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Badr Hari Released on Bail After Weekend Arrest in Morocco

While initial reports as to the situation with Badr Hari in Morocco were foggy at best, further information was released today by the press. Badr Hari was indeed arrested on this weekend in Morocco at the Casablanca airport, but he was not flying to Brussels, instead he was flying from Brussels and was detained upon landing in his home country. The reason behind the arrest was the assault in Marrakesh the previous month. The arrest also happened on Saturday, not Thursday.

Hari has been released on bail and it looks like the kickboxing bad boy has indeed found himself in trouble yet again, contrary to friends and fans persistence that the media was somehow trying to make Hari look bad yet again. 

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Badr Hari Detained In Casablanca Airport, Subsequently Released

Badr Hari is once again snatching headlines out of thin air, this time due to an arrest in Casablanca, Morocco. While the reason for the arrest has yet to be released, chances are it has something to do with the recent assault that Hari committed in Marrakesh, Morocco where a waiter was attacked for bringing the kickboxing superstar a glass of vodka and not a bottle. 

Reports claim that Hari was at the airport, departing for the Netherlands when he was detained. No reason has been released yet, but the speculation is that it's related to the late April incident. Badr Hari has been in the news again when renewed interest in a possible bout between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari surfaced, with both men accepting the fight and simply looking to find an appropriate home for it. Verhoeven is currently in a negotiation period with GLORY for a new contract, which slows things down a bit, although the promotion has hoped to deliver the Hari fight for Verhoeven as a part of an offer.

If this arrest leads to anything more serious the chances of Badr Hari fighting Verhoeven drop from an already improbable range to practically zero. Here's looking at you, kid.

UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, he was released after a period of time. Apparently he was also flying to Brussels, not the Netherlands and his people are fervently saying that he wasn't arrested, simply "questioned."]

UPDATE: The same site that initially reported this news had a followup that went into further detail, explaining that the arrest was done quietly in the airport and pertained to the recent assault involving Badr Hari.

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Bucharest Card and Details on SuperKombat Expo and Gym

SuperKombat is once again looking to make a big impact this year by changing things up yet again. SuperKombat's dedication to bringing the world premiere kickboxing is perhaps unrivaled in passion and scope. On Saturday, May 7th, while there is a SuperKombat show featuring Cesar Almeida and Mauses Baute competing for the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight Championship, there will be a lot more as well. 

Kickboxing legend Remy Bonjasky will be hosting a slew of events over the course of the weekend to help bring kickboxing into the limelight, including the opening of the SuperKombat Academy in Bucharest. The aim of the SuperKombat Academy will be to raise the next generation of kickboxing stars. The SuperKombat team, led by Eduard Irimia, will be overseeing and curating the talent that comes through the SuperKombat Academy. They state that they are there to help both current and future stars. SuperKombat's track record with building new stars is perhaps one of the best in the business, with fighters like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan Stoica, Andrei Stoica, Cristian Milea, Amancsio Paraschiv and many others making a name for themselves on SuperKombat shows and becoming some of the best and most respected fighters in the world. 

SuperKombat will also be holding an Expo for fighters, trainers and brands to learn more about SuperKombat and the opportunities that they can provide. You can check out more details on their website.

Fight Card for the Superkombat World Grand Prix, Bucharest. 7th May 2016

New Heroes (19:00 CET, ora 20:00, live on Fight Box and Sport.ro)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Cosmin Ionescu (Romania) vs Alexandru Nedelcu (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Dani Traore (Germany) vs Eduard Ingeaua (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Nigel Thomas (United Kingdom) vs Bogdan Năstase (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Welterweight bout (-69 kg)

Bledion Pireva (Albania) vs Daniel Corbeanu (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)

Panos Theodosiadis (Greece) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)

6. Super Fight – Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Danut Hurduc (Romania) vs TBA

World Grand Prix (21:00 CET, live on Sport.ro and Eurosport 1)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Imanol Rodriguez (Spain) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Sebastian Cozmâncă (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Kirk Krouba (Belgium) vs Dangelo Marshall (Suriname)

4. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)

Cristian Milea (Romania) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)

Stauros Exakoustidis (Greece) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

6. Superkombat World Title - Light Heavyweight bout (-86 kg)

Cesar Almeida (Brazil) vs Moises Baute (Spain)

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It's W5 Time XXXIII Card From Vienna, Austria on May 21st

On May 21st in Vienna, Austria W5 returns for It's W5 Time XXXIII. The event, airing live via a stream on their website, will feature a rematch between Massaro Glunder and Foad Sadeghi. They fought in December under the W5 banner in a fast-paced bout that saw Glunder walk away with the decision victory, but clearly there was more between the two that had to be resolved. They'll clash again on Saturday, May 21st for the W5 72.5kg Intercontinental Championship.

W5 72.5kg Intercontinental Championship: Massaro Glunder (C) vs. Foad Sadeghi

Agron Preteni vs. Labinot Zekej

Vlad Tuinov vs. Jordann Pikeur

Henry Bannert vs. Marcel Jager

Karim Mabrouk vs. Miran Fabjan

Marco Pleschberger vs. Darryl Sichtman

Dardan Avdylaj vs. Luka Petrovic

Adrian Valentinin vs. Igor Emkic

Manuel Sembera vs. Grega Smole

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FFC Plans Two Big Shows in the US This June Featuring Kickboxers Mladen Brestovac and Pavel Zhuravlev

Croatian MMA and kickboxing promotion FFC has announced that starting this spring they will begin promoting events inside of the United States with two events already lined up. The first event is June 3rd in Daytona Beach, which has been announced as a purely-MMA event, while the second event on June 10th in Springfield, Massachusetts will be both MMA and kickboxing. While there aren't any official kickboxing bouts announced yet, they have promised that Mladen Brestovac and Pavel Zhuravlev will be fighting.

Interestingly enough, both events will be aired live on CBS Sports Network. While kickboxing in the United States hasn't become hugely popular yet by any means, with it becoming more readily available one has to think that it can only be a good thing for the sport. 

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WGP #30 Card Featuring Alex Pereira Defending His Title

WGP Kickboxing in Brazil returns with their 30th numbered event, headlined by WGP 85kg Champion Alex Pereira looking to defend his championship against Junior Alpha. Pereira, who has made a name for himself over the past few years in GLORY, will be looking to once again prove his dominance in the WGP ring and that he's one of the best in the world. The co-main event sees the 78.1kg championship on the line between the ever-awesome Thiago Michel and Diego Gaucho. 

WGP #30 happens on May 7th.

WGP 30

MAIN EVENT: Dispute Belt WGP Kickboxing 

K1 Rules / Weight-Cruiser (85 Kg) 

Alex Pereira (Heavyweight Team) vs Junior Alpha (Kingstar) 

CO-MAIN EVENT: Dispute Belt WGP Kickboxing 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Medio (78.1 kg) 

Thiago Michel (Ely Kickboxing) vs Diego Gaúcho (Inside Munil Adriano) 

Dispute Belt Panamericano WAKO 

Low Kicks / Weight-Medium (75 kg) 

Tadeu San Martino (San Martino Team / UFT - BRA) vs Nicolas Ryske (Picante Fight Club - ARG) 

SUPER FIGHT 7 

K1 Rules / Heavyweight (94 kg) 

Felipe Micheletti (Carseti Fight Team) vs. Haime Morais (Shotgan) 

SUPER FIGHT 6 

K1 Rules / Weight-Medium-Medium (71.8 kg) 

Bruno Gazani (ABC Union - BRA) vs Emanuel Ramponi (RC Kickboxing - ARG) 

SUPER FIGHT 5 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Lightweight (64.5 kg) 

Wilson Djavan (UFT) vs Marcus Vinicius (Rock Union Fight) 

WGP # 30: Super Fights 

SUPER FIGHT 4 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Lightweight (64.5 kg) 

Ivan Ibarbe (Team Rooms - BOL) vs Fernando Maestro (Corinthians Kickboxing - BRA) 

SUPER FIGHT 3 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-East (78.1 kg) 

Thiago "Golden Boy" (Thailand Top Team) vs Inaftali Gomes (Serginho Team) 

SUPER FIGHT 2 

K1 Rules / Weight-Lightweight (60 kg) 

Felipe 'Artillero' Bocaz (Company Top Fight - CHI) vs Jhonatan Leuch (CT Celio Rodrigues - BRA) 

SUPER FIGHT 1 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Lightweight (64.5 kg) 

Robson "Minotinho" (Coliseum Team) vs. Henrique Silva (Arena Team) 

WGP # 30: Undercard 

FIGHT 3 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super Heavyweight (+94 kg) 

Johnny Klever (Yoshinaga Fight Team) vs. Junior Cassiano (Elite / RFW) 

FIGHT 2 

K1 Rules / Weight-Medium-Medium (71.8 kg) 

Daniel Dias (ABC Union) vs. Luis "Predator" Santos (2PA ARENA) 

FIGHT 1 

K1 Rules / Weight-Medium-Medium (71.8 kg) 

Marcus 'Jonn Jones' (China Team) vs Yanco 'Popo' (CT Benacci Team / Pure Impact) 

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Badr Hari Once Again Involved in Bar Attack Incident

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In what feels like a broken record, Badr Hari has once again found himself in trouble with the law due to his notorious temper. After his name resurfaced in the realm of kickboxing due to talks of Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven heating up, Hari couldn't go more than a matter of days before finding himself assaulting yet another member of the public. 

According to multiple reports, Badr Hari was at the Sofitel Hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco when he assaulted a waiter. According to reports, Badr requested "vodka" and when it was brought to him he snapped on the waiter, throwing him to the ground and pounding on him only for a hotel patron to attempt to pry Badr off of the waiter and end up in the hospital for his intrusion. The most famous case of Hari's temper was the beating of Koen Everink, which resulted in prison time for Hari, some of which he's still awaiting to serve.

The troubled kickboxer was looking to have a retirement fight this year, most likely against Rico Verhoeven after the recent press blitz. Hilariously enough, right when it looked like the gears were in motion to make the fight (rumors of GLORY looking into a one-off fight with Hari, even), Hari lost his temper and most likely ensured that the fight will never be made.  

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Kunlun Fight 43 Fight Card

Kunlun Fight 43 will take place on April 23 in Zhoukou, China. As usual they have top names on their card including one incredible match up between Murthel Groenhart and Artur Kyshenko. These two fought in 2012 in the final of the K-1 Max tournament and Murthel won by KO but since then both fighters have gone up in weight so it should be interesting. Also Sittichai Sitsongpeenong will be back in action against Morrocan fighter Walid Hamid

Kunlun Fight 43 Fight Card

70kgs Qualifiers - Semi-Finals

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Tha) vs Walid Hamid (Mor)

Youssef Boulahtari (Bel) vs Aziz Kallah (Ned)

Josh Aragon (USA) vs Kong Lingfeng (Chn)

Kim Minsoo (Kor) vs Zhao Yan (Chn)

Super Fights

Murthel Groenhart (Ned) vs Artur Kyshenko (Ukr) -80kg

Rachel Adamus (Ned) vs Wang Kehan (Chn) -65kg

Pascal Koster (Ned) vs Wei Ninghui (Chn) -64kg

Keijiro Kyakoshi (Jap) vs Lee Chan Hyeong (Kor) -63kg

Takashi Noto (Jap) vs Zhang Lipeng (Chn) -75kg MMA

Faisal Zakaria (Sud) vs Asihati (Chn) -100kg+ 

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Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven Spar in the Media, But For What?

The other evening on Dutch TV the GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven laid out a challenge at perennial bad boy Badr Hari for a fight. The two of them have been taking potshots at each other through social media for a while now. Without a doubt Rico Verhoeven is the top heavyweight in the world right now and the man to beat, while Badr Hari was at one time the man to beat but his legal problems and interesting choices in friends have led him to simply be a headline-snatching name in the news on occasion. 

Video (in Dutch)

Badr Hari was quick to reply on Twitter with a "challenge accepted."

To which Verhoeven replied via Instagram.

The question right now is simple, though; what does this actually mean. Fans are already excited at the prospect of these two goliaths clashing in the ring, but there are a lot of hurdles involved in making a fight. Kickboxing has not worked like boxing, historically. In boxing the way it works is that a fighter has a manager and a promoter, that promoter will set up the fights. Kickboxing has always worked in more of a pro wrestling model where there is a promotion and the fighters are contracted by the promotion and at their whim. Verhoeven is currently the GLORY Heavyweight Champion, but reports claim that Verhoeven is without a contract at the moment and in negotiations with the promotion for the future. 

As for Badr? He's been holding out for a retirement fight, claiming to have one more fight left in him and that he's looking for potentially huge money. Badr has been fighting for whatever strange, upstart promoter wants to toss money into a pit and get to go on social media to bro out with Hari. Hell, he even fought for a warlord in his last fight. The big question is if the fight were to happen under Kadyrov in Akhmat if it would actually be a fair fight. I can't stress this enough, Kadyrov is an accused Russian war criminal with an incredibly checkered past. He's apparently stepping down this month, but he's an incredibly powerful figure in Russia. He's still running fight shows, though.

If I'm Rico Verhoeven I'm not going to Chechnya to fight Badr Hari. If I'm Badr Hari I'm probably never going to be able to fight in the Netherlands because of his legal history. Who promotes this fight? Who puts up the money for it? There are still far too many questions before anyone can begin to get excited about this.

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