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Saki New Champion, Spong Shatters Shin Bone at GLORY 15

This past Saturday at GLORY 15 in Istanbul, Turkey was definitely a night to remember for kickboxing fans around the world. Gokhan Saki became the GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion after defeating Nathan Corbett in the semi-finals and Tyrone Spong in the Finals.

Spong, who had defeated Saulo Cavalari earlier in the night, suffered a shattered shin bone half way through round one when Saki checked a low kick. The injury is very reminiscent of Anderson Silva's horrific leg break during UFC 168 not long ago in his match against Chris Weidman. When the break occured, the match was immediately stopped. Saki crouched down next to Spong unil his corner came in to check on him.

Spong was rushed to a hospital and has already undergone surgery, which is reported to have been completely successful. As for Saki, he is very pleased with his win saying:

“I don't need to prove myself anymore. Everybody wants to beat me now, so let's start again”. See full video here:

Below are the full results for GLORY 15

Main card:
Tournament Final: Gokhan Saki def Tyrone Spong via knockout (injured leg) Rd1 1:37 Saki now GLORY LHW Champion
Robin Van Roosmalen def Marat Grigorian via unanimous decision (29-28,28-29,30-27)
Danyo Ilunga def Andrei Stoica via KO RD 1 2:33
Gokhan Saki def Nathan Corbet via TKO RD1 2:35
Tyrone Spong def Saulo Cavalari via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,30-27)

GLORY Superfight Series:
Hedsy Gerges def Jhnota via TKO Rd 2
Mourad Bouzidi def Randy Blake via unanimous decision (30-25,30-25,30-25)
Filip Verlinden def Israel Adesanya by 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 Rd2 1:33
Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai def Raz Sarkisjan via split decision (29-27,29-27,28-28)

For more great GLORY action, tune into “First League” on Fightbox for all the best fights of Golden Glory!

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