GLORY: COLLISION 2 is headlined by GLORY world heavyweight champion Rico ‘The King of Kickboxing’ Verhoeven (55-10, 16 KO’s) and his arch-rival Badr Hari (106-13,92 KO’s), rematching three years on from their first epic encounter.
With the world heavyweight title on the line, this rematch – the biggest fight in the history of the sport – will take place in front of nearly 30,000 fans at the Gelredome soccer stadium in Arnhem, Netherlands on Saturday, December 21.
In the co-main event, ‘The Infamous’ Luis Tavares (61-8, 22 KO’s) of Rotterdam, Netherlands will face French veteran Stephane Susperregui (49-9-2, 28 KO’s). Ranked at #5, Susperregui recently derailed Felipe Micheletti’s title-shot hopes and is looking to do the same to the #2-ranked Tavares.
Battle-tested young guns Mohammed Jaraya (64-8, 36 KO’s) and Massaro Glunder (33-13-4, KO’s) will meet in a lightweight battle in the second fight of the four-fight COLLISION 2 card, which opens with a featherweight clash between two of the division’s most exciting fighters, Zakaria Zougarry (32-5-1, 16 KO’s) and the USA’s Asa Ten Pow (11-1, 5 KO’s).
Brazilian GLORY middleweight champion Alex ‘Po Atan’ Pereira (31-6, 20 KO’s) headlines the GLORY 74 ARNHEM section of the card, putting his title on the line against Ertugul Bayrak (18-6, 5 KO’s) in a main event fight set for five rounds.
That fight is preceded by an encounter between featherweight contenders Serhii Adamchuk (38-11, 14 KO’s) and Aleksei Ulianov (29-6-1, 7 KO’s) and a light-heavyweight bout between Michael Duut (43-12, 20 KO’s) and Ariel Machado (47-9, 34 KO’s) for which the ringside judges are unlikely to be needed.
Opening the four-fight GLORY 74 ARNHEM card is a lightweight fight between Israeli standout Itay Gershon (16-5, 6 KO’s) and Chinese newcomer Li Sanjin.
GLORY: COLLISION 2 commences with a five-fight Superfight Series card, headlined by power-punching heavyweights Jahfarr Wilnis (32-12-1, 8 KO’s) and Antonio Plazibat (17-3, 11 KO’s).
Rising middleweight prospect Donovan Wisse (14-1, 8 KO’s) faces Brazilian debutant Cesar Almeida (41-6, 28 KO’s), who has a win over Alex Pereira on his record and is arriving in GLORY with the intention of chasing a rematch.
A heavyweight encounter between Cihad Kepenek (21-5, 15 KO’s) and Nordine Mahieddine (24-9, 12 KO’s) and a middleweight clash between Kevin van Heeckeren (4-2-1, 1 KO) and Ulric Bokeme (30-3, 17 KO’s) form the mid-section of the Superfight Series card, which opens with Texas-based teenage Muay Thai prodigy Bekah Irwin facing China’s Yi Xu (6-2, 1 KO).
The full card for GLORY: COLLISION 2 is as follows:
GLORY: COLLISION 2
Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari
World Heavyweight Title Bout
Luis Tavares vs. Stéphane Susperregui
Light Heavyweight Bout
Mohammed Jaraya vs. Massaro Glunder
Zakaria Zouggary vs. Asa Ten Pow
GLORY 74 ARNHEM
Alex Pereira vs. Ertugrul Bayrak
Serhii Adamchuk vs. Aleksei Ulianov
Michael Duut vs. Ariel Machado
Light Heavyweight Bout
Itay Gershon vs. Li Sanjin
GLORY 74 SUPERFIGHT SERIES
Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Antonio Plazibat
Donovan Wisse vs. Cesar Almeida
Cihad Kepenek vs. Nordine Mahieddine
Kevin van Heeckeren vs. Ulric Bokeme
Yi Xu vs. Rebekah Irwin