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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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Let Jack Slack Break Down Why Verhoeven Beat Saki

  • Published in Glory

Gokhan Saki is, without a doubt, one of the best Heavyweight Kickboxers in the world, who is able to piece together amazing combinations that have floored some of the best in the world. With that being said, last night Rico Verhoeven went into his fight against Saki with a perfect game plan that was able to nullify Saki's strengths. I've spoken with a lot of fans and read a lot of reactions and I seem to be seeing a lot of "bad reffing" and "Saki got screwed" talk floating around, when in fact, Saki was not screwed at all.

A careful viewing of the fight will show that Rico controlled the first and third rounds and was able to nullify most of Saki's offense while landing the cleaner strikes. Jack Slack is always a great resource when it comes to breaking down technical stuff, which always makes me happy as I used to have to do that, but having dudes like him around means that I can focus on other things. Check out his pretty great breakdown of the fight, although I do have one small qualm; GLORY has a flash knockdown rule, which states that if a strike has the force to put a fighter down, it is ruled a knockdown. Rico's punch might have missed, but the kick before it landed and put Saki onto the math, which meant it was a flash knockdown.

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Rico Verhoeven is YOUR GLORY 11 Heavyweight Champion

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My god, the drama. This fight was just amazing, as both men were putting it all on the line. Daniel Ghita looked sharp, but Rico Verhoeven came from out of nowhere and looked incredibly impressive, landing solid leg kicks that Ghita was having trouble defending. Both men were laying it all on the line and while no one touched the ground via a knockdown, both men were just on fire. You could easily argue that Daniel Ghita won a very close first round, but Rico won very close rounds 2 and 3.

Rico's leg kicks were landing more and more and while Ghita's head movement was on point, Rico still found a way to connect. Rico Verhoeven at the age of 24 has come such a long way, as just a few years ago he was extremely kick-heavy and fought a very wooden, stiff style. He is much more comfortable with his hands now and fights like an entirely different fighter. This fight could have gone two more rounds and no one would have complained and the action would have been just as good.

That says something.

Congratulations to Rico Verhoeven for securing his spot as the top Heavyweight in the world not named Semmy Schilt.

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Videos: Kunlun Fights #15

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Well, we had some very interesting results this weekend in China at Kunlun #15, that really mess with the kickboxing rankings. Glory's heavyweight champ and #1 ranked Rico Verhoeven lost a decision after getting two 8 counts in the 2nd round at the hands of Andrei Herasimchuk. So where does this put Herasimchuk in the ranks? is he #1 now? Rico never really got into a groove during the fight and the same can be said about Murthel Groenhart. He seemed to have nothing to offer his opponent Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, which led to the Thai fighter landing a perfect left head kick and ending the fight. Now without a doubt Sittichai deserves to be in the top 10 of the kickboxing rankings after beating Andy Souwer and Groenhart in one night.

Here are the videos thanks to our friends at http://www.fightstadium.com/

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Rumors About Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven Heating Up After Dutch TV Appearance

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GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven appeared on Dutch TV today (Monday) where the topic once again went towards the potential dream bout between Verhoeven and Badr Hari. Hari, the troubled former K-1 star, has been stealing headlines over the past few years for his antics outside of the ring more than inside of the ring. It's been known that Hari wants to have one last, big bout and that Verhoeven has become the logical target for his retirement bout. 

Since the initial appearance of Verhoeven on Dutch TV where he was pressed if that fight could happen it has been one of the bigger stories in kickboxing. We've seen smaller, relative-unknown promotions take to social media to brag about making "serious" offers for the fight along with rudimentary graphics and an attempt to hype up fans only for nothing to materialize. There have also been rumors that someone in China and Russia have put forth offers, but the chances of Rico taking a fight in Kadyrov's den seem thin and if you understand the market in China, while they are in a boom, it's still not quite what many fans believe it to be when it comes to actual money. The reality here is that GLORY has been the only potential home for the fight since the beginning. Verhoeven has been in negotiations for a contract renewal and his desire to take this fight has played a big part in those negotiations. 

Verhoeven has been playing the field a bit, but outside of an exclusive offer from the UFC it seems likely that he'll fight in the GLORY ring once more while being given his leave to pursue MMA as well. 

Verhoeven's appearance on PepTalk today included confirmation that if the fight is to happen that it'll be under the GLORY banner. Mike Passenier called into the show and more information was shared on just how close things really are. There has been a formal offer, lawyers would be looking over everything next week but Badr would need time to prepare. Andreas at MMAPlus has a translations from the show.

“[The fight] It is very realistic. We have spoken with the lawyers today. Next week we will sit down with the lawyers of GLORY. Then we will know if it will be arranged. But we never said that we didn’t want to fight,” spoke Passenier.

He added: “We always want to fight, that’s not a problem, but Badr needs four or five months in order to prepare. Besides, the fight still needs to be promoted, that also takes time.”

The decisive factor here will be Badr Hari's legal status and the timeline for the fight. If the fight can happen before Badr has to serve the remainder of his prison term or is brought up on charges for the Moroccan assault incident, things seem more likely. 

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Gokhan Saki Threatening Legal Protest Over Verhoeven Loss

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I've heard of fighters being unwilling to accept defeat in the past before, but Gokhan Saki's view of his fight with Rico Verhoeven has seemingly gone beyond just his denial over the loss and moved into him threatening legal action against GLORY. At GLORY 11 he faced Rico Verhoeven in the semi-finals of the GLORY 11 Heavyweight tournament, where the referee scored a controversial knockdown in favor of Rico Verhoeven. Saki firmly believes that he was screwed out of a victory and that he would have been ruled the winner if it wasn't for that knockdown.

How much does he believe this? He released a statement through Golden Glory TV today stating that he was looking into taking legal action against the organization. I'm not sure what good this would even do at this point as it was a tournament, which Verhoeven went on to win, not just a single fight. Would he want them to repeat the entire tournament just for him to have a do over? Never mind that things quite simply don't work the way that he thinks it does. This isn't a Jerome Le Banner temper tantrum in Japan, this was a fight that happened in the United States with oversight from the Illinois Athletic Commission. The Commission chose the officials for the fights and the protest would have to be filed with them (although it would absolutely fall upon deaf ears).

It seems like Saki is unwilling to let this go and there is talk of this helping to build a rift between Saki, Mike's Gym and the GLORY organization. If Saki really wants to get down to brass tacks, that same referee could have disqualified him for Saki putting his hand son him, but chose to let the fight continue with just a stern warning. It's unfortunate that Verhoeven's win will be tainted like this, as actions like this taint the situation for everyone involved; from the winner, to the organization to the loser who is protesting.

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GLORY 19 Live Results

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Tonight is a big night for the world of kickboxing when GLORY 19 returns to the airwaves on Spike TV. GLORY 19 will feature a Welterweight Contender's tournament including Nieky Holzken, Raymond Daniels, Jonatan Oliveira and Alexander Stetsurenko. Also on the card is Joe Schilling vs. Robert Thomas in a Middleweight showdown and the big fight of the evening is Rico Verhoeven defending his GLORY Heavyweight Championship against Errol Zimmerman.

LiverKick will have live results throughout the night for you, the kickboxing fans of this fine planet. The main card begins on Spike TV at 9pm Eastern.

GLORY 19

GLORY Heavyweight Championship: Rico Verhoeven (C) (R2 - TKO - Injury) Errol Zimmerman
Welterweight Contender's Tournament Finals: Nieky Holzken (R3 - TKO) Raymond Daniels
Joe Schilling (R3 - Dec.) Robert Thomas
Military Showdown: Cedric Smith (R2 - TKO) James Hurley
Welterweight Contender's Tournament: Nieky Holzken (R3 - Dec.) Alexander Stetsurenko
Welterweight Contender's Tournament: Raymond Daniels (R2 - TKO) Jonatan Oliveira
 

SuperFight Series

Andy Ristie (R1 - TKO) Steve Moxon
Xavier Vigney (R1 - TKO) Everett Sims
Josh Jauncey (R3 - TKO) Max Baumert
Brian Collette (R3 - Dec.) Myron Dennis
Francois Ambang (R1 - TKO) Stephen Richards
 
 
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Did Daniel Ghita Have A Plan?

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This morning Daniel Ghita wrote a very emotional message to his fans via Facebook (see below) regarding his old sparring partner Rico Verhoeven. We cannot comment about Rico's alleged racist remarks that Daniel writes about, but we can talk about the fight itself.

Now, before Ghita's fight with Rico we got to see a different side of him, we got to see him open up, talk, and tell us how he really felt about his opponent which is a rare thing for the typically quiet and stone-faced Romanian. It was great to see him fired up and giving his opinions on the mic, but part of me wondered if this was all for show considering they used to train together often, and seemed like friends during those times. There was no way to know for sure until the fight, especially considering he had a point to prove, that Verhoeven's first victory over him was a robbery.

On to the fight, there were a few strange things. First of all Ghita came out slowly in the first round, the exact same way he did during his last fight with Rico. If you saw Daniel's fight with Errol Zimmerman, then you know exactly the violence this Romanian is capable of when he is aggressive, this was totally what I was expecting from him. Round two, where once again Ghita waited for Rico and threw a very limited amount of strikes. Anyone watching as a Daniel Ghita fan, I can imagine was beginning to get frustrated. Second peculiar thing we noticed was Erik Van Warmerdam, Ghita's corner man between rounds. The only advice he seemed to give while the camera was on him was "keep waiting, your doing fine Daniel keep waiting for him." Then during the break leading into the fifth and final round we once again heard Warmerdam saying "Rico knows hes behind, keep waiting." The fight was so close, it didn't seem like anyone was really behind at any point, so we really couldn't understand why this advice was given. Not to mention waiting is rarely going to win a fight.

Ghita's opinion on Rico is that he is a fake champion and he does nothing and still wins fights. After reading Daniel's facebook post it got me thinking, Ghita waited for Rico the whole fight, his corner man was advising him to keep waiting and let Rico initiate, he fought nothing like his last fight, and He even wrote "You do NOTHING if your opponent does not start the fight." Was this Daniel Ghita's idea of proving a point? Did he deliberately do nothing to show that if an opponent doesn't initiate Verhoeven makes boring fights? Or is this all just part of the emotion of losing another very close decision to the Prince of kickboxing?

 

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

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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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GLORY: Collision and GLORY 36 Live Results

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The time has finally come and GLORY will present their biggest card to date by the way of GLORY 36 and GLORY: Collision. The headline bout for the three show event is the dream heavyweight clash between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari. The Welterweight and Lightweight titles are also on the line, the Women's Super Bantamweight Title will be decided in a tournament and a new Lightweight contender will be crowned. If that feels like a crazy, jam-packed card, it is.

As always, the best way to keep up with the live action is via twitter. Jay will be tweeting from @JayJauncey, Dave from @dvewlsh and @LiverKickdotcom. 

GLORY: COLLISION (UFC.tv PPV 10 p.m. CET / 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT)

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven def. Badr Hari by TKO (Arm Injury) - Rd1: Badr fighting smart being on his toes landing hard jabs and some good low kicks, getting in and out. Rico staying in Badrs face though and Badr looking a little bit tired towards the end of the round. Rd2: Rico pushing forward again getting aggressive but Badr hits him a few times hard, Rico pushes Badr to the ropes and once the ref breaks them Badr turns his back and walks away holding his arm in a strange way. Ref counts him out Badr looks to have hurt his elbow.

Welterweight Title Co-Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé(new WW champ) def. Nieky Holzken by Split Dec - Rd1: Holzken keeping Doumbe on the ropes but not landing anything except jabs. Doumbe moving well against the ropes and landing lots of low kicks and a few punches of his own, Holzken not throwing a lot. Rd2: Doumbe landed some real nice punches and low kicks this round with Holzken still just walking forwards not throwing much at all, he didn't land anything significant that round. Rd3: Doumbe's footwork is looking great, Holzken can't hold him in a corner and throw his hands which means Nieky is waiting too much and Doumbe is stealing rounds with activity and showboating, but he is landing consistent low kicks and body kicks on Holzken. Rd4: Doumbe is running away with this fight, Holzken is looking frustrated and getting hit for it. Doumbe countering every one of Niekys single shots with 4 or 5 strike combos. I think Nieky needs a KO here Rd5: Still Nieky didnt come out with the urgency he needed and let Doumbe move and throw lots of light punches and low kicks. Nieky came close to landing a few knees but close doesn't cut it.

Heavyweight Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Ismael Londt by Unanimous Dec - Rd1: didnt expect a feeling out round here but we got one, Londt trying to land his overhand but JBS leaning back just out of range and keeping his jab busy, both guys throw high kicks at the end of the round JBS looks the harder kick of the two Rd2: Slow paced fight so far, JBS threw a few kicks this round and they look so hard but he just seems too heavy to have a high output. Londt is moving forward and slipping punches but still missing his right hand but it only takes one. Rd3: The pace picked up this round after Londt landed a right hand while the ref was trying to break the action and buckled JBS knees a bit. JBS came out angry and aggressive after this and Londt looking tired and hurt goes down from a short right hand with 15 seconds left in the round. 

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Final: Tiffany Van Soest def. Amel Dehby by Unanimous Dec -  Rd1: safe round for both women, Tiffany landed 1 right hand best punch of the round. Rd2: More of the same but the Women throwing more but missing, 2 jabs landed by Tiffany probably all that really landed clean. Rd3: Again the same thing both women really not going for it like it thought they would, not an exciting fight by any means. 

GLORY 36 SUPERFIGHT SERIES (UFC.tv 7:30 p.m. CET / 1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT)

Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut def. Danyo Ilunga Unanimous Dec Ex Rd - Rd1: Duut lands a 1,2 and drops Ilunga, when Ilunga gets up he stands and trades with Duut and hurts him bad then Ilunga smashes him for the rest of the round. Rd2: Ilunga landing good shots and avoiding most punches to win this round. Rd3: Ilunga continues like the last round and lands a right hand drops Duut, Duut gets up and Ilunga drops him again. Duut gets up again both guys swinging like maniacs and Duut drops Ilunga with a left hook, Ilunga gets up and both guys throw bombs until the final bell. ExRd: Both guys just start going toe to toe again, cut opens up on Ilungas eye, doc takes a look and lets it keep going. both guys brawl but Duut landing more and then finally lands another left hook and drops Ilunga to seal 10-8 in the last round.

Welterweight Bout: Harut Grigorian def. Danijel Solaja by KO Rd 1 (liver punch)

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal Tournament Bout: Amel Dehby def. Isis Verbeek by Unanimous Dec

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal Tournament Bout: Tiffany van Soest def. Jessica Gladstone by Unanimous Dec

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati def. Andrej Bruhl by Unanimous Dec (Beztati scores knockdown with knee in Rd 1)

GLORY 36 GERMANY (ESPN3/EverSport PPV 5:00 p.m. CET / 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m PT)

Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Sittichai(C) def. Marat Grigorian by Split Dec - Rd1: Not much feeling out here as they have already fought each other twice. Grigorian being busier with hand and low kick combos. Nasty clash of heads opens a cut on Sittichais head. Rd2: Sittichai looking more comfortable this round, getting his left kicks going, and landing some nice straight lefts. Rd3: Momentum swinging in Sittichais favor, hes keeping great distance now and making Marat miss with hands and countering with his own left hand, left kick, or knee. Rd4: More of the same but Grigorian had one good moment landing a good right uppercut, but not much else all round, just Sittichai kicking, moving and landing left hands. Rd5: Bit of a closer round because Marat was busier but still not landing anything clean apart from a few low kicks, which Sittchai landed more of.

Lightweight Contender Tournament Final: Dylan Salvador def. Hysni Beqiri Unanimous Dec - Rd1: Beqiri with the power but cannot land on Salvadors tight defense while Dylan lands a couple hard low kicks and some decent punches. Rd2: Beqiri not throwing much this round at all and Salvador throwing constant punches and kicks all round, Beqiri is looking tired. Rd3: Salvador takes this round aswell, Beqiri has no more power and Salvador is just too clever.

Featherweight Co-Headline Bout: Fabio Pinca def. Mosab Amrani by Split Dec - Rd1: Both fighters going hard this round swinging punches and kicks at the same time, someone is going to get caught or Mosab is going to get tired. Rd2: All Pinca this round, Mosab hitting air or Pincas guard and Pinca landing pretty much everything. Rd3: Again Pincas round, hes just so relaxed and experienced nothing is phasing him and hes just playing his own game while Mosab swings wildly at air. 

Lightweight Contender Tournament Bout: Hysni Beqiri def. Antonio Gomez by Unanimous Dec - Rd1: Round starts slow until Beqiri landed a hard right and knocks Gomez down. Once Gomez gets up Beqiri got a little wild and got caught and wobbled with a couple left hooks, a few more seconds in that round and Gomez would have scored a knockdown himself. Rd2: Gomez much busier this round throwing combos and low kicks with Beqiri not doing much except for in the last 20 seconds throwing some power but not enough. Rd3: more of the same but Beqiri a little busier but nothing significant landed for either fighter. This fight should go an extra round

Lightweight Contender Tournament Bout: Dylan Salvador def. Anatoly Moiseev by Maj Dec - Rd1: Close feeling out round Moiseev landing more combos but Salvador landing lots of inside low kicks. Rd2: Salavador pressuring Moiseev onto the ropes and landing nice punches and a flying knee to the head, Moiseev backing up too much. Rd3: Moiseev starts moving forward this round but doesn't land much, its Salvador now landing while moving backwards and then pushing forward with hard knees to the body and head and still landing that inside low kick. Great fight.

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