Rico Verhoeven

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Rico Verhoeven
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Born Ricardo Verhoeven
(1989-04-10) April 10, 1989 (age 29)
Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
Other names Prince of Kickboxing (former)
King of Kickboxing (current)
Nationality Dutch
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 118.7 kg (262 lb; 18.69 st)[1]
Division Super Heavyweight
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Style Kickboxing
Team Full Kick/Super Pro
American Kickboxing Academy
Trainer Jos Verhoeven and Dennis Krauweel
Years active 2004–present
Professional boxing record
Total 1
Wins 1
By knockout 1
Losses 0
Kickboxing record
Total 65
Wins 55
By knockout 16
Losses 10
By knockout 2
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 1
Wins 1
By knockout 1
Losses 0
Other information
Spouse Jacky Duchenne
Website www.ricoverhoeven.com
last updated on: 3 June 2018

Rico Verhoeven (born 10 April 1989) is a Dutch kickboxer and current Glory Heavyweight Champion. He has also competed in the K-1, It's Showtime and SUPERKOMBAT promotions. Verhoeven is currently ranked the #1 heavyweight in the world by LiverKick.com,[2] Combat Press[3] and Glory.[4]

Background[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]

Kickboxing career[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

He defeated Jhonata Diniz via unanimous decision at Glory 7: Milan in Milan, Italy on 20 April 2013.[9][10][11][12]

He rematched Errol Zimmerman at Glory 9: New York - 2013 95kg Slam in New York City on 22 June 2013.[13][14] Despite being deducted a point for rabbit punching in round one, he outworked and outstruck Zimmerman for three rounds and won by unanimous decision.[15][16][17]

Wins over Ghiță and Aerts[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.[18][19][20][21] 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.[22][23]

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.[24][25][26][27]

Verhoeven was scheduled to make his professional boxing debut against Nikolaj Falin at Mix Fight Gala XV in Darmstadt, Germany on 26 April 2014[28] but his opponent was changed to János Finfera for undisclosed reasons.[29] Verhoeven defeated the Hungarian by second round knockout.[30]

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.[31][32][33]

Zimmerman trilogy[edit]

Verhoeven completed a trilogy of fights against Errol Zimmerman when he faced him on 6 February 2015, in the main event at Glory 19: Virginia. The anticipated bout ended in anticlimactic fashion as Zimmerman sustained a knee injury in the second round, allowing Verhoeven to retain his Heavyweight title.

Superfight with Badr 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 Badr being a very entertaining, albeit controversial fighter, who has been a dominant force in the kickboxing community, who was also taller (1.98 to 1.96 cm) and had a reach advantage over Rico. Competing for the first time in over a year, Badr promised he would knock out Verhoeven in the first round. Intending to keep his promise, Badr came out aggressively in the first round, opening a cut on Verhoeven’s nose early in the fight, but was forced to fight on the back foot and failed to penetrate Rico's defense. The GLORY heavyweight champion returned more aggressive in the second round, and what appeared to be a knee hit in the clinch, ended up injuring Hari’s arm after which he couldn't continue the fight and Verhoeven scored the 50th victory of his kickboxing career with a TKO.[34]

Rematch against Ben Saddik[edit]

After dispatching Ismael Lazaar and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva with relative ease, Verhoeven fought Jamal Ben Saddik in defense of Glory heavyweight title 9 December 2017.[35] 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 a giant at 6ft 5 inches and 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.[36] Rico beat Jamal by fifth round TKO.[37]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

He has made his MMA pro debut at RXF 20 in Sibiu, Romania on 19 October 2015 defeating Viktor Bogutzki by TKO in the 1st round due to punches.[38] 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.[39]

Fighting style[edit]

Rico is tall and very athletic for a fighter his size. Besides his physical gifts, he's 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 former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, whom he credits with making his jab into the highly effective weapon.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Verhoeven and his wife,[40] Jacky Duchenne,[41] have two daughters and a son together: Mikayla Verhoeven (born 2011), Jazlynn Verhoeven (born 2015) and Vince Verhoeven (born 2017).[42][43][44]

Acting[edit]

Verhoeven is making his film debut in a small role opposite Alain Moussi in the sequel Kickboxer: Retaliation.[45]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Professional kickboxing record
55 Wins (16 (T)KOs), 10 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
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 (punches) 5 1:10
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2017-10-14 Win Brazil Antônio Silva Glory 46: China Guangzhou, China TKO (spinning heel kick and punches) 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) 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 (knee injury) 2 2:17
Retains the Glory Heavyweight Championship.
2015-01-03 Loss Belarus Andrey Gerasimchuk Kunlun Fight 15: The World MAX Return 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 (left 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 Reamon 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 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
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 (strikes) 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 (strikes) 2 1:56

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Boxing record[edit]

Boxing record
1 win (1 KO), 0 losses, 0 draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2014-04-26 Win Hungary János Finfera Mix Fight Gala XV Darmstadt, Germany KO 2 1:40 1-0

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1-0 Viktor Bogutzki TKO (punches) Real Xtreme Fighting 20 October 15, 2015 1 2:11 Sibiu, Romania

See also[edit]

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