GLORY 26: GLORY closes out year in a big way in Amsterdam
It was only fitting that GLORY, the world’s leading kickboxing promotion, came to Amsterdam, one of the sport’s Meccas, to close out its biggest year to date.
GLORY 26 featured a crowd-pleasing card that spotlighted the Dutch influence on the sport.
The RAI Amsterdam crowd showed their appreciation for the bell-to-bell action by providing energy throughout the entire event and creating a cauldron of sound around their Dutch heroes.
The headliner was an all Dutch affair that saw Nieky Holzken defend his welterweight title against fellow Dutchman Murthel Groenhart in a headliner that fit the bill.
Holzken and Groenhart had traded barbs for weeks leading up to the fight but in the end it was the crowd favorite, Holzken, who kept the title and walked out of the arena with his hands held high. The decision was a little controversial as many thought "The Predator" got the better of Holzken.
The co-main event was a heavyweight title rematch between ‘The Dutch Prince of Kickboxing’ Rico Verhoeven and Romanian giant Benjamin Adegbuyi. Like in the first result, Vehoeven was able to outclass his opponent, but this time Verhoevem scored a KO to keep hold of his strap.