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Glory Kickboxing 22 Lille Results: Verhoeven vs. Adegbuyi Winners, Scorecards

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2015

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24:  Darren Finn (L) throws a punch during the middleweight boxing Title bout between Darren Finn of Australia and Evan Stewart of Australia at Skilled Park on March 24, 2012 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
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Rico Verhoeven easily defended his heavyweight title at Glory 22, beating challenger Benjamin Adegbuyi by unanimous decision in the main event. The three judges scored the fight 49-47, 49-47 and 50-45. 

The 26-year-old Dutchman showed his superior technique after a difficult first round and was hardly bothered by Adegbuyi, who was given a shot at the title after just three fights with the organisation.

Adegbuyi shocked the fans in Lille during the first round, dominating the champion with excellent power punches and a great jab. The Romanian challenger showed no fear whatsoever for Verhoeven and used his advantage in reach to perfection, even rocking the Dutchman with one good shot.

Boxing star and former kickboxing champion Chris Algieri loved what he was seeing:

Chris Algieri @ChrisAlgieri

These big boys are going at it! @GLORY_WS #GLORY22

Verhoeven countered with great kicks in the second round, forcing Adegbuyi to move more and negate the jab. Adegbuyi missed badly with several big shots, and his punching rate dropped considerably.

Adegbuyi tired quickly in the third, as Verhoeven started finding his range and speeding up. His corner urged him on to keep moving, taking advantage of Adegbuyi's relative inexperience and tendency to rely on his boxing too much. MMA plus liked what they saw from the champion:

MMA PLUS @MMAPLUS

Verhoeven looking slick in the third, using his head movement in this round. #GLORY22

 Glory agreed:

GLORY Kickboxing @GLORY_WS

The champ is looking SLICK at the end of round three, two rounds to go with the belt on the line #GLORY22 on @spike http://t.co/54lIf957BJ

The challenger improved in the fourth round, becoming more adventurous with his kicks, but Verhoeven remained in control of the fight, driving Adegbuyi into the corners with brilliant combinations.

Adegbuyi went looking for the knockout in the final round and seemed to find his power again, but Verhoeven comfortably survived the onslaught and did even more damage with combinations in the final minute.

Fans and pundits feared Adegbuyi wasn't ready for a fight against Verhoeven, a superb technician, but he told his doubters they would be in for a big shock:

He certainly looked capable of pushing the champion during the first round, but he simply didn't have the stamina to keep up the power punches. Adegbuyi still has incredible potential, and don't be shocked if he gets another shot at Verhoeven in the near future.

Verhoeven has now successfully defended his heavyweight title twice and is quickly establishing himself as the dominant force in the heavyweight division. Daniel Ghita ranks second in the division, but he hasn't fought since his loss to Verhoeven in 2014. 

There's no one left in the top five of the division for Verhoeven to beat, so a rematch with Errol Zimmerman could be next. American prospect Xavier Vigney needs one more big win to become a contender, and fans likely can't wait to see whether he has what it takes to take the belt from Verhoeven.

Zack Mwekassa returned to his winning ways with a brutal knockout win over Carlos Brooks in the first round. Brooks struggled mightily with Mwekassa's power from the opening bell, and a huge left hook ended the fight in a blur.

MMA fighter Will Brooks was shocked when he saw the incredible shot:

Will Brooks @ILLxWillBrooks

Good God I think he killed him @GLORY_WS #GLORY22

The Black Warrior needed a win in the worst way after losing his last bout at Glory 18 against Saulo Cavalari, and this spectacular triumph should put him back on the map in the light-heavyweight division.

The undercard included a lightweight contender tournament, with the winner earning the right to battle Robin van Roosmalen for the lightweight title. Sittichai Sitsongpeenong dominated Josh Jauncey in the final with fantastic left kicks to the body and the head, winning by unanimous decision.

Glory confirmed the result, which saw all three judges score the fight 30-27 in favour of the 23-year-old:

GLORY Kickboxing @GLORY_WS

The new GLORY Lightweight Contender is...SITTICHAI SITSONPEENONG! He's earned a shot at the @robinvroosmalen's belt. #GLORY22

The new contender controlled the fight with his reach and will have a similar advantage against the smaller Van Roosmalen, who is widely regarded as the top lightweight fighter in the world. He was hardly tested during the tournament, however, and will have to prove he has a chin against the powerful Van Roosmalen. 

Sitsongpeenong easily won his semi-final against Davit Kiria by knockout in the opening round, and Glory's official Twitter account shared footage of the incredible shot:

GLORY Kickboxing @GLORY_WS

Sittichai takes Davit Kiria down! He goes on to the finals in ONE HOUR on @Spike RETWEET and WATCH http://t.co/cM2bWGk9LE

Not to be outdone, Jauncey dominated Djime Coulibaly for two rounds, knocking the last-minute replacement down twice in the second round. Per tournament rules, that meant the match was over in favour of Jauncey.

 Algieri was impressed by Jauncey's excellent usage of kicks in combination with his punches:

Chris Algieri @ChrisAlgieri

@GLORY_WS @jauncey93 great combinations mixing hands and feet. Good kickboxing on display #GLORY22

Jauncey was cut almost immediately by Sitsongpeenong in the first round of their final bout and never found an answer to the Thai's kicks. He tried closing the distance with his knees but left himself exposed to the jab. While he did well to stay upright, Sitsongpeenong knew at the end of the first round he had the fight in the bag.

The two rank among Glory's biggest talents in the lightweight division and should resume this rivalry for years to come. Jauncey may have suffered a disappointing loss on Friday, but the 22-year-old will learn from the experience and will get another shot at contender status soon enough.

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