Hesdy Gerges

Hesdy Gerges (born February 20, 1984)[4] is an Egyptian-Dutch[5] kickboxer, fighting out of the Vos Gym in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He held the It's Showtime World Heavyweight title until January 28, 2012. Gerges has competed in the K-1, It's Showtime, SUPERKOMBAT and GLORY promotions and is currently signed to Bellator.

Hesdy Gerges
BornHesdy Gerges
(1984-02-20) February 20, 1984 (age 36)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Other namesFighterheart[1]
Height2.00 m (6 ft 6 12 in)
Weight100.0 kg (220.5 lb; 15.75 st)
DivisionSuper Heavyweight
Reach77 in (196 cm)
StyleKickboxing, Muay Thai
Fighting out ofAmsterdam, Netherlands
TeamChakuriki Gym (2005–2013)
Vos Gym (2013–present)
TrainerThom Harinck[2]
Rene Rooze[2]
Years active2003–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout23
By knockout8
No contests1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By decision1
Other information
SpouseDenise Kielholtz[3]
last updated on: November 19, 2015

Biography and careerEdit

Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, he began training in kickboxing in 2001. He joined the Chakuriki Gym and trained under Thom Harinck who has also trained Badr Hari. Gerges was a notorious delinquent outside of the ring who, according to Harinck, was even worse than Badr Hari.[6]

On October 17, 2009 at Ultimate Glory 11: A Decade of Fights in Amsterdam he defeated Ruslan Karaev by unanimous decision.

On May 29, 2010 at It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam he won the It's Showtime Heavyweight title after being fouled by Badr Hari.

On October 2 Gerges was a fan voted fighter to fight at the K-1 Final 16 in Seoul, South Korea. He fought four-time and current champion Semmy Schilt. Although fighting very well in the 1st and 3rd round against the much favored Schilt Gerges lost by Majority decision. Because he was only two points away from a draw and had battered the legs of Schilt like no other fighter had ever managed to do before he was chosen to fight at the finals on December 11, 2010 in a reserve fight against Yusuke Fujimoto. This was Fujimoto's retirement match and Gerges won by TKO (3 knockdowns).[7]

However, in 2011 Gerges was not over impressive in his performances, despite going 2-1 by beating Daniel Ghiță and Chris Knowles. He lost to Rico Verhoeven by a narrow split decision in a superfight at the SUPERKOMBAT Fight Club.

On January 28, 2012 he lost to Ghiță in the rematch, by first-round knockout. As a result, he lost his Showtime Heavyweight Title.[8]

He faced Sergei Lascenko at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Tokyo Final 16 on October 14, 2012.[9][10] He was able to block the majority of Lascenko's punches while battering the Ukrainian with low kicks, and took the unanimous decision victory.[11]

He faced Carter Williams in a non-tournament bout at the SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix 2012 Final in Bucharest, Romania on December 22, 2012 and won by a third-round knockout.[12]

At the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final on March 15, 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia, he faced Ismael Londt in the quarter-finals[13] and bowed out from a broken nose in round three after receiving a flying knee from Londt.[14][15]

He defeated Pavel Zhuravlev by unanimous decision at Final Fight Championship 6 in Poreč, Croatia on June 14, 2013.[16][17]

He joined Glory in July 2013.[18]

He lost to Errol Zimmerman by third-round TKO in the tournament reserve match at Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States on October 12, 2013.[19][20]

He defeated Ewerton Teixeira by unanimous decision at Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on December 21, 2013.[21]

He defeated Jhonata Diniz via second-round TKO at Glory 15: Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey on April 12, 2014.[22][23]

Gerges won via disqualification when he was attacked while downed by Jamal Ben Saddik just seconds into their bout at Qabala Fight Series #1 in Qabala, Azerbaijan on June 29, 2014.[24][25]

In June 2018, Gerges announced that he had signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator and that he would compete both as a Bellator mixed martial artist and kickboxer.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Gerges is born in Amsterdam, Netherlands of Coptic Egyptian descent.[27] He is married to women's MMA fighter Denise Kielholtz.[28]

Drug-trafficking convictionEdit

On February 15, 2011, Hesdy Gerges was arrested in Amsterdam under suspicion of being part of a drug deal involving 128 kg (282 lb) of cocaine.[29][30][31][32][33][34][35]

His half-brother was arrested May 2010 in a warehouse in Belgium that contained 128 kg of cocaine. Hesdy was already out of the picture in the investigation of 2010, but for some reason the investigation had stalled and he was put back in the picture on February 15, 2011. There was no cocaine or any weapons found in Hesdy residence. His trainer, Thom Harinck spoke with the Dutch Metro News on February 21, and outright said, "Hesdy has been framed. He wakes up at 7:30, at 10:00am he trains with me, rests in the afternoon, then in the evening does strength and conditioning and is in bed by 10:00 PM. I cannot imagine that he still would have time for things like this."[36][37]

On February 25, 2011, Hesdy Gerges was released from Belgium police.[38]

At the beginning of May 2011, Hesdy was extradited to Belgium to be dealt with as the Belgian authorities suspected that the trafficking ring was going through Belgium. On May 13, 2011, Hesdy was released again and stays with his claim that he is 100% innocent."[39][40] At a later trial Gerges was convicted and sentenced to 54 months in prison for drug-trafficking.[41]


  • 2016 Kings Of The Ring World K-1 Rules Super Heavyweight Champion (+96.600 kg)
  • 2015 Kunlun Fight Super Heavyweight tournament runner up
  • 2010 It's Showtime World Heavyweight champion +95 kg
  • 2009 World Full Contact Association (W.F.C.A.) (K-1 rules) super heavyweight world champion +95 kg
  • 2009 V.I.P. Fight Night tournament runner up
  • 2008 W.F.C.A. European champion
  • 2008 W.F.C.A. Benelux champion
  • 2007 W.F.C.A. Thai-boxing super heavyweight Dutch champion +95 kg

Kickboxing recordEdit

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 0 wins 2 losses
By knockout 0 1
By decision 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–2 Dragos Zubco Decision (unanimous) Bellator 230 October 12, 2019 3 5:00 Milan, Italy
Loss 0–1 Domingos Barros TKO (punches) Bellator 211 December 1, 2018 1 3:52 Genoa, Italy

See alsoEdit


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