If you have been keeping up with the lastest drama behind It's Showtime and the Netherlands you know that there is a lot going on right now. There is a law in the Netherlands, BIBOB, that aims to prevent criminal activity by limiting businesses with known criminal connections and forcing them to jump through hoops. Over the past few years It's Showtime has been linked (we are making no claims to authenticity here) with the likes of the Hell's Angels, who purchase VIP tables and make appearances at events. They also have sponsored It's Showtime after parties within the Netherlands that get promoted as "official." These events caught the eye of the mayor of Amsterdam, who last year turned his eye towards Kickboxing and MMA events as being connected with organized crime and the rest is history.
Simon Rutz put together a video statement that aired at the weigh-ins for the media and then aired after the prelims aired on the stream, and for us who do not speak Dutch, we were sort of left in the dark. Thankfully, we have some fantastic readers out there. This translation was provided by Sebastiaan Tauran, with some corrections done as needed by us.