“Is This a Dream Fight?”- Glory Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven Ready to Take On Alistair Overeem

Published 08/25/2021, 12:34 PM EDT


Following his release from the UFC earlier this year, UFC legend Alistair Overeem was quick to announce his return to kickboxing. Overeem signed a multi-fight contract with Glory Kickboxing promotion in June. Now, Overeem is getting ready for a clash with the reigning heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven on the 23rd of October.

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Verhoeven to take on his toughest challenge

In Verhoeven, Overeem will face a phenom of the sport, who has a record of 58-10 in his kickboxing career. The 32-year-old is currently on a twenty-fight win streak, with wins against the likes of Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki. 

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In a recent interview appearance with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, Rico Verhoeven gave his take on his upcoming matchup with Alistair Overeem. Thankful of having a chance to add another big name to his record, Verhoeven had this to say.

“Is this a dream fight? Yeah, well, it is a name that I would like to have on the list, I’d like to add. I’ve fought so many guys in glory and I think he is a very good add on to my heavyweight run”    

A champion beaming with confidence, Verhoeven seems quite comfortable taking on Overeem inside the ring. However, even the slightest slip-up during the fight could cost him heavily, considering Overeem’s impressive background in Kickboxing.

Having captured victories over the likes of Badr Hari and Tyrone Spong, just to name a few. “Demolition Man” took home the K-1 World Grand Prix title back in 2010 by stopping Peter Aerts. Come fight night, Alistair Overeem will have his eyes set on gold, and a win over Verhoeven to claim the belt will be a splendid start to his second run in kickboxing.

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A former champion in almost every major MMA and kickboxing promotion, Alistair Overeem wasn’t able to capture the UFC heavyweight championship. There have been multiple occasions where fans have thought it was time for Overeem to call it quits. Nevertheless, we’ve seen him prove he can still compete with the best.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 20: (L-R) Alistair Overeem of The Netherlands celebrates his TKO victory over Aleksei Oleinik of Russia in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Yubileyny Sports Palace on April 20, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

At forty-one, Alistair Overeem is going to compete in several fights under the banner of Glory Kickboxing and will look to end his fighting career, right where he started.

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What do you think? When will Alistair Overeem hang up his gloves? Let us know.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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