Bigfoot Silva makes kickboxing debut against Rico Verhoeven at Glory 46 China
Antonio Bigfoot Silva up against Rico Verhoeven headlines Glory 46 in China

Glory Kickboxing announces event in China

The 37-year-old MMA veteran out of Brazil Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva enters the square circle on October 14 in Guangzhou. Facing the reigning Glory heavyweight champion Dutch Rico Verhoeven, the pair headlines the debut event the organization presents in China. The press conference for Glory 46 was held on Friday.

Silva is a well-known MMA fighter who’s resume includes black belts in Shotokan Karate, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a former title holder at such MMA promotions as Cage Rage, Cage Warriors, and EliteXC. He has also challenged for both, UFC and Strikeforce heavyweight championships, as well as claimed the victories against several notable fighters including Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem. In addition “Bigfoot” twice faced “The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt as well as fought Daniel Cormier, Frank Mir, among others.

Verhoeven is a current heavyweight title holder in Glory, who is riding a seven-fight winning streak. Over the course of his career he defeated the likes of Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki and Peter Aerts. In July he has been announced to face Jamal Ben Saddik, making the sixth title defense end of this year.

Silva vs Verhoeven is a non-title headline bout at Glory 46 Super Fight Series streamed on UFC Fight Pass. The co-headline bout is a 72 kg catchweight match featuring Russian Muay Thai specialist Khail Dzhaniev against an opponent yet to be named. A complete fight card can be found below.

The event is followed by Glory 46 Guangzhou, featuring a five-round middleweight championship between a current title holder out of Canada Simon Marcus up against Alex Pereira of Brazil. The program also includes a four-man featherweight kickboxing tournament as well as a professional bout in Sanda.

The current Glory 46 fight card can be found below. Other bouts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Glory 46 SuperFight Series
Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Antônio Silva
Catchweight (72 kg) Co-Headline Bout: Khaial Dzhaniev vs. TBA
Middleweight Bout: Wei Zhou vs. Matt Baker
Catchweight (53 kg) Bout: Zaza Sor. Aree vs. Liu Jia
Featherweight Bout: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. TBA
Lightweight Bout: Qinghao Meng vs. Nate Richardson

Glory 46 Guangzhou
Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus vs. Alex Pereira
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Professional Sanda Bout: TBD vs. TBD
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Chenglong Zhang vs. Quade Taranaki
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Chenchen Li vs. Masaya Kubo


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