Alistair Overeem’s official opponent for his GLORY Kickboxing debut has been named as none other than current heavyweight-champion Rico Verhoeven.
After being released from the UFC earlier this year, Overeem was quick to announce that he had signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion – moving back to his roots as a kickboxer. Whilst being interviewed on The MMA Hour, he revealed that the two Dutchmen will face off in their home country at GLORY: Collision 3 as the headlining bout on October 23rd.
“The Demolition Man” spent over a decade inside the UFC, going a total of 12:8, headlining a staggering 8 out of the 20 cards he fought on. 2020 saw the veteran put together a 2 fight win streak against Walt Harris and Augusto Sakai, before finally coming undone against 6’7″ Russian giant Alexander “Drago” Volkov. This loss led to Overeem’s release from the organisation.
Before his accomplished UFC career, he had become heavyweight champion in both Strikeforce and DREAM, before going on to become the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix just to top off his already spectacular accolades. By doing this, Overeem had already permanently made his mark on the combat-sports world.
He will meet kickboxing royalty in GLORY heavyweight-champion Rico Verhoeven – undefeated in 14 kickboxing fights since 2015. The man referred to as “The King of Kickboxing” has put together an impressive resume of wins over the course of his career, with notable wins over Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki and Peter Aerts. As of late he has looked nothing less than unstoppable, inside the GLORY ring.
Facing an opponent who is largely considered to be the greatest active heavyweight-kickboxer on the planet, it would be an understatement to say the combat-sports legend will have his hands full this October.