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Photo of the Day: Badr Hari and Alistair Overeem Training Together

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Apparently a picture can tell a thousand words, which would be the case of this photo of Badr Hari training with Alistair Overeem. Sure, there are photos of them sparring each other in Russia, but what's interesting are the few shots of them grappling together. Badr Hari had sworn that he'd never train with Alistair Overeem while Overeem was with Mike Passenier, then he also had said some disparaging things about MMA in the past. This just proves that Badr Hari is kind of a big softie in the end, which we all knew anyway.

Photo is from Ben Pontier.

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Badr Hari Reportedly to be in Attendance for GLORY 31

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In perhaps one of the more interesting developments for GLORY of late, Badr Hari will be in attendance at GLORY 31, as will Rico Verhoeven. Verhoeven will be there for Spike TV Netherlands, being an on-air personality for Spike TV in the Netherlands. Rumor has it that he'll be attempting to interview Badr Hari live on air as well, which would be immensely interesting. 

This would serve as a great opportunity to announce Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven, live from the Netherlands, but don't get your hopes up just yet. Until we've heard that the fight is official a ton of stuff could happen in the meantime.

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More on Semmy Schilt's Future

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Semmy Schilt

Sometimes with Kickboxing timing is everything, and right now it is very clear to see why GLORY would feel it an inopportune time for one of their Heavyweight stars, Semmy Schilt, to no longer be an active fighter. While Semmy might not be the most fan-favorite fighter in the world, he is seen as one of the best Heavyweight Kickboxers of all time, with the credentials to match.

Yesterday we discussed the very real rumor of Semmy Schilt being retired, as we heard from sources very close to Schilt that he was having health issues and decided to no longer fight. This did not come as a surprise to us in the least, as Schilt had already been talking about no longer participating in tournaments and there was talk of him maybe fighting once or twice more before calling an end to his career.

GLORY's CEO discussed a few things with MMAMania's Brian Hemminger, one of the questions was about Schilt's retirement, to which he had this to say;

"As far as I know, he's on our active roster and that is certainly the case until he tells us. As far as we know, which is pretty close to the source, he hasn't announced anything at all that would prompt us to pick up the phone and give him a ring. As far as we can see, the press on the story has no primary sources whatsoever so until we hear it from Semmy, we're really excited to have him as a champion with us every since he came on board and signed with us."

While we respect Mr. Whittaker and his position, there were indeed primary, reliable sources on this. We've discussed the issue more with our sources, who've yet to actually be wrong in many years, and it was revealed that Schilt is indeed healthy now, but has still decided not to continue his fighting career. A statement from him has been expected, but possibly due to the Spike TV deal it will be delayed.

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Badr Hari's Love Affair Hits the Tabloids

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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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Gokhan Saki Featured in a Nike Ad in Turkey

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Glory 11

Gokhan Saki is a guy that fans of Kickboxing have been high on for quite a while now, as he might be a bit undersized for the Heavyweight division but that has never stopped him from being one of the best in the world. Saki has carved out a space in the world for himself over the past few years with big wins over Tyrone Spong, Daniel Ghita and Anderson "Braddock" Silva. He also has shown a ton of heart in big fights against top names like Badr Hari and Semmy Schilt, which gave him a place in the hearts of fans across the world.

Apparently, Nike has been listening, at least Nike in Turkey, that is. Fans in Turkey are very proud of Gokhan Saki -- and they have every right to be -- and he has become a national hero accordingly. So it comes as no real surprise that Saki has been included in this Nike ad that is currently airing in Turkey that features some of the best Turkish athletes that are known the whole world over. Saki takes place in the GLORY 11 Chicago Heavyweight tournament this October, airing live on Spike TV.

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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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The Return of Badr Hari: Badr vs. Mourad Bouzidi, It's Showtime Prague 2010

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Badr/MouradWe draw nearer and nearer to May 14th's It's Showtime Lyon event, featuring Badr Hari's return bout. The question that we've been slowly answering over the past few weeks is why exactly should we be excited about the return of Badr Hari and where did he go?

Badr Hari had a disappointing 2008, and 2009 was primed to be the year that he finally won a K-1 World Grand Prix title, and as we looked at in our last installment, he made it to the finals again only to be stopped in short order by Semmy Schilt, the now four-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion. For Badr Hari, this was crushing, as he had worked all year at being "good" and focusing on fighting, finishing out the year at 5 - 1.

The question for 2010 was; now what? Badr Hari had shown self control, skill and power throughout 2010, but it still wasn't enough to get two wins over Semmy Schilt. He came so very, very close to being on top of the kickboxing world, but at the last minute choked. So now it looked like for Badr Hari he must go through another year's worth of trials to give it another shot. His year started off with a bout against solid up-and-comer Mourad Bouzidi for It's Showtime in Prague, Badr was looking for blood.

Bouzidi was able to hold on for the bell in the first round, but was clearly wobbled and ready to go down like a sack of bricks before the ref stepped in. The last combination of a left hook to the jaw and a right to the body was just missing the right hook follow up to put him down on the canvas. The second round starts with an all-out assault on Bouzidi, where a left finally puts him down. Bouzidi gets up only to get put back down a mere minute later by a barrage of lefts and rights. Bouzidi somehow staggers to his feet again to come back for more. Badr finally composes himself a bit and starts throwing more calculated shots until with 10 seconds left in the round he slips in a right uppercut that sends Bouzidi down for good.

What should be noted is the calm, controlled agression of Badr Hari that we saw in 2010 was gone, this Badr Hari was throwing wild flurries again and was being super agressive, caution-to-the-wind style.

What happens next led to his one year layoff, which we'll touch upon tomorrow.

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Melvin Manhoef is Prepared for LEGEND 2 Invasion Tournament

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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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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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LEGEND Fighting's Second Event Scheduled for November Featuring Cro Cop vs. Aleks Emelianenko

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Cro Cop/Aleks

The first LEGEND Fighting event was a bit of a mixed bag, but a success in many regards as it featured a solid 72kg Kickboxing tournament on top of the now infamous battle between Badr Hari and Zabit Samedov, where Samedov was able to do the impossible and toppled Badr Hari. It also appealed with the freakshow factor by putting Aleksander Elemianenko up against Bob Sapp, with the local hero making short work of the sham of a fighter known as Bob Sapp.

The second LEGEND Fighting event is scheduled for November now and is set to feature the rematch that is almost ten years in the making between Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic against Aleksander Emelianenko in Russia. This will be contested under MMA rules, where Emelianenko is more comfortable and where Cro Cop has not ventured since his release from the UFC in October, 2011, save for the IGF New Year's Even event against professional wrestler/former sumo Wakakirin Shinichi.

Here's hoping that they once again feature some bigger Kickboxing bouts on this card as well, as the last event turned out to be quite entertaining.

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