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Badr Hari Refuting Arrest Report, Kind Of

If there is one thing that you can say for Badr Hari it is that he always seems to be surrounded by drama. Reports surfaced yesterday of Badr Hari detained while trying to leave Dubai after a two week stay and a successful evening at GFC 3. There have been sparse details surrounding the circumstances of the situation and if it was an "arrest" or if he was simply taken in for questioning. For someone who has been through the legal ringer over the past few years like Hari, those sorts of minutiae are important.

Social media has been abuzz about Badr Hari yet again, with his hordes of fans once again coming out to decry anyone speaking about Hari, claiming that anyone reporting on the news was a "hater." As for word from Hari himself, per usual, Badr Hari is elusive and maintains his aura. We won't hear anything from Hari, but we have seen the strange disconnect that is Hari's social media give mixed messages. Badr Hari himself has stated that he doesn't have Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, but that doesn't stop multiple accounts claiming to be official and speaking for him. At some point they might have, but we never know if they are or aren't, which in 2014 is just ridiculous on many levels. 

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His Facebook page, on the other hand, only has a message up about celebrating 2 million likes after telling GLORY that he likes that "Arab money" and to not come to him with "coins" again.

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Ghita vs. Verhoeven II Trailer

On June 21st Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven will meet in the ring for the second time, this time with the GLORY Heavyweight Championship on the line, making it an even bigger deal. Ghita vs. Verhoeven II will headline the GLORY Last Man Standing PPV event -- immediately following GLORY 17 on Spike TV -- which could be GLORY's biggest event to date. 

So here is a look at GLORY's preview of Ghita vs. Verhoeven II, which I'd consider a good way to kick off your day.

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Weekend Results: Jerome Le Banner Wins in France

Jerome Le Banner is an interesting case of a fighter who knows how to maximize his popularity in his home country of France. Jerome Le Banner was at one time one of the greatest fighters in the K-1 ring, although he never won the big one. That didn't matter, though, because Jerome Le Banner was a certified superstar in Japan and his home country of France was extremely proud of his accomplishments. Le Banner is 41 years old now and probably shouldn't be fighting the best guys in the world, but that doesn't mean that he shouldn't be fighting.

He fought on Friday evening in France against Lucian Danilencu in what was an entertaining bout that saw Le Banner stop him in round two with his deadly body kicks. This was vintage Jerome Le Banner and precisely what we want to see JLB doing in 2014. I don't want to see him in the ring with Rico Verhoeven or Daniel Ghita, but I'm totally cool with him beating the snot out of Lucian Danilencu.

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Melvin Manhoef vs. Filip Verlinden Announced for GLORY Last Man Standing

First off, don't forget that this is the last week to get your questions in for Melvin Manhoef to possibly win some GLORY swag. Check out the thread over here

Today GLORY announced the first official matchup in the GLORY Last Man Standing Middleweight Tournament. Last Man Standing will be on PPV on June 21st directly following GLORY 17 on Spike TV. The first match announced is between Melvin Manhoef and Filip Verlinden. It's an interesting bout between two guys who have both fight as high as Heavyweight and will now be fighting at a weight class that suits them better. 

Melvin Manhoef has not competed in Kickboxing as much over the past few years, but will finally make his GLORY debut. Verlinden on the other hand has competed in GLORY's Heavyweight Grand Slam as well as GLORY's Light Heavyweight tournament back at GLORY 9, this being his third GLORY tournament in a new weight class. This should be a great fight between a more technical-minded Verlinden and a crazy brawler like Manhoef.

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