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GLORY's CEO Talks About Saki, Spong and GLORY's Return

For those that were doubting the validity of the GLORY 18 news, it gets no more real than the CEO of the company talking about it on the internet. GLORY 18 is indeed set for November 7th in Oklahoma and will feature the much-anticipated rematch between GLORY Lightweight Champion Davit Kiria and Robin van Roosmalen. Also on the card will be a Light Heavyweight contender's tournament featuring some of GLORY's top Light Heavyweights.

GLORY CEO Jon Franklin spoke with our bud Michael Stets over at MMAMania and there were a few interesting things that he dropped in it, most of which were the confirmations that GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki and would-be number one contender Tyrone Spong are no longer under contract with the organization, but are in a negotiation process. It's the kind of public admittance that we've come to not expect, but it's refreshing to see. 

A few points to take away:

  • GLORY admits to retuning and maybe even scaling back on the scope of the events
  • Re-evaluating some of the contracts to fit in better with television performance
  • The SuperFight Series stays, for now, due to how many countries it is carried in
  • The Spike TV deal extends well into 2015
  • One our two more shows for 2014
  • The plan is for ten or eleven shows in 2015
  • The move to Friday nights is premeditated and an attempt to "cash in" on Bellator's regular Friday night spot
  • GLORY is open to working with Bellator in the future, possibly having shows on the same night on Spike TV
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Yokkao Runs Into Slight Setback for Yokkao 10/11

It looks like Yokkao have run into a slight hangup when it comes to their upcoming events of Yokkao 10 and 11 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on October 11th. As we've seen is prone to happen with international fighters making their way into another country, there are a few visa issues for some of the fighters from Thailand. The good news is that Pakorn has been allowed into the country, while his trainers were not. Along with Pakorn's trainers, both Kongsak and Rumnai and their respective corners were denied entry into the UK. 

There has been some criticism pointed at the promoters for not doing their due diligence with the visa process, but ultimately it falls upon the parties who were denied entry, considering that everyone else's visas were approved. The visa process also takes the UK three weeks to be processed and there is a specific time frame which you must use the visa within. This is also something that tends to happen in combat sports due to how involved the visa process can be for fighters traveling to other countries. 

Pakorn vs. Greg Wootton will go on as scheduled while Yokkao is working on securing new opponents for Tim Thomas and Dean James. It should also be noted that over 70% of the tickets to the event were already sold well in advance of the card being announced after the last Yokkao event in England got some of the craziest rave reviews that I've ever seen for a live fight card. Before anyone straps on their tinfoil hats, Yokkao has paid the fighters who were unable to obtain visas and has a long track record of putting on shows under crazy circumstances with them still happening (like the Reunion show where the promoter pulled out at the last minute but the event was relocated).

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UFC Vet Miguel Torres Added to Legacy Kickboxing Show in January

Former WEC Champion and UFC fighter Miguel Torres has been in demand for kickboxing over the past year, with him initially announced to be participating in GLORY 17 only for the deal to fall through. It looks like Miguel Torres will make his kickboxing debut this January, only for Legacy Kickboxing 1, the event that already has quite a bit of talent lined up for it, including Cosmo Alexandre and Pat Barry. We were informed by Mick Maynard of Legacy Fights of Torres's inclusion over this weekend.

Miguel Torres will be fighting World Combat League(!) and Legacy veteran Angel Huerta. Yes, he fought in WCL, which automatically makes this a fight that we have to see because, well, WCL never die. Pretty much most of the American kickboxing landscape at this point all leads back to WCL in 2006.

Legacy Kickboxing 1 goes down on Friday, January 16th live on AXS TV.

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WGP 22 Results: Alex Pereira Wins Big

This Saturday in Brazil WGP held their 22nd event featuring GLORY star Alex Pereira in the main event against Canadian fighter Robert Thomas. The two fought a hard bout that saw Pereira outstrike Thomas and take the decision victory. There was a one-night 60kg GP that saw Paulo Tebar go on a tear, knocking out both of his opponents. Here are the official results.

Results WGP #22

Under Card

Fight 1 K1 Rules (58,2 Kg) Felipe Gheno defeated Bruno Cerutti by split decision.

Fight 2 K1 Rules (71,8 kg) Marcelo Dioníso defeated “Fabiano Mineiro” by KO.

Fight 3 K1 Rules (66,800 kg) – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout Édipo Herbert defeated Valmir Theiss by unanimous decision.

Main Card

Fight 1 – GP Semifinal K1 Rules (60 kg) Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) defeated Rafael Spin (BRA) by unanimous decision.

Fight 2 – GP Semifinal K1 Rules (60 kg) Paulo Tebar defeated Rafael “Coruja” by KO.

Fight 3 – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout  Low Kicks (69,100 kg) Bruno Gazani defeated Wellington Tom by unanimous decision.

Fight 4 – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout Low Kicks (94,100 kg) Felipe Micheletti defeated Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho by TKO.

Fight 5 – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout Low Kicks (85 kg) Cesar Almeida defeated Francisco Araújo by KO.

Fight 6 – GP Final K1 Rules (60 kg) Paulo Tebar defeated Ignacio Capllonch by TKO.

Fight 7 – Super Fight K1 Rules (85 kg) Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA) defeated Robert Thomas (CAN) by unanimous decision.

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