Glory 26 was this past weekend, and the company’s big return to Amsterdam was an undeniable hit, filled with high level action and some tremendous KOs. Also snuck in there on the Glory 26 broadcast was a pair of fight announcements that will surely excite Glory fans.
The biggest news is the much awaited return of Gokhan Saki. Saki is one of the most popular international fighters in all of kickboxing, and a man who links Glory back to the days of K-1. With a record of 81-16, Saki has fought many of the sport’s all time greats and holds wins over Tyrone Spong, Daniel Ghita, Ray Sefo, and many, many more. He was 7-2 in Glory and the company’s first ever Light Heavyweight champion when a contract dispute forced him to the sidelines. It’s been close to two years since he last fought in Glory, and Saki is just 1-0 in that time. His return is huge news.
In his first Glory fight back, Saki will challenge Saulo Cavalari, the current Glory Light Heavyweight champion, for the title Saki never lost. Cavalari is 32-2, 6-1 in Glory, and comes in after winning the vacant title by defeating Zack Mwekassa at Dynamite. No date is yet set for Cavalari vs. Saki.
The other fight announcement is a rematch from the last Middleweight title fight as champion Artem Levin (50-4-2; 6-1-1 Glory) again defends his belt against Simon Marcus (42-2-2; 2-1-1 Glory). These two Muay Thai fighters first met in Lion Fight back in 2013, with Marcus taking a decision win. They rematched in Glory last May at Glory 21, fighting to a controversial draw that many scored for the challenger. Neither man has fought since, although it should be noted that Levin has a Muay Thai fight in Russia on December 19. Again, no date is yet confirmed for this fight.
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