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Rico Verhoeven retains Glory Heavyweight Champion title

Rico Verhoeven (Facebook/Rico Verhoeven)

Rico Verhoeven (Facebook/Rico Verhoeven)

Rico Verhoeven, 28, of the Netherlands is still the Glory Heavyweight Champion. On Dec. 9, Saturday, the Dutch kickboxer successfully defended his title from Jamal Ben Saddik, 27, of Belgium at “Glory 49: Rotterdam” at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

At “Glory 49: Rotterdam,” Verhoeven knocked Saddik out via punches at 1:10 of Round 5. It was the 14th match of the kickboxing event.

As a kickboxer, Verhoeven now holds a record of 53 wins, 10 losses and 1 draw. Among all his wins, 16 were via knockout.

The last kickboxing match Verhoeven lost was the one against Andrey Gerasimchuk, 30, of Belarus on Jan. 3, 2015. The latter won via unanimous decision after three rounds at “Kunlun Fight 15: The World Max Return.”

After losing to Gerasimchuk, Verhoeven redeemed himself by defeating Errol Zimmerman, 31, of Curacao at “Glory 19: Virginia.” In the second round of the match, Verhoeven won via technical knockout via knee injury.

It was a beginning of a long winning streak for Verhoeven. After Zimmerman, the Dutch fighter went on to defeat Benjamin Adegbuyi twice, Anderson Silva twice, Mladen Brestovac, Badr Hari, Ismael Lazaar and Antonio Silva.

As an MMA fighter, Verhoeven has 1 win and 0 loss. He won via technical knockout via punches in the first round of his match against Viktor Bogutzki at “Real Xtreme Fighting” on Oct. 15, 2015 in Sibiu, Romania.

In addition, Verhoeven has 1 win and 0 loss as a boxer. He defeated Janos Finfera of Hungary via knockout in the second round at “Mix Fight Gala XV” at Darmstadt, Germany on April 26, 2014.

Unlike Verhoeven, Saddik has yet to fight as an MMA fighter or as a boxer. After losing to the reigning Glory Heavyweight Champion, the Belgian challenger now holds a kickboxing record of 33 wins and 6 losses.

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