Livestream!<* GLORY 79, @Live 2021

By kitisoinik

23 October 2021

The scheduled for October 23 GLORY 79 aka Collision 3 fight card suffered a blow, as Alistair Overeem was forced to withdraw from his fight against Rico Verhoeven. A new main event has been set featuring Jamal Ben Saddik going up against reigning heavyweight champion in their trilogy fight. A highly anticipated matchup headlines kickboxing event live on pay-per-view from GelreDome in Arnhem, Holland.

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Event Glory Collision 3: Verhoeven vs Ben Saddik

Time 18:00 PM

Date Saturday 23 October 2021

Location Arnhem, GelreDome, Netherlands

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Glory 79: Nabiev vs Jones free live stream precedes Collision 3 pay-per-view fight card topped by Rico Verhoeven in his trilogy fight against Jamal Ben Saddik at GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands on Saturday, October 23. The date when the event airs live in Australia is Sunday, October 24.

Fresh off the heels of a historic boxing trilogy bout between two legendary fighters in their prime, the combat sports world will get yet another contest of the sort when Rico Verhoeven (58-10, 15 KO’s) and Jamal Ben Saddik (36-8, 29 KO’s) square off this Saturday at GLORY 79: Collision 3 in the Netherlands.

Aptly named, this kickboxing spectacle is sure to arise goosebumps among the hardcore fight fans that make up Glory’s target audience. Founded in 2012, the GLORY kickboxing organization is looking to grab more of a hold of the combat sports space and is well on its way with a massive event such as this.

 

Making this fight most interesting – even on top of the top 0.1% skill-level – is the utter disdain these two fighters share for each other both inside and outside of the ring. Having each finished each other during their two prior fights, this contest boasts massive stakes that is sure to further propel the winner toward even bigger stardom.

The current champion, Rico Verhoeven, is currently riding an unheard-of 14-fight winning streak into Saturday night’s bout and is a staggering 21-1 inside the GLORY promotion, overall. In a standup sport where the masterful skill levels of the fighters is so close, reeling off that type of win streak is unparalleled.

On the other side, Jamal Ben Saddik is one of the few men (and was the first, overall) on planet earth that to claim a stoppage win over Verhoeven, while having also knocked out the promotion (and in effect, the world)’s #2-ranked heavyweight in Benjamin Adegbuyi in his last fight. A winner of four in a row in his own right, Ben Saddik is coming off of a three-year layoff having not fought since 2018.

Still, Rico Verhoeven will have his hands full, and then some, against Ben Saddik and the monster right hand he carries with him into each and every fight. At any moment, Ben Saddik is liable to land a flush straight right that can end Rico’s night, yet, Verhoeven surely has the advantage in terms of overall technique and stamina.

Overall, Ben Saddik carries with him a freakish 80% career finishing rate, while Verhoeven’s 22% knockout rate is more representative of a fighter that is looking to be in it for the long haul and win on points — it is a clash of styles, to be sure.

‘The Goliath’ (Jamal Ben Saddik) did not get his nickname for no reason, as the Morocan native stands 6’9” and weighs in around 275 pounds, typically. At 6’5” 265 pounds, Rico Verhoeven, commonly known as ‘The King of Kickboxing’ is rarely the smaller man in the cage. Most believe that Ben Saddik will have to finish this one early to have a chance (he KO’D Rico in the 1st round of their first fight), with his chance of victory dropping in each of the rounds to follow.

‘The Goliath’ is a last-minute replacement of sorts, as former UFC star Alistair Overeem was originally scheduled to make his much anticipated promitional debut for GLORY but was forced to pull out due to injury.

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Fans around the globe are not complaining, however, as the bad blood in this bout is palpable, while it will help settle the even 1-1 score between the (basically) undisputed two best heavyweights in the world.

The main card begins at 2PM EST and you can buy the event here for $24.99. The preliminary card will be available for free starting at 12PM EST here on Youtube, amongst other platforms.
Glory Collision 3 fight card

Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik – Verhoeven’s Glory heavyweight title

Gokhan Saki vs. James McSweeney

Mohamed Mezouari aka “Hamicha” vs. Samuel Dbili

Donegi Abena vs. Sergej Maslobojev

Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Antonio Plazibat

Michael Duut vs. John King

Glory 79 fight card

Alim Nabiev vs. Troy Jones

Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Aleksei Ulianov

Matt Baker vs. Serkan Ozcaglayan

Stoyan Koprivlenski vs. Bruno Gazani

 
 
Glory Collision 3: Verhoeven vs Ben Saddik 3

 
Glory 79 aka Collision 3 airs live from GelreDome in Arnhem, Holland on Saturday October 23, which makes it Sunday October 24 in Australia. In the evening’s main event, long-time reigning heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven defends his belt against Jamal Ben Saddik in their trilogy fight.
 
 
The promotion announced the withdrawal of Overeem due to an undisclosed injury via a post on Instagram. It is also advised that former K-1, DREAM and StrikeForce heavyweight champion, who also challenged for UFC heavyweight title, can not fight until early 2022.

 
Verhoeven and Ben Saddik were initially scheduled to square off in January. The fight fell off after the latter suffered “a serious back injury“.

 
Ben Saddik was set to make his return on October 23 in the rematch against mandatory heavyweight contender Benjamin Adegbuyi, who he defeated by knockout in the first round in December 2018. With Ben Saddik moved to the main event against Verhoeven, Adegbuyi now faces Antonio Plazibat.

 
Plazibat, meanwhile was scheduled to faces James McSweeney, who now takes on kickboxing star Gokhan Saki. The latter makes his ring return after securing the 1-1 record inside the UFC Octagon.

 
Verhoeven and Ben Saddik previously met twice. Their first fight held over ten years ago ended in favor of Ben Saddik who secured the win via first-round TKO (corner stoppage). Late 2017 Verhoeven took the revenge when he stopped his opponent in Round 5.

 
The changes come several days after Collision 3 and Glory 79 fight cards have been announced as “finalized”. The current lineup looks as the following:

 
GLORY 79 Collision 3 fight card

Main Card (Collision 3)

Rico Verhoeven vs Jamal Ben Saddik – Verhoeven’s GLORY heavyweight titleGokhan Saki vs James McSweeney Mohamed Mezouari aka “Hamicha” vs. Eyevan Danenberg
Donegi Abena vs. Sergej MaslobojevBenjamin Adegbuyi vs. Antonio Plazibat Michael Duut vs. John King Preliminary card (Glory 79) Alim Nabiev vs. Troy Jones Ertugrul Bayrak vs. Matej Penaz

Matt Baker vs. Serkan Ozcaglayan

Stoyan Koprivlenski vs. Bruno Gazani