Rico Verhoeven

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Rico Verhoeven
Rico-verhoeven.jpg
Verhoeven in 2009
BornRicardo Verhoeven
(1989-04-10) April 10, 1989 (age 32)
Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
Other namesPrince of Kickboxing (formerly)
King of Kickboxing (currently)
NationalityDutch
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight119.6 kg (264 lb; 18.83 st)[2][1]
DivisionHeavyweight
Reach77 in (196 cm)
StyleKickboxing
TeamSuperpro Sportcenter
TrainerDennis Krauweel
Years active2004–present
Professional boxing record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Losses0
Kickboxing record
Total68
Wins58
By knockout15
Losses10
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Losses0
Other information
Websitewww.ricoverhoeven.com
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 3 June 2018

Ricardo Verhoeven (born 10 April 1989) is a Dutch professional kickboxer who currently competes in the heavyweight division of Glory, where he is the reigning Glory Heavyweight Champion. A professional since 2004, he also competed in the K-1, It's Showtime and SUPERKOMBAT promotions. He is currently ranked the number one heavyweight in the world by Combat Press.[3] Verhoeven has been continually ranked as the number one kickboxer in the world by Combat Press since September 2014, when the rankings were first established.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Rico Verhoeven was born in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands. He began learning martial arts at age five, starting with Kyokushin. He was trained by his father, a karate black belt. After transitioning into kickboxing, Verhoeven began training at the age of seven and started competing against adults when he was only 16 years old, due to his large size.[1]

He has trained mainly in Zevenbergen under Dennis Krauweel at Superpro Sportcenter, with fellow kickboxers Benjamin Adegbuyi, Albert Kraus and Aalviar Lima.[6]

Professional kickboxing career[edit]

Glory[edit]

After competing in K-1, It's Showtime and SUPERKOMBAT, Verhoeven signed with Glory World Series.

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 31 December 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.[7][8][9]

He defeated Jhonata Diniz via unanimous decision at Glory 7: Milan in Milan, Italy on 20 April 2013.[10][11][12][13]

He rematched Errol Zimmerman at Glory 9: New York - 2013 95kg Slam in New York City on 22 June 2013.[14][15] Despite being deducted a point for rabbit punching in round one, he outworked and outstruck Zimmerman for three rounds and won by unanimous decision.[16][17][18]

Ghiță rivalry[edit]

He caused a major upset to win the Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States in October 2013.[19][20][21][22] 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.[23][24]

Rico further established himself by defeating kickboxing legend Peter Aerts by split decision in the tightly contested main event of Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on 21 December 2013.[25][26][27][28]

Verhoeven was scheduled to make his professional boxing debut against Nikolaj Falin at Mix Fight Gala XV in Darmstadt, Germany on 26 April 2014[29] but his opponent was changed to János Finfera for undisclosed reasons.[30] Verhoeven defeated the Hungarian by second-round knockout.[31]

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.[32][33][34]

Zimmerman trilogy[edit]

Verhoeven was scheduled to make the first defense of his Glory Heavyweight title against Errol Zimmerman at Glory 19: Virginia, in what would be their trilogy match.[35] Each fighter had previously won once, Verhoeven by decision, and Zimmerman by knockout.[36][37]

Verhoeven kept to out fighting, looking to deal damage with body kicks and straight shots, while keeping his opponent at distance with snap kicks and teep kicks. With a minute left in the first round, both fighters engaged in a wild exchange, with Errol being dropped at the end of it. He was once again dropped with a front kick, with half a minute left in the round. The fight ended in a technical knockout, as Zimmerman injured his left knee, following a missed spinning back kick.[38][39]

Adegbuyi fights[edit]

For his second title defense, Verhoeven was scheduled to fight the former SUPERKOMBAT Heavyweight GP winner Benjamin Adegbuyi at Glory 22: Lille.[40] Adegebuyi managed to stun the champion in the first round, before Verhoeven took over in the second. He dominated the rest of the affair, picking up in both volume and pace as the fight went on, while Adegbuyi slowed down. Rico won the fight by unanimous decision (49-47, 49-47 and 50–45).[41][42]

After this loss, Adegbuyi won the 2015 Glory Heavyweight Contender Tournament, to once again earn a title shot at Glory 26: Amsterdam, six months after their first fight.[43][44] The second fight ended with a first-round KO, with Verhoeven quickly overwhelming his opponent and knocking him out with right hook.[45][46] After this fight, Verhoeven changed his nickname from "Prince of Kickboxing" to "King of Kickboxing".[47]

Verhoeven was scheduled to defend his title for the fourth time just three months later, at Glory 28: Paris, against the newly crowned FFC Heavyweight champion Mladen Brestovac.[48] Just as with his two previous title bouts against Benjamin Adegbuyi, Verhoeven was thoroughly dominant, despite a slow first round which he lost with one of the judges. He won the fight by unanimous decision (49-46, 50–45, 50–45).[49]

For his fifth consecutive title defense, Verhoeven was to face the Brazilian Anderson Braddock Silva at Glory 33: New Jersey.[50] Verhoeven began the fight with several leg kicks, which he would keep throwing for the duration of the bout, landing 16 kicks from 22 attempts in the first round alone. Early in the second round, he knocked Silva down with an inside right leg kick. After 40 seconds in the second round, Verhoeven once again knocked Silva down, this time with a left leg head kick. He would knock Silva down for the third time with five seconds left in the second round, forcing the referee to wave the fight off.[51][52]

Verhoeven vs. Hari[edit]

The 10 December 2016 bout against former world champion Badr Hari at GLORY Collision in Oberhausen, Germany, was considered a watershed moment for Verhoeven's career, with Hari being a very entertaining, albeit controversial fighter, who had been a dominant force in the kickboxing community, while also being taller (1.98 to 1.96 cm) with a reach advantage over Verhoeven. Competing for the first time in over a year, Hari promised he would knock out Verhoeven in the first round.[53] Intending to keep his promise, Hari came out aggressively in the first round, opening a cut on Verhoeven's nose early in the fight. Hari won the first round. The GLORY heavyweight champion returned more aggressive in the second round, but the fight ended by an injury at Hari's arm after which he couldn't continue the fight.[54] Verhoeven scored the 50th victory of his kickboxing career with a TKO.[55]

After defeating Hari, Glory was unable to find an appropriate opponent for Verhoeven, and so arranged for him to fight the reigning Enfusion Super Heavyweight champion Ismael Lazaar in a non-title fight at Glory 41: Holland.[56] Verhoeven dominated the fight, with Lazaar being unable to cover the distance, being six inches shorter than the champion. He won the fight by unanimous decision.[57] Lazaar would later fail a doping test and was suspended for four years.[58]

Glory would once again book Verhoeven in a non-title match against Antônio Silva, in what the website Bloody Elbow called a "gross mismatch".[59] Silva was given a 35-1 odds to win. Verhoeven abandoned his usual strategy of outfighting, unleashing several combinations on the MMA fighter. The fight ended in a technical knockout, after Rico knocked Silva down with a head kick 43 seconds into the second round.[60]

Verhoeven vs. Ben Saddik[edit]

Verhoeven fought Jamal Ben Saddik in defense of Glory heavyweight title, on 9 December 2017.[61] In a fight that has been called the biggest fight in kickboxing history due to the size of the contestants, with Jamal being 6' 9", 280 lbs and Rico himself at 6' 5", 260 lbs. Jamal defeated a young Rico in their first meeting in 2011, but since then has had a record of 11 wins to 6 losses, while Rico climbed the P4P rankings and established himself as a kickboxing world champion.[62]

Ben Saddik found success early on in the fight, before Verhoeven took over as the fight went on, winning by a fifth-round TKO.[63]

Verhoven was again scheduled to defend his title at Glory 54: Birmingham, in a rematch with Mladen Brestovac. Verhoeven had won five straight fights since their first meeting, while Brestovac came into the fight on a three fight winning streak.[64] The champion stuck to his patented outfighting, damaging the challenger with low kicks and front kicks from distance early, and unleashing hand combinations later in the fight. Verhoeven won a comfortable unanimous decision (50-45, 50–45, 50–45, 50–45, 50–45).[65][66]

He was scheduled to defend his title for a record setting eight time at Glory 59: Amsterdam, when he faced the WGP Heavyweight champion Guto Inocente.[67] Inocente would use several illegal moves during the fight, such as a foot sweep and a judo throw, however, Verhoeven would again dominate the bout, winning all five rounds on each of the judges scorecards.[68][69]

Verhoeven vs. Hari II[edit]

Rico training in 2020.

For his ninth title defense, Verhoeven was set to fight a rematch with Badr Hari at Glory 74: Arnhem. Since their first fight, Hari had served a prison sentence, and had only fought once in the meantime, he won against Hesdy Gerges by unanimous decision but later turned into a no-contest.[70]

The fight itself took place in the sold out GelreDome, in front of 30 000 fans.[71] Verhoeven began fight in an uncharacteristically aggressive fashion, and was knocked down at the 1:40 minute mark of the first round. He found more success in the second round, but was once again knocked down with a head kick in the third round. The fight ended in the third round, with Verhoeven winning by TKO, after Hari broke his ankle with a missed kick.[72][73]

Aside from selling out the arena, the rematch also drew 3.5 million viewers, an estimated 53% of the live television audience in the Netherlands, which was the second highest viewership of a live sports broadcast, in Dutch television history.[74]

Glory 77[edit]

It was revealed by Glory in October 2020 that Verhoeven would fight a trilogy match with Jamal Ben Saddik in early 2021, although the exact date and event weren't announced.[75] Their fight was a rubber match, as both fighters held a TKO win over the other.[76] Their fight was later scheduled for Glory 77 on 30 January 2021.[77] 11 days before the event, Ben Saddik withdrew due to a back injury.[78] Accordingly, Verhoeven was scheduled to take part in a four-man heavyweight tournament, facing Hesdy Gerges in the semifinals,[79] after Gerges called Verhoeven out.[80] He won the semifinal bout against Hesdy Gerges by unanimous decision, and the final bout against Tarik Khbabez by TKO, after Khbabez retired at the end of the first round.[81]

Professional mixed martial arts career[edit]

Verhoeven made his MMA pro debut at RXF 20: Verhoeven vs. Bogutzki in Sibiu, Romania on 19 October 2015 defeating Viktor Bogutzki by TKO in the 1st round due to punches.[82] Prior to his MMA debut he trained in San Jose, California at the American Kickboxing Academy, where he trained with fighters like Daniel Cormier and Jon Fitch.[83]

Fighting style[edit]

Verhoeven is tall and very athletic for a fighter his size.[citation needed] Besides his physical gifts, he is an intelligent fighter. He has a wide arsenal of attacks, most notably his powerful low kicks, and a tight defense. He also worked closely with WBC and Lineal heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, whom he credits with turning his jab into the highly effective weapon it is now.[1]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
58 Wins (18 (T)KO's), 10 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2021-01-30 Win Morocco Tarik Khbabez Glory 77: Rotterdam Final Rotterdam, Netherlands TKO (Corner Stoppage/Injury) 1 3:00
Wins the Glory 77 Heavyweight Tournament.
2021-01-30 Win Egypt Hesdy Gerges Glory 77: Rotterdam Semi Final Rotterdam, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2019-12-21 Win Morocco Badr Hari Glory 74: Arnhem Arnhem, Netherlands TKO (Leg injury) 3 0:59
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2018-09-29 Win Brazil Guto Inocente Glory 59: Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2018-06-02 Win Croatia Mladen Brestovac Glory 54: Birmingham Birmingham, England Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2017-12-09 Win Morocco Jamal Ben Saddik Glory 49: Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands TKO (Head kick and Punches) 5 1:10
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2017-10-14 Win Brazil Antônio Silva Glory 46: China Guangzhou, China TKO (Referee stoppage) 2 0:43
2017-05-20 Win Morocco Ismael Lazaar Glory 41: Holland Den Bosch, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
2016-12-10 Win Morocco Badr Hari Glory 36: Oberhausen Oberhausen, Germany TKO (Arm injury) 2 1:22
2016-09-09 Win Brazil Anderson Silva Glory 33: New Jersey Trenton, New Jersey, USA TKO (3 Knockdowns Rule) 2 2:57
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2016-03-12 Win Croatia Mladen Brestovac Glory 28: Paris Paris, France Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2015-12-04 Win Romania Benjamin Adegbuyi Glory 26: Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands KO (Right hook) 1 2:12
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2015-06-05 Win Romania Benjamin Adegbuyi Glory 22: Lille Lille, France Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2015-02-06 Win Curaçao Errol Zimmerman Glory 19: Virginia Hampton, Virginia, United States TKO (Leg injury) 2 2:17
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2015-01-03 Loss Belarus Andrey Gerasimchuk Kunlun Fight 15 Nanjing, China Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2014-06-21 Win Romania Daniel Ghiță Glory 17: Los Angeles Inglewood, California, USA Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Wins the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2013-12-21 Win Netherlands Peter Aerts Glory 13: Tokyo Tokyo, Japan Decision (Split) 3 3:00
2013-10-12 Win Romania Daniel Ghiță Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament, Final Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
Wins the Glory Heavyweight World Championship Tournament.
2013-10-12 Win Turkey Gökhan Saki Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament, Semi Finals Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA Decision (Majority) 3 3:00
2013-06-22 Win Curaçao Errol Zimmerman Glory 9: New York New York City, New York, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2013-04-20 Win Brazil Jhonata Diniz Glory 7: Milan Milan, Italy Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2012-12-31 Loss Netherlands Semmy Schilt Glory 4: Tokyo - Heavyweight Grand Slam Tournament, Quarter Finals Saitama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 2 2:00
2012-12-31 Win Russia Sergei Kharitonov Glory 4: Tokyo - Heavyweight Grand Slam Tournament, First Round Saitama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 2 2:00
2012-06-30 Win Egypt Hesdy Gerges Music Hall & BFN Group present: It's Showtime 57 & 58 Brussels, Belgium Decision 3 3:00
2012-05-27 Loss Ukraine Serhiy Lashchenko K-1 World MAX 2012 World Championship Tournament Final 16, Super Fight Madrid, Spain Extra round decision (Split) 4 3:00
2012-03-17 Win Australia Ben Edwards Capital Punishment 5 Canberra, Australia Decision 3 3:00
2012-01-28 Loss Curaçao Errol Zimmerman It's Showtime 2012 in Leeuwarden Leeuwarden, Netherlands KO (Right uppercut) 1 0:59
2011-11-17 Win Egypt Hesdy Gerges SUPERKOMBAT Fight Club Oradea, Romania Decision (Split) 3 3:00
2011-06-18 Win Netherlands Raemon Welboren Thaiboksgala BlokhuispoortKickboxing Leeuwarden, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2011-05-21 Win United States Justice Smith SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix I 2011, Reserve Fight Bucharest, Romania TKO (Referee stoppage) 1 N/A
2011-03-06 Loss Morocco Jamal Ben Saddik It's Showtime Sporthallen Zuid Amsterdam, Netherlands TKO (Corner stoppage) 2 1:00
2010-12-18 Win Spain Frank Muñoz Fightclub presents: It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2010-10-09 Win Netherlands Michael Duut Ring Rage Part 5 Assen, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2010-09-12 Win Netherlands Ricardo van den Bos Fightingstars presents: It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2010-05-29 Win Bosnia and Herzegovina Dzevad Poturak It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2010-03-07 Win Croatia Alex Novovic Time For Action presents: Team SuperPro 10 Year Anniversary Nijmegen, Netherlands TKO (Referee stoppage) 2 3:00
2010-01-30 Win Turkey Mutlu Karabulut Beast of the East Zutphen, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2009-11-21 Win Netherlands Jantje Siersema It's Showtime 2009 Barneveld Barneveld, Netherlands KO (Left knee to the body) 1 N/A
2009-10-24 Loss Albania Rustemi Kreshnik It's Showtime 2009 Lommel Lommel, Belgium Extra round decision 4 3:00
2009-08-11 Loss France Brice Guidon K-1 World GP 2009 Tokyo, Quarter Finals Tokyo, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2009-08-29 Win Hungary Gábor Meiszter It's Showtime 2009 Budapest Budapest, Hungary Decision 3 3:00
2009-06-13 Loss Suriname Ismael Londt Gentlemen Promotions Tilburg, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2009-05-16 Win Netherlands Ricardo Fyeet It's Showtime 2009 Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2009-03-18 Win Belgium Filip Verlinden Fights at the Border presents: It's Showtime 2009 Antwerp, Belgium Decision 3 3:00
2009-03-14 Win Croatia Petar Majstorovic Oktagon presents: It's Showtime 2009 Milan, Italy Decision 3 3:00
2008-11-29 Win Netherlands Dennis Stolzenbach It's Showtime 2008 Eindhoven Eindhoven, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2008-08-09 Win Japan Koichi Watanabe K-1 World GP 2008 Hawaii, Super Fight Honolulu, Hawaii Decision 3 3:00
2008-04-26 Win Netherlands Christiano Delgado K-1 World GP 2008 Amsterdam, Opening Fight Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2008-02-17 Win Morocco Redouan Abdelloui K-1 MAX Netherlands 2008, Super Fight Utrecht, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2007-12-16 Win Poland Brunon Sokołowski Oss Muay Thai Oss, Netherlands Decision 3 3:00
2007-05-13 Loss Morocco Said Eljajaui Fight Night Veghel B Tournament, Quarter Finals Veghel, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 2:00
2007-03-24 Win Hungary Zoltán Tóth WFCA Muay thai gala, Zuidwest hallen Roosendaal, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 5 2:00
2006-10-15 Loss Netherlands Brian Douwes Top Team Beverwijk Muay thai gala Beverwijk, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 5 2:00
2006-04-09 Win Morocco Reduan Abdellaoui K.O.C. III Goes, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 1:30
2006-02-03 Win Netherlands Chris van den Ouweland Thaiboxing Gala, Zuidwesthallen Roosendaal, Netherlands KO 3 N/A
2005-11-26 Win Netherlands Stijn van Tatenhove Thaiboxing Gala, Zuidwesthallen Roosendaal, Netherlands Decision 3 2:00
2005-05-29 Win Netherlands Sander Duyvis Gala in Zonnehuis Amsterdam, Netherlands Decision 3 2:00
2005-04-30 Win Netherlands Wilbert Dam Impact in de Zuidwesthallen Roosendaal, Netherlands KO 2 1:56

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
1 fight 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
1 Win 1–0 Hungary János Finfera KO 2 (4), 1:40 26 Apr 2014 Germany Boellenfalltor-Halle, Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Viktor Bogutzki TKO (Punches) RXF 20: Verhoeven vs. Bogutzki October 19, 2015 1 2:11 Sibiu, Romania

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Bluf Davey
2019 Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson Himself Episode: "Champions Henry Cejudo, Kamaru Usman, & Rico Verhoeven"
2019 Makkelijk Scoren Huisdichter
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Vechtershart Tony Corella
2018 De Film van Dylan Haegens Diederik-Jan
2018 Kickboxer: Retaliation Moss
2019 Don Diego Poeder - Fight, Honor, Legacy Glory Heavy Weight Champion

Personal life[edit]

Verhoeven and his ex-wife,[91] Jacky Duchenne,[92] have together two daughters (b. 2011 & 2015) and a son (b. 2017).[93][94][95]

Acting[edit]

Verhoeven made his film debut in a small role opposite Alain Moussi in the sequel Kickboxer: Retaliation.[96]

See also[edit]

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