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GLORY 24: If Benjamin Adegbuyi wins ‘Contender’ tournament, he vows to give champion Rico Verhoeven ‘fight of his life’

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Benjamin Adegbuyi is confident if he wins GLORY 24 Heavyweight “Contender” tournament, he will defeat GLORY champion Rico Verhoeven for the title in a rematch. Benjamin Adegbuyi (20-3) has been steadily rising through the kickboxing ranks the last few years, winning his first three GLORY match ups to earn a crack at current Heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven.
Unfortunately for the Transylvania native, he fell to the champion via unanimous decision in the main event at GLORY 22 in Lille, France, this past June. Adegbuyi looked great early on, but wilted as the fight grew longer and Verhoeven took command for the rest of the bout en route to his second straight title defense.
Adegbuyi, 30, chalks up the loss to lack of experience.
“It was my first five-round fight and I didn’t know how to handle it,” Adegbuyi told MMAmania.com. “I was maybe scared to not get tired and so my mind played a trick and nothing went right. I entered his gameplan and everything was not good. I respect him as a fighter, but I didn’t feel him as so strong. He’s a good fighter and had some good combos on me, but if I was in one of my best nights ….View original article