By Tim Reedijk
Of course, there is plenty of young kickboxing talent, in all Glory weight classes. But for the general public, the heavyweights Rico Verhoeven (32) and Badr Hari are especially appealing. Glory recently recruited Dutch martial arts legend Alistair Overeem, who has appeared in the UFC as an MMA fighter in recent years. Rumors about the return of more veterans such as Gökhan Saki (37) and Tyrone Spong (35) at Glory have been circulating for some time.
The big names carry the heavyweight division within the martial arts organization. Hari was also happy with Overeem’s return to kickboxing, although he had no preference as to whether he would rather be paired with ‘The Reem’ or with Verhoeven in a possible next fight. “That’s like telling a kid in a candy store to pick one thing he likes,” Hari said at a press conference on Monday, looking ahead to his fight on September 4, as he returns to the ring after disappointing years. goes. “But it’s great that Alistair is back. He still has a lot in him and is a legend in his own way. He gives the heavyweight division some extra color.”