This Saturday from Istanbul, Turkey Glory World Series presents Glory 6: Istanbul. Headlining the kickboxing card will be heavyweights Daniel Ghita and Gokhan Saki in a rematch of their 2010 K-1 Grand Prix bout. The instant classic was very close with Saki earning the narrowest of decisions and their rematch should certainly deliver.
As the apple drops in the big apple, Dream 18 and Glory 4 will be taking place in Tokyo with some great MMA and Kickboxing. The Dream portion of the show will feature seven MMA bouts including lightweight champion Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio Mckee. The highlight of the Glory portion will be an eight man, one night heavyweight kickboxing Grand Slam.
The eight remaining contenders in the GLORY World Series single-elimination tournament will travel from the four corners of the earth to battle it out on NOV 3 2012 at the historical PalaLottomatica venue, where Muhammad Ali won his Olympic gold medal.
When it comes to today’s choice in fight entertainment, more and more Americans are turning to mixed martial arts. MMA is the fastest growing sport in the United States, combining boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, jiu jitsu, karate and all other types of martial arts. MMA requires skill and determination, stamina and fearlessness.
It’s odd how quickly the sport of MMA has changed, and how perceptions have shifted so dramatically. I got in on the ground floor of this crazy train, having seen an ad for UFC 1 in one of several karate publications I read as a young martial artist. I had entered the world of karate as a boy, partially to be more like my older brother, but primarily because I always wanted to kick people’s asses. Mike Tyson having begun to fade into “Bolivian” at the time, guys like Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal were the new bad asses of our era, and if you wanted to lay an ass kicking on schoolyard thugs, you needed a black belt ASAP.
Coming off the second UFC on FOX card that had three “meaningful” bouts on the main card, the promotion seems to going the “exciting” route for the third installment. On the heels of the Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz bout being elevated to the main event, the UFC has added another bout that is sure to keep the fans on the edge of their seats.
With a fight card that should please even the most discerning kickboxing fan, It’s Showtime, Europe’s leading kickboxing organization has put together a series of match-ups that should come with a combat sports “over excitement warning”. With the feature bout of Badr Hari, who is leaving the sport versus monster competitor Gokhan Saki, fans will be tuning in to witness a true living legend in kickboxing say his last goodbyes with punches and kicks.