Glory 13: Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven

  • Season 2013
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Youth and enthusiasm meets experience and guile - Rico Verhoeven meets Peter Aerts in a heavyweight battle from Glory 13 Tokyo.

>> NOW MAKING HIS WAY TO THE

GLORY RING, THIS MAN-MADE HIS

GLORY DEBUT AT GLORY TOURNAMENT,

HERE COMES RICO VERHOEVEN.

>> RICO VERHOEVEN WAS JUST FIVE

YEARS OLD WHEN HE ENTERED THE

RING.

HIS DAD, A BLACK BELT, STARTED

HIM ON A PATH, WHICH YEARS LATER

WOULD TAKE HIM TO VICTORY IN THE

GLORY HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT,

WHICH JUST TOOK PLACE IN

SEPTEMBER, WHERE HE KNOCKED

OFF -- AND NOW STEPS INTO THE

RING VERSING ONE OF HIS IDOLS,

THE LEGENDARY PETER AERTS.

>> THIS MAN'S NAME WILL BE

ETCHED IN THE SPORT'S BIGGEST

MOMENTS, HERE IS PETER AERTS.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> WHAT IS BEING BILLED THE

FINAL TIME IN HIS LEGENDARY

CAREER, PETER AERTS STEPS INTO

THE RING.

THE OLDEST FIGHTER IN THIS

COMPANY AT 43, THE MOST

EXPERIENCE WITH 135 FIGHTS.

TONIGHT HIS FINAL NIGHT AS A

KICKBOXER AS WE GO TO THE TABLE

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MAKERS OF

FIVE HOUR ENERGY, IT'S THE DUTCH

LUM DLER ABOUT THE JACK LAST

STAND AGAINST THE HEAVYWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT CHAMPION.

>> PETER AERTS IS THE UNDERDOG.

HE'S 19 YEARS YOUNGER AND

SHORTER, BUT WHAT THEY DON'T

COUNT, PETER AERTS'S LEGACY AND

HIS HEART, WHICH ARE LEGENDARY.

>> WE ARE SET FOR THE MAIN

EVENT, GLORY 13, THE LEGEND'S

FINAL BOUT.

LET'S GO TO TIM HUGHES.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOUR

HEADLINE FIGHT OF THE EVENING.

ONE OF SPORTS HISTORICAL ROYALTY

TAKING ON THE NEWLY CROWNED

HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT KING.

A BOUT SANCTIONED BY THE

ASSOCIATION, THE REFEREE IN

CHARGE IN THE OPENING BELL,

OSUSHI ONARI.

FROM ARIAKE COLISEUM IN TOKYO,

JAPAN, KICKBOXING FANS WATCHING

IN 170 COUNTRIES AROUND THE

WORLD, IT'S TIME FOR GLORY!

>> INTRODUCING FIRST IN THE

BLACK CORNER, THE REIGNING GLORY

HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPION,

HIS RECORD 42 WINS WITH NINE

LOSSES, STANDING 6-5, 1.96

METERS AND WEIGHING IN AT 255

POUNDS, 116 KILOGRAMS, FIGHTING

OUT OF THE NETHERLANDS, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN, INTRODUCING RICO

VERHOEVEN!

>> HIS OPPONENT FIGHTING OUT OF

THE WHITE CORNER, HIS CAREER

RECORD 103 WINS WITH 30 LOSSES,

1 DRAW, 78 BIG WINS BY KNOCKOUT.

HE STANDS 6-3, 1.92 METERS, 232

POUNDS, 104.8 KILOGRAMS,

FIGHTING TONIGHT OUT OF THE

NETHERLANDS, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, HERE IS PETER AERTS!

>> YOUR REFEREE IS OSUSHI ONARI.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> REFEREE OSUSHI ONARI WITH

FINAL INSTRUCTION.

THE MAIN EVENT FOR GLORY 13

TOKYO.

THE FINAL FIGHT IN THE LEGENDARY

CAREER OF PETER AERTS.

AT THE AGE OF 43, 103 WINS, 30

LOSSES, 1 DRAW, HE FACES THE

FUTURE OF THE SPORT IN RICO

VERHOEVEN.

THE BELL AND ROUND NUMBER ONE.

>> AND WHILE IT HAS BEEN BILLED

THE FINAL FIGHT, COMBAT FORCE

RETIREMENT LASTS ABOUT AS LONG

AS THE COMMON COLD AND WE'LL

HAVE TO SEE WHAT PETER AERTS HAS

LEFT HERE AND HE GOES

IMMEDIATELY ON THE ATTACK.

>> I'VE BEEN GUILTY OF THAT FOUR

OR FIVE TIMES.

>> GREAT START HERE.

RICO VERHOEVEN DELIVERING MANY

STRIKES.

AERTS, WHO HAS WON THREE WORLD

GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIPS,

ONLY -- HAVE WON FOUR.

>> I THINK PETER AERTS FOUGHT

ALL, EXCEPT ONE.

>> THAT IS CORRECT.

>> BORN IN THE NETHERLANDS, THE

SAME PLACE OF LEGEND -- BEGAN

TRAINING KICKBOXING AT THE AGE

OF 14.

WON HIS FIRST WORLD TITLE AT

JUST 19 YEARS OF AGE.

>> I'VE BEEN A LONG-TIME FRIEND

OF PETER, HE'S INCREDIBLE

AMBASSADOR, HE IS KICKBOXING IN

JAPAN AND ALL OVER THE WORLD W.

THAT BEING SAID, THE PRINCE,

RICO VERHOEVEN, WANTS TO TAKE

HIS CROWN AND BECOME THE KING

HIMSELF.

>> VERHOEVEN IS ONE STEP CLOSER,

WHEN HE UPSET DANIEL GHITA

AND -- TOURNAMENT CHAMPION SHN.

>> PETER IS DOING A GREAT JOB,

THE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL

WAR.

HE'S PUTTING OUT ON RICO,

REMINDING HIM, MAN, I'M

DANGEROUS THAT, IS WHY I'VE WON

ALL THESE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

>> YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHAT IS

GOING THROUGH VERHOEVEN'S MIND.

HE'S SPOKEN ABOUT THE ADORATION,

RESPECT HE HAD FOR PETER AERTS

GROWING UP, BEING A FIGHTER IN

THE NETHERLANDS, HE LOOKED UP TO

THE PEOPLE ON THE MOUNT RUSHMORE

OF KICKBOXING.

>> I FOUGHT THE LEGENDARY

MAURICE SMITH.

I DIDN'T FIGHT AS STRONG AS I

SHOULD.

I LOOKED UP TO THE GUY.

THAT IS SOMETHING YOU NEED TO

DO.

30 SECONDS LEFT.

PETER AERTS WANTED TO TURN IT

INTO A STREET FIGHT.

GETTING PHYSICAL AGAINST

VERHOEVEN.

>> LOOKING TOUGH.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> FINAL 10 SECONDS OF WHAT HAS

BEEN AN ACTIVE OPENING ROUND

BETWEEN PETER AERTS AND RICO

VERHOEVEN.

BATTLE OF DUTCH FIGHTERS.

[BELL SOUNDING]

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> GOT TO GIVE THAT ONE TO THE

LUMBERJACK, PETER AERTS.

AGGRESSIVE STRIKING AND MORE.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> YOU KNOW, HERE IS A REPLAY.

GOOD RIGHT HAND.

GOT KICKED BY THE LOW KICK, GOOD

FOR RICO.

GOOD MIDDLE KICK UNDER THE WHITE

HAND, WHICH WILL PAY DIVIDENDS

LATER IN THE FIGHT.

>> LOOK AT GLORY GIRL TIA.

>> SET FOR ROUND NUMBER TWO.

>> ROUND TWO!

>> YOU MENTIONED PETER AERTS

STILL LOOKING PHYSICALLY

IMPRESSIVE AT 43.

HE TOLD US THAT HE WASN'T

PHYSICALLY DECLINING, BUT THERE

IS ALWAYS A TIME TO QUIT THINGS

AND THAT TIME IS NOW, HE

BELIEVES.

AND HE WANTED THE BEST OF

JAPANESE FANS IN THE COUNTRY.

GREAT RIGHT.

ANOTHER RIGHT CROSS CONNECT BY

AERTS.

>> THERE IS THIS THING ABOUT

PETER AERTS.

HE LOOKS BEATABLE UNTIL YOU

FIGHT HIM.

THROWING JAB CROSSES.

YOU KNOW WHAT, HE DOES IT BETTER

THAN ANYONE ELSE, THAT IS WHY

HE'S HARD TO FIGHT.

>> WIN STREAK INTO THIS PLACE.

HIGH KICK AND YES, HIS CALLING

CARD IS A DUCK LUMBERJACK FOR

THE DEVASTATING KICKS.

BEAUTIFUL JAB.

NICE COUNTER.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> VERHOEVEN NEEDS ADJUSTMENTS.

HIS COACH IS AN EXCELLENT

STRATEGIST AND HELPED HIM WIN

FIGHTS, WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS

WITH THE CHANGE OF STRATEGY.

>> VERHOEVEN HAS BEEN TRAINING

AND SPAR WITHING TYSON, AND

DROPS AWAY.R WITHING TYSON, AND

DROPS AWAY.IN WITHING TYSON, AN

DROPS AWAY.G WITHING TYSON, AND

DROPS AWAY. TYSON, AND

DROPS AWAY. TYSON, AND

DROPS AWAY.

>> AERTS STRAIGHT AHEAD, LUNGE

INTOING VERHOEVEN AND TURNS THE

TABLE AT THE MIDWAY POINT OF THE

SECOND ROUND AND THE FIGHT.

BODY KICK BY VERHOEVEN.

LEAD LEFT HOOK BY AERTS.

NOT RULED A KNOCKDOWN.

OUTSIDE LOW KICK BY VERHOEVEN.

VERHOEVEN IS GETTING ON THE

INSIDE AND OUTSIDE LEG.

GOT TO BE MORE ACTIVE, BECAUSE

RIGHT NOW, AT TIMES PETER IS

OVERRUNNING HIM WITH HIS HANDS,

HE'S GOT TO GET BUSIER.

GOOD JOB, BUT IT'S NOT ENOUGH,

HE'S GOT TO DOMINATE.

LEFT HOOK TO THE LIVER BY AERTS.

UNDER A MINUTE LEFT IN THE

SECOND ROUND.

AERTS IN THE POCKET INITIATING

THE LIVER KICK.

LEFT HOOK TO THE BODY.

BEST COMBINATION OF THE NIGHT

FOR HIM.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> NOW VERHOEVEN BEGINNING TO

FIND RHYTHM.

LEFT HOOK TO THE HEAD.

OUTSIDE LOW KICK BY VERHOEVEN.

LIGHT CROSS AND BOUNCES -- 15

SECONDS LEFT IN THE SECOND

ROUND.

>> I'VE NEVER SEEN PETER AERTS

GET HURT BY A LEG KICK HIS WHOLE

CAREER.

>> THIRD ROUND COMING UP.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> THAT WAS -- I'M GO WITHING

RICO VERHOEVEN, BIGGER BODY KICK

AND PETER AERTS WATCHED.

VERHOEVEN NEEDS TO COME OUT AND

GET AFTER IT.

HE'S DOMINATING.

AGAIN, NICE HOOK --

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> GOING TO BE A KNOCKDOWN.

THE LOW KICKS ARE DEFINITELY

DOING THEIR DAMAGE.

GREAT STRATEGY BY THE PRINCE,

RICO VERHOEVEN.

>> WE ARE SET FOR THE THIRD AND

FINAL ROUND, THE CROWD AT THE

ARIAKE COLISEUM PROMOTING PETER

AERTS AS HE FIGHTS WITH RICO

VERHOEVEN.

43-YEAR-OLD AERTS MADE HIS WORLD

GRAND PRIX DEBUT IN THE FIRST

EVER GRAND PRIX IN 1993, WHERE

HE WAS ELIMINATED BY A LEGEND.

HE WON THE FIRST GRAND PRIX IN

'94 AND WOULD NOT WIN AGAIN

UNTIL 1998 WHEN HE KNOCKED OUT

ALL THREE OPPONENTS IN FRONT OF

A HUGE CROWD AT THE TOKYO DOME

IN WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE ONE

OF THE BEST GRAND PRIX'S EVER.

I WAS INVITED TO THE 1993, BUT I

HURT MY BACK.

>> THE LATE GREAT ANDY HOVE.

RIGHT CROSS BY VERHOEVEN AND

INSIDE LOOK AT VERHOEVEN.

HIGH KICK BY AERTS.

BODY KICK BY AERTS.

>> WE GOT OURSELVES A FIGHT.

MY GOSH, THE 43-YEAR-OLD HAS IT

GOING.

HE'S THINKING, MAYBE I SHOULD

COME OUT NOW.

>> RIGHT HAND BY ARK.

INSIDE LOW KICK BY VERHOEVEN.

THEY ARE GOING MOTTO TO MOTTO OF

ROYAL 13 TOKYO IN WHAT IS BEING

BILLED AS PETER AERTS'S FINAL

FIGHT.

>> I TOLD YOU, YOU KNOW ABOUT

SPORTS RETIREMENT.

BODY KICK BY VERHOEVEN.

BODY KICK BY AERTS.

>> IS AERTS HANGING OUT WITH

HOPKIN?

WHAT'S UP.

LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE.

>> INSIDE LOW KICK BY VERHOEVEN.

>> LEAD RIGHT HAND BY RICO

VERHOEVEN CLENCHED BY AERTS.

10 -- 135th FIGHT AS A

PROFESSIONAL.

>> UNDER A MINUTE REMAINING IN

THE THIRD ROUND.

>> WARNING AERTS FOR SECOND

HOLDING.

>> THE FINAL 45 SECONDS OF WHAT

HAS BEEN ONE OF THE GREATEST

CAREERS IN KICKBOXING.

DOES PETER AERTS HAVE ONE LAST

VICTORY LEFT IN HIM? RICO

VERHOEVEN ON THE OFFENSIVE.

INSIDE LOW KICK BY THE CHAMPION.

THE TOURNAMENT CHAMPION.

VERHOEVEN WANTING TO NOT ONLY

HAVE THE TOURNAMENT PASS THROUGH

AERTS, HE WANTS TO RIP IT FROM

HIS HANDS.

>> HE'S GOT TO STOP FLINCHING,

THAT WILL NOT WIN THE FIGHT FOR

HIM.

HE'S GOT TO STRIKE AND STAY ON

THE LEGS, OTHERWISE HE WILL LET

PETER TIE HIM UP AND NOT WIN

THIS FIGHT.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> THE CROWD BEGINNING TO ROAR

THEIR SUPPORT FOR PETER AERTS.

KICKS FROM VERHOEVEN.

PETER AERTS FINAL FIGHT IN JAPAN

GOES THE DISTANCE.

[BELL SOUNDING]

>> WHAT A FIGHT.

THAT WAS AN INCREDIBLE

PERFORMANCE BY BOTH FIGHTERS,

NOT ONLY TOURN AMENTS CHAMPION,

BUT LEGEND OF ALL LEGEND, KING

OF KICKBOXERS, PETER AERTS, VERY

SPIRITTED LAST FIGHT HERE IN

JAPAN.

>> WE MIGHT HAVE OURSELVES AN

EXTRA ROUND.

VERY CLOSE FIGHT.

>> PETER AERTS TRAINED BY

HARRINGTON.

WHEN HARRY RETIRED, HE MOVED TO

THE COLISEUM GYM, AND HE GOES

FULL NINE MINUTES AGAINST THE

24-YEAR-OLD RICO VERHOEVEN.

>> HERE IS THE FINAL STATS.

AGAIN, THE PERCEPTAGES 67 ON THE

ARMS AND ON THE LEGS 76% FOR

RICO, AND 68% OVERALL.

POWER STRIKES WERE EVEN THE

FIRST ROUND, BUT ACROSS THE

BOARD AT THE END, I TOOK --

>> GREAT HIGHLIGHTS HERE.

RICO WAS GETTING AFTER THE LEG,

TRYING TO CUT THE TREE DOWN SO

HE COULDN'T GET LUMBERJACKED.

AGAIN, GREAT LOW KICK CHOPPING

THE TREE DOWN.

>> SO GLORY 13 TOKYO MAIN EVENT

IS IN THE BOOKS.

LET'S GET THE OFFICIAL DECISION

FROM JIM HUGHES.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AFTER

THREE ROUNDS, WE GO TO THE

JUDGES SCORE CARD.

JUDGE SCORED 13-27 VERHOEVEN.

JUDGE WICKERS SCORES 29-28

AERTS.

AND JUDGE SCORES THE BOUT 29-29,

THE WINNER RICO VERHOEVEN BY

SPLIT DECISION.

>> RICO VERHOEVEN ESCAPES WITH A

SPLIT DECISION OVER THE DUTCH

LUMBERJACK PETER AERTS, A MAN

WHO HAS DEDICATED NEARLY 30

YEARS OF HIS LIFE TO KICKBOXING.

A MAN WHO RETIRES A LEGEND O.

BEHALF OF KICKBOXING FANS AROUND

THE WORLD, THANK YOU, PETER

AERTS, FOR EVERYTHING.

FOR US AT GLORY, I'M SAYING

GOODBYE.

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