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Two Lightweight Bouts Added to GLORY 29 Copenhagen

GLORY continues to forge forward into 2016 with strong cards and has gone ahead and made GLORY 29 Copenhagen just a bit better with the addition of two new lightweight bouts, introducing some new talent into the GLORY mix. GLORY newcomer Mohammed El Mir will be squaring off against Niclas Larsen in the co-headline bout of the evening, while on the SuperFight Series the brother of Shemshi Beqiri, Hysni, will be fighting GLORY newcomer, Harut Grigorian. Harut Grigorian has been fighting the best for a while now and makes for a sound addition to the GLORY roster.

This bolstering of GLORY's already-strongest division adds new depth that will be paying dividends for a long time coming. 

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Badr Hari Attack Victim Koen Everink Murdered in his Home

When analyzing some of the most important names in kickboxing from the past twenty years there will be a lot of champions on that list, a lot of influential trainers and even some of the millionaires that have kept kickboxing afloat during tough times, but one of the most important names has also been a non-combatant of any kind in the Netherland's Koen Everink. Everink, a Dutch businessman who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time while Badr Hari was at a dance party and was feeling rowdy in 2012, had his life forever changed on that fateful night when Hari attacked him and left him forever damaged. 

The importance of Everink is that this effectively put an end to Badr Hari's career as a top kickboxer. Multiple stints in prison, retirements and returns, fighting for warlord buddies and rich playboys looking to hang out with a legitimate tough guy, has been the name of the game for Hari since then. He was recently sentenced to finish out his term in prison and has been talking about fighting one more fight, but had that decision overturned in the Supreme Court. The once-promising career for Badr Hari took a turn for taking whatever fights he could scrounge up for his large asking price, with the results being mixed, at best. 

When someone is as talented as Badr Hari is, being taken from his sport at a young age is always a shame, even if its his own damned fault. Hari had moved on and it seemed that Everink would be able to move on as well, so it seemed like everything was done, but apparently Everink still lived in the shadow of that case. Not going out into public often, or when he did flanked by private security, was the life that he was left with due to numerous threats on his life due to the Hari incident. 

Apparently, either related or not, that is all over now as Koen Everink was found dead in his living room by his seven year old daughter this morning. Police believe that someone had broken into his home during the night, Everink had confronted them and was murdered. It's still unknown who was responsible for the murder, if it was simply coincidence or not. Regardless, Koen Everink did have a huge impact on the sport of kickboxing, like it or not. 

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K-1 Japan -65kg Japan Tournament Results

Man, the site has just been down and up all day, but that doesn't mean that we didn't watch the K-1 Japan -65kg Japan tournament. We did. A lot of stuff went down in this, the whole landscape of these lower weight classes changed from just one show. Think about that. That's what K-1 Japan brings to the table.

K-1 65KG CHAMPIONSHIP: KAEW FAIRTEX (C) def. MASSARO GLUNDER by Split Dec

JOHANNES WOLF def. URABE HIROSHITAKASHI by Majority Dec

HVYWEIGHT: Uehara Makoto def. Nori by KO Rd 1 (overhand right)

70KG: Hirono YU def. KOETSU by Unanimous Dec

K-1 65KG tournament

FINAL: HIDEAKI YAMAZAKI def. MASAAKI NOIRI by Majority Dec

SEMIFINAL: HIDEAKI YAMAZAKI def. YUTA KUBO by TKO Rd 3 (2 knockdowns)

SEMIFINAL: MASAAKI NOIRI def. HIROYA by Majority Dec

QUARTERFINAL: MASAAKI NOIRI def. KIMURA MINORU by TKO Rd 1 (2 knockdowns)

QUARTERFINAL: HIROYA def. TERASAKI NAOKI by KO Rd 1 (overhand right)

QUARTERFINAL: HIDEAKI YAMAZAKI def. SODA YASUOMI by KO Rd 2 (uppercut to left hook combo)

QUARTERFINAL: YUTA KUBO def. NOMAN by Unanimous Dec

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Live Stream Information for K-1 Japan -65kg Japan GP

That's right, it's that time again to get your Smiling Points ready on NicoNico and buckle down for some of the best kickboxing action in the world with K-1 Japan's -65kg Japan GP. This tournament will be a one-nighter that'll decide which Japanese 65kg fighter will move on to the next leg of this big tournament. As always, they stream live via NicoNico for 2,000 Smiling Points. I'm not entirely sure how much their Smiling Points translate to due to current exchange rates, but I'm pretty sure it's around $18 USD to watch the show live, although it might be a bit more than that. If you've never used NicoNico before, we have an old guide up from the 2014 Shoot Boxing S-Cup that Jay put together that will help get you started. 

The K-1 Japan -65kg Japan tournament starts at 6:00PM Tokyo time (so 4am Eastern/2am Pacific) according to the listing on NicoNico and costs the usual 2,000 Smiling Points. 

Here's a refresher on the card for this event.

65kg Japan Tournament - Quarter Finals

Noiri Masaaki VS Kimura Minoru

Terasaki Naoki VS Hiroya

Soda Yasuomi VS Yamazaki Teruaki

Kubo Yuta VS Noman

Superfights

Kaew Weerasakreck VS Massaro Glunder

Urabe Hirotaka VS Johannes Wolf

Makoto Uehara VS Nori

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