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Badr Hari Facing Attempted Manslaughter And Assault Charges

Badr Hari's name has been circulating throughout the Dutch media a lot lately, due to the incident that took place at the Sensation White event at the Amsterdam ArenA where a man was assaulted, with the victim claiming that Hari was among the men who assaulted him and also saying that Hari stomped on his leg with full force, causing a severe injury.

That's not it though, as recently the owner of the Amsterdam night club, Air, also came forward saying that Hari had assaulted him last year by kicking him in the head, causing a broken jaw and lost teeth.

What this all adds up to is two charges facing Hari, one for attempted manslaughter for the incident with the nightclub owner, and one for assault for the incident at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Hari turned himself in to the police on Wednesday and was arrested and sent into custody. His stay in custody has been extended to two weeks and it could even possibly be extended to three months. If that were the case, you could rule out Badr Hari from fighting in the K-1 Final 16.

Others that were at the scene of the incident at the Amsterdam ArenA, including Estelle Gullit will be asked for information on the matter. Badr was interrogated yesterday and cannot contact anyone except for his lawyer.

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Bogdan Stoica: "I Was Born A Second Time."

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Bogdan Stoica recently was in a motorcycle accident that has sidelined his career and hospitalized him. Yesterday we posted about him being realeased from the hospital, and today he spoke on what has happened.

Doctors were amazed that Stoica's injuries were not life-threatening, saying that they would've been for a normal person. Stoica spoke on how lucky he was:

"After two hours I get up and walk for a few minutes around the house. I can say however that I was born for the second time. Doctors told me I had great luck. If I was not an athlete right now my life would be over. They even were surprised when they saw how strong the conditions were in which I hit the back of that car."

Recovery can take up to six months. SuperKombat's last event of the year is on December 8, but both Stoica and SuperKombat will take to his recovery carefully and if he is not able to fight by that date, he expects to be on the first SuperKombat event of 2013:

"We have to follow exactly as prescribed, and the recovery will take up to six months. If I don't return to the final Superkombat on December 8, I'm sure the first gala next year I will be in the ring and in the best shape!"

Eduard Irimia also knows that Stoica can't rush back into the ring. As the head of SuperKombat, he knows that Bogdan is one of his top stars and that he should be given as much time as necessary to recovery in order to be in top form once again:

"He's young, probably wants to start training as soon as possible. We will be patient with him and convey that we still rely on him. When he will be 100% fit, he certainly will be on one of the SuperKombat events."

Stoica also made it clear that he would "give up his passion," and never ride a motorcycle again. [source]

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Bogdan Stoica Out of Hospital, Hopes to Return by Year's End

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The other day we posted about how Bogdan Stoica, who is one of SuperKombat's stars and their current 91kg World Champion, got into a motorcycle accident and was hospitalized. At the time we didn't know how badly he was injured or what the diagnosis would be, but there was a lot of optimism that he could get well.

Today we received word that Stoica is now out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery. He's can not do any physical activities like sports for a month, after which he will start his recovery process. A full recovery can take up to six months, but Stoica hopes he can return to the ring and fight by the end of the year.

Everyone around Bogdan and SuperKombat were very surprised by how quickly he got out of the hospital and how much his condition has already improved from the time of the accident.

After what has happened to numerous athletes who have gotten in motor accidents, like Paul Williams this year, it's great news that Stoica is expected to make a full recovery and continue his kickboxing career as one of the sport's rising stars.

Below is a picture of Stoica's motorcycle from the accident.

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SuperKombat in Talks with Big U.S. Television Distributor

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When it comes to making big waves in the Kickboxing world, not only are GLORY and K-1 the main players, but promotions like SuperKombat are as well, and if all goes according to plan with their US TV deal, it will be an even bigger deal. AXS TV is one of the more common networks to air MMA and Kickboxing, and according to some projections, has anywhere between 30 - 40% market penetration of cable subscribers.

According to officials within the SuperKombat organization, the television rights company that they are working with promises that if this deal goes through, they will be available in over 80 million homes within the US. The deal has their events airing seven days after they take place. We spoke with Mr. Irimia about this deal and he confirmed it, although would not spill the news on which company it was just yet.

“I can confirm negociations with a tv rights company. They contact us and big chances to sign a contract for long term. We will have a main-stream exposure in USA. For the moment, Superkombat events will be broadcasted in delay. In this moment, Superkombat is the promotion with the biggest tv exposure in the world because our events are broadcast live in more then 70 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Australia. Our project goes according to plan and we are proud that we are one step ahead of other promotions stand-up. We don’t want to become a rival to other promotions, we try only to promote this sport."

SuperKombat's next events are the SuperKombat WGP IV on October 20th, the November 10 Final Elimination and December 8th Finals.

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