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Netherlands vs England: Gokhan Saki, James McSweeney to fight at ‘GLORY: Collision 3’ in Arnhem

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Gökhan “The Rebel” Saki, 37, of the Netherlands and Turkey is making his kickboxing comeback after more than six years. He will face James “The Sledgehammer” McSweeney, 40, of England at “GLORY: Collision 3.”

Featuring six kickboxing bouts, “GLORY: Collision 3” will take place at the GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands. In the co-main event of the evening, Saki and McSweeney will battle it out in the heavyweight division.

Gökhan Saki (©Glory Kickboxing)
Gökhan Saki (©Glory Kickboxing)

Featuring four matches, “GLORY 79” will be held at the same venue right before “GLORY: Collision 3.” Select tickets for the pay-per-view event is available for purchase at GLORY Kickboxing.

In the main event, Rico “King of Kickboxing” Verhoeven, 32, of the Netherlands and Jamal “Goliath” Ben Saddik, 31,of Morocco will fight for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. Due to injury, Verhoeven’s original opponent Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 41, of the Netherlands was replaced by Ben Saddik.

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“GLORY: Collision 3” can be purchased through GLORY Fights using credit or debit cards as well as the newly added payment options Apple Pay and PayPal for $24.99. The website, which supports Chromecast and Airplay, is compatible with multiple devices and formats including mobile, laptop, tablet and television via any web browser, iOS and Android apps.

“We are proud to announce that Gokhan Saki returns to the GLORY ring and will be in action October 23rd at ‘GLORY: Collision 3’ at the GelreDome in Arnhem, Holland,” GLORY Kickboxing co-founder Scott Rudmann said. “Saki brings competitive spirit, striking skills, and explosiveness to kickboxing and stand-up combat like few others. His talent is among the elite in the world of combat sports.”

“He has been training with some of our top fighters recently and our organization is delighted to have him on the Collision 3 card and to have GLORY fans around the world be able to see him in action again,” Rudmann said of Saki. “It’s time for glory.”

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With a professional kickboxing record of 83 wins, 12 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest, Saki became the inaugural GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion. In his most recent kickboxing bout, which was “GFC Fight Series 3” in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on April 17, 2015, he defeated Sebastian Ciobanu, 36, of Romania via unanimous decision.

A dangerous striker, Saki has beaten many of the top names in the sport including Tyrone Spong, Ray Sefo, Daniel Ghita and Melvin Manhoef. He holds rank as a Dutch and European Muay Thai champion, and K-1 Grand Prix champion.

As a professional mixed martial artist, Saki has 1 win and 2 losses. After knocking out Henrique “Frankenstein” da Silva, 32, of Brazil at “UFC Fight Night 117” in Saitama, Japan on September 23, 2017, Saki was knocked out by Khalil “The War Horse” Rountree Jr., 31, of the United States in Paradise, Nevada, USA at “UFC 266” on July 7, 2018.

McSweeney holds a professional kickboxing record of 46 wins and 7 losses. He also holds a professional MMA record of 15 wins and 18 losses.

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