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Verhoeven Replies to Gokhan Saki, Unveiling Untapped Goldmine for GLORY

With Badr Hari back in prison, a long line of unexciting contenders growing and a fight with the debuting Ismael Lazaar looming for Rico Verhoeven, his attention has shifted focus to former GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki. Saki took to social media on Friday to go on the offensive against Verhoeven after the Lazaar fight was announced, claiming that Verhoeven was ducking the former two-division star. Now Rico Verhoeven has shot back, claiming that they were attempting to put together a Rico Verhoeven/Gokhan Saki super fight for May, until Saki refused. 

According to Verhoeven, multiple opponents have shied away from a possible confrontation with Verhoeven, including Jamal Ben Saddik who claims to have fallen off of a motorcycle and is unable to train. As for Saki? According to Verhoeven (in a story released by GLORY's official site), he was offered the fight but wanted a warm-up first.

“Now today Gokhan Saki has been all over social media calling me out, saying he wants a rematch. He put out a message saying that I am dodging him. I am not dodging you motherf—ker! You got offered this fight for May and you turned it down, you said you wanted to fight someone else first before you would fight me, so what the f—k are you talking about?

“He's been talking s—t for nothing. If he comes to fight me then great, let's go, but he got offered for May and he didn't want it. The only guy who wanted it was Ismael Lazaar, and it's going to be a good explosive fight. I am looking forward to showing my skills to my fans on home soil again, it's been a long time.”

And just like that, GLORY has created a possible grudge match for this year that while not as big as a Badr Hari rematch, would be huge for kickboxing fans. Saki, who hasn't fought in years now, would need to get back into the ring and the issues that have plagued his return recently (contract issues, knee problems) would need to subside, but if this fight actually happened, it would be huge. 

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Bellator Kickboxing 5 Results

One of Bellator's best kickboxing cards to date is taking place right now in Torino, Italy. You can watch on Spike TV with a 2 hour tape delay so it will be immediately following Bellator MMA. Including big names like John Wayne Parr and Giorgio Pertrosyan its bound to be an exciting card.

Results 

Giorgio Petrosyan def. Amansio Paraschiv by Unanimous Dec (2 knockdowns in Rd 3)

Denise Kielholtz def. Martine Michieletto by Unanimous Dec

John Wayne Parr def. Nando Calzetta by KO Rd 2 (head kick)

Mustapha Haida def. Enriko Kehl by Split Dec

Gaston Bolanos def. Luca D'Isanto Unanimous Dec

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Gokhan Saki to Rico Verhoeven: 'You Don't Have the Balls to Fight Me'

When it rains it pours, and for former GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki, he's had enough of watching from the sidelines. The former champion, who has been attempting to make his comeback under the GLORY banner at light heavyweight to no avail, has been calling out the heavyweight champion for months now, with it only intensifying thanks to the announcement of the Lazaar/Verhoeven showdown scheduled for GLORY 41.

Earlier today Saki took to Instagram where he called out Verhoeven and he did not pick and choose his words.

@ricoverhoeven rico rico the immigration service called me, they wanna give you a refugee status because you are always running away from me. Pfff what a fleeing behavior, did you always run away as a kid when there where confrontations? Again you choose another opponent because you think you can stay the "CHAMP" longer that way. But If you think you just can run over Ismael, you are wrong. And deep inside you know you are not the real CHAMP. Even your management knows that you dont have the balls to fight me because a chance of losing should be excluded so you can show your face longer on tv shows acting fake. I'm going to find real men who want a real fight. Real men who never refuse a challenge and when they say that on tv they really mean it, they dont say it just for the show. I dont even wanna fight someone like you no more, there is no pride in you, so there is no Glory in the win. Too bad that getting bigger and more musculair doesnt give you balls. You really need to grow a pair. Rico rico rico ze hebben me net gebeld van de IND immigratiedienst, ze willen jou een vluchtelingstatus geven omdat je van me vlucht. Wat een vluchtgedrag ey, rende je vroeger als klein kind ook weg tijdens confrontaties? Weer kies je een andere tegenstander met de gedachte dat je "CHAMP" kan blijven. Maar als je denkt dat je even over Ismael heen loopt heb je het mis. En diep van binnen weet je dat je niet de echte CHAMP bent. Zelfs je management weet dat je niet de ballen hebt om tegen mij te staan omdat een kans op verliezen uitgesloten moet blijven zodat je langer op tv shows nep kan blijven doen. Ik zal maar echte mannen zoeken om tegen te vechten. Echte mannen die geen uitdaging uit de weg gaan en het ook menen en niet alleen op tv zeggen for the show. Ik wil niet eens tegen mensen als jij meer vechten, er zit geen trots in je en dus is er ook geen glorie in een overwinning. Jammer dat gespierder en groter worden er niet voor zorgt dat je wat ballen krijgt. #realmen #realfighters #fake #champ #ricoverhoeven #glory #kickboxing #boxing #fight #knockouts #noballs #crybaby

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"rico rico the immigration service called me, they wanna give you a refugee status because you are always running away from me. Pfff what a fleeing behavior, did you always run away as a kid when there where confrontations?

"Again you choose another opponent because you think you can stay the "CHAMP" longer that way. But If you think you just can run over Ismael, you are wrong. And deep inside you know you are not the real CHAMP. Even your management knows that you dont have the balls to fight me because a chance of losing should be excluded so you can show your face longer on tv shows acting fake.

"I'm going to find real men who want a real fight. Real men who never refuse a challenge and when they say that on tv they really mean it, they dont say it just for the show. I dont even wanna fight someone like you no more, there is no pride in you, so there is no Glory in the win.

"Too bad that getting bigger and more musculair doesnt give you balls. You really need to grow a pair."

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Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar Headlining GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

Hot on the heels of a series of announcements, GLORY has announced that Rico Verhoeven will square off against former Enfusion Heavyweight Champion Ismael Lazaar to headline the GLORY 41 SuperFight Series in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. This makes the SuperFight Series packed full of stars and action, considering Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao for the Featherweight title is on the same card.

This will be a five-round, non-title super fight between the two big men, with Lazaar coming off of a rather successful run in Enfusion that included holding their world title before losing it to Jahfarr Wilnis. Also announced is Murthel Groenhart vs. Harut Grigorian in a bout that the entire Welterweight division will be watching very carefully.

GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Superfight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar

Featherweight World Title Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao

Welterweight Bout: Murthel Groenhart vs. Harut Grigorian

Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Mourad Bouzidi

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