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Bill Goldberg Claims He Turned Down a Fight with Alberto Del Rio

Bill Goldberg appeared on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour this afternoon and the sole purpose was for Bill Goldberg to talk about his relationship with GLORY. That relationship has been much-publicized over the past few months after GLORY learned about Goldberg's admiration for the sport of kickboxing and the organization itself. Goldberg, of course, still trains seriously and there has been talk about a possible fight between Goldberg and an unnamed opponent.

According to Goldberg on the show the fight that was offered to him was none other than Alberto Del Rio/Alberto el Patron/Rodriguez, or the guy that was formerly Dos Caras Jr. and fought Mirko Cro Cop. The fight was offered to Goldberg for May 8th but he decided that it wasn't the right direction that he'd like to see GLORY move in but remains steadfast that he wants to work with GLORY in some capacity, possibly even fight if the situation was right. Apparently a fight with Del Rio was a bit too much of a freakshow fight for him to justify it.

Goldberg reiterated that he is willing to do whatever it takes to work with GLORY and to help promote the brand, even if it means working in the front office, hosting shoulder programming or appearing as a commentator on events. While Goldberg's heyday in WCW was just under 20 years ago now he still commands a loyal following and has been involved in Mixed Martial Arts and sports since departing the WWE. It'll be interesting to see where this goes from here.

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Yokkao 12 & 13 Results

Yokkao 12 & 13 had great match ups this weekend and from the sounds of it everyone that was at the event thoroughly enjoyed it. It's just too bad we had no way to watch it on TV or online, we will just have to patiently wait until they are uploaded to Youtube. The most surprising result for me is Sanny Dahlbeck's TKO win over Jordan Watson. I wasn't sure who was going to win that fight but I figured it would go the distance at least.

Results - YOKKAO 13

YOKKAO 65kgs World Title - Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythaigym def. Liam Harrison via unanimous decision (-65kg)

Co-main event female fight - Bernise Alldis def. Tanya Merrit via unanimous decision (-57kg)

Keith McLachlan def. Paul Karpowicz via doctor’s stoppage in 2:11 of Round 3 (-59kg)

Steven Long def. John Kaufman via unanimous decision (-67.5kg)

Josh Turbill def. Jack Cooper via unanimous decision (-70kg)

Chris Whittle def. Ross George via unanimous decision (-61.5kg)

Wojtek Oleksyk def. Dale Hughes via unanimous decision (-65kg)

YOKKAO 12

Sanny Dahlbeck def. Jordan Watson via TKO (ref stoppage) in 2:50 of Rnd 4 (-70kg)

Karim Bennoui def. Darren O’Connor via majority decision (-61,5kg)

Stephen Meleady def. Chris Shaw via unanimous decision (-61kg)

Kyle Helleur def. Danny Harrison-Little via TKO (ref stoppage) in 1:26 of Rnd 3 (-64.5kg)

Myk Estlick def. Jack McGuire via unanimous decision (-63.5kg)

Kris Addis def. Jake Barton via KO (elbow) in Rnd 4 (-72.5kg)

Juan Cervantes def. Joe Newton unanimous decision (-77kg)

Jack Kennedy def. Harry Burton via unanimous decision (-65kg)

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Gokhan Saki Speaks About His Contract Status and Future

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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Bud Light Presents Lion Fight 22 Scheduled for May 22nd

Lion Fight 21 may be next Friday, featuring Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato in a rematch, but that doesn't mean that we can't plan for the future. They've announced that Bud Light Presents Lion Fight 22 will be going down on May 22. The event will happen at Sunset Station Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, May 22nd. The main event is going to be a big one in Khem Sitsongpeenong vs. Jo Nattuwat for the World Super Welterweight Champinoship.

Also featured will be Tiffany Van Soest vs. Bernise Alldis in the co-main event. Jason Andrada and Anthony Castrejon are set to square off in a 122lbs bought, Gaston Bolanos and Damien Early will clash in a Welterweight bout and Tom Morales faces Brian Del Rosario in another Welterweight bout.

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