|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
UPDATE 9/22: Saki tweets: "I haven't left golden glory at all. I'm still fighting for GG guys!!!" Sources still claiming that Saki and two others have left/are leaving, take that for what it is.
UPDATE 21:04 Eastern Time: Bas Boon spoke with LiverKick.com, when prompted on Saki leaving, "Not that I am aware of..." Other sources still insist that Saki has left.
UPDATE 19:51 Eastern Time: Received independent confirmation from a source close to both Saki and Golden Glory that Saki is indeed out of Golden Glory. Glory has not finalized talks with K-1 yet and is apparently not working well with It's Showtime, so look carefully and put two and two together for other possible departures.
When it rains it pours. Earlier today it was announced that Alistair Overeem was leaving his home management and team of Golden Glory. Overeem has been a part of the Golden Glory umbrella for about twelve years now, since the formation of the team. Overeem has been described by Bas Boon as like "family" to him and the team, and Golden Glory trainer Martijn de Jong has been known to be very good friends with Alistair.
There has been a rumor that some of us have been sitting on for a while as it wasn't clear if it was ever going to come to fruition, but apparently it has. The latest rumor is that Gokhan Saki has also left team Golden Glory, but this has not been confirmed. LiverKick.com has reached out to Bas Boon for comment on this but have not heard back from him of yet. Generally speaking, we do not like to post rumors like this, but it has been a longstanding rumor, persisting for the better part of this year and with it coming out into the public's eye, now is as good of a time as any to talk about it.
Gokhan Saki had apparently been unhappy with Team Golden Glory for quite a while now, going as far back as last year's K-1 World Grand Prix. We had heard from multiple sources that Saki was aggressively looking for a way out of his contract with Golden Glory and looking to relocate and enter the world of MMA. While he could easily make a transition to MMA within the Golden Glory camp, he has been looking for new representation and for a new home to train, apparently sick of working with Golden Glory. This afternoon Percy Crawford of FightHype.com confirmed that he was indeed bringing Gokhan Saki stateside and helping him find a trainer. According to everyone's favorite MMA personality Bloodstain Lane, a "BIG TIME" boxing trainer.
The rumor doesn't stop with Gokhan Saki, though. There has been rumblings that Bas Boon's sick leave over the summer caused some massive internal problems at Golden Glory. Problems with Strikeforce and other big business deals that fell through had caused some friction between fighters, trainers and management with talks of some big names within the camp possibly leaving to pursue other options.
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There have been a lot of rumors swirling around team Golden Glory for the past few months, a lot of them good until they got bad. The bad started with Bas Boon having to take an emergency leave from his duties to get surgery over the summer. Boon's surgery happened right in the middle of a lot of big business deals, including negotiations with Kickboxing organizations and handling Alistair Overeem's contract negotiations with Zuffa for both Strikeforce and UFC.
Recently, Alistair appeared in a video posted by our network cohort MiddleEasy where Alistair was discussing his future and contemplating a move to California. This move also included training at another gym and joining another team. I've also heard that Overeem has spoken with individuals in the US who handle his sponsorships about dealing with them exclusively, not with Golden Glory after the mess that happened with Strikeforce. Apparently the statements made by Overeem on Ariel Helwani's show were not of his own or even Bas Boon's machinations, and led to Alistair and a few of his teammates being fired from Strikeforce just before the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP.
Today Overeem made a statement on his Twitter account confirming that he has indeed left Golden Glory. The statement claims that Alistair has lost his trust and that the relationship between his longtime team and himself is beyond repair. As always, when Alistair is speaking for himself he is classy, brief and makes no enemies.
CagePotato reached out to Bas Boon for comment, and he seemed confused and taken aback at the situation. According to Bas Boon there is still a management contract in place, and everything is alright in his eyes as long as that is still honored. From what we've heard, Golden Glory's management contracts give a larger cut to the management than traditional contracts do in the United States, but they always include training at their gyms with the team and the special treatment that Golden Glory provide. With Overeem no longer training and representing the team, it seems like they might butt heads in the near future.
This, along with a UFC contract seem to all but declare Alistair Overeem's K-1 career dead, sadly.Add a comment
It's Monday, which means you should watch some kickboxing to cheer yourself up as you deal with the doldrums of the work week or the world of education. This highlight reel is by one of our favorite readers, Jill and it is full of a lot of lost gems. [source]
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We have a very busy schedule coming up for us after a bit of downtime. First off, DREAM.17 marks the return of live Japanese MMA to HDnet on September 24th.
That isn't the end of the action for fight fans, though. Not by a long shot. For kickboxing fans there are two huge 70kg tournaments happening in the two kickboxing hot beds of the world. It's Showtime puts on their Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament. The Fast and Furious tournament is shaping up to be the biggest tournament of the year, hands down, in any weight class in the kickboxing world. The event will be streamed on It's Showtime's website, ShowtimeFights.com for the usual 10 euros live, and according to Andrew Simon from HDnet, there are plans of airing the event on the 14th of October.
On top of that, It's Showtime has promised today that on Friday they will announce the fight card for the January 28th It's Showtime event, including the location and they've promised "REALLY breaking news."
We aren't done yet, with K-1 putting on their second tournament of the year. The 70kg MAX Japan tournament marks K-1's biggest tournament so far this year after the -63kg MAX Japan tournament. The event happens on the 25th in Japan and it is unclear if or when the event will air. We have yet to hear back from K-1 on our query about a possible streaming option and HDnet has confirmed that they have no current plans on airing the event.
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Muay Thai promotion Elite Boxing continued their expansion yesterday, holding another event in their Thailand vs. Challengers series, Thailand vs. Europe in Stuttgart, Germany. The event was live on Eurosport in Germany and parts of Europe, most notably England. It did considerably well for gate expectations, nearly selling out the Carl Benz Arena, which seats around 2000 people. Serdar Karaca of Elite Boxing subsidiary, Elite Boxing Germany has done a good job in promoting the event domestically and should produce even better results when Elite Boxing returns to Germany in November.
Headlining the card was It's Showtime 95MAX World Champion, Danyo Ilunga. Ilunga was originally scheduled to face Ramazan Ramazanov, but Ramazanov pulled out sometime in the past few weeks. Netherlands based Palestinean fighter Mohamed Boubkari took Ramazanov's place and certainly wasn't an easy match-up for Ilunga. Ilunga picked up a three round unanimous decision, but it seems that he had some trouble with Boubkari. German site Groundandpound.de described Boubkari as "a tough nut to crack" for Ilunga. This was Ilunga's second time fighting for Elite Boxing, as he fought for them in November of last year.
The rest of the card featured Thailand vs. Europe themed matches. Europe didn't fair too well, with Thailand winning three out of the four. Jaochalam Monggudton defeated Andi Roegner, Tanongdet Sengsimeu defeated Crice Boussoukou and Nongsai Sor Sanyakorn defeated Ait Said, all three by decision. Anatoly Hunanyan defeated Madsua by decision in Europe's lone win.
The event is a step in the right direction for Elite Boxing, who seem to know what they're doing. They've made some smart moves in creating subsidiaries in countries that they're expanding to, such as Elite Boxing Germany and Elite Boxing Russia. This allows the subsidiaries who know the platform of the country and have connections domestically to do the promoting. Many foreign entities make the mistake of trying to venture into unfamiliar territory with just themselves. Elite Boxing is handling this the right way.Add a comment