Verhoeven Knee Breaks Hari’s Arm
Well, that wasn’t expected.
GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven connected with a knee to one a bone in Badr Hari’s arm, causing an injury and a stoppage to their heavily-anticipated bout in the main event of GLORY: Collision in Germany.
"I’m very disappointed in the outcome of the fight," Hari said. "You know, I’ve had a lot of [expletive] in my life, but [my fans] always support me."
Both fighters, after an intense staredown the day before at the weigh-ins, came out firing on all cylinders. The two clinched and each had a few shots of their own. But Hari broke through the champion’s guard, landing multiple jabs towards the later portion of the round and causing a cut on Verhoeven’s nose. It was clear Hari won the first round.
But the action would be cut short. The action was briefly stopped after an accidental low blow by Verhoeven, but it wouldn’t be long before the two were back at it. Verhoeven attacked with kicks and knees while Hari was on the ropes, and then it happened. Hari turned his back and told the referee his arm was hurt. The fight was over right there. A heavily anticipated bout ended suddenly with an injury.
And while Verhoeven was happy with the win, he was not happy how the fight ended so prematurely. He promised the two would meet once again.
"I think nobody wanted this fight to end like this…so, let’s do it again," Verhoeven said. "I will knock this guy out next year."
GLORY: Collision PPV Results:
Rico Verhoeven def. Badr Hari via TKO (arm injury) (Rd. 2, 1:22)
GLORY welterweight championhship: Cedric Doumbe def (c.) Nieky Holzken via split decison (48-47, 47-48, 48-47, 48-47, 48-46)
Jamal Ben Saddik def. Ismael Londt via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
women’s super bantamweight tournament final: Tiffany van Soest def Amel Dehby via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28) to become the first GLORY women’s super bantamweight champion
GLORY 36: Superfight Series Results:
Michael Duut def Danyo Illunga via unanimous decision in extra round (10-8, 10-8, 10-8, 10-8, 10-8) (original decision was majority draw, forced extra round)
Harut Grigorian def Danijel Solaja via TKO (Rd. 1, 1:01)
women’s super bantamweight tournament semfinal: Tiffany van Soest vs. Jessica Gladstone via unanimous dec (29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
women’s super bantamweight tournament semifinal: Amel Dehby def Isis Verbeek via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Tyjani Beztati def Andrej Bruhl via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
GLORY 36 Results:
GLORY lightweight championship: (c.) Sittichai Sitsongpeenong def Marat Grigorian via split decision (47-48, 49-47, 49-46. 48-47, 48-47)
Lightweight tournament final: Dylan Salvador def. Hynsi Beqiri via unanimous decision (no scores given)
Fabio Pinca def Mosab Amrani via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
Lightweight semifinal: Hynsi Beqiri def Antonio Gomez via unanimous decision (no scores were given)
Lightweight semifinal: Dylan Salvador def Anatoly Moiseev via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-29)