Born and raised in Belgium, Filip Verlinden was introduced to kickboxing and Muay Thai at the age of 10 thanks to his father, Wim, a kickboxing champion.
Verlinden began his career in 2005. The early portion of his career saw Verlinden capture the WKA European Super Cruiserweight Muay Thai Title and the WKA World Cruiserweight Title. Some of his early bouts came against successful GLORY kickboxing champions Simon Marcus and Rico Verhoeven, with Verlinden coming up short in both bouts.
Following a failed attempt to capture the It’s Showtime 95MAX title in June 2012, Verlinden joined GLORY, making his debut at GLORY 2 in his home country and defeating Fabiano Cyclone by decision. Most of his GLORY run featured Verlinden attempting to win tournaments, but being unable to claim the tournament title. Verlinden lost in the first round of the 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam at GLORY 4, in the semi-finals of the 95kg slam in 2013 at GLORY 9, the heavyweight title tournament at GLORY 11, and in the semi-finals of the GLORY 17 Middleweight Last Man Standing Tournament. To Verlinden’s credit, he scored a decision win over Melvin Mahoef in the GLORY 17 tournament before losing to eventual tournament winner and GLORY champion Artem Levin.
After departing GLORY, Verlinden mainly competed for Enfusion between 2016 and 2017, going 2-2 and coming up short in an April 2017 middleweight title shot.
Verlinden made his Bellator Kickboxing debut at Bellator Kickboxing 8 in December 2017, losing by decision to Joe Schilling.