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Rico Verhoeven

Rico Verhoeven Dutch kickboxer

Dutch kickboxer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Dutch kickboxer
Is Athlete Martial artist Kickboxer Boxer
From Netherlands
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 10 April 1989, Bergen op Zoom
Age: 31 years
Stats
Height: 196
Weight: 116
The details
Biography

Rico Verhoeven (born April 10, 1989) is a Dutch kickboxer and current Glory Heavyweight Champion. He has also competed in the K-1, It's Showtime and SUPERKOMBAT promotions. Verhoeven is currently ranked the #1 heavyweight in the world by LiverKick.com, Combat Press and GLORY.

Background

Rico Verhoeven was born in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands. He began learning martial arts at age five in kyokushin, being trained by his father, a karate black belt. After transitioning into kickboxing, Verhoeven began training kickboxing at age of 7 and started competing against adults when he was only 16 years old, due to his large size.

Career

Although he was expected to fight in the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix, Verhoeven was left out of the tournament. He then signed with rival promotion Glory in October 2012.

He was drawn against Russian mixed martial artist Sergei Kharitonov at the opening round of the sixteen-man 2012 Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam held at Glory 4: Tokyo - 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam in Saitama, Japan on December 31, 2012. As he was leading the judges' scorecards after the first two, two-minute rounds, he advanced to the quarter-finals where he lost out to the eventual tournament winner Semmy Schilt by the same margin.

He defeated Jhonata Diniz via unanimous decision at Glory 7: Milan in Milan, Italy on April 20, 2013.

He rematched Errol Zimmerman at Glory 9: New York - 2013 95kg Slam in New York City on June 22, 2013. Despite being deducted a point for rabbit punching in round one, he outworked and outstruck Zimmerman for three rounds and won by unanimous decision.

He caused a major upset to win the Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States in October 2013. After taking a majority decision over Gökhan Saki in the semi-finals, and scoring a controversial knockdown in round one, he beat Daniel Ghiță by unanimous decision in the final.

He defeated Peter Aerts by split decision in the tightly-contested main event of Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on December 21, 2013.

Verhoeven was scheduled to make his professional boxing debut against Nikolaj Falin at Mix Fight Gala XV in Darmstadt, Germany on April 26, 2014 but his opponent was changed to János Finfera for undisclosed reasons. Verhoeven defeated the Hungarian by second round knockout.

He rematched and defeated Daniel Ghiță via unanimous decision in a bout for the vacant Glory Heavyweight (+95 kg/209 lb) Championship at Glory 17: Los Angeles in Inglewood, California, US on June 21, 2014.

Verhoeven completed a trilogy of fights against Errol Zimmerman when he faced him on February 6, 2015 in the main event at Glory 19: Virginia. The anticipated bout ended in anticlimactic fashion as Zimmerman sustained a knee injury in the second round, allowing Verhoeven to retain his Heavyweight title.

He has made his MMA pro debut at RXF 20 in Sibiu, Romania on October 19, 2015 defeating Viktor Bogutzki by TKO in the 1st round due to punches.

Verhoeven is making his film debut in a small role opposite Alain Moussi in the sequel Kickboxer: Retaliation.

Personal life

Verhoeven and his wife, Jacky Duchenne, have two daughters together: Mikayla Verhoeven (born 2011) and Jazlynn Verhoeven (born 2015).

Championships and accomplishments

Kickboxing

  • Kickboxingplanet.com
    • 2016 Kickboxer of the Year
  • Bloody Elbow.com
    • 2013 Kickboxer of the Year
  • Glory
    • 2014 Glory Heavyweight (+95 kg/209 lb) World Championship Tournament Champion
    • Glory Heavyweight (+95 kg/209 lb) Championship (one time; five defenses; current)

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1-0 Viktor Bogutzki TKO (punches) RXF 20 October 15, 2015 1 2:11 Sibiu, Romania

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)

Professional Kickboxing record
50 Wins (14 (T)KOs), 10 Losses, 1 Draw
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2016-12-10 Win Morocco Badr Hari Glory: Collision Oberhausen, Germany TKO (arm injury) 2 1:22
2016-09-09 Win Brazil Anderson Silva Glory 33: New Jersey Trenton, New Jersey TKO (3 knockdowns) 2 2:57
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2016-03-12 Win Croatia Mladen Brestovac Glory 28: Paris Paris, France Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2015-12-04 Win Romania Benjamin Adegbuyi Glory 26: Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands KO (right hook) 1 2:12
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2015-06-05 Win Romania Benjamin Adegbuyi Glory 22: Lille Lille, France Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2015-02-06 Win Curaçao Errol Zimmerman Glory 19: Virginia Hampton, Virginia, United States TKO (knee injury) 2 2:17
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2015-01-03 Loss Belarus Andrey Gerasimchuk Kunlun Fight 15: The World MAX Return Nanjing, China Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2014-06-21 Win Romania Daniel Ghiță Glory 17: Los Angeles Inglewood, California, USA Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00
Wins the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2013-12-21 Win Netherlands Peter Aerts Glory 13: Tokyo Tokyo, Japan Decision (split) 3 3:00
2013-10-12 Win Romania Daniel Ghiță Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament, Final Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
Wins the Glory Heavyweight World Championship Tournament.
2013-10-12 Win Turkey Gökhan Saki Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament, Semi Finals Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA Decision (majority) 3 3:00
2013-06-22 Win Curaçao Errol Zimmerman Glory 9: New York New York City, New York, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2013-04-20 Win Brazil Jhonata Diniz Glory 7: Milan Milan, Italy Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2012-12-31 Loss Netherlands Semmy Schilt Glory 4: Tokyo - Heavyweight Grand Slam Tournament, Quarter Finals Saitama, Japan Decision (unanimous) 2 2:00
2012-12-31 Win Russia Sergei Kharitonov Glory 4: Tokyo - Heavyweight Grand Slam Tournament, First Round Saitama, Japan Decision (unanimous) 2 2:00
2012-06-30 Win Netherlands Hesdy Gerges Music Hall & BFN Group present: It's Showtime 57 & 58 Brussels, Belgium Decision 3 3:00
2012-05-27 Loss Ukraine Serhiy Lashchenko K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament Final 16, Super Fight Madrid, Spain Extra round decision (split) 4 3:00
2012-03-17 Win Australia Ben Edwards Capital Punishment 5 Canberra, Australia Decision 3 3:00
2012-01-28 Loss Curaçao Errol Zimmerman It's Showtime 2012 in Leeuwarden Leeuwarden, Netherlands KO (left uppercut) 1 0:59
2011-11-17 Win Egypt Hesdy Gerges SUPERKOMBAT Fight Club Oradea, Romania Decision (split) 3 3:00
2011-06-18 Win Netherlands Reamon Welboren Thaiboksgala BlokhuispoortKickboxing Leeuwarden, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2011-05-21 Win United States Justice Smith SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix I 2011, Reserve Fight Bucharest, Romania TKO (referee stoppage) 1 N/A
2011-03-06 Loss Morocco Jamal Ben Saddik It's Showtime Sporthallen Zuid Amsterdam, Netherlands TKO (corner stoppage) 2 1:00
2010-12-18 Win Spain Frank Muñoz Fightclub presents: It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2010-10-09 Win Netherlands Michael Duut Ring Rage Part 5 Assen, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2010-09-12 Win Netherlands Ricardo van den Bos Fightingstars presents: It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2010-05-29 Win Bosnia and Herzegovina Dzevad Poturak It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2009-11-21 Win Netherlands Jantje Siersema It's Showtime 2009 Barneveld Barneveld, Netherlands KO (left knee to body) 1 N/A
2009-10-24 Loss Albania Rustemi Kreshnik It's Showtime 2009 Lommel Lommel, Belgium Extra round decision 4 3:00
2009-08-11 Loss France Brice Guidon K-1 World GP 2009 Tokyo, Quarter Finals Tokyo, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2009-08-29 Win Hungary Gábor Meiszter It's Showtime 2009 Budapest Budapest, Hungary Decision 3 3:00
2009-06-13 Loss Netherlands Ismael Londt Gentlemen Promotions Tilburg, Netherlands Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2009-05-16 Win Netherlands Ricardo Fyeet It's Showtime 2009 Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2009-03-18 Win Belgium Filip Verlinden Fights at the Border presents: It's Showtime 2009 Antwerp, Belgium Decision 3 3:00
2009-03-14 Win Croatia Petar Majstorovic Oktagon presents: It's Showtime 2009 Milan, Italy Decision 3 3:00
2008-11-29 Win Netherlands Dennis Stolzenbach It's Showtime 2008 Eindhoven Eindhoven, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2008-08-09 Win Japan Koichi Watanabe K-1 World GP 2008 Hawaii, Super Fight Honolulu, Hawaii Decision 3 3:00
2008-04-26 Win Netherlands Christiano Delgado K-1 World GP 2008 Amsterdam, Opening Fight Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2008-02-17 Win Morocco Redouan Abdelloui K-1 MAX Netherlands 2008, Super Fight Utrecht, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2007-12-16 Win Poland Brunon Sokołowski Oss Muay Thai Oss, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2007-05-13 Loss Morocco Said Eljajaui Fight Night Veghel B Tournament, Quarter Finals Veghel, Netherlands Decision (unanimous) 3 2:00
2007-03-24 Win Hungary Zoltán Tóth WFCA Muay thai gala, Zuidwest hallen Roosendaal, Netherlands Decision (unanimous) 5 2:00
2006-10-15 Win Netherlands Brian Douwes Top Team Beverwijk Muay thai gala Beverwijk, Netherlands Decision (unanimous) 5 2:00
2006-04-09 Win Morocco Reduan Abdellaoui K.O.C. III Goes, Netherlands Decision (unanimous) 3 1:30
2006-02-03 Win Netherlands Chris van den Ouweland Thaiboxing Gala, Zuidwesthallen Roosendaal, Netherlands KO (strikes) 3 N/A
2005-11-26 Win Netherlands Stijn van Tatenhove Thaiboxing Gala, Zuidwesthallen Roosendaal, Netherlands Decision 3 2:00
2005-05-29 Win Netherlands Sander Duyvis Gala in Zonnehuis Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision 3 1:30
2005-04-30 Win Netherlands Wilbert Dam Impact in de Zuidwesthallen Roosendaal, Netherlands KO (strikes) 2 1:56
2004-10-15 Draw Netherlands Brian Douwes Gala in Beverwijk Beverwijk, Netherlands Draw 3 3:00

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Boxing record

Boxing record
1 win (1 KO), 0 losses, 0 draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2014-04-26 Win Hungary János Finfera Mix Fight Gala XV Darmstadt, Germany KO 2 1:40 1-0

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

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