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Badr Hari Arrested and Released in Dubai

Oh Badr. 

Thursday in Dubai, after his successful evening of fights at GFC 3, Badr Hari was detained by police in Dubai over an alleged incident from late 2011/early 2012 involving Badr Hari. Hari was questioned and released, according to his lawyer/manager, but this was just another in a long line of legal troubles for Badr Hari over the past few years. It isn't clear what the incident was or if Badr will be brought up on charges just yet, but does seem to imply that Badr can't go anywhere without running into these kinds of problems.

For fans who are holding onto hope that Badr Hari will some day sign with GLORY and become a staple in their Heavyweight division this is yet another hurdle in a long line of already existing hurdles. Remember that Hari getting a visa for the US might be a bit difficult with this many international arrests and for serving jail time like he did. 

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Francois Ambang's Struggles and Humble Beginnings

If you've ever been poor it's a situation you will probably never forget. Especially as a child, seeing those around you take for granted the things that we look upon as basic is something that can have a tremendous effect on that individual. For most who have experienced any form of deprivation, generally one vows to make things different, to have a better future. All, however, are not successful for an escape, depending upon the route one may experience very detrimental consequences. In this situation sometimes, a beautiful flower can sprout in a field that was once thought barren. That flower is humility.

Humility is defined as the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people; the quality or state of being humble. The definition, however, is deceptive in that there is an implication of weakness, self-deprecation or meekness. In reality, however, someone who truly exhibits this quality embodies great strength. When I think of Francois Ambang, humility is one of the first qualities that comes to mind. He is a man who has known great adversity but through those times he has persevered. He has never forgotten from whence he came. His story begins in west Central Africa in Cameroon where he grew up in poverty with his parents and six siblings. Despite having certain disadvantages, Ambang has faced his challenges with confidence, a confidence that brought him to the United States with little knowledge of the language and/or customs. What Ambang did bring with him to the steps of the Combat Sports Center in Virginia was a natural athleticism and strength. He also has had a long held desire to constantly improve himself as a fighter and make not only his family but his fans proud as well.

Ambang cites that he first began his combat sports training in karate, boxing and savate. Following his move to the United States, Ambang expressed that his primary interest was in boxing. In short time, however, he was able to easily establish himself in the kickboxing arena, learning to throw the sharp combinations of punches and brutal leg kicks for which he is now famous. With an overall 12-5 record, Ambang continues to hone his craft now on the Glory stage where he currently is ranked at number 10 in the welterweight class with a 1-2 record. To date he cites as one his most memorable fights the bout with Joseph Valtellini at Glory 9 in New York.

One thing has been clear since his arrival on Glory's stage, Ambang's potential for greatness is ever present. Beginning with his participation in the ‘Road to Glory’ welterweight tournament in 2013, where he beat three opponents in one night to score a GLORY World Series contract. Ambang is confident that his time as a champion in this organization is sure to come. Those who watch the promotion should believe as well as this confidence is not braggadocio but a true love for his family and fans.

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Badr Hari Wins Big in Dubai, Aerts and Cooper Draw

Today in Dubai Badr Hari competed in the Global FC 3 Heavyweight Kickboxing tournament in a field that saw Hari, Leko, Oborotov and Graham, making for an interesting blend of old talent and new talent. The big news is that Badr Hari walked away from Global FC 3 with a new belt and some more money in his pocket after he was able to knock out both opponents in short order. First up was Stefan Leko, a guy who used to be one of the world's elite and is now competing beyond his means, to the extent where I almost refuse to watch him fight anymore.

Leko almost had nothing to offer Hari, almost being put down immediately in the first round. He fought back to his feet, though, only to be dropped again and for the referee to stop the bout. Badr Hari's second fight of the evening saw him meeting an old foe in Peter Graham. The two had traded wins over seven years ago, but time was not kind to Peter Graham who found himself knocked down twice in round one as well and Badr Hari having a relatively easy night.

On the other side of the spectrum, Peter Aerts tore his hamstring against Dewey Cooper and both men had a clinch-heavy fight that saw the judges render it a draw. Tough break for Peter Aerts, but it might be time for him to consider spending time with his family, his gym and wrestling more in Japan.

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Japan's Kickboxing Scene Reunites Under the K-1 World League Banner

K-1 began in Japan, becoming the world standard for professional Kickboxing and the name, to this day, holds the most weight when it comes to Kickboxing. Of course, mismanagement and corruption led to the demise of FEG, who held the K-1 name at the time. Since then K-1 Global has taken over the K-1 name and have been working their way towards their own goals that exist outside of Japan. So consider the shock today when news comes out of Japan of a new promotion called K-1 World League using the K-1 logo and everything. 

There was a press conference in Japan today to announce the formation of K-1 World League, which will be managed by Good Loser, the company that produces KRUSH events in Japan, and produced by M-1 Sports Media. The first event is set to take place on July 21st at Shinjuku FACE and will be an amateur tournament akin to K-1 Koshien, the finals being held on November 3rd at Yoyogi National Stadium along with professional fights from some of Japan's top fighters. Announced names are Yuta Kubo, Yoshihiro Sato, Yasuhiro Kido, Hirotaka Urabe, Koya Urabe, HIROYA, Takeru and others. Takayuki Kohiruimaki is also listed as one of the K-1 Gym's official trainers, as this whole thing is in association with the K-1 Gym.

K-1 Global will continue to run events outside of Japan and K-1 World League will serve as K-1's re-entry point into the Japanese market beginning this year.

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