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.
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
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.
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]
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)
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.
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)
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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.
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.
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.