On Thursday 26th May 222 we celebrated 10 years of GLORY Kickboxing, the global leader in stand-up combat sports.
In the last 10 years we have witnessed some incredible moments, making it impossible to list your all-time favorite GLORY moments.
Or so you thought, because here at Overtime Heroics we make the impossible possible. We’re going to take a look at some incredibly memorable moments from the past 10 years of GLORY.
Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik Trilogy
Ok so I’m cheating here, I’m putting this incredible trilogy into one spot on our list.
We start way back in 2011 for the first time these two giants of kickboxing met, Jamal defeated a young Rico Verhoeven in their first meeting with a 2nd round corner stoppage.
Following this Jamal went onto a record of 11 wins to 6 losses, while Rico climbed the P4P rankings and established himself as a kickboxing world champion.
Ben Saddik found success early on in the fight, before Verhoeven took over as the fight went on, winning by a fifth-round TKO.
Wrapping up this incredible trilogy Jamal Ben Saddik stepped in on just two-weeks notice replacing the debuting Alistair Overeem.
It looked as if the giant had the win wrapped up after cutting the Champion under his left eye in the 2nd round.
Verhoeven would go on to defeat Ben Saddik after weathering the early storm to win by TKO in the fourth round. Making it six years and 15 title defences since the King of Kickboxing last tasted defeat.
Tyrone Spong vs. Michael Duut
So this one is short and sweet but very memorable at GLORY 9 on June 22, 2013. A returning Spong overcame an early scare in the quarter-finals of the 95kg Slam Tournament, after just 5 seconds he was dropped by Michael Duut from a straight right hand.
Just moments after returning to his feet, Spong landed a crushing right hand on Duut almost turning him inside out, knocking Duut out and ensuring Spong’s progression to the semi finals of the tournament after just 31 seconds of the very 1st round.
Rico vs. Badr Hari 2
Since their first fight that was won by Rico in a controversial fashion, caused by an injury to Hari’s arm forcing him out of the fight
The fight itself took place in the sold out GelreDome, in front of 30 000 fans.
Verhoeven began the fight in uncharacteristically aggressive fashion, and was knocked down at the 1:40 minute mark of the first round.
He found more success in the second round, but was once again knocked down with a head kick in the third round.
The fight ended in the third round, with Hari up on the scorecards Verhoeven would go on to win by TKO, after Hari suffered a suspected broken ankle with a missed kick.
GLORY has entertained fans for an incredible 10 years, and I for one hope for 10 years more of the same. Some of the greatest fighters on the planet have been part of this GLORY-ous legacy.
What has been your favourite moment? Do you agree with our choices? we would love to hear from you.
Thank you GLORY for giving us fans thousands of memorable moments.