Utrecht’s own Kevin ‘Louie’ van Heeckeren will be defending home soil against California’s Matt ‘The Butcher’ Baker. Agreements are in place for the pair to clash in the headline bout of the GLORY 65 Utrecht Preliminary Card.
— GLORY Kickboxing (@GLORY_WS) January 22, 2019
Van Heeckeren trains and fights out of The Colosseum Gym in Utrecht, where his teammates include fellow GLORY middleweight Jason Wilnis and lightweight prospect Tyjani Beztati. He has a 1-1 record in GLORY, having won his GLORY 51 debut by way of first-round knockout but then dropped a unanimous decision to Donovan Wisse at GLORY 59.
Utrechter Kevin van Heeckeren maakt vandaag zijn GLORY-debuut op de SuperFight Series. Het nummer dat bij zijn opkomst wordt gedraaid? ♫Als ik boven op de Dom sta! ♫Veel succes Kevin! 💪 pic.twitter.com/1SjcSREJvJ
— SV FC Utrecht (@SVFCUtrecht) March 3, 2018
Baker is 3-1 in GLORY and rides a two-fight win streak into this bout, with both of those wins coming by way of stoppage. Ranked #7 at middleweight, Baker fights out of Team Black and trains under Dan Black, who has previously served as a stand-up coach to the UFC’s Nick and Nate Diaz, among others.
In addition to the bout agreement for this fight, Baker has also this week signed a new contract with GLORY, a multi-fight long-term deal which will carry him through 2019 and beyond.
GLORY 65 Utrecht takes place Friday, May 17 at the Central Studios in Utrecht, Netherlands.