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Heavyweight Grand Prix Matchups Decided

  • News
  • Jan 31, 2024

The draw for the GLORY Heavyweight Grand Prix took place earlier today at the Harbour Club in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, deciding the quarter-final matchups for the $500,000 eight-man one-night tournament. The event will take place on March 9 at the GelreDome football stadium in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

How the draw worked, the four lower seeded fighters selected which quarter-final they wanted to compete in while the four top seeded fighters then selected which fighter to face in the opening round. As a result, the 'King of Kickboxing'¬†Rico Verhoeven (61-10, 20 KO)¬†opted to fight France‚Äôs¬†Sofian La√Įdouni (35-2-1, 17 KO)¬†in the fourth quarter-final of night.

Former interim-heavyweight champion¬†Tariq ‚ÄėCookie‚Äô Osaro (25-3-1, 13 KO)¬†will meet the dangerous¬†Bahram Rajabzadeh (65-1, 58 KO)¬†in a potentially wild & explosive affair, training partners¬†Nordine Mahieddine (28-15, 13 KO)¬†&¬†Nabil Khachab (26-4-1, 4 KO)¬†must put their friendship aside when they clash, and rising Dutch star¬†Levi Rigters (15-1, 7 KO)¬†collides with power puncher¬†Uku J√ľrjendal (20-8, 16 KO)¬†in the opening fight of the tournament.

GLORY Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament

Quarter-Final 1
Levi Rigters (15-1, 7 KO) vs. Uku J√ľrjendal (20-8, 16 KO)

Quarter-Final 2
Tariq ‚ÄėCookie‚Äô Osaro (25-3-1, 13 KO) vs. Bahram Rajabzadeh (65-1, 58 KO)

Quarter-Final 3
Nordine Mahieddine (28-15, 13 KO) vs. Nabil Khachab (26-4-1, 4 KO)

Quarter Final 4
Rico Verhoeven (61-10, 20 KO) vs. Sofian La√Įdouni (35-2-1, 17 KO)

Semi-Final 1
Winner of QF1 vs. Winner of QF2

Semi-Final 2
Winner of QF3 vs. Winner of QF4

Heavyweight Grand Prix Final
Winner of SF 1 vs. Winner of SF 2

March 9 will also feature two GLORY title fights as Donegi Abena (27-9, 7 KO) and Tarik Khbabez (49-10-1, 28 KO) meet to decide who is the undisputed king of the GLORY light heavyweight division and lightweight champion Tyjani Beztati (25-4, 9 KO) puts his title on the line against top German Enriko Kehl (52-15-2, 30 KO).

The event will be shown live exclusively on Videoland in the Netherlands and worldwide via various global partners.

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