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Bas Rutten Lays Down the Law in the Zuffa/Golden Glory Situation

BasIf one thing can be said for the Dutch outside of their acumen for kickfighting, it is their loyalty and how forthcoming they can be. Bas Rutten's reputation is one of the few truly sterling reputations in the MMA world, he was able to retire as a legend and a hero and is better known by modern MMA fans as the "voice of PRIDE" and now co-host of Inside MMA on HDnet. When it comes down to it, Rutten is one of the few voices in the MMA world that comes from experience, often goes against what most of the media are selling, and also has a wealth of personality and knowledge to back up whatever he claims.

There is no secret that Rutten is close with a few members of the Golden Glory team, and sees a certain level of respect for what his fellow Dutch fighters are doing long after he has retired. So there is no surprise that when he finally decided to speak out about the Golden Glory purge from Zuffa, that it was going to be good. Bas made a rather long post to his Twitter (not a fan of 140 characters, I suppose) where he gives a very in depth rundown of how Golden Glory treat their fighters and explaining their business practices. Read it.

Some will ask, “Why does GG do business like this?” Well, it’s for their own protection of course, but it probably started because some checks from Japan started to bounce from some organizations. And if they didn’t bounce, the fighters would be able to get them cashed 6 or 8 weeks later. Since fighters want their money right away, and GG loves their fighters, they said “No problem, we pay the fighters from our OWN money, pay their trainers and sparring partners, and then when the money comes in, we simply deduct everything from the check that is paid, this way everybody get’s paid”. I know for a fact, 100% true, that they STILL need to get money from some organizations. The fighters got paid, but GG didn’t because they paid the fighters out of their own money. And some people say that they are crooks? Please explain this to me, who else, what management, give me one name, does this?
As a fighter, this would be something really cool, but even more for the trainers, because, ask trainers how many times they get paid by their fighters? You will be amazed with how many do NOT. I know fighters who became World champion in big organizations, even the UFC, and they never, yes, you read this good, NEVER, paid their trainer (OK, I might be wrong 1 or 2 times from the at least 10 or 15 times, but I am pretty sure I am not wrong). It sickens me and I would love to mention names, but out of respect of their coaches, I won’t. I hope those fighters read this, so they know that I know.
Anyway, these problems don’t exist at GG, at least not when the management is taking care of this.

If what Rutten is saying is true, it turns out that Golden Glory pays their fighters what they are owed by an organization, regardless of the promotions status, then waits for the money to come in from the promotion. That means in the K-1 fiasco that Golden Glory has fit the bill for their inability to pay up. He also talks at length about Alistair Overeem and the criticism he receives. [source]

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Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Artur Kyshenko, Chahid vs. Askerov, Ray Sefo Returns - November 26

Swedish promotion Rumble of the Kings has a huge card set for November 26 in Stockholm, Sweden. So far they've got three pretty big name match-ups set and they're all ones that everyone can look forward to.

First, in a huge fight, Artur Kyshenko takes on Yodsanklai Fairtex at 72.6kg. Kyshenko is one of the top kickboxers in the world at 70kg and he'd probably be around the top at the 72.5-73kg if he fought there more. Yodsanklai Fairtex or "Yod" for short, has reigned supreme over the area of 72.5kg for quite a long time. He's long been subjected to fantasy match-ups with the cream of the crop at 70kg and now one of them has finally come to fruition. Many people, including myself have thought for a while that Kyshenko would be much better off fighting higher than 70kg and he proved it by looking great in defeating Nieky Holzken in May. It's not clear what ruleset these two are fighting under as it's listed as "K-1/MT Rules 3x3" but I'd think that they would be K-1 rules.

In another great fight, Chahid Oulad el Hadj takes on Dzhabar Askerov. This fight is all but guaranteed to be a slugfest similar to the likes of Chahid vs. Mike Zambidis from last year. Both guys bring it every single time and love to slug it out in the middle of the ring. Expect fireworks.

Ray Sefo also makes his return..but not to kickboxing. Sefo will be taking on Jorgen Kruth in an MMA bout. It's somewhat of a strange match-up as both of them are kickboxers, both having fought numerous times in K-1. Kruth is 3-0 in MMA, having fought MMA twice on Rumble of the Kings cards. Sefo has a 2-1 record in MMA, where he last fought and lost to Valentjin Overeem in Strikeforce. [source]

 

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Thai Fight Extreme Japan, August 7 - Full Card + Promo Video


Thai Fight Extreme is back with another show, after their show in China last month. Once again, many great Thai fighters are featured on the card like Buakaw, Yodsanklai, Sudsakorn just to name a few. It's nice to see some of the top fighters in the world fight often and Thai Fight Extreme is giving them many opportunities to do so.

You'll also see that MMA fighter Akihiro Gono is on the card. He won a four man tournament to become Japan's representative for Thai Fight's tournament at -70kg, which will take place later in the year. This time though, he's fighting at 75kg and against none other than Yohan Lidon. Lidon is a veteran of the muay thai scene and recently won the It's Showtime 73MAX World Title. It'll be a very, very tough test for Gono and if he won it would be a massive upset. Gono has fought and lost to Yuya Yamamoto, but Lidon is on a whole other level, especially with this being under muay thai rules.

Another interesting fight not involving any Thais is Yuya Yamato vs. Fabio Pinca. The two fought at the Thai Fight event in May in Pinca's home country of France. Yamato opened up Pinca with an elbow and won the fight on a cut stoppage. Pinca was noticeably angry and in his next fight at the last Thai Fight event, he came out and completely destroyed his opponent Ding Ning of China. Pinca looked determined as ever and I have no doubt he'll come into this fight wanting nothing more but revenge.

Here's the full fight card below:

-67kg: Saiyok Phunphanmuang VS Koh Suman

-70kg: Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee VS Tomoyuki

-75kg: Yohan Lidon VS Akihiro Gono

-73kg: Yodsenklai Fairtex VS Yasuhito Shirasu

-70kg: Buakaw Por Pramuk VS Tomaki Makino

-67kg: Fabio Pinca VS Yuya Yamato

-70kg: Adil Kodja VS Yoichi Yamazaki

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