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It's Showtime: Saki vs. Hari, Full Fight Card For Saturday

The biggest kickboxing event since the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix is happening on Saturday. Headlined by a clash of elite heavyweights that pits Gokhan Saki against Badr Hari, the rest of the fight card is just as good, featuring 12 great fights.

The card is split into two portions, Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 is the undercard, which will be on It's Showtime's live stream and the Fight Network in Canada. It will be aired in the US on HDNet on February 3. Part 2 is the main card featuring Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki and will be aired live on all three platforms; It's Showtime's live stream, Fight Network in Canada and HDNet in the US.

This is an overview of the full fight card for fans or casual viewers interested in tuning in but not quite sure who's fighting. Once again, it's a stacked card and any fan of combat sports should be tuning in on Saturday. It's during the late morning/afternoon so it won't get in the way of UFC on Fox. You'll have a whole day of combat sports. Full fight card below.

Part 1:

-70kg: Henri van Opstal vs. Hafid el Boustati

-70kg: Andy Ristie vs. Hinata Watanabe

-95kg: Sahak Parparyan vs. Mourad Bouzidi

Heavyweight: Ricardo van den Bos vs. Ben Edwards

-73kg: L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni vs. Yohan Lidon (It's Showtime 73kg World Title Fight)

Heavyweight: Melvin Manhoef vs. Tyrone Spong

Part 2:

 Heavyweight: Michael Duut vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva

-70kg: Harut Grigorian vs. Chris Ngimbi

Heavyweight: Errol Zimmerman vs. Rico Verhoeven

-70kg: Murat Direkci vs. Robin van Roosmalen

Heavyweight: Daniel Ghita vs. Hesdy Gerges (It's Showtime Heavyweight World Title Fight)

Heavyweight: Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki (Last kickboxing fight of Badr Hari)

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Saki on Badr Hari: "Sometimes He Makes a Mistake Because he Fights Too Aggressive."

The showdown between Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki is just two days away now, with things reaching a critical mass for both fighters. At this point both men are done training and are simply wading through the final preparations before the big fight. In an interesting interview with Fighters Only, Gokhan Saki interrupted his training earlier in the week to discuss the upcoming bout with Badr Hari as well as a bunch of other issues. One of the big topics was K-1, and he says that he knows "many things" about K-1, but that he can't talk about them right now. This goes along with a lot of the rumblings we've been hearing behind the scenes.

When asked about MMA and if he is interested, his answer is simply, "Yes, of course, I'm a fighter, you know?" Saki mentioned maybe MMA, maybe Boxing, that he has been training in both, but that his "thing is K-1" and that is his main focus for right now. [source]

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Simon Rutz Possibly Finished With Promoting in the Netherlands

Big news coming from the Netherlands as Simon Rutz has been making the media rounds to promote the huge It's Showtime 55 event taking place in Leeuwarden. Leeuwarden was an interesting choice, as it was obviously not It's Showtime's home base when compared to Amsterdam. Apparently Rutz is upset with the recent events within his home country that revolve around the BIBOB law. BIBOB, for those unaware, is a law where local officials are able to require local businesspeople to acquire  a license through them after going through a background check to ensure that there are no criminal elements within the organization. For It's Showtime we've seen this law rear its ugly head in Amsterdam, canceling the December event on short notice due to BIBOB restrictions.

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Gokhan Saki Prepares for War Against Badr Hari

It is hard to believe that Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki is just a few days away now, but it is coming and coming on fast like a freight train. 2012 is kicking off with a legitimate Heavyweight bout that fans want to see after being denied a K-1 World Grand Prix. Gokhan Saki and Badr Hari are two of the top Heavyweights in the world and will lock horns for the second time for It's Showtime. We've seen the ballyhoo behind Hari, but now here is video of Saki getting prepared for the fight.

A big part of the narrative leading into this fight is the retirement of Badr Hari and possible departure of Gokhan Saki. Hari will move into professional Boxing for the time being and Saki is going absolutely nowhere, as he has signed a new agreement with TSA and Golden Glory to fight for their upcoming cards or for potential K-1 cards. So the real departure will be Hari, and by the looks of this video, Saki is in some of the best shape that we've ever seen him in, and he is ready to go to war. [source]

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