FLASH QUOTES: GLORY 2 BRUSSELS MAIN EVENT HEAVYWEIGHTS REMY BONJASKY AND ANDERSON ‘BRADDOCK’ SILVA
CO-MAIN EVENT SUPERSTARS GOKHAN SAKI AND MOURAD BOUZIDI
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Oct. 5, 2012) – Remy Bonjasky is back, and he is ready for war.
The multi-time heavyweight champion has been away from the ring for three years but on Saturday night in Brussels, Belgium he will return to do what he loves most - putting on a show for the fans. Bonjasky is famous for his flying kicks and knees and they have been sorely missed since he hung up his gloves.
His retirement was never voluntary. It was caused by an eye injury which doctors have now declared fixed and so he elected to get back "in the game" with a fight against a top contender, to show that he can pick up where he left off.
The opponent is Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva, a former Peter Aerts sparring partner who has been on a steady rise up the rankings and is fast becoming a big name in his own right. Earlier this year he fought Badr Hari and very nearly defeated the former heavyweight champion, earning a lot of new fans in the process.
"To be back in the game is fantastic. I feel like I never left. After my retirement in 2009 I thought lets open a gym and train my fighters and they are doing pretty good. But now I feel like I have to come back to the game for some unfinished business," Bonjasky says.
"I am back here and I am going to show the crowd and all the people that love me that I am still capable of fighting the strongest fighters in GLORY."
Braddock is relishing the chance to carve out his own legend with a fight against an icon like Bonjasky.
"I am so happy. Remy is a top fighter, he is a legend and it will be a very good fight. I am so happy to be fighting a guy like him here," he says.
"I train in my gym in Brazil and I prepare for war, you know? Remy is a difficult fighter but I am trained for everything. He has fought all the main guys of the world and is very experienced but I have to make somne surprises for him, you know? I will have a surprise for him."
In the co-main event, the ultra-explosive Gokhan ‘The Rebel’ Saki will collide with the hard-hitting Mourad Bouzidi in a fight that is very, very unlikely to go anywhere near the distance. Both are famed knockout artists and whoever emerges as the winner will have taken some heavy blows along the way.
Saki recently joined the famous Mike’s Gym in Amsterdam and has made some changes as a result. He looks to be in the best condition of his career and he confirmed this to media at the final press conference.
"I always train hard but I don’t eat McDonalds any more so I think that’s the reason I look so good," he joked. "It’s all to do with food I think. I don’t eat junk food and I train hard so that’s why I look good I think. My condition is very good.
"Switching gyms after ten years was a big change for me but now I’ve trained a lot with Mike and he is a really good trainer. I learned a lot of new things and I am very motivated."
Bouzidi responded, "Tomorrow is a very big fight for me against Saki. He is a very good fighter - very fast, very explosive. I did everything necessary to win this fight but its going to be a hard fight."
Doors at Vorst Nationaal Arena will open for GLORY 2 Brussels at 16:30 local time and the undercard fights will commence with MMA rules bouts at 17:00. The main card will begin at 19:00 local time.
The live stream of the event will begin on GloryWorldSeries.com at 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PST/16:00 CET with the first undercard bout, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) rules contest, and continue with the main card.
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