GLORY 46 Guangzhou Announced: Rico Verhoeven vs. Bigfoot Silva

On Saturday, October 14th GLORY makes their way to mainland China with GLORY 36 Guangzhou. The event, which features a solid roster of Chinese fighters, is headlined by a precarious fight that we’ve heard rumored for a few months now in Rico Verhoeven against former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Silva, known for his win over Fedor Emelianenko and his war with Mark Hunt, leaves MMA after a string of knock out losses, but will make his way into the GLORY ring to fight the best heavyweight in the world. This is a non-title bout.

That’s the headliner of the SuperFight Series, the main card is headlined by a Middleweight title bout between champion Simon Marcus and Alex Pereira, with that show featuring a Featherweight tournament and a professional sanda fight.

GLORY 46 SuperFight Series
Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Antônio Silva
Catchweight (72 kg) Co-Headline Bout: Khaial Dzhaniev vs. TBA
Middleweight Bout: Wei Zhou vs. Matt Baker
Catchweight (53 kg) Bout: Zaza Sor. Aree vs. Liu Jia
Featherweight Bout: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. TBA
Lightweight Bout: Qinghao Meng vs. Nate Richardson

GLORY 46 Guangzhou
Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus vs. Alex Pereira
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Professional Sanda Bout: TBD vs. TBD
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Chenglong Zhang vs. Quade Taranaki
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Chenchen Li vs. Masaya Kubo

  • Raymond Covey

    Rico vs. Bigfoot? This is…. Sure. Okay. Sounds like a publicity stunt but… sure, whatever. At least the match won’t last long. The quicker it’s over, the quicker we can get passed it and forget that it ever happened.

  • Brian Kelly

    The main event sounds like some sort of sideshow/carnival act. Unless it’s a worldwide famous person with a weird name, don’t put your company’s best fighter against someone named Bigfoot. That just lowers your standing as a company. If you ask 100 people if that was a kickboxing fight or professional wrestling match, 99 would say wrestling. That’s not the kind of territory you want to establish for yourself.

    And again, this is looking like a trend for glory, taking past their prime mma people and putting them in prominent positions. All this does is show the general public that when you can’t make it anymore in mma, you come down to the minor leagues of glory where you will be a top performer. And I’ve never heard of this guy, but if he’s terrible and gets destroyed in 2 minutes, it doesn’t make Rico look better really, it just moreso makes for a terrible main event.