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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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Big Night for Holzken, Schilling and Verhoeven at GLORY 19

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GLORY 19 was an interesting night that was full of some truly tremendous action that had a bit of an underwhelming finish. 

The show's big draw, the Welterweight Contender's tournament, delivered in every fight. Raymond Daniels kicked off the night by absolutely demolishing Jonatan Oliveira with his fancy, traditional martial arts moves. Oliveira was able to cut off the ring and keep Daniels on the defensive, but Daniels found the openings for some truly highlight reel kicks throughout, making for an entertaining start to the evening. 

On the other end of the tournament we saw Nieky Holzken face the tough-as-nails Alexander Stetsurenko. Stetsurenko was a game opponent but Holzken was simply able to outperform against him. Many were looking for Holzken to make a big impression to start the night but Stetsurenko is simply too tough for that. 

Joe Schilling made his return to the GLORY ring against Robert Thomas. Many expected Schilling to steamroll through the young Canadian but Thomas was crafty and proved himself to be incredibly tough when being assaulted by Schilling's heavy hands. Thomas landed a few of his signature spinning back fists, but it was a spinning back fist by Joe late in the fight that sent Thomas crashing to the ropes and a few more punches that put him down in what would have knocked out anyone else. Thomas is tough, though, so he fought back up to his feet and was able to finish out the fight, but he clearly was outclassed by Schilling. 

Nieky Holzken and Raymond Daniels met in the tournament finals and there was a feeling that Daniels might actually have a chance against Holzken after the tremendous performance earlier on. What transpired in the ring though was completely according to the script with Holzken bullying him around the ring and utilizing his hands to hurt Daniels. He dropped Daniels with a liver punch early and continued to batter the karateka throughout the fight, dropping him a total of three more times before the fight was called in the third round. That isn't to say that there wasn't heart from Daniels, because there was. Daniels landed a huge spinning back kick that put Holzken onto his butt, the ref scoring it a knockdown, but definitely a questionable knockdown at that. It was Holzken's hands that sealed the deal and put Daniels down in the third, though. Holzken goes on to fight Valtellini in one has to be the most anticipated bout of the year.

Speaking of anticipated bouts, Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman fought for a third time with Mike Tyson at ringside to give in-between round analysis with Luke Thomas and sadly the fight ended after Zimmerman tweaked his knee in the second round. The first round was chaotic, though, with Rico scoring against Zimmerman in the first round and having him wobbled but not quite sure how to get him onto his back. Zimmerman was able to get Verhoeven wobbly as well, leaving both of them dazed and winging shots at each other. Needless to say they both looked mighty upset.

 

The fight took a turn in the second round, though, when Zimmerman when for a spinning back kick and landed on his right leg at an awkward angle, immediately falling into the corner and shrieking out in pain. The ref began counting him down, then for some reason called a time out and brought the doctor in. The doctor ruled Zimmerman unable to continue and that was the end of the fight. The Heavyweight division is kind of in chaos right now considering Verhoeven's little indiscretion in China last month, but such is life.

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