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Programming Note: Peter Graham Fights Cheick Kongo Tomorrow Night in Bellator


If you would have told me in 2006 that Peter Graham would be fighting in MMA regularly and that he'd not only do okay, but do pretty well, I'd probably not believe you. Not because Peter Graham isn't an awesome fighter, but because I just couldn't imagine the man behind the Rolling Thunder navigating the waters of wrestling and jiu-jitsu. Peter has always been known as an exciting, no-nonsense fighter who isn't afraid to pull out all of the stops.

Well, here we are in 2013 and the 38 year old Graham is making a serious go at Heavyweight MMA as he'll fight his second fight under the Bellator banner this Friday night against none other than Cheick Kongo. Kongo is himself known for being an exciting striker with a Kickboxing past, but then again, he doesn't have a KO win over Badr Hari with a Rolling Thunder, now does he? Graham's hard work and dedication to MMA have shown in his recent MMA outings, with him picking up a decision victory over Eric Prindle in his Bellator debut. He also isn't at all deterred from Kongo's size or reputation.

"I know who Cheick Kongo is but I haven't followed his career. He's been a great athlete for a long time. He's got a bit of kickboxing and wrestling skill. It'll be a good fight and I'm ready to go. I hope he doesn't underestimate me. I know he's been famous and had a big name for a while and, when it comes to MMA, I'm somewhat of a newcomer. I've come from the worst record to one of the best heavyweight win streaks there's been. I went from going 1-6 to 9 wins a row with 8 of them being KO's over some really good fighters. I want to get to the top and I'm not there yet, but I'm relentless. He needs to bring his A-game, which I'm sure he will. He's got that inner strength to keep going but I have it more than ever and I've worked harder than ever to make every performance better than the last."

Now if only we could see a Rolling Thunder in the Bellator cage, I'd be a happy, happy man.


Support Mark 'Fightshark' Miller Through a Tough Time


If you follow American Kickboxing chances are you know about Mark Miller. Mark competed in Kickboxing for years, making his way onto K-1 USA events, which at the time was about as good as an American Kickboxer could ever hope for. Things went a little haywire for Mark in the mid-00's when the loss of three members of his family was compounded with him finding out that he had a heart condition, CHD, which led to him having to have open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve.

Mark's story led to a triumphant comeback in 2011 when he was the first fighter to come back from open heart surgery with a stunning nine second knockout on Nikolaj Falin. The year 2012 wasn't as charitable to him with two losses to Sergei Kharitonov and Koichi Watanabe, but 2013 was beginning to take shape for him as he was scheduled to fight at GLORY 12 in New York. That is where our story starts to come together, though, as he came down with a bad case of bronchitis. This bronchitis led to a bad case of pneumonia, which ultimately led to congenital heart failure and a very, very pricey trip to the hospital.

Not only did it mean that his chances of fighting at GLORY 12 were dashed, it also meant a week-long stay in the hospital hooked up to a dialysis machine. The kicker here is that Mark doesn't have health insurance. Now, before you begin pointing fingers, cursing and calling anyone a moocher, it isn't for lack of effort. See, Mark has CHD and type 1 diabetes, which makes insurance companies almost immediately turn him down due to his "preexisting conditions." Say what you will about Obama's Affordable Care Act, but under that act Mark would be able to purchase his own insurance and have help with his medical bills. Instead he is faced with potentially a six figure medical bill, which is just another in a long line of medical bills that he's had to foot due to insurance companies being unwilling to touch him.

So if you can, donate what you can to help him out.


Badr Hari Thinks He Can Knock Samedov Out Any Day

Badr Hari

Well, it's another day and another round of Badr Hari promoting the upcoming LEGEND 2: Invasion event. Badr Hari is really making the media rounds out there, which seems uncommon as he is usually an off-limits kind of guy. This new interview is, well, very Badr Hari. He talks about how all of his opponents are the same and how he takes his job seriously but not his opponents. He also talks about how it might not be worth fighting Zabit Samedov again as he could knock him out any day (we know the question that immediately comes to mind...).

Interesting stuff from Badr Hari.


Badr Hari Has One Fight Left on LEGEND Contract, Considering the Future


The name Badr Hari can stir up some strong emotions in Kickboxing fans. Some fans are filled with bloodlust and are instantly excited by the very idea of Badr Hari, while others look at him and see a guy who has done more harm than good to the sport. As with everything, there is usually some truth somewhere in the middle. Badr Hari fights again on November 8th in LEGEND against Alexey Ignashov in a fight that fans are looking forward to just to see Badr Hari get another win.

Sadly, for fans in America, there will be no official way to view the event, as there are no plans for a stream to be available or television deals in place. According to a recent interview with Badr Hari he has one fight left on his contract with LEGEND and is considering either signing another contract with LEGEND or going to GLORY. If the rumors are at all true, GLORY has been in on and off talks with Badr Hari, but doesn't seem interested as long as his legal problems persist. My best guess would be that getting him into the US to fight would be a nightmare.

Badr also stated that he had 2 - 3 years left in his career before he wishes to retire, citing that watching his daughter grow up is a priority.


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