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Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt Official for Akhmat Fight Show in Grozny

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Yesterday we reported that Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt was rumored for Grozny in Russia but there were no real details or promotional materials to verify this. Today after the news had spread throughout the internet it was confirmed that Badr Hari will indeed fight Ismael Londt on August 22nd in Grozny, Russia under the banner of Akhmat Fight Show. Needless to say this seems to be all signs pointing towards the fight happening considering Badr Hari has been linked with Ramzan Kadyrov in the past and is considered a personal friend of Kadyrov.

For those unaware of Akhmat Fight Show, there was a previous Akhmat show earlier this year that was associated with the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov. Our friend Patrick Wyman documented the issues with Kadyrov's association with combat sports and his questionable methods and associations. This should be interesting. Badr Hari fighting on a show linked with an accused Russian war criminal. 


Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt Rumored for August 22nd in Grozny

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The name Badr Hari comes with a lot of associations these days, a lot of them from his days under the K-1 banner and the rest involving criminal ties and assault charges. None of these associations seem to be about current day Badr Hari fights. We know that Badr Hari has links to GFC in Dubai and will continue fighting for them in the future, we also know that there is a now-mythical fight to happen between Badr Hari and Catalin Morosanu, originally scheduled for May and now maybe happening in October, but outside of that Badr Hari is the unicorn of the kickboxing world.

He's currently celebrating Ramadan, which is heading into its final week of fasting and reflection. Social media has been abuzz over the past few days when the Mike's Gym instagram posted a promo photo for Ismael Londt vs. Badr Hari on August 22nd in Grozny. Londt shared it on Facebook as well but when it comes to Badr Hari fights taking place in strange, Russian cities there should always be some serious questions as to the validity of said fight. Until Badr Hari himself has someone post on his official page that he's fighting Ismael Londt on August 22nd, hell, until they actually step into the ring together we just don't know what will happen.

Interestingly enough, the promo shot that they used was from the 2014 A1 Cup event scheduled to be held in the Netherlands that was canceled at the last moment.


Heavyweight Kickboxing Isn't Dead: Ismael Londt

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LondtThe departure of a select few Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight Kickboxers from K-1 action has led the media and fans to quickly declare Heavyweight Kickboxing as "dead" and that there is a shallow talent pool. We here at beg to differ, as K-1 might be the type of company to promote the same fighters year in and year out, but that does not mean there is no other talent out there. About a week ago, I wrote an article that Heavyweight Kickboxing was not dead, and Rian followed up with his own proof. The basic idea is that while some of your favorites might not be fighting in Kickboxing (for a while, let's be honest, they'll be back), that does not mean that there is a lack of talent. There is actually a ton of talent out there, and just as I promised, it is time to start introducing more fans to them.

First up is Ismael Londt. Londt fights out of the legendary Team Slamm, known for their Muay Thai adapted to Kickboxing. He is a 24 year old fighter and for a fighter as young as he is, he is already getting a lot of hype and has amassed a 25-2-1 record, which is impressive considering the level of competition he has been fighting. He has wins over fighters like Sergei Laschenko, Sebastian Ciobanu, Rico Verhoeven and Mladen Brestovac. If you aren't familiar with all of those names that is OK, but understand they are some of the best fighters coming up in the scene.

Londt has moved up in the SuperKombat tournament to the Final 4 and he faces yet another young star in Pavel Zhuravlev in a widely anticipated bout. Now, as to why people are excited about Londt.

The way Londt moves is like a veteren who has been around for many years. He mixes in a lot of the explosiveness that a fighter like Badr Hari brings to the table while still controlling his emotions and remembering to defend himself before going crazy. He is a Kickboxers Kickboxer, with great technique and legitimate Fight IQ. He goes for the kill when he sees it, and when he doesn't he makes sure to cover his bases without getting frustrated. So of course, why tell when we can show?

Vs. Mladen Brestovac

Vs. Sebastian Ciobanu


Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt Booked for May

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While everyone is pretty certain that Badr Hari will be booked on whatever LEGEND event pops up next, it looks like Badr Hari will be fighting in the Netherlands yet again, this time not under any familiar banner. If that sounds far-fetched to you, as Badr Hari is a top dollar Heavyweight fighter, I share those sentiments, but it appears to be legitimate. On May 17th in the Netherlands Badr Hari is scheduled to meet Ismael Londt in a Kickboxing bout for A1 WCC.

The event is being promoted by the Gunyar Brothers and will also feature a 16-man 70kg tournament. [source]


Live Results: Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt and Samedov vs. Poturak

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Here we are. It's Saturday and Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt is going down live in Grozny any time now. Akhmat Fight Show has been ongoing for a bit now with almost entirely MMA fights leading up to the main events featuring Zabit Samedov vs. Dzevad Poturak and Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt. If you are curious about the MMA results our friend Kiksie has them up

Zabit Samedov (R3 - Decision) Dzevad Poturak

R1: Not much happened in the first round. They opened up by exchanging leg kicks. Samedov was starting to unload with heavier punch combinations but Poturak was very good at covering up and not taking too much damage. 

R2: A lot of the same in this round. Poturak doing a lot of defending and walking Samedov down, but Samedov really started opening up with his hands in this round. He was having trouble scoring on Poturak, though, who at one point held out his hands and was grinding his crotch at Samedov.

R3: Samedov opened up the round with a front kick that connected hard. Poturak was quick to cover up, but Samedov finally found his left hand in this round. It looks like Poturak's nose is busted up plus a cut under his left eye that was checked on a few times. Once the action was restarted Samedov was connecting with the left hand, but it wasn't enough to put Poturak down. That round was probably enough to win him the fight.

Samedov takes the decision.

Badr Hari (R3 - TKO) Ismael Londt

There was a crazy entrance video for Badr Hari, then a SWAT team came out before him. I'm not sure why. 

R1: Badr starts off with a short right and Londt kinda flopped over onto the mat before getting up. So that is how this fight started. Badr controlled the rest of the round, landing another short right that saw Londt slip onto his ass and Joop call it a down. Okay. Badr finally unloaded near the end of the round as he is akin to do but Londt weathers the storm.

R2: Badr is fighting like he always does, which means super aggressive and Londt does not look like Londt. Londt scores a big right hand that downs Hari and there is nothing but stunned silence in the arena. Hari up and he's mad, pounding on Londt until he goes down. Londt recovers and hurts Hari but can't get him down. Crazy round.

R3: Both guys look punch drunk going into this round. Londt has Badr backed up into the ropes but Hari comes back, throws another quick right that sends Londt comically back onto his ass (he skidded around the ring). Joop starts counting and Londt is up only for Joop to call it and say it was the third knockdown, thus the end of the fight. Technically, since Joop called the slip earlier, this was the fourth knockdown.


VIDEO: Badr Hari Scores TKO Victory Over Ismael Londt in Grozny

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It was an interesting night in Chechnya for kickboxing fans around the world as Badr Hari returned to the ring yet again, fighting under the Akhmat FC banner for his good friend and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov was shown on screen multiple times throughout the fight, pumping his fists when Badr was in control and looking upset when Badr went down. The fight opened with a rather strangely-subtitled full version of the video that we posted the other day that saw Badr Hari detained and questioned only to be saved by a Chechen SWAT team.

That same SWAT team then led Hari to the ring while Ismael Londt stood and watched. Then the announcer read off both men's resumes while they stood staring at each other in the center of the ring for what felt like a solid five minutes. It was a very, very long stare down, everyone agrees on that. 

The first round started off with a bang with Hari connecting with a sneaky short right straight that put Londt down onto the canvas early. Londt flopped over and it looked like that might've been the end of the fight right there, but Londt got up. From there Londt looked unsteady on his feet and walked into another short right in what was a slip that was ruled a down by referee Joop Ubeda (no comment). Londt was able to weather Hari's relentless attack and survive to the second round, but it was already looking like doom for him without a knockout.

Crazily enough that almost happened in the second round. Badr was looking to finish things and when Badr goes too hot and heavy he opens himself up. Londt scored a right hook to the temple and Hari was down, stunned silence washing over the arena. Hari was up, though, and if you've seen Hari fight before you know that if you knock him down he gets mad. The only problem is that he looked a bit punch drunk. Luckily for him Londt was hurt as well and he was able to put Londt down. Londt got back up to his feet and kept fighting, scoring a series of rights that had Hari in the ropes only for Londt to not be able to capitalize on it before the bell rung. 

This had turned into a fight when most were expecting Hari to walk through Londt. They were both hurt and tired going into the third but Badr was perhaps just a bit fresher. Hari scored another short right straight and it sent Londt flying across the comically large ring, with Ubeda administering a standing 8-count only to then wave the fight off under the pretense of a third down. Technically it's four downs in a fight and that's it, so it was the correct call, but was announced as a third down.

Regardless that was the best competition that Hari has faced since Samedov in 2013 (who knocked him out) and a solid win for the Bad Boy.


This Badr Hari Promo Video is Downright Insane

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Has Badr joined the special forces? Is he an action movie star? Neither, but this weekend he'll be fighting Ismael Londt in one of the more anticipated heavyweight bouts of the year for Akhmat FC in Grozny. We've already documented that Akhmat's links to Ramzan Kadyrov, whom many believe to be a war criminal, and that Badr Hari is good buds with Kadyrov. If you were curious what kind of money was being sunk into promoting this fight look no further than this super high budget promo video featuring Badr Hari.

But of course this isn't the full video. Oh no. The full video will be his entrance when he fights Londt. Is this even going to be a fight? 


Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt Cancelled

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Badr Hari

In what might be the least shocking bit of news to Kickboxing fans, the fight in May between Badr Hari and Ismael Londt has been cancelled. This confirms reports that we've been hearing for at least the past few weeks that the Gunyar brothers, who were promoting the fight, were having issues acquiring a license to promote an event in Eindhoven (which shares Amsterdam's laws in this case). This, of course, comes as zero shock if you've been following Dutch Kickboxing.

There have been incredibly heavy restrictions set on Kickboxing events in Amsterdam and neighboring cities thanks to a law called BIBOB that is targeted at organized crime. The school of thought was that Kickboxing events held within the city would always pander to certain "VIPs" from the world of organized crime, thus making them meeting places for criminals. The city of Amsterdam wanted to clean up their reputation and saw this as a natural way to do so.

It didn't matter how legitimate of a business the Gunyars were going to run, trying to promote a convicted criminal with known ties to organized crime in an event in Amsterdam was never, ever going to work. According to Badr Hari's Facebook page, "May 29th in Dubai" seems to be his next stop.

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