Gökhan Saki won a convincing victory over James McSweeney in his Glory return on Saturday.

In the opening act of the fight between Rico Verhoeven and Jamal Ben Saddik in Gelredome, Benjamin Adegbuyi went down.

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Former K-1 and UFC fighter Saki made his return to GLORY on Saturday after a long absence.

The Turk, born in Schiedam, beat James McSweeney in the second round.

38-year-old Saki got the 40-year-old Briton to the ground with a series of low kicks.

McSweeney first got up after he got an eight count, but when Saki kicked him again moments later, McSweeney didn't get up again.

Heavyweight Saki's match was part of the opening act for the title fight between Verhoeven and Ben Saddik.

Results GLORY 79

  • Gökhan Saki (Tur) wins second round by KO of James McSweeney (GBr)

  • Hamicha (Mar) wins in first round by TKO against Samuel Dbili (Fra)

  • Sergei Masloboyev (Lit) wins on points against Donegi Abena (Sur)

  • Antonio Plazibat (Kro) wins second round by KO of Benjamin Adegbuyi (Roe)

  • Michael Duut (Ned) wins in second round by TKO against John King (US)

Earlier in the evening, Adegbuyi surprisingly lost to Antonio Plazibat.

The experienced Romanian knocked out Hari with a broken nose in December last year.

Verhoeven's training partner went down hard against Plazibat.

At the end of the first round, the Croat knocked him to the ground with a series of striking blows for eight seconds.

Adegbuyi then walked through the ring stunned and was knocked out early in the second round.

Plazibat, who trains with Mike Passenier in Amsterdam, recorded his second GLORY victory in a month and a half.

He is ranked sixth among GLORY's heavyweights and will rise sharply in the rankings.

"I wanted to take revenge for Badr. This one is for you," Plazibat said after his win.

The 27-year-old Croat trained together with Hari in the past.

Also victory for Hamicha in support act

GLORY talent Hamicha recorded a first round technical knockout win over Frenchman Samuel Dbili in the welterweight.

It was already the sixth victory in the first round in the last eight matches of the Amsterdam Moroccan.

Verhoeven is expected to enter the ring around 11 p.m.

The support act includes former K-1 and UFC fighter Gökhan Saki.

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