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GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven is Considering a Full-Time Move to MMA

The UFC is in the Netherlands for an event there and that means that the MMA media world has also made its presence shown. MMAJunkie's Mike Bohn is over in the Netherlands posted this video today where he spoke with current GLORY champion Rico Verhoeven.

While there will be some who swarm on the headlines for this that "Rico Verhoeven is going to switch to MMA," nothing is a done deal quite yet. Verhoeven speaks about the possibilities open to him, including saying that Bellator has already expressed interest in his services and that WSOF seems interested. He talks about being excited about MMA because it's so new to him still and he feels that he has a lot to offer. What he does mention is that while his current GLORY deal has ended, there is still a three month negotiation period that they are in the midst of and that he's not technically a free agent until the end of that period. Verhoeven claims that it was a good offer, although he seems to want a bit more.

Having multiple opportunities available to top athletes like Verhoeven is important because it allows for them to have leverage in contract situations. Where Verhoeven ends up is ultimately in his control right now and while he seems interested in the idea of fighting for the UFC, it's unlikely that they make a move for him just yet. Time will only tell where Verhoeven ends up, but my gut tells me that he's not done kickboxing just yet.

As for the Bellator offer? Our bud Stets reached out to Bellator and they denied any sort of offer being made to Verhoeven. 

So time will tell. [source]

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GLORY 31 Card Updated: Ismael Londt vs. Hesdy Gerges

GLORY released further details on GLORY 31 Amsterdam on Saturday, June 25th. We already knew that Robin van Roosmalen would be defending his GLORY Lightweight Championship against Sitthichai and that there would be a GLORY Welterweight tournament featuring Murthel Groenhart and Karim Benmansour. Now we know more, a lot more. Groenhart will square off against Karim Benmansour in the first round of the tournament while on the other side of the bracket Yoann Kongolo will take on Harut Grigorian. 

The other fight of note is the co-headline bout where Hesdy Gerges returns to the GLORY ring after a lengthy legal battle over an alleged drug trafficking incident. Gerges has been cleared of these charges and is a free man, so GLORY is looking to quickly bring one of the best heavyweights in the world back into the fold by having him square off against GLORY's top heavyweight contender in Ismael Londt. It's interesting to note that Londt will fight Gerges here and not wait for a shot at Verhoeven. 

GLORY 31 Amsterdam

Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Sittichai

Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Ismael Londt vs. Hesdy Gerges

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Yoann Kongolo vs. Harut Grigorian

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Murthel Groenhart vs. Karim Benmansour

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Tiffany Van Soest's New Opponent and Complete Cards For GLORY 30 and SuperFight Series

There have been some changes for GLORY 30 Los Angeles as the event approaches. As reported prior, Van Soest's original opponent of Jeri Seitz was forced to pull out due to an injury and replacing her will be Esma Hasshass from Morocco, looking to make a name for herself against the debuting Van Soest. On the main card the co-main event is now Marat Grigorian vs. Djime Coulibaly.

GLORY 30 Los Angeles

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus (c) vs. Dustin Jacoby

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Djimé

Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Casey Greene vs. Richard Abraham

GLORY 30 SuperFight Series

Middleweight Headline Bout: Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Brian Douwes vs. Guto Inocente

Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Karl Roberson

Light-Heavyweight Bout: Manny Mancha vs. Warren Thompson

Super Bantamweight Bout: Tiffany van Soest vs. Esma Hasshass

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Bucharest Card and Details on SuperKombat Expo and Gym

SuperKombat is once again looking to make a big impact this year by changing things up yet again. SuperKombat's dedication to bringing the world premiere kickboxing is perhaps unrivaled in passion and scope. On Saturday, May 7th, while there is a SuperKombat show featuring Cesar Almeida and Mauses Baute competing for the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight Championship, there will be a lot more as well. 

Kickboxing legend Remy Bonjasky will be hosting a slew of events over the course of the weekend to help bring kickboxing into the limelight, including the opening of the SuperKombat Academy in Bucharest. The aim of the SuperKombat Academy will be to raise the next generation of kickboxing stars. The SuperKombat team, led by Eduard Irimia, will be overseeing and curating the talent that comes through the SuperKombat Academy. They state that they are there to help both current and future stars. SuperKombat's track record with building new stars is perhaps one of the best in the business, with fighters like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan Stoica, Andrei Stoica, Cristian Milea, Amancsio Paraschiv and many others making a name for themselves on SuperKombat shows and becoming some of the best and most respected fighters in the world. 

SuperKombat will also be holding an Expo for fighters, trainers and brands to learn more about SuperKombat and the opportunities that they can provide. You can check out more details on their website.

Fight Card for the Superkombat World Grand Prix, Bucharest. 7th May 2016

New Heroes (19:00 CET, ora 20:00, live on Fight Box and Sport.ro)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Cosmin Ionescu (Romania) vs Alexandru Nedelcu (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Dani Traore (Germany) vs Eduard Ingeaua (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Nigel Thomas (United Kingdom) vs Bogdan Năstase (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Welterweight bout (-69 kg)

Bledion Pireva (Albania) vs Daniel Corbeanu (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)

Panos Theodosiadis (Greece) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)

6. Super Fight – Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Danut Hurduc (Romania) vs TBA

World Grand Prix (21:00 CET, live on Sport.ro and Eurosport 1)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Imanol Rodriguez (Spain) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Sebastian Cozmâncă (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Kirk Krouba (Belgium) vs Dangelo Marshall (Suriname)

4. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)

Cristian Milea (Romania) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)

Stauros Exakoustidis (Greece) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

6. Superkombat World Title - Light Heavyweight bout (-86 kg)

Cesar Almeida (Brazil) vs Moises Baute (Spain)

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