The world’s best heavyweight kickboxer is fixed on becoming the world’s best heavyweight MMA fighter.
Rico Verhoeven, the GLORY kickboxing heavyweight champion, is extremely serious about his crossing over into MMA. So much so that he says he’s actually more excited about training in mixed martial arts than kickboxing right now.
“On the MMA side, everything is new,” Verhoeven told MMA Fighting. “The grappling, the submissions. Stuff like that. All those things are new. When you feel things are working during sparring, that’s great. You feel you are getting better and things are working for you. That’s a part that brings more excitement, because new things are coming and there are new things that I’m learning. UFC and Bellator are getting bigger. Japanese organizations are coming up.
“Those things all combined give me the feeling in my gut that I have to change something and do a little more MMA as well.”
Verhoeven, 26, made his MMA debut in October, beating Viktor Bogutzki via first-round TKO. The Dutchmen actually took Bogutzki down and finished him with ground and pound. Verhoeven has been training in grappling for four years, has won grappling tournaments and currently works his ground game with UFC middleweight star Gegard Mousasi. He very well might be the best heavyweight MMA prospect in the world right now because of his relative youth and substantial striking pedigree.
Though MMA is at the forefront of his mind, next up for Verhoeven is a defense of his GLORY title against Mladen Brestovac at GLORY 28 on Saturday in Paris. Then, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound specimen will weigh his options on what’s next. The UFC and Bellator could come calling soon. Verhoeven has already brought on board powerhouse firm Paradigm Sports Management, which boasts clients like Conor McGregor, Chris Weidman and Michael Bisping.
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