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Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven Set For December Thanks to GLORY

The fight. 

If you follow kickboxing you know the one fight that everyone has been asking about; GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari. Badr Hari may not be a regular in the realm of high-level kickboxing right now, but he's the lone holdover of a generation of heavyweights that defined the sport from the heyday of K-1. 

Hari, never a K-1 World Grand Prix Champion -- in part thanks to his volatile temper leading to a DQ loss in 2008 -- was seen as the heir apparent to the heavyweight throne, only for FEG's K-1 to go bankrupt and the international kickboxing scene changed forever. Since then, GLORY has emerged as the world leader in the sport, albeit in a scaled-back form compared to the opulence of FEG's K-1. 

Since then both Hari and Verhoeven have had very different paths. Hari chased paydays from rich sheikhs and warlords where he could find them while Verhoeven competed with the best of the best, transitioning from being a tall, awkward kid to an unstoppable force in heavyweight kickboxing. Outside of the ring Hari has been plagued with legal issues thanks to his temper and for a while it looked like he would never, truly, find a way back to fighting the best. 

Hari has remained a public figure, his every indiscretion stealing international headlines all while being accentuated by a fairly rabid social media following. For Verhoeven, this became the fight to make, the fight that made sense. All of the old heroes had retired; Semmy Schilt, Peter Aerts, Jerome Le Banner, Ernesto Hoost and Remy Bonjasky. 

With wins over Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita, Errol Zimmerman and Benjamin Adegbuyi it was all starting to feel a bit "academic" for Verhoeven. He is the best and all of the challengers that are lining up are talented individuals, but what can they bring to the table? 

An issue that arises with a dominant champion is that it's difficult for other stars to flourish. Adegbuyi, in any other generation, would be a huge star, but now he's been defeated twice by Verhoeven, as have Daniel Ghita and Errol Zimmerman, making it lonely at the top for Rico, who has only suffered one errant loss in China to Anderei Gerasimchuk while Rico's wife was in labor and his mind was elsewhere. 

Speculation has run wild for the past few months, smaller promoters have tossed their hat into the ring with very public, very unrealistic offers to host the fight, but there was always going to be one promotion where it would go down; GLORY. GLORY has worked with Verhoeven and Hari's team and now it's official. According to a report from Gareth Davies, the fight is happening in December in Germany. 

As for the stakes? Simply pride.

Hari is not under a longer contract to GLORY, thus no title will be on the line. 

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GLORY 33 New Jersey Featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Anderson Silva

On Friday, September 9th in Trenton, New Jersey GLORY returns to action with GLORY 33. GLORY 33 is set to feature two huge world title bouts, first on the GLORY SuperFight Series Jason Wilnis will get his title shot against champion Simon Marcus in the main event, then on the main card GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven defends against Anderson "Braddock" Silva.

Silva is coming off of a KO victory at GLORY 32 against Gordon Haupt, while Jason Wilnis is coming off of a win over Joe Schilling. 

The GLORY Women's Bantamweight Tournament continues as well with one of the more interesting bouts of the tournament in Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf. 

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Glory 32 Virginia Live Results

Well here we go Glory 32 is starting in 10 minutes and you can join us here for the Live Results. The superfight series will be live on UFC Fight pass at 7:30pm ET/ 4:30pm PT the main card will follow on Eversport.tv or ESPN 3. You can also join us on twitter @Liverkickdotcom and @JayJauncey.

GLORY 32 Virginia

Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Gabriel Varga def. Serhiy Adamchuk by Majority Dec (Varga becomes Glory Featherweight champion again)

Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain def. Ariel Machado by KO Rd 2 (knee to the liver)

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Brian Collette def. Myron Dennis by Unanimous Dec

Light Heavyweight Tournament Bout B: Zinedine Hameur-Lain def. Warren Thompson by KO Rd 1 (Right hand)

Light Heavyweight Tournament Bout A: Ariel Machado def. Pavel Zhuravlev by Unanimous Dec

GLORY 32 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry def. Maurice Greene by KO Rd 2 (right uppercut)

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Anderson Silva def. Gordon Haupt by KO Rd 1 (Liverkick)

Super Bantamweight Bout: Funda Alkayis def. Vanessa De Waele by Unanimous Dec

Welterweight Bout: Francois Ambang def. Michael Stevens by Unanimous Dec

Featherweight Bout: Giga Chikadze def. Chris Mauceri by KO Rd 1 (Liverkick)

Armed Forces Bout: Cedric Smith def. Roger Corbin by Unanimous Dec

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Saenchai Training BJJ at Yokkao Gym in Bangkok, Possibly Preparing For MMA

When you've conquered the world of muay thai as thoroughly as Saenchai has, what would be stopping you from branching out more? That's exactly what Saenchai seems to be doing as he approaches his 36th birthday. We recently saw him competing for GLORY under kickboxing rules and now Saenchai is rolling and training BJJ at the Yokkao gym in Bangkok, perhaps preparing for trying his hand at MMA.

Saenchai's name is synonymous with muay thai and his virtuoso-equse skills transcend the sport.

 

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