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Nieky Holzken Shines at GLORY 19, But Main Event Ends In Injury

Nieky Holzken Shines at GLORY 19, But Main Event Ends In Injury

It was a hard-hitting night of kickboxing action at GLORY 19 in Virginia last night, a night which saw one man make a triumphant return in the welterweight contenders tournament — but a less conclusive end to the evening’s heavyweight main event.

In the former case, Nieky Holzken, who hadn’t fought since December 2013 due to a car accident, showed few signs of ring rust as he scored victories in both his fights.  The Dutch Muay Thai stylist used all of his arsenal to edge a unanimous decision victory over tough Russian kickboxer Aleksandr Stetcurenko in his semifinal bout. Then, Holzken’s punching combinations, including a particularly effective left hook to the body, flattened American karateka Raymond Daniels in the finals — scoring a round three technical knockout. The Dutchman earns a future shot at GLORY Welterweight Champion “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini with the tournament win.

Daniels had used one of his patented spinning kicks to polish off Brazilian kickboxer Jonatan Oliveira in his semifinal bout.

In the main event, GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven looked more aggressive than usual, firing off hand and kick combinations to dominate the early going against longtime rival Errol Zimmerman. But as the bout was beginning to heat up in the second stanza, Zimmerman injured his leg on a spinning kick, forcing an anticlimactic injury TKO win for the champ.

It appears we will see a fourth bout between the two in the future:

Also on the card, American Joe Schilling, known for his recent MMA appearances for Bellator, defeated Robert Thomas of Canada via unanimous decision.

The next GLORY event will be April 3, in Dubai.

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