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Bellator Announces Bellator Kickboxing 5 and 6 in April

Bellator will be returning to Europe on April 14th with Bellator 177 in Budapest, as well as Bellator Kickboxing 6. Bellator Kickboxing 6 will be headlined by the rematch between Bellator Welterweight World Champion Zoltan Laszak and former champion Karim Ghajji. Ghajji was the favorite going into the bout but Laszak put forth the performance of a lifetime to earn the Bellator gold in a fight that you can watch below.

Bellator Kickboxing 6 Main Card:

Welterweight World Title Bout: Zoltan Laszak (11-2) vs. Karim Ghajji (97-13-1)

But before that, Bellator will be returning to Italy for Bellator Kickboxing 5, piggybacking on Bellator 176. The card will be headlined by Giorgio Petrosyan against Amansio Paraschiv

Bellator Kickboxing 5 Main Card:

Flyweight World Title Bout: Denise Kielholtz (46-3) vs. Martine Michieletto (34-12-5)

Giorgio Petrosyan (83-2-2-1NC) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (23-5-1)

 

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KNOCK OUT vol. 1 Fight Card

KNOCK OUT is back this weekend with another great card they are calling Vol. 1. It will be taking place at the Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday Feb 12th at 5pm (JST)/ 12am(PST)/3am(EST). The show will be live on Sportsnavi. The main event has Genji Umeno up against Juan Mario Kaewsamrit, KNOCK OUT's last card every fight ended in KO except Umeno's so you know hes going to be looking for it this time. Co-main event has rising superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against 17-1 professional boxer Amnat Ruenroeng where we will see if Tenshin can stop Ruenroeng's hands with his kicks.

Full Card

Genji Umeno vs. Juan Mario Kaewsamrit

Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Amnat Ruenroeng

Hikari Machida vs. Daiki “DJ Taiki” Hata

Tosuke Morii vs. Hirotoshi Murata

Kenta vs. Shinya Indo

Eisaku Ogasawara vs. Hiroya Haga

Fukashi vs. HIroto Yamaguchi

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K-1 Japan Announces K-1's Return to Saitama Super Arena in 2018

To say that kickboxing in Japan suffered a severe blow when FEG's K-1 went bankrupt would be an understatement. While the sport was already struggling in Japan from rounds of bad press, the dissolution of K-1 was effectively the end of kickboxing as we all came to know and love it. 

Since 2014 K-1 Japan -- under agreement with K-1 Global -- has been putting on some of the best kickboxing shows on the planet, highlighting lighter weight classes with fighters primarily from Japan, but also talent from all over the world. In those years they've made the best out of a bad situation and have been able to book stars like the Urabe brothers, HIROYA and Masaaki Noiri while building up new stars like TAKERU, Minoru Kimura and Kaew. At a press conference today in Saitama, K-1 gathered 56 of K-1's best fighters for an announcement that on March 21st, 2018 K-1 will return to the Saitama Super Arena.

The event, which will be held in the arena where many historic K-1 events took place, will be a triumphant return home for the sport of kickboxing and the K-1 brand in Japan. They believe that they will set the building up for 18,000 fans, although it should be noted that Saitama Super Arena can be configured to hold well over 20,000 fans. The organization wants the March 2018 event to serve as their big, yearly event much like the prior K-1 World Grand Prix for heavyweights in December or the K-1 World MAX tournaments became mainstays in both July and October. They will hold smaller events in Saitama Super Arena as well, but the March event will be the big one.

It's clearly too far away to predict who will be fighting, especially with K-1 Japan holding a ton of events this year, but it's safe to assume that they'll be putting their best foot forward on March 21st, 2018. In addition, K-1 Japan, KRUSH and Khaos will all be merged under the name "K-1 Japan Group" while keeping their individual show names moving forward, but talent-sharing will be across the board.

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Badr Hari To Return to Dutch Jail For Assault Charges

After Badr Hari's previous two-year sentence was partially suspended, Dutch Supreme Courts decided today that Badr Hari would need to return to jail to serve the remainder of his sentence. This comes as a blow to anyone hoping for a rematch between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven and also explains why the public talk shifted from that to Rico Verhoeven to Remy Bonjasky in recent weeks.

Badr Hari will now be forced to serve the remaining six months of his time in jail in a Dutch prison after his failed appeal. This should be the end of the long, sad tale of Koen Everink after the middle-aged business-man was assaulted at a Dutch dance party at the Amsterdam ArenA all the way back in 2012. Hari plead that he had only hit Everink once, but the evidence pointed towards a more sustained assault, including a plate in his skull and needing surgery on his ankle to hold him together. Everink was found murdered in March of last year in what looks to be an unrelated assault. 

With Everink deceased and Badr serving the remainder of his sentence this should all be behind us, for now. Of course, if Badr reports to prison. [source]

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