Review by AllTheBestFights.com: 2021-01-30, good start with some tough exchanges: the kickboxing fight Rico Verhoeven vs Tarik Khbabez gets three stars.
The Glory Hw champion Rico Verhoeven entered this fight with a pro kickboxing record of 57-10-0 (17 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.1 heavyweight in the world. He lost to Andrei Herasimchuk in 2015 (Verhoeven vs Herasimchuk) but then he has won 13 consecutive fights beating Badr Hari in 2019 (bout ranked in the top 10 Users’ kickboxing Fights of the Year, Rico Verhoeven vs Badr Hari 2). If you want to watch one of Rico’s best fights, we suggest Daniel Ghita vs Rico Verhoeven, match rated with four stars and also ranked in the top 10 Users’ kickboxing Fights of the Year of 2013.
His opponent, the former SuperKombat champion Tarik Khbabez entered this fight with an official record of 47-6-1 (26 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.13 heavyweight in the world. He fought three times in 2019 beating Andrei Stocia and Anderson Silva but then he lost to Roman Kryklia. Verhoeven vs Khbabez is the final of the 2021 Glory heavyweight tournament and it is on the undercard of Artem Vakhitov vs Alex Pereira – Glory 77; in the semi-finals Rico has beat Hesdy Gerges (Rico Verhoeven vs Hesdy Gerges 3) while Tarik has defeated Levi Rigters (Tarik Khbabez vs Levi Rigters). Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: Glory 77: Rotterdam
Where: Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Division: heavyweight (over 210 lbs, 95.5 kg)
Rico vs Khbabez result:
Click here to show the fight’s result
Rico Verhoeven defeated Tarik Khbabez via TKO retirement at 3:00, round 1.
Glory 77 fight card (main fight):
Rico Verhoeven vs Tarik Khbabez final
Artem Vakhitov vs Alex Pereira
Cedric Doumbe vs Murthel Groenhart 3
Tarik Khbabez vs Levi Rigters semi-final
Rico Verhoeven vs Hesdy Gerges semi-final
Rico vs Khbabez full fight video / highlights:
(Free embeddable video hosted on Youtube or Dailymotion or Facebook and not uploaded by AllTheBestFights)
Here is the Rico’s post-fight interview after his match at Glory 77.