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Rico Verhoeven won his title fight with Jamal Ben Saddik in a very spectacular way on Saturday evening.

The 32-year-old heavyweight won by knockout and successfully defended his world title at GLORY for the tenth time.

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Verhoeven and Ben Saddik made a spectacle of it, especially from the second round, where they both gave up considerably and became exhausted.

In the fourth round, the referee intervened after another series of striking punches from Verhoeven.

With his victory, the 32-year-old from Brabant continues to dominate GLORY's heaviest weight class.

Verhoeven became world champion in 2014 and recorded his fifteenth win in a row on Saturday.

In ten of those fights, his world title was at stake.

The mutual balance between Verhoeven and Ben Saddik is now at 2-1.

The Belgian Moroccan won the first meeting in 2011 and is still one of only two fighters to knock out Verhoeven in his 69 professional matches.

In 2017, Verhoeven won the second fight by knocking out Ben Saddik.

That duel is mainly remembered by a spitting incident in the run-up.

Rico Verhoeven was also badly damaged in the compelling fight.

Rico Verhoeven was also badly damaged in the compelling fight.

Photo: Reuters

Ben Saddik replaced injured Overeem

For Ben Saddik it was his first fight in three years.

The Antwerp resident was sidelined for a long time due to a prison sentence and depression.

In addition, earlier this year, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer for the third time.

Initially, Verhoeven would compete against Alistair Overeem.

When the former UFC fighter had to withdraw with an injury, Ben Saddik was named as a replacement two weeks ago.

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