Rico Verhoeven

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Rico Verhoeven
Born Ricardo Verhoeven
(1989-04-10) April 10, 1989 (age 25)
Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
Other names Prince of Kickboxing
Nationality Dutch
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 114.8 kg (253 lb; 18.08 st)
Division Super Heavyweight
Reach 79 in (200 cm)
Style Kickboxing
Team Full Kick/Super Pro
Trainer Jos Verhoeven & Dennis Krauweel
Years active 7 (2004-present)
Professional boxing record
Total 1
Wins 1
By knockout 1
Draws 0
Kickboxing record
Total 54
Wins 44
By knockout 10
Losses 9
By knockout 2
Draws 1
Other information
Website http://www.ricoverhoeven.com/
last updated on: June 21, 2014

Rico Verhoeven (born April 10, 1989) is a Dutch kickboxer and current Glory Heavyweight Champion. He has also competed in the K-1, It's Showtime and SUPERKOMBAT promotions. As of 10 November 2014, Verhoeven is ranked the #1 heavyweight in the world by LiverKick.com.[1]


Rico Verhoeven was born in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands. He began learning martial arts at age six in kyokushin, being trained by his father, a karate black belt. After transitioning into kickboxing, Verhoeven began training kickboxing at age of 14 and started competing against adults when he was only 16 years old, due to his large size.[2]


Although he was expected to fight in the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix, Verhoeven was left out of the tournament. He then signed with rival promotion Glory in October 2012.[3]

He was drawn against Russian mixed martial artist Sergei Kharitonov at the opening round of the sixteen-man 2012 Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam held at Glory 4: Tokyo - 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam in Saitama, Japan on December 31, 2012. As he was leading the judges' scorecards after the first two, two-minute rounds, he advanced to the quarter-finals where he lost out to the eventual tournament winner Semmy Schilt by the same margin.[4][5][6]

He defeated Jhonata Diniz via unanimous decision at Glory 7: Milan in Milan, Italy on April 20, 2013.[7][8][9][10]

He rematched Errol Zimmerman at Glory 9: New York - 2013 95kg Slam in New York City on June 22, 2013.[11][12] Despite being deducted a point for rabbit punching in round one, he outworked and outstruck Zimmerman for three rounds and won by unanimous decision.[13][14][15]

He caused a major upset to win the Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States in October 2013.[16][17][18] [19] After taking a majority decision over Gökhan Saki in the semi-finals, and scoring a controversial knockdown in round one, he beat Daniel Ghiță by unanimous decision in the final.[20][21]

He defeated Peter Aerts by split decision in the tightly-contested main event of Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on December 21, 2013.[22][23][24][25]

Verhoeven was scheduled to make his professional boxing debut against Nikolaj Falin at Mix Fight Gala XV in Darmstadt, Germany on April 26, 2014[26] but his opponent was changed to János Finfera for undisclosed reasons.[27] Verhoeven defeated the Hungarian by second round knockout.[28]

He rematched and defeated Daniel Ghiță via unanimous decision in a bout for the vacant Glory Heavyweight (+95 kg/209 lb) Championship at Glory 17: Los Angeles in Inglewood, California, US on June 21, 2014.[29][30][31]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  • Bloody Elbow.com
    • 2013 Kickboxer of the Year[32]

Boxing record[edit]

Boxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ LiverKick.com Heavyweight Rankings: June
  2. ^ http://www.gloryworldseries.com/en/fighters/view/1110
  3. ^ Glory signs Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven
  4. ^ GLORY 4 Tokyo Grand Slam Tournament Match-Ups Set
  5. ^ DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo Live Results
  6. ^ Semmy Schilt Wins Over Daniel Ghita to Claim GLORY Grand Slam Crown
  7. ^ GLORY 7 Milan Fight Card For April 20
  8. ^ GLORY 7 Milan Live Results
  9. ^ GLORY 7 Milan Live Updates
  10. ^ Giorgio Petrosyan Barely Breaks a Sweat against Hafid El Boustati: GLORY 7 Milan Full Results
  11. ^ More Details Announced For GLORY 9 NYC LHW Tournament, June 22
  12. ^ Full Glory 9 NYC Fight Card So Far
  13. ^ Glory 9 Results and Recap: Tyrone Spong Wins Light Heavyweight Tournament
  14. ^ GLORY 9 Results and Review: Tyrone Spong Wins Light Heavyweight Tournament, Ghita Dominates Guidon
  15. ^ GLORY 9 New York Live Results and Updates
  16. ^ 4 Man Tournament with Daniel Ghita and Gohkan Saki Set for GLORY 11
  17. ^ GLORY 11 Main Event Confirmed as Corbett vs. Spong
  18. ^ Tyrone Spong vs. Nathan Corbett and more confirmed for Glory 11 in Chicago
  19. ^ Rico Verhoeven is YOUR GLORY 11 Heavyweight Champion
  20. ^ GLORY 11 Chicago Live Results and Discussion
  21. ^ Glory 11 Results and Recap
  22. ^ GLORY SuperFight Series Tokyo and GLORY 13 Spoilers
  23. ^ Glory 13 Results and Recap
  24. ^ Glory 13 Tokyo results and gifs: Rico Verhoeven, Daniel Ghita, and Nieky Holzken win big in Japan
  25. ^ GLORY 13 Results: Verhoeven, Ghita and Holzken pick up victories
  26. ^ Mix Fight Gala XV set for April 26th in Germany, Rico Verhoeven to make Pro Boxing debut
  27. ^ Mix Fight Gala XV
  28. ^ Volle Hütte in Darmstadt
  29. ^ Glory 17 and Last Man Standing Live Results
  30. ^ Glory's Last Man Standing Results
  31. ^ Glory results: Artem Levin, Rico Verhoeven and Joseph Valtellini take home Glory gold
  32. ^ Kickboxing 2013 Year End Awards: Fighter, Fight, and KO of the Year

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