Rico Verhoeven followed-up on his prediction of a second round stoppage win against Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, in the headline bout of, GLORY 46 SuperFight Series and totally outclassing the UFC veteran who, was saved from further punishment by the referee.
A couple of hooks by Silva connected sweetly early in the fight but wouldn’t result in a “puncher’s chance” of causing a huge upset on, GLORY’s promotional debut in China. Not once but twice Bigfoot Silva would find his was to the canvas from, Verhoeven’s technical prowess; with Bigfoot even clumsily taking down the GLORY champion to the canvas like something out of an old ‘Laurel & Hardy’ sketch.
Rico came closing to ending the fight in the first round but the Brazilian’s short-lived resilience kept him in the fight until the second but by then the “King of Kickboxing” was flying high on good form with devastating low kicks perfectly imbalancing Silva. The fight was finally waived off by the referee after a couple of spinning high kicks by Verhoeven, failed to connect with Silva’s head, saving the Brazilian from any further brain trauma on his professional kickboxing debut.
Overall, the night was a success for GLORY’s inaugural Chinese event which, was capped-off by a ‘viral’ first round KO by Hongxing Kong against, Yang Sun, in what was the promotion’s debuting Sanda bout (video below). However, better time keeping is needed going forward, to avoid the prolonged ending witnessed of, Jia Liu vs. Zaza Sor. Aree which, was bizarrely a No Contest from a head cut that didn’t seem to impair the female fighter’s vision or ability to continue.
Full results from the GLORY 46 SuperFight Series in China are as below.
GLORY 46 SUPERFIGHT SERIES RESULTS
Heavyweight Headline Bout:
Rico Verhoeven def. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva by Rd2 TKO
Wei Zhou def. Andre Walker via unanimous decision
Catchweight (75 kg) Bout:
Alan Scheinson def. Shanghai Gao by majority decision
Professional Sanda (60 kg) Bout:
Hongxing Kong def. Yang Sun by Rd1 KO
Catchweight (53 kg) Bout:
Jia Liu vs. Zaza Sor. Aree declared No Contest due to accidental foul/injury (head cut)
Catchweight (68 kg) Bout:
Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao def. Lei Xie via unanimous decision
Pascal Schroth def. Qinghai Meng by split decision