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The Voice Versus Badr Hari Preview

The Voice Versus Badr Hari debuts on June 25th as Badr Hari will bare all to Michael Schiavello on HDnet. As we lead into the event, thankfully we have yet another preview to watch. Watch as Schiavello talks about possibly feeling remorse for brutally knocking out his opponents, and if you have seen Badr Hari interviews in the past, you'll know what to expect.


Watch Koya Urabe Prepare for the K-1 -63kg MAX Tournament Finals

There really hasn't been much hype around the upcoming K-1 show, which features the -63kg MAX Japan tournament Finals for this year. The rest of the tournament played out in KRUSH earlier this year, with a lot of solid talent involved in the tournament. Sadly, K-1 is in a dark place right now and many have simply stopped treating K-1 in the same regards. But regardless of this, at the end of this month K-1 puts on a show involving Japan's best at 63kg and one of them is Koya Urabe. Watch Urabe's open workout video for the upcoming show here.


Photo of the Day: Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima Wrestling in Zero-One

K-1 might not of held any shows yet this year, which has pushed many of the Japanese fighters who usually fight under the K-1 banner to fight in smaller promotions, such as KRUSH recently. One of those fighters has yet to look back since he finally reached the big stage of K-1 MAX glory, that fighter is Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima. Nagashima has entered into the world of professional wrestling, having his first bout in early May in Zero-One MAX against professional wrestler and former SHOOTO fighter Kohei Sato. They put on a match that many have heavily praised, saying that Nagashima looked natural in the ring, like he had been wrestling for years now. For a fighter like Nagashima, he is just a born performer, known for his flashy entrances and portraying an over-the-top character that received international attention when National Geographic featured Jienotsu in a documentary about "strange lifestyles."

He returned to the ring, once again in the Zero-One MAX ring with legendary Shinjiro Ohtani as an opponent, but this time around, in a tag team match. Nagashima's initial entry into Zero-One involved challenging Shin'ya Hashimoto's son, Daichi Hashimoto to a bout, only for Sato to take him on first. Nagashima was able to overcome the veteran Sato in his debut, and this time around he also got to face Daichi Hashimoto, who was teamed up with Ohtani. The kicker, of course, is that Nagashima's tag team partner in this bout is former K-1 fighter Akebono. Of course, Akebono did not see much success in MMA (0-4) or K-1 (1-8), but he has always been a big star that attracts attention to shows due to his former Sumo career. Him and Nagashima made for a good team that packed the house, with the K-1 team taking the win.



Daniel Ghita to Square Off TWICE Against Badr Hari

The big fights are what attract fans to kickboxing, and while there are rumblings of K-1 returning at some point this year and putting on shows featuring Heavyweights and Super Heavyweights, but no one is quite certain if the same line up of elite fighters will be willing to do business with K-1 due to outstanding debts and fears of not being paid promptly. Where K-1 lacks, other promoters will always step forward and pick up the slack, which is what is happening now. According to Romanian site (I know, I know), Daniel Ghita is set to do battle with Badr Hari not once but twice.

"It's an honor for me to fight the best K-1 fighter," Ghita told the press.

The first fight is apparently set to happen on September 11th of this year in Amsterdam promoted by none other than It's Showtime. This is a fight that has been a long time in the making, with rumors of the fight being in negotiations before the May 14th Lyon It's Showtime show. What's interesting is that it appears that It's Showtime will continue with their pattern of putting on two big shows back-to-back, with the Fast and Furious tournament happening on September 24th in Brussels, Belgium featuring a 70kg MAX tournament between the best in the world. If the September 11th fight is indeed to take place in Amsterdam, the question to ask is where the fight will take place. There have been rumors that It's Showtime was still looking to run the Amsterdam ArenA in the fall, but with no concrete date or headlining fight yet.

A fight between Daniel Ghita and Badr Hari would seem to be that big fight that could help spur a huge event, but there are a lot of venues for them to promote, so we'll have to wait and see.

Eduard Irimia, the promoter of the Local Kombat series in Romania is also quoted saying that Badr Hari will once again face off with the Romanian Ghita for Local Kombat in early 2012, which coincides with his statements a few weeks ago that he was putting together a Ghita and Hari showdown in Romania "soon."

It is a fantastic matchup and I'm sure no one will complain about coming back for seconds. [source]


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