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Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari's Historic Clash Sees Unfortunate Ending

The most anticipated heavyweight kickboxing fight in years went down tonight in Germany at GLORY: Collision. The atmosphere was beyond electric when Rico Verhoeven came down the ramp first, ignoring his champion status for the crowd favorite and living legend Badr Hari. Hari was second, making his typical entrance through the crowd. The crowd absolutely mobbed Hari, to the point where when Hari stepped into the ring about seventy or so fans attempted to follow him, jumping the railing, filling up the ramp and trying to storm the ring.

To say that it was chaos would be an understatement.

After minutes of the team attempting to clear the ring, they finally did and it was underway. Both men were staring daggers at each other and the first round was perhaps one of the most tense rounds that we've seen in years. Badr was landing his jabs, but Rico was controlling the ring and scoring with low, middle and the occasional high kicks. 

The second round saw Hari land a big hook, but Verhoeven land a big head kick. Rico, frustrated with Hari went for a clinch and pushed him against the ropes, landing two big knees to the arm. When they broke, Badr turned his back and walked to the corner, referee Atsushi Onari starting a count with Badr not answering the count. Apparently he suffered an injury to his arm and did not wish to continue. 

Rico agreed to fight Badr Hari again and was complimentary while Hari was somewhat complimentary, but wasn't willing to call him the best just yet. Badr called Rico over. "Next year, I swear, I'll knock you the fuck out."

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Cedric Doumbe Puts On the Performance of a Lifetime, Usurping Nieky Holzken

After years on top of the Welterweight division, the king, Nieky Holzken, has been dethroned. His loss came by the hands of the man who has quietly ascended the rankings over the past few years without much hype or fanfare in Cedric Doumbe. Doumbe has been looking incredible in all of his recent fights and going into this fight it was hard to discount him.

What ensued was a masterful performance, the exact fight that had to happen against the once-dominant Nieky Holzken by mixing up his strikes, controlling the ring and sneaking in his dangerous uppercuts after landing serious low kicks. Doumbe found a formula to keep Holzken from hitting his groove and carried it through to a resounding victory.

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GLORY Announces GLORY 38 Chicago

On Friday, February 24th GLORY makes their return to Chicago with GLORY 38: Chicago. The event will go down at the Sears Center and features a headline bout between GLORY Lightweight Champion Artem Vakhitov and former champion Saulo Cavalari. The two fights have a win apiece against each other and the title will be on the line this time out. 

The SuperFight Series will feature an interesting brawl-to-end-all-brawls in Chi Lewis-Parry squaring off against Romanian slugger Catalin Morosanu. Seriously, that fight doesn't see the second round and should be insane. 

More bouts are to be announced shortly.

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VIDEO: GLORY Pays Tribute to Marc de Bonte

During the GLORY: Collision event in Oberhausen, Germany GLORY paid tribute to the fallen former GLORY Welterweight Champion, Marc de Bonte. They did so with a tasteful video reflecting on de Bonte's GLORY 16 title win, his impact on the sport and the people around him and the hole that his passing left in the sport.

 

GLORY, of course, weren't the only ones paying tribute to de Bonte, as Kunlun Fight held their Welterweight tournament today, which de Bonte was scheduled to be a part of. 

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