Gökhan Saki injured in training, replaced by Michal Oleksiejczuk for UFC 219 after knee surgery

Former GLORY Kickboxing champion, Gökhan Saki was injured in training yesterday and needed urgent knee surgery according to Saki’s Instagram post, earlier today. As a result, Saki has been replaced by, Michal Oleksiejczuk who, will will fight, Khalil Rountree at UFC 219 on December 30.

UFC 219 wil be headlined by, Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm at the T-mobile arena, Las Vegas and would’ve have featured Saki’s second outing for the UFC (and third professional MMA bout). “The Rebel” had previously defeated Henrique da Silva on his UFC debut by, first round KO and currently has a MMA record of, one win and one loss (from 2004 against James Zikic); and a kickboxing record of, 83-12-1.

Saki’s statement via his Instagram read:

“As has been announced everywhere, i’m not fighting on the UFC 219 card. I wanted to announce this myself but i needed some time to recover mentally from this bad news. I got injured during a training and went to the hospital for this. My team and management took the decision with the medical team that i needed treatment and i have to think of my health first. I didn’t want to accept this but i’m glad i have the right people around me.”

It felt like i let my fans and supporters down, i was really looking forward to this fight. So the bad news was a bitter pil to swallow. But this is top sports and injuries are unfortunately a part of it. I’m recovering now and will be back in training soon. I want to thank my opponent Khalil for preparing for me and i wish him best of luck on December 30th. I want to thank all my fans/supporters for their great messages and i promise you 2018 i will give you KNOCK-OUTS! One knee, no knee, i will be there violently!!!!”

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Video: Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik | Kickboxingplanet Trailer for GLORY REDEMPTION

Rico Verhoeven will rematch Jamal Ben Saddik on December 9, 2017 at the Ahoy Rotterdam in the headline bout of GLORY: REDEMPTION. Saddik had previously stopped the GLORY heavyweight champion by second round TKO in 2011 and six years on, Verhoeven is now looking for redemption having dominated heavyweight kickboxing in recent years; And yesterday, Kickboxingplanet dropped their (unofficial) trailer!

Check out the video below.

The Kickboxingplanet trailer for GLORY: REDEMPTION follows on from their trailer last year for, GLORY Collision: Rico vs Badr, that went viral and had kickboxing fans around the world agreeing that they had outdone even GLORY Kickboxing‘s very own official trailer.

GLORY: REDEMPTION will be the promotion’s “13th live event of 2017” and will cap off what has been the most significant year so for the continuing development of both the sport and GLORY who, are clearly leading the way for, the resurgence of the sport around the world.

Full fight cards for GLORY: REDEMPTION, GLORY 49 Rotterdam and GLORY 49 SuperFight Series are as below.

Heavyweight World Title Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik
Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Danyo Ilunga
Heavyweight Bout: Anderson Silva vs. Xavier Vigney
Featherweight No. 1 Contender Bout: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Zakaria Zouggary

GLORY 49 SuperFight Series
Middleweight World Title Bout: Alex Pereira vs. Yousri Belgaroui
Heavyweight Bout: Ismael Londt vs. D’Angelo Marshall
Welterweight Bout: Nieky Holzken vs. Alim Nabiyev
Welterweight Bout: Eyevan Danenberg vs. Jamie Bates
Featherweight Bout: Bailey Sugden vs. Chenglong Zhang

GLORY 49 Rotterdam
Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Lightweight Bout: Christian Baya vs. Samo Petje
Welterweight Bout: Omar Moreno vs. Anying Wang
Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Niclas Larsen vs. Tyjani Beztati
Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Stoyan Koprivlenski vs. Maykol Yurk

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