The World's Premier Kickboxing League
Glory Kickboxing was founded in 2012. It is "the world's premier kickboxing league". The events can be watched live online. Their event 'Glory 80 - Hasselt' is scheduled for March 19, 2022. The headliner of the event is the fight Jamal Ben Saddik-Levi Rigters. The co-headliner is the rematch Badr Hari-Arkadiusz Wrzosek.
Glory maintains six different weight classes. The biggest stars of Glory are the heavyweights Rico Verhoeven (the Netherlands), Badr Hari (Morocco) and Jamal Ben Saddik (Morocco). One of the biggest events in the history of Glory Kickboxing was "Glory Collision 2: Rico Verhoeven vs Badr Hari" on December 21, 2019. It took place in the sold out GeldreDome Stadium Arnhem (the Netherlands), in front of 30.000 fans. In the Netherlands it drew more 3,5 million live viewers on tv. Rico Verhoeven won by TKO (Technical Knock-Out) because of an injury of Badr Hari.
Rico Verhoeven: King of Kickboxing
Ricardo (Rico) Verhoeven was born April 10, 1989 in Bergen op Zoom (the Netherlands). He holds the Glory Kickboxing Heavyweight World Title since 2014. The nickname of Rico Verhoeven is The King of Kickboxing. His professional kickboxing record is 57 wins (17 KO's) and 10 losses. His height is 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m), his weight is 261 lb (118.2 kg) and his reach is 77 inches (196 cm).
The main rivals of Verhoeven are the Moroccans Badr Hari and Jamal Ben Saddik. Rico Verhoeven would fight a trilogy match with Jamal Ben Saddik on 30 January 2021, but Jamal withdrew due to a back injury.
Badr Hari: Golden Boy and Bad Boy
Badr Hari was born December 8, 1984 in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). His parents are from Morocco. Badr Hari is regarded as one of the greatest and most spectacular kickboxers of all time. One of his nicknames is The Golden Boy. His kickboxing record is 106 wins (92 by knock-out), 15 losses and one no contest.
Badr Hari is a controversial figure. He has been arrested multiple times on various assault charges. Hari was sentenced two years in jail for his rol in an assault. He left prison in the autumn of 2017.
Badr Hari failed a drug test in the spring of 2018, prior to his "Glory Comeback Event: Badr is Back". He was issued a 19-month suspension.
Jamal Ben Saddik: The Goliath
Jamal Ben Saddik is a Belgian-Moroccan kickboxer. He was born October 3, 1990 in Antwerp (Belgium). His height is 6 feet and 9 inches. The nickname of Jamal is 'The Goliath'. His kickboxing record is 36 wins (29 by knock-out) en 9 losses. Jamal Ben Saddik has won the 2018 Glory Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Alistair Cees Overeem was born May 17, 1980. He was very succesfull in both kickboxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Overeem was K-1 Champion, DREAM champion, Strikeforce Champion, and challenger for the UFC Heavyweight title. Glory Kickboxing signed Alistair Overeem in June 2021.
March 19, 2022: Glory 80 Hasselt
The event Glory 80 is scheduled for March 19, 2022. The main event will be a kickboxing fight of Jamal Ben Saddik versus the Dutch talent Levi Rigters. Another big fight on the card is Badr Hari versus Arkadiusz Wrzosek. If Hari loses, this might be the last fight of his legendary career.
Fight Card Glory 80 - Hasselt
Prelim Superfight Series:
- Lightweight: Jos van Belzen - Jay Overmeem
Main Card Glory 80:
- Lightweight: Guerric Billet - Nordin Ben Moh
- Middleweight: Ertugrul Bayrak - Serkan Ozcaglayan
- World Title Fight Super Bantam: Tiffany van Soest - Manazo Kobayashi
- Zwaargewicht: Arkadiusz Wrzosek - Badr Hari
- Zwaargewicht: Jamal Ben Saddik - Levi Rigters
How to watch Glory live?
The events of Glory were on tv for many years. In December 2020 however, Glory decided to change their broadcast strategy. Most big events in 2021 are exclusively available live online on PPV (pay-per-view). A live stream of each event can be purchased on the websites of Glory Kickboxing and their official broadcast partners. The official site for their streaming is GloryFights.com.
Glory 80, March 19, 2022: how to watch it live?
The main card of the event on March 19, 2022, can exclusively be watched live on line on PPV (including the fights of Jamal Ben Saddik and Badr Hari), but they offer an official free stream for under card of the event. The name of the 'free' under card is 'Superfight Series'.
Spike: Dutch live stream
Spike Tv Benelux is the distributor of the official Glory-livestream in the Netherlands and Flanders. The Glory Kickboxing fans can purchase the Dutch PPV-livestream of the events on the Spike-website. This stream contains Dutch commentary and analysis.
Global live stream FITE Tv (English)?
FITE Tv is the official global distributor of some Glory premium pay-per-view events (but not the event of March 19, 2022). Kickboxing fans around the world can purchase an English PPV-livestream of these events on the FITE-website. They can watch the live fights on many different devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, Smart Tv's and game consoles.
Live stream La Sueur (French) or Sport Extra (Romanian)
La Sueur is the distributor of the official French live stream of these kickboxing events. La Sueur is a French online lifestyle magazine with much attention for combat sports (like the UFC and Glory Kickboxing). This stream contains French commentary.
Sport Extra is the official distributor of the Romanian live stream of many Glory Kickboxing-event. Sport Extra is a Romanian sports platform (tv and online), with much attention for kickboxing (Glory, WLF, One Championship, Dynamite and Colosseum) and MMA (Bellator, RXF, One and UCMMA).
Live stream Kijk or UFC Tv? No, not anymore
For several years there was an official free live stream of Glory Kickboxing-events available for the Dutch fans on the website of Kijk (Talpa). They also had a free live stream for all of the European Union on their Kijk-app. This contract has ended in the summer of 2020. The events of Glory in 2021 and 2022 can't be watched on Kijk.
There used to be an official live stream of many Glory-events available on UFC Tv (Fight Pass). This contract also has ended in the summer of 2020. The events in 2022 can't be watched on UFC Tv.
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