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Amsterdam Chief Justice Looking for Sources in Badr Hari Case

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This is a follow-up to the article from the other day about Badr Hari and commentators on crimesite.nl reporting news about the Amsterdam assault from last February at the night club BlinQ (thanks to reader Ramon for translation help). Wim van den Pol of the website considers himself a journalist and the readers who comment on his articles as "sources." Like any media source, he claims, he refuses to disclose their personal information. Amsterdam officials believe otherwise, that van den Pol is a "telecommunications provider" and must abide by those laws -- which means to hand over IP addresses of those posting comments on his site so that they can be questioned and used as witnesses in the case.

How serious are officials? Van den Pol might be arrested if the IP addresses of the users are not forwarded to Amsterdam officials. That is pretty serious and shows just how much attention this case is garnering at this point in time. Officials are doing more research into the matter currently, with the investigation "frozen" until they can conclude if van den Pol is truly, legally considered a "journalist" or as an operator of a website, simply a telecommunications network provider.

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Badr Hari Attempted to Pay Off Beaten Bouncer

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If you've been paying attention to the kickboxing world in 2010 you'll notice that Badr Hari's name has been continually coming up in regards to a February altercation in front of an Amsterdam night club. This led to a brief stint in prison as well as Badr Hari missing the K-1 World Grand Prix, a glaring omission from this year's tournament for all the die hard fans.

Dutch newspaper "The Telegraaf" is now reporting that Badr Hari had originally paid off the bouncer to not come forward with his name. Through intermediaries, the bouncer had asked Badr Hari for 15,000 Euros (around $20,000 USD). Badr Hari's lawyer, Benedicte Ficq, decided that it was in their best interest to pay the bouncer some money to keep him quiet on the "false" allegations. Instead, they opted to pay 5,000 Euros (around $6,500 USD) as to not damage Hari's career.

"It was hush money paid to the doorman, who had been asked to stop discussing the incident. There is absolutely no truth to it. The doorman kept gossiping and chat that Hari had beaten him, which is not true. It could cause Hari lot of damage to his career, so I thought my client would be smart to pay. "

As you can see, this did not exactly turn out the way that they planned it.

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Is Badr Hari Innocent? Sources Say "Yes"

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Badr HariCrazier things have happened in the world of combat sports which is so delicately intertwined with organized crime and, well, crime in general (then again, what sports aren't?), but the odyssey of Badr Hari's criminal exploits which ruined his 2010 might be cleared up soon. Of course nothing is a lock yet, but there have been some reports of late that have given further detail into the case against Badr Hari and that his name might be unfairly attached as an attacker for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time and being a world-renowned K-1 fighter.

There is an article up about comments left on a crime blog about the situation, seemingly from key witnesses at the night club that night. One of the comments below indicates that Badr Hari was simply with the group that attacked the bouncer, but steered clear to not risk injury.

The real story: He came with a group, and everyone was allowed inside except for two guys who previously been difficult. The doorman (a giant, larger than Badr himself) calmly handled the situation. Badr seemed at peace with the situation, only to suddenly throw a punch at the doorman. Badr remained calm and did his best to avoid the situation, as he was in training (and mean fighting) for K1 and did not want to the risk injury. Badr was with the group and the doorman was indeed beaten. Police: Create a chat with the staff and the DJ of that night .... you know enough.

The translation was cleaned up by me a bit, if you see anything glaringly wrong, let me know, I'm not a native Dutch speaker, obviously. As the article goes on to mention, the few comments of bloggers is not positive proof, but there do seem to be a few key witnesses and some stones that were left un-turned. This comes hot off the heels of reports on Dutch forums that Badr Hari has been back in the gym with Mike Passenier and his training partners getting back into shape.

Thanks our good friend Simon Raedts for the tip.

UPDATE: Minor translation tweaks.

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Remy Bonjasky's New Career: Stars Dancing on Ice

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Well, new career might be a stretch, but much like when former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell was on "Dancing with the Stars" in America, Remy Bonjasky, the Flying Gentleman will participate in "Stars Dancing on Ice" in the Netherlands, on SBS6. It is a bit lower impact than what Bonjasky is used to, but one can be assured that Bonjasky keeping himself as such a public figure is a good thing. If you heard the rumors a few weeks ago about something involving Remy and Ice Skating, yeah, this is it.

Bonjasky makes his glorious, ice skating debut on January 28th and I assure you, as long as there is footage available on the internet, LiverKick.com will hunt it down like a rabid dog so we can all bask in the glory that is a 3-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion in tights figure skating on Dutch national television. If you still aren't buying it, well, there is video footage. Don't expect any flying kicks any time soon.

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ACB Kickboxing Releases First Part of New Documentary, 'Homeland'

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Right now is an interesting time for the world of kickboxing, with there being more promotions than ever before that are vying for the top fighters and for the worldwide kickboxing audience. There is a lot of talent out there, but there is also a lot of talent considering the more lucrative sport of MMA. ACB Kickboxing is one of those promotions vying for international renown and have decided to piece together a documentary series called Homeland on YouTube. The first episode is up now and is pretty interesting.

The doc features famous trainers Lucien Carbin and Dennis Krauweel talking about the sport, the fighters and the future. What I found most interesting was Lucien Carbin's section in the beginning, where he spoke about the sport and where it stands. Something that I've been harping on for years is that kickboxing should move away from the K-1 rules more. The whole three rounds thing was decided upon for tournament settings and somehow stuck, then you have rules like the clinch rule that was instated because of fighters like Buakaw and Sem Schilt winning fights that frankly, old K-1 didn't want them to win. Carbin talks about how these rules are ridiculous, as well as how many were opposed to women fighting, but that he's seen something special in a lot of the female fighters that have been coming up, including a drive unlike he's ever seen and technical acumen.

It's an interesting watch.

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Badr Hari's Love Affair Hits the Tabloids

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Ah summer, with love in the air and celebrity gossip magazines there to take candid shots of them and repost them with scandalous headlines. That is your life if you are Kickboxing superstar Badr Hari and you find yourself involved with Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit's wife, Estelle Gullit, going as far as said wife leaving her superstar husband and taking up a serious relationship with you. This photo is courtesy of Marloes Coenen's twitter. As we wait to find out if Badr will be fighting for Glory or not, we are instead treated to photographs of him enjoying his life. Good for him.

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Watch AFAV's Awesome Documentary on Mosab vs. Mootje

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It seems the way to go if you are a kickboxer who competes in the Netherlands is to allow a really tight documentary crew follow you around and document your fighting career. Luckily for us, it wasn't just the brains behind the Alistair Overeem hype train, but AFAV (Advanced Fighters Action Visuals) has been putting together some great videos, and the highlight being a 5-part series about the build-up to Mosab Amrani vs. Mohamed Khamal from It's Showtime 45. As we all saw, it was an absolute-war, one of the best fights of the year. Now watch part 5 of AFAV's awesome series and be in awe.

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SuperKombat WGP 5 Sept 27th Fight Card

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SuperKombat's next show will be on September 27th in Almere, Netherlands. Just the fact of it being in Holland means the atmosphere is going to be amazing, let alone a 95 kgs 4 man tournament and the always explosive Catalin Morosanu in a super fight against Dutch fighter Brian Douwes who seems to have taken Ismael Londts place. This will be a good test for Morosanu considering Douwes has fought everyone and is on a three fight winning streak, this will be one of Morosanu's hardest fights since Ben Edwards I'd say.

These fight cards are ever changing so here is the most recent card:

WGP Semifinal 1 3x3 +95Kg - Tarik Khbabez (Morocco) vs. Gurhan Degermenci (Turkey)

WGP Semifinal 2 3x3 +95Kg - Patrick Veenstra (Holland) vs. Viktor Bugotzki (Germany)

Superfight 3x3 63.5Kg - Hamza Soesie (Morocco) vs. Christian Spetcu (Romania)

Superfight 3x3 -91Kg - Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs. Hovik Tikranjan (Armenia)

Superfight 3x3 -100Kg - Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) vs. Marcello Adriaansz (Suriname)

Superfight 3x3 -95Kg - Redouan Cairo (Suriname) vs Ali Cenic (Turkey)

Superfight 3x3 +100Kg - Brian Douwes (Holland) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

WGP Final +95Kg -WINNER SEMI FINAL 1 vs. WINNER SEMI FINAL 2

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Badr Hari Files His Appeal in the Netherlands

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International Kickboxing megastar Badr Hari might have been convicted over a week ago of multiple violent crimes, but that doesn't mean that he'll exactly be doing any time just yet. Both the prosecution and defense have made it clear that they both are looking to file appeals; the defense that Badr is already reformed and shouldn't serve time, the prosecution that the police mishandled the trial. Badr Hari is up first as Badr Hari and his lawyer, Benedicte Ficq, have filed an official appeal.

It is clear that Badr Hari's legal problems are far from over and that we can expect this to haunt Badr Hari in the coming months. Do not expect any major Kickboxing organization to want much to do with Hari until all of these issues are solved, because it will be difficult to book Hari with confidence until everything has come to a conclusion. [source]

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Former GLORY Welterweight Champion Marc de Bonte is Missing in the Netherlands

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In what has been the most heartbreaking ongoing story of the weekend, former GLORY Welterweight Champion Marc de Bonte has been missing since late Friday night in Best, Netherlands. The reports claim that he had worked out at the gym, had a drink with friends and was en route to see his girlfriend but never appeared. There has been no word from de Bonte since then and officials have been searching for him all weekend.

The latest is that his car was found abandoned in Best with no sign of de Bonte. 

De Bonte had recently returned to the sport of kickboxing after leaving to focus on boxing after his loss to Joseph Valtellini in GLORY, qualifying for Kunlun's -80kg tournament and moving on to the next round. By all means, de Bonte is a down-to-Earth guy and has always been a pleasure to talk to and interact with. We're hoping that there is word of his whereabouts soon and that he is safe.

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