For a company still trying to find its footing inside the United States, Glory Kickboxing is doing everything they can to get the world to tune into their events. There latest stunt, and probably the best, is pitting Tyron Spong and Gokhan Saki on opposite ends of a Glory light heavyweight world championship tournament bracket.
Spong and Saki are two of the most well-known kickboxers around the world; making it possible for the two to fight each other in the finale of the one night tournament was a great marketing ploy. Nobody is even talking about the “headline” for the show, Robin Van Roosmalen vs. Marat Grigorian.
For the two to meet in the finale, they must first make it past the semifinal round. Saki knows first hand that a victory in the semifinal round is never a given, no matter who you are. In his last outing, Saki lost to eventual tournament winner Rico Verhoeven by decision.
The loss cost Saki a chance to fight in the heavyweight tournament finale and the world a chance to see a rematch between him and Daniel Ghita. He will fight Nathan Corbett in the semifinals on Saturday.
Spong, who is undefeated in Glory with five straight victories, will go to battle with Saulo Cavalari. In Spong’s last outing, he defeated rival Corbett by TKO. Spong is arguably the favorite to win the tournament given his past success in the sport.
Spong is a former WKN European middleweight champ, WFCA Thai Boxing cruiserweight champ, and Showtime World 95 Max champion. Prior to signing with Glory, he defeated Peter Aerts.
If the tournament does go the way many believe it will, the world will get a chance to see two of the top kickboxers go to battle in the finale of the championship tournament. With kickboxing being a unpredictable sport, anything can happen. Viewers could end up seeing a Corbett vs. Cavalari finale.