Loss, Inspiration and Becoming Champion at GLORY 15

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Spong

There aren’t many fighters out there who possess the natural abilities that Tyrone Spong does, but there are many that see his position in the GLORY Light Heavyweight division and want a piece of it. Last year Tyrone Spong worked his way through an 8-man tournament at GLORY 9 New York where he went over the former It’s Showtime 95kg Champion, Danyo Ilunga, in dominant fashion. This secured Spong’s spot at the top of the heap in the world of Kickboxing’s Light Heavyweight division, which was only compounded upon when he met Nathan “Carnage” Corbett in the ring at GLORY 11.

Corbett has long-been considered the best at that weight class in Muay Thai for many years, with Corbett rarely ever competing in Kickboxing rules. A rematch against Tyrone Spong within the GLORY ring was too much for him to turn down, though. The first fight with Corbett turned into a learning experience for Spong, who showed in the rematch just how much he learned since then. He completely dominated Corbett at GLORY 11, which only makes the GLORY 15 Light Heavyweight Championship tournament that much more exciting for Kickboxing fans across the world.

Heading into the GLORY 15 Istanbul tournament you’d expect Tyrone Spong to feel overly confident, but Spong is intent on taking it very seriously. While other side of the bracket features a man that he decimated back in November against a guy who is dropping to Light Heavyweight for the first time, in his hometown, with all of the pressure being on him, Spong still sees both men as very dangerous opponents. That being said, the first thing on Spong’s mind is the very tough Brazilian fighter Saulo Cavalari. Spong realizes how big of a fight this is for Saulo, which makes him incredibly dangerous, in Spong’s view:

“He’s young, he’s hungry and this is the biggest fight of his life,” Spong explains. “But for me? This is just another fight. You know, I’ve fought the best, I’ve beaten the best in the world, so this is just another fight for me. For him this is the biggest fight of his life. That makes him very dangerous.”

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Gokhan Saki Won More Than GLORY's Light Heavyweight Championship

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Saki

Respect. Respect is what Gokhan Saki earned at GLORY 15 Istanbul.

Going into Saturday’s GLORY 15 Istanbul I found myself concerned. Not concerned over how Spike TV’s ratings would be or that any fighter was in any danger, but I was concerned that the Gokhan Saki that we saw in Chicago at GLORY 11 would resurface again. I was concerned that the local fans in Istanbul would not only give him a pass, but cheer him on. The Saki that I’m referring to is one that found it prudent to shove a referee and let his emotions get the better of him. The Gokhan Saki that had lost his way.

The months following GLORY 11 were a bit frustrating for long-time fans of Gokhan Saki. Saki was angry, very angry, because he lost a fight that he felt that he should have easily won and that he was wronged by the official. All fighters have tough nights and that night Saki had one. The problem was that Saki, whom had endeared himself to fans for years for not only being a scrappy, talented fighter, but a guy who loved his fans and wouldn’t let them down, was letting people down. I know that he let me down with the talk about lawsuits, being robbed and even potentially leaving GLORY for another organization because of a referee’s missed call. We’ve seen referees make the wrong call in the past before and know that the organization has no control over it and that referees have a very tough job.

What was tough to stomach was that Rico Verhoeven worked very hard for his tournament victory and that night that helped to define his career. That night was forever tainted and in a way, taken away from him, due to Saki’s words and actions post-fight. Now legions of fans would view Verhoeven’s big night as “tainted,” something that a guy like Saki should understand all-too-well from all of his battles. Saki has had nights with controversy in them before, just like he’s had disappointment and heartbreak before.

This is why at GLORY 15 Gokhan Saki was able to not only prove himself to be the great fighter that he is, but the great sportsman that we all knew that he always was. Saki found himself against two of the best fighters in the world, with both fights ending via stoppage due to injury. Those injuries, without a doubt, came from Saki’s work. In the case of Nathan Corbett, Corbett took a left hand to the ear that almost tore his ear off, requiring him to have plastic surgery to repair it. Saki was graceful in his victory and was legitimately concerned and supportive of Corbett after the fact.

Then came the main event against Tyrone Spong. This was the fight that we were all waiting for and that we all wanted to see something that we didn’t end up getting. We wanted a war, we wanted a classic, we wanted the rematch. Instead, Saki went to check a leg kick and Tyrone’s kick was a bit high, connecting on his knee and instantly snapping his shin. Saki didn’t run around celebrating, even though he had just won $200,000 and the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship. Saki didn’t cut an interview saying how he meant to do that, or that he knew he could have broken Tyrone’s leg. No. Saki immediately ran to check on Tyrone and remained humble throughout the rest of the night.

Gokhan Saki wanted the win and will remain proud of his victory, but he didn’t want to win in that way. He knows that an injury like that isn’t common and that the fans wanted to see Saki pick up a clear-cut victory over Spong. Saki also knows that his fellow competitors are human beings just like him, especially after he moved from the Netherlands to Abu Dhabi due to personal reasons and needing to clear his head. What we saw from Gokhan Saki at GLORY 15 was enough to remind us that Gokhan Saki is not only a skilled, powerful and talented guy, but that he’s a fighter that fans can be proud to be a fan of.

Kickboxing and GLORY didn’t need an angry, resentful Gokhan Saki, they needed this Gokhan Saki. This Gokhan Saki as one of their champions can only help GLORY and the sport of Kickboxing in the long run. This Gokhan Saki is the guy that I’m a fan of and will always be excited to watch step into the ring. I'm proud to consider myself a fan of Gokhan Saki.

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Watch GLORY 15 on LK

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GLORY 15

Next weekend GLORY will present GLORY 15 Istanbul, featuring a huge, one-night, 4-man tournament to crown a Light Heavyweight Champion! It features Tyrone Spong vs. Saulo Cavalari as well as Gokhan Saki vs. Nathan Corbett. This is a huge event and if you are outside of the United States and want to watch this event live, LiverKick.com is (as always) the place to do that. The event begins at 9pm Eastern time!

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GLORY 15 Live Results

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Glory

Yes, it is that time. For those outside of the United States, GLORY 15 goes live right now. We'll be running live results throughout the event, so be warned that yes, there will be spoilers for those waiting to watch the event on Spike TV or other tape delayed markets. Don't say that we didn't warn you.

  • GLORY SuperFight Series
  • Hedsy Gerges (R2 - TKO) Jhnota Diniz
  • Mourad Bouzidi (R3 - Decision) Randy Blake
  • Filip Verlinden (R3 - Decision) Israel Adesanya
  • Jonatan Oliveira (R3 - Decision) Atakan Arslan
  • Niclas Larsen (R2 - TKO) Steve Moxon
  • Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai (R3 - Decision) Raz Sarkisjan
  • GLORY 15 ISTANBUL
  • Light Heavyweight Tournament: Gokhan Saki (R1 - TKO) Nathan Corbett - Saki looked pretty good thus far, but honestly we didn't see much of anything here. Saki hit a big left hook that hit Corbett's ear, then Corbett's chest was covered in blood. Either his cauliflower ear exploded or he ruptured an ear drum. Ouch.
  • Light Heavyweight Tournament: Tyrone Spong (R3 - Decision) Saulo Cavalari - What a brutal, all-out war. Saulo easily took round one before Spong came back in round two. This fight was incredible, with Saulo showing the world that he should not have been overlooked at all.
  • Danyo Ilungo (R1 - KO) Andrei Stoica - This went exactly as planned. Ilunga looked on-point and composed, landed a counter right hand that dropped Stoica who was unable to answer the referee's count.
  • Robin van Roosmalen (R3 - Decision) Marat Grigorian - Very good, back-and-forth fight that Robin should feel lucky that he was declared the winner in it. If Marat had more fans this fight would be considered a very controversial decision, but since Robin was the fan favorite, we won't hear much about it.
  • Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals: Gokhan Saki (R1 - TKO/Injury) Tyrone Spong - Ugh. Just no words to describe this. Spong was going for an outside leg kick when his shin made contact with Saki's knee early into round one. That was all that she wrote for his shin, which snapped on contact.
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Steve Moxon Sounds Off on Cabinets, Larsen and More

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Steve Moxon

For Kickboxing fans the name Steve Moxon is one that will not only ring a bell, but be incredibly familiar. The Australian Kickboxer has been competing with the best-of-the-best for years now, standing out as one of the best prospects at 70kg without ever getting his shot at the big time. At GLORY 15 this weekend Moxon will step into the GLORY ring for the third time, this time against the tough Niclas Larsen on the GLORY SuperFight Series undercard.

John Joe O’Regan caught up with Steve Moxon heading into his fight with Larsen this weekend to discuss a wide breadth of topics, everything from his training to family life and everything in between. So here is "Moxon on" various topics. Some you just have to read to believe.

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This Tyrone Spong Promo is Incredible

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Spong

Next weekend at GLORY 15 Tyrone Spong will take on Saulo Cavalari and potentially move on to another fight to vie for the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship. Spong has had a storied career up until this point and while there won't be a new episode of King of the Ring for a while still (we confirmed this with Tyrone earlier this week), that doesn't mean that there will be a lack of awesome Tyrone Spong content. The Blackzillians had someone put together this awesome highlight package on Tyrone Spong. What makes it even better? Look at the name in the beginning, it's a StillWill Presentation, which just makes me super happy.

So check this out.

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GLORY Announces GLORY 15 Card

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GLORY 15

Well, you ask for it and you get it, right? We've heard about GLORY 15 Istanbul and now we almost immediately get the fight card for it, which is really awesome. It looks like my article yesterday about Championships and tournaments was well-timed as today GLORY announced a Championship tournament at Light Heavyweight. How this will differ from past tournaments is the winner won't only be a tournament champion, but they will be the Light Heavyweight Champion as well. The test subject on this matter will be Light Heavyweight.

If you are noting the glaring omission of Danyo Ilunga, the word is that he'll have a title fight with the winner of the tournament shortly after GLORY 15.

  • GLORY 15 ISTANBUL
  • Tournament Final Bout C: Semifinal Bout A Winner vs. Semifinal Bout B Winner
  • Headline Bout: Errol Zimmerman vs. Ben Edwards
  • Co-Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Marat Grigorian
  • Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Gokhan Saki vs. Nathan Corbett
  • Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Tyrone Spong vs. Saulo Cavalari

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