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No Matter What Badr Hari is a Hero in Morocco

Badr

Badr Hari always seems to be in some sort of trouble, always seems to be making some sort of headline across the world -- usually negative -- but even through all of that, he has some very, very dedicated fans in Morocco who will always love him and look at him as a hero. What better way to prove that than to see Badr work up a huge crowd at a music festival in Morocco? Seriously, get a look at how huge this crowd is and how they really seem into Badr Hari.

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Badr Hari in Trouble Again -- This Time in Ibiza

Badr Hari

Oh Badr, when you chose the nickname of "Bad Boy" did you feel like you had to live up to the name all of the time? There have been reports over the last few weeks of some more trouble for Badr Hari, a lot of it rumor, conjecture and so forth. Stuff like possibly harassing Ruud Gullit, his family, etc. It's been hard to find any reliable proof about these claims, but the latest one was that he trashed a Villa of Gullit's in Ibiza and, well, he got himself into more trouble in Ibiza, which might substantiate it.

So what exactly is this trouble in Ibiza? Badr Hari got into an argument with DJ Afrojack, a famous Dutch musician and performer, in Ibiza, which led to him attacking Afrojack, only for it to be broken up before more damage could be done. Apparently Afrojack is not looking to press charges, though, as he is afraid of what Badr Hari might do to him if he does. This altercation seems to be a few weeks old now, just now leaking out because of Afrojack not talking about it.

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K-1 World MAX Final 16 Fighters and Stream Information

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K-1 has been in motion the past few days, making their big announcement of the list for the K-1 World MAX Final 16 as well as announcing that it will be available via internet PPV via the Epicentre.tv platform for $19.99. Needless to say, there has been a lot of movement from K-1, especially in regards to the World MAX Final 16, and all of it looks to be some good stuff. While there were some bumps in the road when it came to the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals earlier this year and the stream, K-1 has teamed up with Australia's Epicentre.tv to provide a HD quality stream of the event. Epicentre has been around for a while, streaming combat sports events all over the world and has a very good reputation for providing quality streams, so you can put yourself at ease knowing that you'll be able to view the K-1 World MAX Final 16 without any real hiccups.

Then, of course, comes the list of fighters for the Final 16. Considering the competition and the nature of the game right now, especially with exclusive contracts and whatnot, the fact that K-1 put together such a great list of fighters is astonishing. Some of the lesser-known fighters, like Enrico Kehl, are really top notch and will make for worthy additions to the K-1 MAX division.

  • Andy Souwer
  • Buakaw Banchamek
  • Mike Zambidis
  • David Calvo
  • Elam Ngor
  • Máximo Suárez
  • Henry Van Opstal
  • Wallace López
  • Shane Campbell
  • Miodrag Olar
  • François Alexande
  • Yasuhiro Kido
  • Zhi-Peng Zhou
  • Enrico Kehl
  • Joey Pagliuso
  • Lee Sung-Hyun

They've also released their final poster for the event, as well.

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Japan's "Blue Eyed Samurai": A Tribute to Andy Hug

 

Thirteen years ago, today, the kickboxing world lost one of it's greatest and most treasured fighters- Andreas "Andy" Hug. 

There is perhaps no kickboxer, besides maybe Masato, that embodies the "Samurai Spirit" of K-1 more than Hug. Born in Switzerland to a widowed mother, Andy Hug became a star in Japan when the Kyokushin Karate blackbelt (and one of the most well respected non-Japanese karatekas of all-time) defeated the original K-1 Champion, Branko "The Croatian Tiger" Cikatic directly after his celebrated WGP win. 

Hug became an instant international star, well known for wearing his Karate Gi and blackbelt into the ring, brutal Ax kicks, and the ever enduring "Hug Tornado,"- a lethal spinning kick aimed at the opponent's thigh. The technique required such precision and timing that Japanese fans believed no one else on Earth was capable of executing such a move in high level competition. 

Today, some might see Karate as a novelty. In the age of MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, and other brutal stand-up sports, time honored traditions like forms and board breaking may seem out of place among hard-nosed full combat action. Back in the early days of K-1 however, Karate was represented by a wealth of significant talent like Francisco Filho, Sam Greco, Nicholas Pettas, and Glaube Feitosa. Of them all, Andy reigned supreme. 

Hug was one of the most popuar fighters in the world, not only for his humility and camera charm, but also because he represented the Japanese sport of Karate in the face of dangerous Muay Thai, Savate, and Boxing practioners. While not being Japanese himself, he was embraced by his adoptive country for rigorously dedicating himself to the tradition of Japan's most time-tested stand-up sport. 

While Hug is often passed on the Greatest of All-Time list of kickboxers, few remember that the Swiss fighter holds one of the most impressive records in the sport, with wins over Ernesto Hoost, Mike Bernardo (x2), Peter Aerts (x2), Stefan Leko, Stan Longinidis, Sam Greco, Ray Sefo (x2), Cro Cop, Jerome Le Banner, and Musashi.

Another forgotten piece of trivia about Hug is that he was a natural middleweight. Even with his significant size disadvantage against fighters like Aerts, Le Banner, and Bernardo, Hug's movement, power, and ferocity was so high that he could break even the most talented K-1 star in their primes. 

 Despite all his other fantastic performance, there is  perhaps, no greater moment in Hug's career than his defining K-1 WGP win in 1996. 

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