The K-1 World Grand Prix has come and gone and Badr Hari, the bad boy, one of the main attractions at the event was forced to pull out of th event due to a foot injury. There was some talk about it possibly being less-than-accurate or truthful, that there was some controversy about him fighting beyond one fight, but this photo was released this morning and tells all of the story that you need to know; that looks really, really painful.
There have been other rumors, like Badr Hari being back in prison already, but we've seen absolutely nothing to substantiate that. We wish the Bad Boy a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in the ring again when he has more time to prepare.
The K-1 World Grand Prix has come and gone now with a new champion emerging. For the first time, K-1 and MMA legend Mirko Cro Cop has won the big one by making his way through the legendary one-night K-1 World Grand Prix tournament to capture the Championship. LiverKick.com congratulates Mirko Cro Cop on his victory.
As you are most likely already aware, the K-1 WGP Finale is going down this Friday in Zagreb, Croatia. Earlier today the press conference for the event took place, with most of the emphasis put on the bigger names in the tournament: Badr Hari, Hesdy Gerges, and Mirko Cro Cop. Also making an appearance was the man with the greatest grey hair in the world- Michael Buffer (He's got a pretty decent voice too).
The most interesting part of the conference for me was the way Badr Hari described his mind-set going into the WGP as opposed to years prior. He referred to fighting Cro Cop in his home country as an "honor," and repeatedly harped on the mistakes of his "younger" self. While I think it's a little early to be calling Hari a changed man by any stretch of the imagination, it sounds as though his stint in prison forced him to restructure his outlook on life. But then again, that may just be me.
Yes, time does indeed fly sometimes. The past few weeks have been a really awkward blur for me, everything from cashing out my stocks, signing a billion documents to hiring movers and making sure that my girlfriend is appeased at the number of wires that I've hidden so she won't get upset at how unsightly they are. All while that was happening, the Final 8 were preparing to go to war in Croatia, but no, not that kind of war. The kind of war that I'm talking about is the one that involves kicks, knees and punches inside of the very famous K-1 ring.
K-1 might have had a bit of a rocky last few years, but they are once again looking to put all of that behind them and put on the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix only three months late. We are willing to forgive as long as the card is good, and thankfully this card is pretty incredible.
The Final 8 has shaped up with these big fights;
Catalin Morosanu vs. Pavel Zhuravlev
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Jarrell Miller
Badr Hari vs. Zabit Samedov
Ismael Londt vs. Hesdy Gerges
While the landscape of this World Grand Prix does look at lot different than the last World Grand Prix that went down in 2010, a good portion of these guys have a ton of K-1 fights under their belt and some of them are some of the biggest rising stars at Heavyweight looking to claim their first K-1 World Grand Prix Championship.