On Saturday, Dec. 9, GLORY Kickboxing will host its third-ever pay-per-view card, dubbed GLORY: Redemption, from the Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
In the night’s main event, GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven will rematch Jamal Ben Saddik. The pair met in 2011 under the It’s Showtime banner, with Ben Saddik stopping the future champion by second-round TKO.
Since the first meeting, Verhoeven has gone on to become one of the sport’s pound-for-pound elite. The Dutchman has won 13 straight fights inside the GLORY ring, including five title defenses. Known as “Goliath,” Ben Saddik stands at 6-foot-9 and weighs in at nearly 300 pounds. The Moroccan-Belgian fighter has won four straight overall to earn his right to challenge for the belt.
The GLORY 49 SuperFight Series will feature a middleweight title clash between recently crowned champion Alex Pereira and tournament winner Yousri Belgaroui. Also on the card, former welterweight champion and pound-for-pound king Nieky Holzken returns to action against Alim Nabiyev.
The lightweight division will be the focus of the GLORY 49 portion of the event, as Christian Baya takes Samo Petje and four fighters compete in a one-night, four-man lightweight contender tournament.
GLORY 49 kicks off at 11 a.m. ET with five bouts streaming live on ESPN3. The action moves to UFC Fight Pass at 1:30 p.m. ET for the five-fight SuperFight Series card. Finally, the four-fight GLORY: Redemptionmain card airs live at 4 p.m. ET.
The fighters will hit the scales on Friday, Dec. 8. Video of the action (courtesy of GLORY Kickboxing) appears above, while the results appear below.
GLORY: Redemption Weigh-in Results
Rico Verhoeven (257.7 lb / 116.9 kg) vs. Jamal Ben Saddik (264.1 lb / 119.8 kg) – for heavyweight title
Michael Duut (204.4 lb / 92.7 kg) vs. Danyo Ilunga (208.1 lb / 94.4 kg)
Chenglong Zhang (142.9 lb / 64.8 kg) vs. Bailey Sugden (141.8 lb / 64.3 kg)
Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (142.4 lb / 64.6 kg) vs. Zakaria Zouggary (142.9 lb / 64.8 kg)
Alex Pereira (187.4 lb / 85 kg) vs. Yousri Belgaroui (186.3 lb / 84.5 kg) – for middleweight title
Nieky Holzken (169.3 lb / 76.8 kg) vs. Alim Nabiyev (168.7 lb / 76.5 kg)
Ismael Londt (266.5 lb / 120.9 kg) vs. D’Angelo Marshall (239 lb / 108.4 kg)
Anderson “Braddock” Silva (249.6 lb / 113.2 kg) vs. Brian Douwes (232.8 lb / 105.6 kg)
Eyevan Danenberg (168.9 lb / 76.6 kg) vs. Jamie Bates (168.2 lb / 76.3 kg)
Christian Baya (152.6 lb / 69.2 kg) vs. Samo Petje (153.2 lb / 69.5 kg)
Omar Moreno (168.2 lb / 76.3 kg) vs. Anying Wang (168.2 lb / 76.3 kg)
Stoyan Koprivlenski (153 lb / 69.4 kg) vs. Maykol Yurk (152.6 lb / 69.2 kg) – lightweight tournament semifinal
Tyjani Beztati (153 lb / 69.4 kg) vs. Niclas Larsen (152.6 lb / 69.2 kg) – lightweight tournament semifinal
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