GFC Fight Series 3 went down this afternoon in Dubai and I think that we can officially put a fork in Dubai as a venue for kickboxing after GLORY 20 and GFC 3 and consider it done. There doesn't seem to be many -- if any -- kickboxing fans there. The show went on regardless and there were some interesting results, for sure, such as Zabit Samedov winning the Heavyweight tournament with a victory over Danyo Ilunga. I'd probably prefer to see these guys meet at Light Heavyweight, but Samedov's win proves that he really is one of the better kickboxers in the world and I'd love to see him compete against top level Light Heavyweights.
The big, headline fight of the evening was Gokhan Saki against Sebastian Ciobanu that saw Saki back after a year away from the ring and scraping off that ring rust against the tough Ciobanu. Ciobanu held on for the decision but it was all Saki in his return. Results are from our friends at Kiksie.1. Muay Thai - Super WelterweightSaleed Nouri Long (Iran) def. Jamnian Srikam (Thailand) by TKO in round 12. Superfight - MiddleweightAdrian Gârlonța (Romania) def. Jashid Givechi (Iran) by KO in round 23. Superfight - WelterweightMasoud Minaei (Iran) def. Jason Woodham (United Kingdom) by KO in round 14. Superfight - WelterweightBrad Riddell (New Zealand) def. Maseh Nuristani (Australia) by TKO in round 15. Superfight - HeavyweightMurat Aygun (Turkey) def. Tofan Pirani (Sweden) by TKO in round 16. Superfight - HeavyweightSrdjan Seleš (Serbia) def. Gaétan Sautron (France) by TKO in round 37. Superfight - HeavyweightAndre Meunier (Australia) def. Naoufal Bennazous (Morocco) by TKO in round 18. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 1Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan) def. Steve Mckinnon (Australia) by decision (unanimous)9. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 2Danyo Ilunga (Germany) def. Jafar Ahmadi (Iran) by TKO in round 210. Superfight - HeavyweightIsmael Lazaar (Morocco) def. Fatih Ulusoy (Turkey) by TKO in round 1 (leg injury)11. Superfight - HeavyweightGokhan Saki (Turkey) def. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) by decision in round 3 (unanimous)12. Heavyweight Tournament FinalZabit Samedov (Azerbaijan) def. Danyo Ilunga (Germany) by decision after an extra round (4th)