Today at Glory 6 Istanbul two of the top Heavyweights in the world, Daniel Ghita and Gokhan Saki, stepped into the ring for the second time in a rematch that we've been waiting for since 2010 and did not disappoint. There was a lot riding on this fight as the winner is promised a shot at Semmy Schilt and his GLORY Heavyweight Championship with both men looking to be top contenders.
The fight started out a little rough, as Gokhan Saki caught a kick from Ghita, backed him up and threw him to the mat with a sweep. Usually a sweep is inconsequential, but in this case, Ghita landed hard, looking to be injured. According to Glory's official rules, leg sweeps and trips are illegal moves and should thusly be counted as such. Instead, referee Joop Ubeda counted it as a down as Ghita took a while to get to his feet and Ghita never looked the same after that.
Round two saw Gokhan Saki swarm Ghita, throwing big shots while Ghita was doing a good job of defending and countering. That all changed when Saki found an opening and hit what might have been the most amazing, impressive combination that you could imagine as he landed twelve huge shots to the sturdy head of Daniel Ghita, finally dropping him on the twelfth shot. Ghita fought back to his feet, but a right and left put him down for the count again. It looked like Ghita would stay down, but he once again beat the count only for Saki to land another barrage and Joop Ubeda stepped in, calling the fight.
It was a huge, impressive win for Saki with a lot on the line. We now get to see the rematch from Glory 4 Tokyo and to see if Sem Schilt can hold onto his GLORY Heavyweight Championship. The fight is rumored to go down this summer, possibly in New York. Check out the GIF of the finish, courtesy of ZombieProphet.