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Saki smashes his way to second place in world heavyweight rankings

Published on Apr 11, 2013 by
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Gokhan Saki is now officially the world’s number two heavyweight kickboxer after stopping Daniel Ghita in the main event of GLORY 6 ISTANBUL in Turkey this past weekend.

His knockout of Ghita, which commenced with a stunning 12-hit combination, makes him the lead contender to face world number one Semmy Schilt for his GLORY World Heavyweight Championship Title.

The result saw also Daniel Ghita, previous occupant of the number two spot after coming runner-up in the New Year’s Eve Heavyweight Grand Slam, drop down to the number three spot previously occupied by Saki.

In the lower end of the heavyweight division, Jahfarr Wilnis’ win on the GLORY 6 undercard bumped him four spots to number 16, while Fabiano Cyclone’s loss to Mourad Bouzidi on the main card dropped him down two spots to number eighteen. 

Bouzidi normally fights at light-heavyweight and is ranked in that weight class. His GLORY 6 win pushes him up one place to number three, with only Filip Verlinden - steady at number two following a decision win over Lucian Danilecu -  between him and world number one light-heavyweight Danyo Ilunga

GLORY 6 caused a lot of movement in the welterweight (77kg/170lbs) division, with Nieky Holzken moving into the number one spot thanks to a stoppage win over French standout Karim Ghajji during extra time.

Holzken dislodges former world number one Aleksandr Stetcurenko of Russia. He now drops one place to occupy the number two spot while Ghajji, who entered the rankings at number three thanks largely to his dominance of his native scene, drops one place to number four. 

The number three spot is taken by Marc de Bonte of Belgium. He stopped the fearsome Dutch-Moroccan L'houcine ‘Aussie’ Ouzgni with a knee strike in the first round to move up two places. 

Also moving up two places is Canada’s ‘Bazooka’ Joe Valtellini, who lived up to his nickname with a third-round stoppage of the veteran Murat Direkci. He had Direcki under pressure throughout and the fight ended by way of Direkci’s corner throwing in the towel. Incredibly, Valtellini was just 7-1 going into the fight while Direkci was 68-15.

Lightweight prospect Andy Ristie moves up one spot for his decision win over young prospect of Allessandro Campagna of Italy, putting him into the number seven slot and dislodging Jordan Watson, who had moved into seventh place off the back of his own win at the preceding GLORY 5.

The biggest gain at lightweight was made by Max Baumert for his first-round knockout of Ismail Uzuner by way of head kick. He moves up five places to break into the Top Twenty for the first time, sitting in the number 19 slot.

Finally, at featherweight, Dong Su Kim of South Korea took a decision over Japanese counterpart Naoki Yasuda to move up three places to also break into the Top Twenty for his weight class, also at number 19. Yasuda drops one place to 24. 

GLORY fighters are ranked by the Glory World Federation, a sanctioning body which uses a points-based ranking system similar to that used in tennis and golf. Rankings are updated after each GLORY event and can be found in full on the Glory World Series website.


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