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Netherlands’ Rico Verhoeven, Alistair Overeem to headline ‘Glory: Collision 3’ in Arnhem

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Rico “King of Kickboxing” Verhoeven, 32, of Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands and Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 41, of Amsterdam, Netherlands will headline “GLORY 79,” also known as “GLORY: Collision 3.” This is the third 2021 event of the Singapore-based kickboxing promotion GLORY.

Verhoeven is the reigning GLORY Heavyweight Champion. He will be challenged by Overeem in the main event of “GLORY: Collision 3” at the GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands on October 23, 2021.

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This marks the GLORY World Series debut of Overeem, who holds a professional kickboxing record of 10 wins and 4 losses. As a professional kickboxer, he competed from 1999 to 2010.

In 1999, Overeem made his professional debut both in kickboxing and mixed martial arts. He fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship from December 2011 to February 2021 and he currently holds a professional MMA record of 47 wins, 19 losses and 1 No Contest.

Overeem is 6’4″ tall and has a 203 cm reach. Verhoeven is 6’5″. tall and has a 196 cm reach.

On April 30, 2005, Verhoeven made his professional boxing debut. He joined GLORY World Series in 2012 and won the GLORY Heavyweight World Championship Tournament on October 12, 2013 and the GLORY Heavyweight Championship title on June 21, 2014.

“GLORY: Collision 3” marks Verhoeven’s 11th title defense as the reigning GLORY Heavyweight Champion. His unsuccessful challengers were Errol “The Bonecrusher” Zimmerman, 35, of Breda Netherlands, Benjamin “Mister Gentleman” Adegbuyi, 36, of Bucharest, Romania, Mladen “The Scorpion Sting” Brestovac, 37, of Zagreb, Croatia, Anderson “Braddock” Silva, 35, of São Paulo, Brazil, Jamal Ben “Goliath” Saddik, 30, of Antwerp, Belgium, Badr “Bad Boy” Hari, 36, of Utrecht, Netherlands, Guto Inocente, 35, of Florida, United States and Tarik “The Tank” Khbabez, 29, of The Hague, Netherlands.

In 2015, Adegbuyi twice to Verhoeven, who defeated Brestovac in 2016 and 2018. Verhoeven defeated Hari in a non-title bout in 2016 while their rematch in 2019 was a title bout.

Verhoeven made his professional boxing debut on April 26, 2014 in Hesse, Germany and his professional MMA debut on October 19, 2015 in Sibiu, Romania, which he won bot via knockout. He has yet to compete again in boxing and MMA.

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Glory started 2021 with “GLORY 77: Rotterdam” on January 30, 2021 and “GLORY 78: Rotterdam” on September 4, 2021. At 11:00 a.m. ET on September 20, 2021, Mark Schaaf will host the “GLORY: Collision 3” press conference live from NXT Studios in Amsterdam.

The press conference will mark the first ever staredown between Overeem and Verhoeven. Watch it on Facebook or on YouTube:

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