Although Glory 13 proved to be a success and brought in many new fans, the event also marked the closing of one of the greatest careers in combat sports.
Peter Aerts, known to fans as “The Dutch Lumberjack” ended his 25-year combat sports career after a split-decision loss to Glory Heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven in the headlining bout.
Although Verhoeven may be known as the “Prince of Kickboxing,” Aerts will be revered as one of a deity in the sport.
Throughout his career, the Dutch accumulated a kickboxing record of 105-32-1. His win column features a list of who’s who in the sport while his trophy case is filled with several championships, including six K-1 World Grand Prix titles. In addition to his impressive kickboxing career, Aerts went 1-1 in mixed martial arts competition.
It is fitting that Aerts’ last fight took place in Japan as many of his triumphs have taken place in front of the Japanese crowds.
We here at Cage Pages would like to wish Aerts the best of luck in his future.
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