April 10, 1989
Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
|Other names||Prince of Kickboxing|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||114.8 kg (253 lb; 18.08 st)|
|Reach||79 in (200 cm)|
|Team||Full Kick/Super Pro|
|Trainer||Jos Verhoeven & Dennis Krauweel|
|Years active||7 (2004-present)|
|Professional boxing record|
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.
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.
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.
He rematched Errol Zimmerman at Glory 9: New York - 2013 95kg Slam in New York City on June 22, 2013. Despite being deducted a point for rabbit punching in round one, he outworked and outstruck Zimmerman for three rounds and won by unanimous decision.
He caused a major upset to win the Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States in October 2013.  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.
Verhoeven was scheduled to make his professional boxing debut against Nikolaj Falin at Mix Fight Gala XV in Darmstadt, Germany on April 26, 2014 but his opponent was changed to János Finfera for undisclosed reasons. Verhoeven defeated the Hungarian by second round knockout.
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.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bloody Elbow.com
- 2013 Kickboxer of the Year
1 win (1 KO), 0 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
|Professional Kickboxing record|
44 Wins (10 (T)KOs), 10 Losses, 1 Draw
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- LiverKick.com Heavyweight Rankings: June
- Glory signs Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven
- GLORY 4 Tokyo Grand Slam Tournament Match-Ups Set
- DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo Live Results
- Semmy Schilt Wins Over Daniel Ghita to Claim GLORY Grand Slam Crown
- GLORY 7 Milan Fight Card For April 20
- GLORY 7 Milan Live Results
- GLORY 7 Milan Live Updates
- Giorgio Petrosyan Barely Breaks a Sweat against Hafid El Boustati: GLORY 7 Milan Full Results
- More Details Announced For GLORY 9 NYC LHW Tournament, June 22
- Full Glory 9 NYC Fight Card So Far
- Glory 9 Results and Recap: Tyrone Spong Wins Light Heavyweight Tournament
- GLORY 9 Results and Review: Tyrone Spong Wins Light Heavyweight Tournament, Ghita Dominates Guidon
- GLORY 9 New York Live Results and Updates
- 4 Man Tournament with Daniel Ghita and Gohkan Saki Set for GLORY 11
- GLORY 11 Main Event Confirmed as Corbett vs. Spong
- Tyrone Spong vs. Nathan Corbett and more confirmed for Glory 11 in Chicago
- Rico Verhoeven is YOUR GLORY 11 Heavyweight Champion
- GLORY 11 Chicago Live Results and Discussion
- Glory 11 Results and Recap
- GLORY SuperFight Series Tokyo and GLORY 13 Spoilers
- Glory 13 Results and Recap
- Glory 13 Tokyo results and gifs: Rico Verhoeven, Daniel Ghita, and Nieky Holzken win big in Japan
- GLORY 13 Results: Verhoeven, Ghita and Holzken pick up victories
- Mix Fight Gala XV set for April 26th in Germany, Rico Verhoeven to make Pro Boxing debut
- Mix Fight Gala XV
- Volle Hütte in Darmstadt
- Glory 17 and Last Man Standing Live Results
- Glory's Last Man Standing Results
- Glory results: Artem Levin, Rico Verhoeven and Joseph Valtellini take home Glory gold
- Kickboxing 2013 Year End Awards: Fighter, Fight, and KO of the Year