Rico Verhoeven is a Dutch kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He is considered one of the best heavyweight kickboxers in the world, with a professional kickboxing record of 59 wins, 10 losses, and 1 draw, and a professional MMA record of 3 wins and 1 loss. Verhoeven has won numerous championships and titles in his career, including the Glory Heavyweight Championship, the K-1 World Grand Prix Championship, and the WFCA Cruiserweight Championship.
He is known for his powerful striking and excellent technique, as well as his impressive physical conditioning and athleticism. Verhoeven has also appeared in several films and TV shows, and is a popular public figure in his native Netherlands.
He’s also open to facing Francis Ngannou in a kickboxing event.
Verhoeven opened up on a Dutch podcast revealing he met Ngannou, thought he was a skilled guy but sadly didn’t spar him because he was fresh out of surgery.
Francis Ngannou, former UFC heavyweight champion, is currently a subject of speculation and discussion among fans of combat sports.
PFL CEO Peter Murray revealed that they have a “very close relationship” with Ngannou and he has been discussed as a potential prospect for the PFL.
Ngannou has been linked with various promoters, including professional boxing ones such as former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and promoter Eddie Hearn.
In the realm of Mixed Martial Arts, Ngannou has also been discussed as a potential prospect for ONE Championship.
Murray expressed excitement about Ngannou’s boxing plans, but also hinted at possible future plans related to MMA.
Ngannou’s potential future comeback to the UFC seems completely ruled out, as UFC president Dana White has called him “absolutely impossible to deal with.”
Ngannou earned the undisputed UFC heavyweight title in March 2021 by defeating Stipe Miocic via knockout in their title rematch.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.