GLORY, the world’s premier stand-up combat league, today finalized a 13-fight card for the promotion’s visit to Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Heavyweight world champion Rico “The King of Kickboxing” Verhoeven (54-10, 16 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) headlines GLORY 59 Amsterdam, seeking a record-setting eighth title defense.
The challenger hoping to halt Verhoeven’s unprecedented championship reign – which began in June of 2014 – will be dangerous striker Guto Inocente (35-8, 17 KO, fighting out of Brazil).
Verhoeven has won an astounding 16 fights in a row inside the GLORY ring, crafting a resume that includes victories over legends such as Badr Hari, Peter Aerts, Daniel Ghita and Gokhan Saki, as well as contemporaries Benjamin Adegbuyi, Jamal Ben Saddik, Errol Zimmerman and Mladen Brestovac.
Brazil’s Inocente has only tasted defeat once since joining GLORY and his wins against top contenders Benjamin Adegbuyi, D’Angelo Marshall and Hesdy Gerges have vaulted him to No. 3 in the heavyweight rankings.
Fans in attendance at GLORY 59 Amsterdam will also witness the crowning of an undisputed featherweight king, as the division’s two-time champion Robin “Poker Face” van Roosmalen (40-7, 21 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) returns to take on interim champion “The Professor” Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (160-36-2, 27 KO, fighting out of Thailand) in the night’s co-headline bout.
Van Roosmalen is one of GLORY’s most decorated champions, amassing a 16-3 record within the promotion and having the distinction of being the only GLORY athlete to capture world titles in two weight classes – lightweight (once) and featherweight (twice, including his current reign).
With Van Roosmalen sidelined due to injury, Kiatmookao, better known as “Petch” defeated former interim champion Kevin Vannostrand last month at GLORY 55 New York to earn his own interim featherweight title. The 23-year-old Thai fighter will be looking for revenge against Van Roosmalen, the only man to defeat him in eight appearances under the GLORY banner.
Fresh off a win at GLORY 56 SuperFight Series less than two weeks ago, Dutch-Curaçaoan contender D’Angelo Marshall (18-3, 10 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) sets his sights on recent heavyweight title challenger Jamal “The Goliath” Ben Saddik (31-7, 25 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), a Belgian behemoth of Moroccan descent. This match-up of Marshall and Ben Saddik will have significant stakes for the division, with the heavy-handed foes currently ranked No. 2 and No. 9 respectively.
In a bout between two of GLORY’s brightest young lightweights, No. 3-ranked Christian “Bad News” Baya (60-7-1, 35 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) battles No. 4-ranked Tyjani “The Wonderboy” Beztati (16-3, 6 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), rounding out the GLORY 59 Amsterdam fight card.
The four-fight GLORY 59 Amsterdam card can be found below:
GLORY 59 Amsterdam
Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven (c) vs. Guto Inocente
Featherweight Title Co-Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (ic)
Heavyweight Bout: D’Angelo Marshall vs. Jamal Ben Saddik
Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. Christian Baya
GLORY 59 Amsterdam will be carried:
Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT – Live on ESPN3
Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT – Replay on ESPN2
Sunday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT – Replay on ESPN Deportes (Spanish-language broadcast)
Before GLORY 59 Amsterdam, GLORY 59 SuperFight Series will feature five fights showcasing notables from the Netherlands.
The crowd at Johan Cruijff ArenA can expect fireworks when former welterweight champion Murthel “The Predator” Groenhart (67-23-3, 38 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) puts 22-year-old phenom Mohammed “The Destroyer” Jaraya (64-6, 36 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) to the test.
Groenhart is currently ranked No. 3, returning for the first time since dropping the welterweight title in February, while Jaraya earned his top-10 ranking by defeating Miles Simson in his GLORY debut.
Sticking to the 170-pound division, No. 2 contender Alim “Professor” Nabiyev (49-7, 21 KO, fighting out of Russia) attempts to rebound from his first GLORY loss, taking on No. 4-ranked Eyevan “Mister Cool” Danenberg (28-6, 13 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), who enters the contest on a four-fight winning streak.
Nabiyev, only 23 years old, strung together wins over Jimmy Vienot and former champions Nieky Holzken and Cédric Doumbé before dropping a decision to reigning welterweight king Harut Grigorian in June. Only 26 years old himself, Aruba’s Danenberg last appeared at GLORY 51 Rotterdam in March, defeating both Vienot and Thongchai Sitsongpeenong during a one-night welterweight contender tournament.
Aggressive finisher Michael “Dreamcrusher” Duut (42-10, 19 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) and Dutch-Tunisian light heavyweight Mourad “The Silent Power” Bouzidi (80-23-2, 34 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) will run it back, squaring off in a rematch of last year’s booking.
Heavyweight slugger Daniel “Dee Dee” Skvor (25-7-2, 18 KO, fighting out of the Czech Republic) will welcome Roël Mannaart to the GLORY ring for his promotional debut.
Following a win over Bailey Sugden at GLORY 52 Los Angeles in March, featherweight prospect Zakaria Zouggary (31-4-1, 15 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) returns to meet Muay Thai practitioner Aleksei Ulianov (23-5-1, 7 KO, fighting out of Russia) in the opening bout of GLORY 59 SuperFight Series.
The five-fight GLORY 59 SuperFight Series card can be found below:
GLORY 59 SuperFight Series
Welterweight Headline Bout: Murthel Groenhart vs. Mohammed Jaraya
Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Alim Nabiyev vs. Eyevan Danenberg
Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Mourad Bouzidi
Heavyweight Bout: Daniel Skvor vs. Roël Mannaart
Featherweight Bout: Zakaria Zouggary vs. Aleksei Ulianov
GLORY 59 SuperFight Series will stream live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Fight night begins with a four-fight preliminary card, featuring Bulgaria’s Stoyan “The Sniper” Koprivlenski (9-2, 4 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) going up against Turkish lightweight Anil Cabri (17-2, 4 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands).
Two Dutch-Surinamese fighters will compete during the GLORY 59 prelims: Debuting Donovan Wisse, who faces fellow middleweight Kevin “Louie” van Heeckeren (2-0-1, fighting out of the Netherlands); and Miles “The Punisher” Simson (64-13, 25 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), who throws down against welterweight Kevin Hessling (10-3, 2KO, fighting out of the Netherlands).
GLORY newcomers Brahim Kallah (50-5, 33 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) and Robbie Hageman (50-9-1, 9 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) will kick off the action with a 72.5 kilogram catchweight bout.
The four-fight GLORY 59 preliminary card can be found below:
GLORY 59 Prelims
Lightweight Bout: Stoyan Koprivlenski vs. Anil Cabri
Middleweight Bout: Donovan Wisse vs. Kevin van Heeckeren
Welterweight Bout: Miles Simson vs. Kevin Hessling
Catchweight (72.5 kg) Bout: Brahim Kallah vs. Robbie Hageman
Streaming details for the GLORY 59 prelims will be announced shortly.
Tickets for GLORY 59 Amsterdam (including access to GLORY 59 SuperFight Series and the GLORY 59 prelims) are on sale now and available for purchase at tickets.glorykickboxing.com.