GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven defends his belt against K-1 GP winner and UFC veteran Alistair Overeem. The bout headlines at GLORY Collision 3 on Saturday 23 October 2021 in Arnhem, Netherlands.
|Event||Glory Collision 3: Verhoeven vs Overeem|
|Date||Saturday 23 October 2021|
|Location||Arnhem, GelreDome, Netherlands|
The 32-year-old Verhoeven makes the 10th defense of the title he won in June 2014. The King of Kickboxing last defended his belt at the very same Gelredome arena in December 2019. Over 30,000 fans attended and witnessed Verhoeven get up from two knockdowns to again defeat rival Badr Hari. The match, the main event of GLORY Collision 2, set live attendance and television ratings records in The Netherlands.
Rico most notable wins are against K-1 legends Peter Aerts and Gokhan Saki, top contenders Jamal Ben Saddik and Benjamin Adegbuyi, and Hari, who he defeated twice via TKO.
He faces another K-1 legend in Overeem. Overeem has also defeated Saki and Aerts, who he stopped in one round to win the 2010 K-1 WGP. Overeem won the one-night eight-man tournament, stopping two opponents in the first round.
After winning the revered K-1 title, Overeem moved over to MMA, competing for Strikeforce and then UFC.
He challenged for the UFC Heavyweight Title in 2016, losing by stoppage to then champ Stipe Miocic.Overeem is returning to kickboxing after an absence of over a decade. Known for his physical strength and power, the Reem is likely the underdog with a puncher’s chance against Verhoeven, whose toughness and durability are known.
It’s a huge fight in Holland. And should also have international appeal, with Overeem and Rico’s profile increasing in recent years.
Glory Collision 3 Fight Card:
- Rico Verhoeven vs Alistair Overeem
- Jamal Ben Saddik vs Benjamin Adegbuyi
- Sergej Maslobojev vs Donegi Abena
- Alim Nabiyev vs Troy Jones
- Stoyan Koprivlenski vs Bruno Gazani
- Ertuğrul Bayrak vs Matěj Peňáz
- Michael Duut vs John King
- Matt Baker vs Serkan Ozcaglayan
- Aleksei Ulianov vs Abraham Vidales
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