GLORY kickboxing is back with GLORY 15: Istanbul. The event takes place at the Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul Turkey. On the card, a light heavyweight tournament to crown a champion in the division.
The tournament consists of three fights in one night with two semifinal bouts, followed by the finale. On on side of the bracket, kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki drops to light heavyweight to fight the powerful Australian, Nathan Corbett. Meeting the winner of this bout in the finale will be the victor of a bout between Tyrone Spong and Saulo Cavaleri.
Other bouts on the main card include a fight between Robin Van Roosmalen and Marat Grigorian and a light heavyweight bout of Danyo Ilunga and Andrei Stoica.
To avoid spoilers for our U.S. audience, we will be covering the SPIKE TV broadcast with results and play-by-play for the main card.
Main Card (SPIKE TV) 8 ET/5 PT – Via Tape Delay
Tyrone Spong vs. Gokhan Saki
Round 1: After incredible hype, Spong landed a right low kick and broke his own leg on Saki’s leg, very similar to the Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman rematch and equally disappointing for a fight that fans waited months to see, and after the semifinals put the match fans wanted to see in the finals.
Official Decision: Gokhan Saki def. Tyron Spong via TKO (broken leg) at 1:37 of Round 1.
Robin van Roosmalen (69.5 kg / 153.22 lb) vs. Marat Grigorian (69.8 kg / 155.21 lb)
Round 1: A fast paced first round was marked by nice leg kicks as each man used a non-stop attack by both men and a round that didn’t put either man out front.
Round 2: Another round with a furious speed put the slightly more active van Roosmalen took the round from Grigorian, at least in my eyes.
Round 3: The fight’s first knockdown came from a Grigorian left hook. Despite the hook, van Roosmalen rose to his feet and the fight continued to the bell, in a razor-thin decision.
Official Decision: Robin van Roosmalen def. Marat Grigorian via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Danyo Ilunga (94.95 kg / 209.33 lb) vs. Andrei Stoica (93.7 kg / 206.57 lb)
Round 1: Ilunga was consistent with his piercing knees to Stoica, who countered them well with his right hand as Ilunga leaned to the side to put emphasis on the knee. Both men were successful and landed hard shots that lifted the crowd’s attention. Stoica thought that he had an advantage on a particular combination but just grazed Ilunga with a hook instead of landing clean. This allowed Ilunga to get underneath it and come back with a huge counter that floored Stoica, who didn’t have his feet beneath him to answer the ten count.
Official Decision: Danyo Ilunga defeats Andrei Stoica via Knockout (punch) at of Round 1.
Tyrone Spong (94.7 kg / 208.78 lb) vs. Saulo Cavalari (94.6 kg / 208.56 lb)
Round 1: Cavaleri had a confident start. Spong kept his guard up but Caveleri set a pace for output immediately. After that, Cavaleri stuck to pot-shots and short combinations while Spong answered leg kicks with kicks of his own, and landed his hooks to the back of Cavaleri’s guard. A tight first round but given Spong’s pressure, one that was likely scored for him.
Round 2: It was relentless pressure of Cavaleri that dictated the round. Jab, cross combinations. A big overhand from Spong affected Cavaleri late in the round though and followed by a nice flurry, could have stolen the second round for Spong.
Round 3: A third round mirrored the first two as Cavaleri threw in quantity, not quality. Spong walked him down the entry round which showed well in the eyes of the judges. Neither man landed fight changing strikes but a back and forth war of attrition capped the second light heavyweight tournament bout.
Official Decision: Tyrone Spong def. Saulo Cavaleri via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Gökhan Saki (94.85 kg / 209.11 lb) vs. Nathan Corbett (94.2 kg / 207.68 lb)
Round 1: Saki saw an opening early on Corbett. As Saki always does, he let combinations fly from the start. Punches to the body hurt Corbett and Saki made frequent visits to the body. Corbett was hit with an overhand left that wobbled him as blood began to flow from his ear. He motioned to the referee who brought in a doctor. That doctor would call a stop to the fight after examining Corbett’s ear, which was bleeding from his cauliflower ear and could have perhaps sustained damage to Corbett’s eardrum.
Official Decision: Gokhan Saki def. Nathan Corbett via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 2:35 of Round 1.
GLORY Super Fight Seris Quick Results:
Jhonata Diniz vs. Hesdy Gerges
Mourad Bouzidi def. Randy Blake via Unanimous Decision (30-25,30-25,30-25)
Filip Verlinden def. Israel Adesanya via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jonatan Oliveira def. Atakan Arslan via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Niclas Larsen def. Steve Moxon via TKO at 1:33 of Round 2.
Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai def. Raz Sarkisjan via Split Decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)