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VIDEO: Buakaw vs. Yi Long From WLF

This weekend WLF ran what they had been billing as the fight of the century. No, not Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather (although they did promote it as on part with that), but instead Buakaw Banchamek vs. Yi Long. It was muay thai legend vs. kung fu legend and of course, only in China. China has seen a steady rise in interest in kickboxing over the past few years, helped in part by Wu Lin Feng, K-1 and Kunlun airing on national television there. 

So this fight happened and I dunno, take from it what you will.

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Rico Verhoeven Retains GLORY Heavyweight Championship at GLORY 22

It was a monumental event for Heavyweight kickboxing at GLORY 22 when Rico Verhoeven defended his GLORY Heavyweight Championship against Benjamin Adegbuyi. It was the first real Heavyweight title bout for the new generation of heavyweights, accentuated by Semmy Schilt, Ernesto Hoost and Remy Bonjasky in attendance and presenting the winner with the belt. It was the battle of the knockout artist against the cardio and combination machine and it cemented Verhoeven's spot at the top of the food chain.

Many have been critical of Verhoeven in the past and he was looking to prove that he wouldn't be satisfied squeaking out a win, but instead wanted to dominate. Early on Adegbuyi came at him with everything that he had and most men would have fallen to those blows, but Verhoeven held steady. The Verhoeven that came back at Benny in rounds two and three was an angry one, highly motivated to not just let Adegbuyi tire out. Instead Verhoeven came at Adegbuyi with his fists flying and we had a war on our hands for a while.

Benny began to tire, though, and as the fight moved into the deep waters it was clear that Verhoeven was in the better condition and that his combinations were flowing just as easily as they were in the early rounds. It became a thing of beauty to watch Verhoeven slip strikes and land eloquent combinations against the Romanian slugger. Adegbuyi came back in the fifth round but it simply was too little, too late against the technical brilliance of Rico Verhoeven.

Verhoeven retains but Adegbuyi put on a valiant performance and shows that he belongs in the pantheon of top heavyweights right now.

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GLORY 22 Live Results and Updates

GLORY 22 is upon us now, which means that we will have a new top contender for the GLORY Lightweight Championship and we'll see Rico Verhoeven and Benjamin Adegbuyi lock horns for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. Follow us here at LiverKick for all of the news and updates throughout the day on the event, including results from the SuperFight Series and GLORY 22 proper.

The SuperFight Series begins at 1:30 Eastern time and GLORY 22 at 4pm Eastern. You can order the SuperFight Series through us.

GLORY 22 SuperFight Series

Shane Oblonsky (R3 - Dec.) Thomas Adamandopolous -- This was a close scrap between these two early on but Oblonsky was able to outshine him in the second and third rounds.

Serhiy Adamchuk (R3 - Dec.) Marat Grigorian -- Damn, this was a very good fight. Adamchuk showed a lot in the first round; crisp combos with his hands and really heavy body kicks that were doing some damage. Round two saw Marat come out very aggressive and do a lot of damage to Adamchuk, but Adamchuk was still moving really well. Round three I saw more for Marat, but Adamchuk showed some flashes of brilliance. The judges gave it to Adamchuk 29-28 across the board, which I'm not sure that I agree with, but it was a great performance from Adamchuk.

Yoann Kongolo (R3 - Dec.) Cedric Doumbe -- Interesting fight where both men were swinging for the fences and knew each other well enough to be able to counter or block. This led to a bit of a stalemate but Kongolo landed some of the cleaner shots so he got the nod.

Mourad Bouzidi (R3 - Dec.) Filip Verlinden -- Verlinden looked a bit off here, not really doing much and spending a lot of time against the ropes. Bouzidi was pretty much handling him throughout most of the bout.

Jamal Ben Saddik (R1 - TKO) Mamoudou Keta -- Respect to Keta, who looked to be limping, but that didn't matter. He was undersized and unprepared and Ben Saddik just ran through him.

GLORY 22

Lightweight Tournament: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (R2 - KO) Davit Kiria -- Well damn. Sitthichai was looking stronger with the leg kicks in the first round, both men sort of feeling each other out. The second round started off with Sitthichai looking strong, but Kiria showing that heart that we all love about him with some strong punches. Sitthichai landed a beautiful, crazy knee to the gut and that was it, Kiria was down and out. Wow.

Lightweight Tournament: Josh Jauncey (R3 - TKO) Djime Coulibaly -- While Djime looked game, Jauncey was just too good. It's crazy to watch the evolution of Jauncey here in the GLORY ring like this, but he was piecing together solid combinations and chopping Djime down with leg kicks. Finally in round three Jauncey started to turn up the heat and dropped him what felt like over and over again, but was twice, for sure.

Zack Mwekassa (R1 - KO) Carlos Brooks -- Uhh yeah. Left hook destruction from Mwekassa. Lights out.

Lightweight Tournament Finals: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (R3 - Dec.) Josh Jauncey -- Josh Jauncey was incredibly game for a guy on the level that Sitthichai is. Jauncey was hanging right in there with him throughout the first round before a cut was opened up over his right eye. The fight continued on but Sitthichai's body kick became the story of the fight. Solid outing by both men but Sitthichai was just too good tonight.

GLORY Heavyweight Championship: Rico Verhoeven (C) (R5 - Dec.) Benjamin Adegbuyi -- Adegbuyi came out guns a'blazing in the first round, scoring with some big shots on the champion. It looked like Verhoeven was in some trouble early on but he held on and kept his wits about him. After that, though, pretty much one way traffic for Verhoeven. Verhoeven's cardio was simply superior and he was piecing together beautiful combinations until the very end. Adegbuyi had a few big moments late in the fight, but Verhoeven held on for the win.

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Rico Verhoeven Looks to Impress at GLORY 22

At twenty-six he's on top of the world and not looking to step down soon. He didn't arrive there overnight, this achievement is the culmination of twenty years of hard work and dedication, not to mention the fact that it's in his blood. Rico Verhoeven, GLORY's current heavyweight champion is the son, of a black belt in karate, and no stranger to training and hard work. Today he reaps the benefits of those seeds that were sown so early in his life, but if you think that is all there is to Rico, that's where you're wrong. Besides maintaining his heavyweight champion status with GLORY, Rico is a father and a man who aspires to much more.

Currently Rico is set to face the Romanian Benny Adegbuyi at GLORY 22 in Lille, France. During the course of his career, however, he has faced a veritable who's who in kickboxing world among those names Aerts, Zimmerman, Ghita, Saki and Schilt are representative of the high level of competition he's faced. His career and rise to the top has not come without criticism. He has been criticized by people who say that his fights are not exciting and that the level of respect he brings to his opponents has also been lacking. This accusation has been especially prominent in his most recent fights with Daniel Ghita and Errol Zimmerman. Regardless, Rico has chosen to fight this battle in the ring by showing improvement in every aspect of his game and verbally with a maturity of man who truly embraces the term, 'sportsmanship'.

In his last bout at GLORY 19: Virginia, Verhoeven had less of an opportunity to showcase any improvements to his game. In this match, facing Errol Zimmerman a second round TKO stopped the match., the result of Zimmerman tearing his patellar tendon. In the ring, Verhoeven is best known as a highly technical fighter with strong boxing skills and a solid defense. In order to continue his eight fight winning streak in the face off against Adegbuyi, he will need those skills as Adegbuyi is well known for his aggression and heavy hands.

Whatever the outcome, the heavyweight championship at GLORY 22: Lille, promises to bring excitement with a clash of two titans.

If you're wondering about Verhoeven's other aspirations, I'll give you a clue... lights, camera, action, and I don't mean just inside the ring.

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