GLORY champ Rico Verhoeven defends heavyweight title in opposition to Alistair Overeem on Oct. 23

Alistair Overeem’s GLORY debut is ready, and the adorned MMA and kickboxing vet goes straight for gold.

On the Monday version of The MMA Hour, Overeem introduced his return to the kickboxing ring in a fall headliner in opposition to GLORY heavyweight champ Rico Verhoeven.

The title bout headlines GLORY: Collision 3, which takes place Oct. 23 on the 34,000-seat GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands. The occasion streams on web pay-per-view through Glory’s new streaming platform,

Overeem signed with the kickboxing promotion three months after his launch from the UFC, which got here after a TKO loss to Alexander Volkov in February at UFC Vegas 18 and ended an almost 10-year run with the MMA promotion. He signed with the UFC after a adorned run exterior the octagon during which he captured titles in rival promotions Strikeforce and DREAM; he fought as soon as for the UFC heavyweight title in opposition to now-former champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 203. He additionally made historical past when he received the 2010 Okay-1 Grand Prix, turning into the primary fighter to concurrently maintain three titles in MMA and kickboxing.

In Verhoeven, Overeem meets one in every of GLORY’s most dominant forces. Unbeaten in six years, the 32-year-old champ holds two victories over Badr Hari and in January received a four-man heavyweight match to increase his unbeaten streak to 14 fights.

Different bouts for the upcoming GLORY occasion on Oct. 23 can be introduced shortly.

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