Rico Verhoeven Signs Exclusive, Long-Term GLORY Deal

Rico Verhoeven (GLORY Sports International/James Law)

After last year’s short stint of free agency, GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven has come to terms with GLORY to stay with them for the long haul. He signed a short-term extension last year which included the dream bout with Badr Hari but now the King of Kickboxing will stay with the promotion for the long term.

This comes right at the same time as Gokhan Saki leaving the promotion — and the sport — for the UFC, which has left fans uncertain of the future of the sport. But Rico Verhoeven staying is a very, very good thing.

“I’m delighted with this renewed GLORY contract,” said Verhoeven. “Not only because it’s the biggest in kickboxing history, but especially because I can add value to the GLORY brand in territories such as Asia and the USA.

“One of my goals is to attract a new audience to view and attend the GLORY events. Can’t wait to start working on the plans we’ve been developing together with GLORY for the past couple of weeks.”