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GLORY Announces GLORY 15 Card

  • Published in Glory

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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Tyrone Spong Keeps the Peace

  • Published in Kickboxing

Tyrone Spong Saves Lives at the It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam Press Conference

This was back in 2010, so a bunch of you may have seen it already, but Tyrone Spong keeps humorous and awkward from becoming a genuine fracas. I smiled. The eventual Saki/ Manhoef match was pretty good, too!

Tensions between them might still be high, if you remember Saki's half-serious Tweet about wanting to submit Manhoef in MMA.

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Gokhan Saki Speaks About His Contract Status and Future

  • Published in Kickboxing

There are very few modern kickboxers who command an audience anymore, but without a doubt one of those names is Gokhan Saki. Saki, with a passionate fan base, has been one of the top Heavyweights and now Light Heavyweights for a while now. After the generation of Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt and Jerome Le Banner were retired it was clear that Gokhan Saki was a part of the next generation of top kickboxing stars. Of course, things within FEG's K-1 fell apart and the kickboxing world fractured. It was then partially reassembled in the way of GLORY, where Saki competed until recently.

It's been no secret that GLORY has been restructuring and reevaluating their business and that fighters who were commanding hefty purses but weren't drawing ratings became quite a bit less valuable. Many fans see it as a slap in the face that GLORY no longer sees fighters like Gokhan Saki and Tyrone Spong worth hundreds of thousands of dollars per appearance, but the reality is that GLORY 15, which featured the two men in a Light Heavyweight tournament, drew the weakest ratings to date on Spike TV.

While GLORY has not abandoned their global audience, the dollars and cents boil down to the United States market being more profitable than anywhere else in the world for the promotion, which made the value of guys like Saki and Spong drop a bit. Understandably Gokhan Saki felt that he was worth more, which led to a rift between the promotion and the fighter, this ultimately led to Gokhan Saki fighting on an upcoming GFC event against Sebastian Ciobanu. While Ciobanu is a fine fighter, no one expects him to give Saki any trouble. 

In a new interview (in Dutch) Saki spoke about what has been going on from his point of view and it's interesting, to say the least. According to Saki he is still willing to fight for GLORY, but it has to be at the right price. He says that he will only fight when he is being paid what he is worth and not a dime less. On top of that, he had some pointed criticism towards GLORY's management, believing that they are still the top promotion and that they always treated him well, but he believes that the "American influence" has tainted the company and that the Americans are clueless in regards to promoting the sport. 

It's unfortunate that GLORY and Saki couldn't come to terms, but there is still hope for the future for fans. Of course, both sides have valid points in such a situation; the promotion shouldn't lose money on its fighters and should pay them what the market value is and for the fighters they should be compensated for their experience, talent and appeal. Fans have been bickering about who is right and who is wrong in this matter and the reality seems to be that everyone did what was best for themselves and that hopefully the situation changes in the future.

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Saki on Badr Hari: "Sometimes He Makes a Mistake Because he Fights Too Aggressive."

The showdown between Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki is just two days away now, with things reaching a critical mass for both fighters. At this point both men are done training and are simply wading through the final preparations before the big fight. In an interesting interview with Fighters Only, Gokhan Saki interrupted his training earlier in the week to discuss the upcoming bout with Badr Hari as well as a bunch of other issues. One of the big topics was K-1, and he says that he knows "many things" about K-1, but that he can't talk about them right now. This goes along with a lot of the rumblings we've been hearing behind the scenes.

When asked about MMA and if he is interested, his answer is simply, "Yes, of course, I'm a fighter, you know?" Saki mentioned maybe MMA, maybe Boxing, that he has been training in both, but that his "thing is K-1" and that is his main focus for right now. [source]

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The LiverKick.com GLORY 15 Preview and Predictions

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GLORY 15

Tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey, GLORY will present GLORY 15 Istanbul. GLORY 15 is slated to feature the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship tournament, featuring Tyrone Spong, Saulo Cavalari, Gokhan Saki and Nathan Corbett. The winner will walk away as the first GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion, which is a huge, huge deal. So let’s run through the card.

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Warman's Kickfighting Show #54 and #55, Listen to Us Dissect the Kickboxing World

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In episode 54 of the Warman Kickfighting Show I once again join Steven Wright to discuss the happenings of the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds. As Steven was in attendance at the UFC event over the weekend cornering Shane Roller of Team Takedown, which meant travel, this show which was supposed to be up sooner took a little bit longer, but it was worth it. We work out any technical issues we had the first time around and take a look at the recent K-1 MAX, It's Showtime and Thai Fight events, as well as SuperKombat and Mike Zambidis having a successful comeback fight after the loss to JWP.

It was a lot to cover and we did so in the course of an hour, with a look at how stars are made within the tournament format and how there are a lot of bright spots coming up in the kickboxing world, especially at 70kg. (Direct Download)

There is a whole lot to cover and we do our best, which leads us into the next episode! The next episode we take a long, hard look at the loss of Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki and possibly Tyrone Spong from the kickboxing world and just what that means. We also look at how Hari and Saki would potentially make a Boxing career work and what impact they could really have. There has been a lot of negative stuff going around focusing on lack of depth of talent and a lot of that simply is not true, as we go into depth on these issues and more. (Direct Download)

To subscribe to the Warman Kickfighting show search for "Lordgaul" on iTunes or head over to this blog.

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Glory Releases Full Glory 2 Brussels Card

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Glory Sports International have given the fans full access to Glory 2 in Brussels, Belgium from October 6, 2012. This event had no tournament, but it was stacked with top name super fights like Remy Bonjasky, Gokhan Saki, and Nieky Holzken just to name a few. Remy Bonjasky came out of retirement to earn a hard fought victory over Anderson "Braddock" Silva by decision after an extra round. Murthel Groenhart showed everyone how vicious he can be with huge knee to the face of Marc de Bonte to put him out cold, and Mark Miller showed why he should no longer be in the kickboxing ring. Overall it was a great show, and now its free for everyone to watch and enjoy.

Here is the full playlist of the show.

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GLORY 15 Ratings Give Mixed Signals

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Saki

The ratings for GLORY 15 are in and there sadly isn't a lot to say about them. The truth of the matter is that GLORY was growing in the fall and winter, but a long layoff from being on American television, followed by events airing via tape delay here in the United States, have created a bit of confusion surrounding the brand. To make matters worse, GLORY 15 was pushed up an hour from it's usual 9pm slot to 8pm.

The sad fact is that Tyrone Spong and Gokhan Saki, two of the promotion's bigger stars, were featured heavily on the event. Spike TV remains a lone holdout when it comes to airing sports on tape delay on cable television at this point. I'm not sure what else was airing on Spike TV on Saturday afternoon, but airing GLORY 15 both live and later via tape seems like it'd be the best way to get that bang for your buck out of the GLORY brand. What's troubling is that the numbers that were reported today; 354,000 average, 720,000 peak, are considerably lower than GLORY 14 Zagreb's. The show was also airing the same night as the Pacquiao/Bradley rematch was on PPV, although that played a factor in the time change so to avoid losing viewers.

With GLORY looking to make their PPV debut in June it's not difficult to imagine some of the questions hanging in the air right now.

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Tyrone Spong's Message to Fans Post-Surgery

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Tyrone Spong suffered what had to be one of the worst injuries of his career on Saturday night in Istanbul, but he's back in America and has undergone surgery. The recovery process should take about six months for him and we all wish him a speedy recovery. This message was posted earlier and is from Tyrone to all of his fans out there, letting them know that he's doing well after his surgery and that he plans to come back strong and healthy.

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Behind the Scenes of GLORY 15 Istanbul

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Gokhan Saki

GLORY packed an arena in Istanbul, Turkey at GLORY 15 Istanbul, with passionate fans who wanted to see their hometown hero take home the gold. They got just that when Gokhan Saki won the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship. So let's take a look back at what was GLORY 15 with their super-passionate Turkish crowd. It's great to see Saki celebrating backstage after winning the championship, for sure.

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