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Yokkao to Open Factory in Bangkok Plus Saenchai Seminar Information for the UK and US

It's been interesting to watch the evolution of the Yokkao brand over the past few years. It went from a fledgling gear brand looking to make an impact on a rather crowded marketplace to one of the leaders. In that period of time they have branched out into promoting a successful series of events throughout the world, establishing teams of elite fighters, sponsoring gyms and opening up operations worldwide. The latest step was opening up a new, 1000 square meter factory in the heart of Bangkok.

The new factory will be overseen by none other than Stefania Picelli, who will be moving from Europe to Thailand to oversee the factory, which is slated to open on June 15th and also include a public-facing shop. They will be offering tours and consultations for those interested in becoming a part of the Yokkao family as well.

Of course, Yokkao is still pushing that Saenchai and Manop will be returning to the United States on May 29th through the 31st for a series of seminars and for the beginning of the Yokkao Games. More details on the May US visit can be seen here. Those in the UK will be able to meet up with Saenchai and Pakorn in just a matter of days for similar seminars and information on the Yokkao Games on the 16th through the 24th. More details can be seen here.

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Andy Ristie's Trainer Barred From GLORY Ring After GLORY 20 Glove Mishap

If you'll remember back to GLORY 20 Dubai there was a moment at the beginning of the GLORY Lightweight Title bout between Robin van Roosmalen and Andy Ristie where the referee pulled Ristie aside and was forced to replace his glove. Apparently the thumb of the glove was cut, which has been described as giving an advantage when it comes to dexterity inside of the glove. It was not clear if it was intentional or simply an accident, but according to MixFight GLORY has made a ruling on it and it has resulted in Ristie's trainer, Roberto Flamingo, being barred from ringside at future GLORY events. 

MixFight has been all over the story, including a joint statement from Ristie and Flamingo claiming that there was no intentional wrongdoing and that Ristie will remain with Flamingo. Black Label Fighting, a management company, released a statement as well supporting GLORY's decision in this matter.

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GLORY 21 Draws Strong Ratings on Spike TV for Levin vs. Marcus II

After a rather disappointing rating for GLORY 20 Dubai, thanks in part to tape delay, GLORY 21 shows the brand's durability by snapping back into line with a reported 488,000 average viewers on Spike TV. According to our bud Michael Stets over at MMAMania, Spike TV has disclosed that GLORY 21 drew an average of 488,000 viewers for GLORY 21, which is the fifth highest rating to date on Spike TV.

It's a solid rebound after GLORY 19 drew the second-highest with 542,000 viewers and for GLORY 20 to dip to the next-to-worst ratings with 359,000. A gain of 129,000 viewers is quite impressive for the brand on a Friday evening considering that the card was a bit underwhelming when it comes to star names outside of the main event between Simon Marcus and Artem Levin and the co-main event featuring Raymond Daniels in a feature bout. 

For now we will have to wait with baited breath for GLORY 22, which features a Lightweight tournament and a Heavyweight Championship fight in what many fans consider a very good card, and if the tape delay curse will strike again for GLORY. The peak numbers are not yet available, but we will update with them when it is available. 

UPDATE: Stets has the peak numbers now.

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Catalin Morosanu vs. Badr Hari Postponed Due to 'Conditions'

For Badr Hari and Morosanu fans the upcoming bout between the two sluggers was a highlight for the year. It was Badr Hari's return to the ring after some time off and it was against the best competition that he's faced since Zabit Samedov in 2013. But, much like the proposed fight with Patrice Quateron from a previous GFC event, it looks like the fans will have yet another Badr Hari fight fall through for the time being.

The official statement is vague, citing "conditions" of the fights as the reason. Morosanu isn't one to pull out of a fight and if Badr Hari's social media is any indication he seems ready to go, so one has to assume that there is something strange going on here. Much like when Patrice Quateron was pulled from the Hari fight for not "creating a family friendly atmosphere" before, we are hearing rumors of Badr Hari being unhappy with something heading into this fight. 

For now the entire event is postponed, so it looks like GFC will try to keep the fight between the two together, but if Hari is truly unhappy with the arrangement it may simply not happen. GFC has also promised a more entertaining event than the last one, for what that is worth.

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