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Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari Are Ready to Destroy Each Other

The time is finally upon us. The most anticipated kickboxing fight in years goes down tomorrow in Germany; Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven. Hari, after a considerable time away from the ring and the spotlight, will be heading to the GLORY ring for the first time to challenge the man who became the top heavyweight in the world while Hari wasn't looking, with both men looking to prove that they are indeed the best in the world.

This, my friends, is the staredown.

Damn.

There are literally three cardloads of great fights on this card as well, so check out the whole weigh-in, but Badr and Rico look like they are going to kill each other. This fight can't come soon enough.

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GLORY Collision Hype: Badr Hari vs. Alistair Overeem

The sport of kickboxing was once ruled by giants that roamed the Japanese countryside, competing in the K-1 World Grand Prix events as larger-than-life titans looking to floor each other. This is, in part, what made the sport of kickboxing so popular and left a lasting legacy that everyone is trying to live up to now. When Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem decided to dip his toes into the realm of K-1 many thought that he'd be easy fodder for the elite of the elite, only for him to score an upset against Badr Hari, one of the greats of the time. 

This led to Overeem entering the K-1 World Grand Prix the following year, a year that many saw Badr Hari as the man to beat in the tournament. When it came down to both men squaring off that night, everyone was expecting fireworks. That's exactly what happened.

If this Badr Hari shows up on Saturday, Rico Verhoeven is in trouble. Interestingly enough, Alistair Overeem will be joining the broadcast team on Saturday to provide expert commentary during the main event. 

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Giorgio Petrosyan Opens Up on His Time Off and Pressures of Being the GOAT

Few names in the realm of kickboxing are synonymous with greatness quite like Giorgio Petrosyan. Petrosyan, a former two-time K-1 World MAX Champion during the height of the tournament, as well as the 2012 GLORY 70kg Slam Champion, he's competed against the best in the world and proven himself many times over as not only one of the best, but perhaps the very best. 

On Saturday, December 10th Petrosyan returns to the ring to fight against a man that he's been aiming to take on headfirst for about a year now in the UK's Jordan Watson. Watson, a muay thai standout, is looking to make a name for himself against Petrosyan in what is essentially a no-lose situation for him; losing to Giorgio Petrosyan is so normal that there's nothing to be ashamed of at this point.

The fight has been postponed prior, but will now happen, as to if that'll affect Petrosyan heading into the fight, his answer was simple; "I don't think so," he said. It isn't that Petrosyan is taking Watson lightly, it's that he's at the level where regardless of the competition, he understands that he most likely has an advantage. When prompted on who of his recent opponents was his toughest test, he was unable to find someone who really gave him a challenge. "I have won against all, but there was no one in particular that has put me in trouble most of the other."

For Petrosyan, one fight does stand out, which was his loss to Andy Ristie in 2013 via knockout, which led to the Doctor taking time away from the ring to recuperate and prepare himself to return to the ring. "I needed to metabolise this defeat," he explained about the prolonged time away from the ring. As for if his hand injury was a factor or a concern, he didn't think so; "Unfortunately," he admitted to the injury, "although I did not think about it, my head always brought me [back]."

Of course, Petrosyan is considered to be one of, if not the greatest of all time in kickboxing, when asked what kind of pressure was on him when he returned, he didn't seem bothered by the hype. "I have always only fought for myself and for the fun, I never thought of having to prove something to someone." 

As for the pressures of being considered the best in the world? Nah. "I don’t feel any pressure and I cannot wait forward to December 10 to be able to see the result of all the effort I made to train at best."

Giorgio Petrosyan makes his Bellator Kickboxing debut on Saturday, December 10th in Firenze against Jordan Watson.

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Video: Kunlun Fight Top 10 KO's of 2016

Kunlun Fight has been putting on shows almost every 2nd weekend for all of 2016. Most of the shows were kickboxing with the focus being on their huge 70kgs tournament which will be coming to an end soon. Even though they have only been around since 2014 they are quickly becoming one of the very top promotions in the world having most of top tier fighters on their shows. The best thing about Kunlun is that they have so many shows which allows fighters to stay active even if they are signed exclusively to them, for example Sittichai Sitsongpeenong even though he is not exclusive to Kunlun fought for them 6 times already in 2016 and still has at least one or two more to go, maybe with promotions putting on shows like this kickboxers can actually make a decent living soon.

Here is an amazing video Kunlun Fight has made of their Top 10 KO's of the year, Enjoy.

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