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Kickboxer suffers a face injury that was so bad during a fight that his own phone didn’t recognize him

Kickboxer suffers from a gruesome face injury that was so bad during a fight that his own phone didn’t recognize him … but he still successfully defended his heavyweight title!

  • Rico Verhoeven defending his heavyweight title against Jamal Ben Saddik
  • But the fighter was knocked down in the second round with a large cut under the eye.
  • Despite bleeding heavily under the eye, Verhoeven was allowed to continue
  • He eventually won the fight in Arnhem to record his 15th consecutive victory.


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A kickboxing champion managed to successfully defend his heavyweight title, despite sustaining facial injuries so severe that his own mobile phone did not recognize him.

Rico Verhoeven was defending his title in a fight with Jamal Ben Saddik at ‘Glory: Collision 3’ in Arnhem, Holland, winning successfully after a fourth round knockout.

But the Dutchman was nearly stopped two rounds earlier when he was brought down by his opponent, causing him to suffer a large cut below his left eye.

Rico Verhoeven sported a large cut under his eye following his kickboxing win

Rico Verhoeven sported a large cut under his eye following his kickboxing win

When jokingly asked if his own phone would recognize him, the Dutchman's test later confirmed that it did not after the brutal encounter with Jamal Ben Saddik.

When jokingly asked if his own phone would recognize him, the Dutchman's test later confirmed that it did not after the brutal encounter with Jamal Ben Saddik.

When jokingly asked if his own phone would recognize him, the Dutchman’s test later confirmed that it did not after the brutal encounter with Jamal Ben Saddik.

Despite blood gushing from under Verhoeven’s eye, a ring doctor allowed the fight to continue before the heavyweight rallied to retain his title.

After the fight, and wearing a very bloodstained cast under his eye that was very swollen and barely open, the 32-year-old was questioned about his injury.

After being jokingly asked if his phone’s facial technology still recognized him, Verhoeven pulled out his phone to put his question to the test, with a predictable answer.

Verhoeven got caught in the second round of the 'Glory: Collision 3' event in Arnhem, The Netherlands

Verhoeven got caught in the second round of the 'Glory: Collision 3' event in Arnhem, The Netherlands

Verhoeven got caught in the second round of the ‘Glory: Collision 3’ event in Arnhem, The Netherlands

Despite taking heavy blows, Verhoeven managed to claim his 15th consecutive win

Despite taking heavy blows, Verhoeven managed to claim his 15th consecutive win

Despite taking heavy blows, Verhoeven managed to claim his 15th consecutive win

The Dutchman attacks with a roundhouse kick while fighting for a victory in the fourth round.

The Dutchman attacks with a roundhouse kick while fighting for a victory in the fourth round.

The Dutchman attacks with a roundhouse kick while fighting for a victory in the fourth round.

He said Mma fight: ‘Do I really have to answer that? Yes, it was the worst. So, of course, people make jokes, so after the fight at the press conference, “Rico! Is your phone’s facial recognition still working?”

“I was like, ‘I don’t know, but let me try.’ It wasn’t like that. So it was perfect for that moment, it was like trying to put it on the bright side. But yeah, now it works. ‘

Verhoeven later required six stitches on his injury and praised his cutman in the ring, who helped ensure the injury didn’t get even worse during the fight.

With a bloody face, the 32-year-old celebrates with his team after the victory

With a bloody face, the 32-year-old celebrates with his team after the victory

With a bloody face, the 32-year-old celebrates with his team after the victory

His title defense now spans seven years as he greets the crowd in Arnhem.

His title defense now spans seven years as he greets the crowd in Arnhem.

His title defense now spans seven years as he greets the crowd in Arnhem.

“ He did an amazing job, I was so happy he was there. That’s also what I told him after the fight, I was like “I’m so happy you were there,” he continued.

‘After the fight he took care of me, he was there cooling it down and making sure the wound was well and well treated. He closed it and let the doctors see it. So I was so happy with him. ‘

Verhoeven is widely regarded as one of the best kickboxers in the world and his win over Ben Saddik was the 15th in a row dating back to 2015, a year after he picked up his heavyweight championship.

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