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Wednesday, 09/21/2011, 05:47 am

Gokhan Saki Departs From Golden Glory, More Fighters Expected To Follow


In a report coming out of the middleasy.com network, K-1 and its Showtime kickboxing stand-out Gokhan Saki has been confirmed to have left the Golden Glory team.

While we normally don’t cover the sport of kickboxing here on BJPENN.COM, it is somewhat relevant to the recent news surrounding new UFC signee Alistair Overeem’s departure from Golden Glory announced just yesterday.

There apparently seems to be a rift forming between the fighters and management team for one of the best fight teams in the world and it is expected that more fighters will follow in the footsteps of Overeem and Saki

The middleeasy.com report reads as follows:

UPDATE 19:51 Eastern Time: Received independent confirmation from a source close to both Saki and Golden Glory that Saki is indeed out of Golden Glory. Glory has not finalized talks with K-1 yet and is apparently not working well with It’s Showtime, so look carefully and put two and two together for other possible departures.

When it rains it pours. Earlier today it was announced that Alistair Overeem was leaving his home management and team of Golden Glory. Overeem has been a part of the Golden Glory umbrella for about twelve years now, since the formation of the team. Overeem has been described by Bas Boon as like “family” to him and the team, and Golden Glory trainer Martijn de Jong has been known to be very good friends with Alistair.

There has been a rumor that some of us have been sitting on for a while as it wasn’t clear if it was ever going to come to fruition, but apparently it has. The latest rumor is that Gokhan Saki has also left team Golden Glory, but this has not been confirmed. LiverKick.com has reached out to Bas Boon for comment on this but have not heard back from him of yet. Generally speaking, we do not like to post rumors like this, but it has been a longstanding rumor, persisting for the better part of this year and with it coming out into the public’s eye, now is as good of a time as any to talk about it.


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