GLORY Kickboxing have made a monumental announcement that will see kickboxing return to Amsterdam for GLORY 26 at RAI Amsterdam on Friday, December 4.

The arena RAI Amsterdam can hold up to 12,900 people, and the venue will surely be at capacity for GLORY’s first trip to the proclaimed home of kickboxing, which feature two world championship match-up. Also, a Featherweight Contender Tournament; featuring Moroccan-Dutchman Mosab Amrani, to determine a challenger for Gabriel Varga’s title.

The Netherland’s own Rico Verhoeven will defend his GLORY Heavyweight World Championship against the winner of the Heavyweight Contender Tournament from GLORY 24 in Denver on Oct. 9.

Countryman and GLORY Welterweight World Champion Niekey Holzken co-headlines GLORY 26 and will face the winner of Welterweight Contender Tournament which takes place at GLORY 25 Milan on Friday, Nov. 6.

This is a huge feat for GLORY and kickboxing in Holland. In recent years, combat sports such as MMA and kickboxing have had political negativity attached to them, being unfairly linked to criminal activity. This went as far as Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan denying permits and refusing licences for events to be held in the city.

With this taken into account, it is a huge move for the future of kickboxing and combat events in Amsterdam, once the hot bed of stand-up sport. Former brand It’s Showtime used to run a large portion of their events from Amsterdam, which signified how big the sport was in Holland.

“We are proud to be able to host this historic event in Amsterdam with the blessing of Mayor Van der Laan’s office,” said GLORY CEO Jon Franklin. “After a year of negotiations by our team, the Dutch fans will finally be able to experience the world’s top kickboxing league live.

“The Netherlands has such a rich history of kickboxing, from the world-renowned gyms to the numerous championship athletes the region has produced.”




Tickets for GLORY 26 Amsterdam go on sale next Thursday, Oct. 5 at