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Melvin Manhoef is Prepared for LEGEND 2 Invasion Tournament

  • Published in Kickboxing

MelvinMelvin "No Mercy" Manhoef will make his way back into the ring on November 8th in Russia for LEGEND Fight Show, as on their second event he'll participate in a -93kg tournament. Our friend Adenane from Staredown.nl caught up with Manhoef to get his thoughts on the upcoming fights. Interestingly enough, Manhoef has not stepped into a Kickboxing ring since January of 2012, as he's mainly been fighting MMA fights in the meantime.

It will be a welcome return to Kickboxing for Manhoef, known as one of the hardest punchers around and an absolute knockout artist within both the sports of Kickboxing and MMA. Here is a look at the tournament lineup for November 8th.

  • Kickboxing Tournament -93 kg
  • Zabit "Mowgli" Samedov vs. Melvin "No Mercy" Manhoef
  • Kickboxing Tournament -93 kg
  • Sahak "Hak" Parparyan vs. Pavel "Caiman" Zhuravlev

 

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Badr Hari's Love Affair Hits the Tabloids

  • Published in Kickboxing

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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Alexey Ignashov Returns to the Ring in May for Fight Code

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AlexeyIt has been over a year since Alexey Ignashov has stepped into a Kickboxing ring, and while we are all talking about who will join GLORY or who will join K-1, there is a lot less talk about Fight Code and promotions like SuperKombat. A name that has been brought up in the "where will they go" conversation is Alexey Ignashov, a fighter with a very troubled past who has been fighting part time in the past few years after having bouts with alcoholism.

In 2010 he was given another shot at glory in K-1, given a rematch with Badr Hari which he was nowhere near prepared for before being put into the mix of a qualifying tournament in Bucharest, Romania which he was on track to win before having to pull out of the final fight due to injury. It's Showtime brought him in to fight against Thomas Hron, and sadly things did not go well for Alexy. Ignashov actually fought for Fight Code last February, defeating Roman Kleibl by decision.

It looks like Ignashov will return to the Fight Code ring in May in Budapest, Hungary. Not much is known about this card so far outside of it happening on May 12th in Budapest and that not only is Ignashov appearing, but Vitali Ahkramenko should be as well.

UPDATE: Ali Cenik posted on his official Facebook that he will be fighting Alexey Ignashov.

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First Chapter of the New Badr Hari Documentary Released

  • Published in Kickboxing

So our bud StillWill has made his return to the world of kickboxing videos and done so in not only a big way, but a huge way by working with Badr Hari and his team to bring to the world a documentary called "The Golden Boy" which will center around Badr Hari's life and career. The whole thing is due to be released soon but for now the first episode has been released and it's well worth the watch.

Check it out.

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Latest Twist in Badr's Case: He's Suing the Police

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BadrA part of me is beginning to feel like Badr Hari's personal life is like a bad episode of "As the World Turns" sometimes. Every day there are more and more complications for Badr, more news coming out about his alleged assaults or affairs and to say that his personal life is personal would be a stretch. The latest in the case of the beaten Dutch millionaire at the giant dance party is that Badr is turning the tables on the legal system.

Badr's lawyer has apparently lodged a complaint with the courts that he feels there is an open line of communication between the team handling Badr's case within the police department and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (The Guardian). He claims that the news outlet has too much inside information, that it clearly must be coming from the police and that it is illegal.

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Badr Hari Attack Victim Koen Everink Murdered in his Home

  • Published in Kickboxing

When analyzing some of the most important names in kickboxing from the past twenty years there will be a lot of champions on that list, a lot of influential trainers and even some of the millionaires that have kept kickboxing afloat during tough times, but one of the most important names has also been a non-combatant of any kind in the Netherland's Koen Everink. Everink, a Dutch businessman who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time while Badr Hari was at a dance party and was feeling rowdy in 2012, had his life forever changed on that fateful night when Hari attacked him and left him forever damaged. 

The importance of Everink is that this effectively put an end to Badr Hari's career as a top kickboxer. Multiple stints in prison, retirements and returns, fighting for warlord buddies and rich playboys looking to hang out with a legitimate tough guy, has been the name of the game for Hari since then. He was recently sentenced to finish out his term in prison and has been talking about fighting one more fight, but had that decision overturned in the Supreme Court. The once-promising career for Badr Hari took a turn for taking whatever fights he could scrounge up for his large asking price, with the results being mixed, at best. 

When someone is as talented as Badr Hari is, being taken from his sport at a young age is always a shame, even if its his own damned fault. Hari had moved on and it seemed that Everink would be able to move on as well, so it seemed like everything was done, but apparently Everink still lived in the shadow of that case. Not going out into public often, or when he did flanked by private security, was the life that he was left with due to numerous threats on his life due to the Hari incident. 

Apparently, either related or not, that is all over now as Koen Everink was found dead in his living room by his seven year old daughter this morning. Police believe that someone had broken into his home during the night, Everink had confronted them and was murdered. It's still unknown who was responsible for the murder, if it was simply coincidence or not. Regardless, Koen Everink did have a huge impact on the sport of kickboxing, like it or not. 

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New Trailer for K-1 Rising on May 27th

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K- is back and the time is drawing increasingly near. On May 27th the K-1 World MAX Final 16 goes down after a year's absence, and on top of that, two big heavyweight bouts including some of the biggest names like Daniel Ghita and Badr Hari. After a few weeks of radio silence, we are treated to a trailer which seems official but sounds and looks a lot like an It's Showtime promo video.

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Simon Rutz Possibly Finished With Promoting in the Netherlands

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Big news coming from the Netherlands as Simon Rutz has been making the media rounds to promote the huge It's Showtime 55 event taking place in Leeuwarden. Leeuwarden was an interesting choice, as it was obviously not It's Showtime's home base when compared to Amsterdam. Apparently Rutz is upset with the recent events within his home country that revolve around the BIBOB law. BIBOB, for those unaware, is a law where local officials are able to require local businesspeople to acquire  a license through them after going through a background check to ensure that there are no criminal elements within the organization. For It's Showtime we've seen this law rear its ugly head in Amsterdam, canceling the December event on short notice due to BIBOB restrictions.

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Daniel Ghita Rumored for Participating in K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16

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GhitaSo far a lot of the attention for K-1 has been focused with a laser-sharp precision on the K-1 Rising US GP in Los Angeles event, and of course with good reason, as it is the next event that K-1 is holding. The event, while getting a good deal of press and groaning from hardcore fans, is the US GP, though, a qualifier for the World Grand Prix and for the World MAX tournament for US fighters. For the actual K-1 World Grand Prix there has been little news outside of a date of October 14th in Tokyo outside of Cro Cop looking to participate in the Final 16.

Now it looks like one fighter who has been a hot topic of late, Daniel Ghita, has finally landed on one side for now, and that appears to be K-1. Daniel Ghita was one of the key fighters for either side to land, and as of last week when we spoke with Anil Dubar, Ghita's trainer, it seemed like a frustrating situation for all involved. They were not sure which contract was valid and who he would fight for, and it felt like Ghita, one of the best Heavyweights in the world, was being used as a pawn in a powerplay to gain headway in the Kickboxing world. Now today reports close to Ghita's camp are coming out that Daniel Ghita will fight in the Final 16 and the Final 8 before he most likely departs to fight for GLORY and test his skills in that tournament.

Ghita has always been quoted wanting to be the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and to many it feels like no matter who they get, K-1 will not be able to find a real challenge for him, especially with Badr Hari sitting in a Dutch prison.

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Badr Hari Looking at a Possible Four Years in Prison

  • Published in Kickboxing

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On Wednesday in the Netherlands Badr Hari appeared in court as his trial for the assault on Koen Everink as well as a slew of other charges has had its time to stew and now it's time for his lawyer to do battle with the prosecution. The judge announced on Wednesday that if Badr Hari is found guilty on the charges he'll spend a total of four years in prison. This, of course, pertains to the assault on Koen Everink at the Amsterdam ArenA almost two years ago now where Badr Hari assaulted millionaire Everink with both damage to his head and ankle, with his ankle permanently damaged.

Along the way there has been a lot of fanfare behind Badr Hari's trial, as the media has been all over it. There has been possible tampering with witnesses, which saw Badr sit in a cell for a while as to not be able to intimidate witnesses, on top of more and more charges piling up against the "Bad Boy," the Dutch legal system's attempt at building such an overwhelming case against the Kickboxer to where he'd have to do time. His lawyers present their counterargument today, where they will aim for a reduced sentence. [source]

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