Marking the organization’s 13th live event of 2017, GLORY: REDEMPTION will feature four fights, while GLORY 49 SuperFight Series and GLORY 49 Rotterdam will each showcase five fights, comprising a thrilling year-end show from Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Two bouts have already been announced for GLORY: REDEMPTION, the four-fight pay-per-view special event priced at $29.99 or €25 and digitally distributed by UFC.TV, the largest pay-per-view provider in the world.
The headline bout pits GLORY heavyweight world champion and undisputed “King of Kickboxing” Rico Verhoeven (51-10, 14 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) against No. 3-ranked heavyweight Jamal “The Goliath” Ben Saddik (32-5, 26 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), a formidable challenger who previously defeated the future champion – 21 years old at the time – by TKO.
No. 4-ranked light heavyweight Michael “Dreamcrusher” Duut (42-8, 29 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) and Congolese striker Danyo “Dibuba” Ilunga (57-13, 44 KO, fighting out of Germany) meet in the co-headline bout, the rubber match of an instant-classic trilogy that includes 2016’s Fight of the Year.
Joining the two previously announced GLORY: REDEMPTION bouts are a hard-hitting heavyweight tilt and a match-up to determine the featherweight division’s No. 1 contender.
Veteran Anderson “Braddock” Silva (41-17-1, 26 KO, fighting out of Brazil) welcomes American knockout artist Xavier “X-Man” Vigney (10-1, 8, KO, fighting out of the United States) back to the ring at GLORY: REDEMPTION. The heavyweight foes nearly crossed paths at GLORY 41 Holland, booked to compete on opposite sides of a one-night tournament bracket. Vigney, still undefeated under the GLORY banner at 5-0, was forced to withdraw due to injury, while Silva, currently ranked No. 5, won his first round match-up before being narrowly edged in the final round.
Top-10 phenoms “The Professor” Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (157-36-2, 25 KO, fighting out of Thailand), ranked No. 2, and Zakaria Zouggary (30-3-1, 15 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), ranked No. 9, will battle at GLORY: REDEMPTION for an opportunity to capture featherweight gold. The winner will be named No. 1 contender and go on to face the reigning GLORY featherweight champion at a later date.