Rico Verhoeven defeats Badr Hari
Rico Verhoeven / Pic: Chad Matthew Carlson

Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven headlined Glory Collision fight show. The event aired live on PPV on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Oberhausen, Germany.

Badr Hari made a return to a big scene. It was his first fight in over a year. Rico Verhoeven fought for his pride. In very deed although the bout was a no title contest, the Glory promotion’s current champion Verhoeven had a fair bit to prove.

The weigh-ins ceremony was intense as it comes. The challenge scheduled for three by three minute rounds ended in the second.

Early in the fight Hari made a cut on Verhoeven’s nose. The second returned more aggressive in the following round. A knee in the clinch happened to injure Hari’s arm forcing the termination of the fight.

As a result Rico Verhoeven wins by TKO R2 vs Badr Hari

“This is not the way I wanted to win,’ Verhoeven said after the fight.

“I gave him all my respect. We’re gonna do it again, man.”

“Let’s do it. Not just for us, but you guys [fans] as well.”

The rematch seems to be on the cards.

“I’m very disappointed in the outcome of the fight,” said Hari.

“My fans I love you, you support me through all this sh*t,”

“You know, I’ve had a lot of sh*t in my life,”

“When everybody was like ‘Badr you are finished’, I had problems with justice, I had problems with a lot of things,”

“But they [fans] always keep supporting me.”

“I think nobody wanted this fight to end like this.”

“I don’t want to lose like this and I don’t think he wants to win like this.”

“So let’s do this again.”

“I will knock this guy out next year.”

Prior leaving the ring Hari spoke to Verhoeven.

“I gave you the credit, but next year, I swear, I will knock you the f*ck out.”

Verhoeven responded saying “I’ll keep you on that word, baby”.

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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