|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
I feel like this is one of those stories that makes everyone scratch their heads in unison; Badr Hari was on performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). It feels like one of those, "well, duh" situations, as most of us have noted that Badr Hari has been huge at times, but reports of him in prison were of him at under 80kgs. Badr was at one time a skinny guy, small and wiry, before he became the beast that he is today.
According to Crimesite.nl, the Dutch police went into his home to look for evidence against him in his upcoming court case about the mistreatment of Everink Koen, when they discovered a few performance enhancing drugs. What exactly were these drugs? The steroid Anapolon, estrogen blocker Tamoxifen and lastly Gentropin, or injectable Human Growth Hormone (HGH). While sure, this is not really illegal, it is proof that Badr Hari has used performance enhancing drugs and that he most likely is on them again.Add a comment
SUPERKOMBAT is going to have a busy end of the month, as they will hold their SUPERKOMBAT Heroes event in Dracula's hometown on the 30th and then on the 31st will hold another, bigger event in Bucharest, Romania. The event, SUPERKOMBAT VIP Edition, will be headlined by a SUPERKOMBAT Middleweight World title bout between Mike Zambidis and Turkey's Harun Kina. This provides a bigger kick off for SK's WGP series that will be ongoing this fall.
Here is the line-up for SUPERKOMBAT VIP Edition.
SUPERKOMBAT® VIP Edition (Saturday, August 31, 2013) Main Card:
SUPERKOMBAT® Middleweight World Title -71kg
Mike Zambidis (Greece) vs. Harun Kina (Turkey)
Alexandru Popescu (Romania) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname)
Bogdan Stanciu (Romania) vs. Kevin Heselink (Netherlands)
Miodrag Olar (Romania) vs. Alexandros Chatzichronoglou (Greece)
Florin Abrudan (Romania) vs. Cristian Spetcu (Romania)
GLORY 11 Chicago has been shaping up to be one of the better cards of the year, which comes as no surprise as it is the GLORY Heavyweight tournament event, as well as their debut on Spike TV here in America. It makes sense for GLORY to be throwing so much into this event, which just means that in the end we all win. GLORY have released a new trailer for the upcoming event, showcasing the big Heavyweight talent that will be on display at the show and if it doesn't get you pumped, well, I don't know.Add a comment
Even if GLORY is shifting towards four-man tournaments, there is still going to be a need for a reserve fight in these tournaments and considering that the reserve fighters will have fought the same number of fights as the main tournament fighters, it seems a lot more even. It was announced today that at GLORY 11 Chicago and their huge Heavyweight tournament that we'll see a Heavyweight reserve bout between newly-signed Hesdy Gerges and Errol Zimmerman. Both men have been top ten Heavyweights for years now, with Zimmerman having an incredible run up until he ran into Semmy Schilt last year.
This is a very logical move on the part of GLORY and oddly enough, this is a fight that has never happened before. Never. It was expected to go down at the K-1 World Grand Prix in Nanjing in 2011, but FEG's financial problems led to that event not happening. So Chicago gets another big Heavyweight showdown between two of the best in the business, it is hard to complain about this card, which will be the promotion's debut on Spike TV.Add a comment
Look, we all know that The Reem has been established as the premier online video documentary. This episode of The Reem focuses on Alistair having to pull out of the fight with Junior Dos Santos and returning to Holland, where he trains with the legendary Mike Passenier at Mike's Gym. It follows Overeem as he prepares for the upcoming Travis Browne fight as well, which means some nice shots from Florida to top things off. I mean, I don't really need to sell you on watching this, do I? It's The Reem.Add a comment
Lion Fight 11 on September 20th has already been shaping up to be a pretty incredible card, featuring Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato and Nampon vs. Cosmo Alexandre, but now a third big fight has been added by the way of former Strikeforce champion and current Invicta FC champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino (formerly Santos). Cyborg is perhaps best known for her run in Strikeforce which included wins over Marloes Coenen as well as Gina Carano. She is just coming off of a win over Coenen at Invicta FC and it was announced today that she will return to Muay Thai under the Lion Fight banner on September 20th against Martina Jindrova of Holland.
Jindrova fights out of Brutal Gym in Holland with a record of 17-5 and looks forward to making her Lion Fight debut against a star like Cris Cyborg.
“I know Cyborg is a huge MMA star and this is a big challenge for me to fight an opponent like her,” said Jindrova. “She is very strong with hard punches, kicks and knees. But this is not an MMA, this is Muay Thai and she will be fighting me against my rules. I’m very proud to be on this historic Lion Fight 11 card and am ready to make a great knockout win for the fans.”Add a comment
K-1 fighter Badr Hari lives a pretty crazy life that has seen a great deal of controversy, with some of that controversy revolving around his relationship with Estelle Cruijff, the former wife of football star Ruud Gullit. It looks like the odd love affair, punctuated by Badr Hari's brawl at the Amsterdam ArenA that left Koen Everink in rough shape, has finally come to an end and has hit the Dutch tabloids. The relationship between the two was fodder for the press for quite a while and it looks like today will be no different.
It is interesting to note that Badr Hari's next court date is in October and that the relationship couldn't outlast the charges accrued during it. Maybe Badr Hari will finally find some peace and get back into fighting shape in time for the K-1 World Grand Prix this time around.Add a comment
We are all still waiting for K-1 to unveil the full line-up and matches from the K-1 World MAX Final 16, so now is as good of a time as any to take a look at their two recent announced fighters in Yasuhiro Kido and Lee Sung-Hyun. Kido has been around the block in K-1 MAX and was a participant in last year's K-1 World MAX tournament as well. He's had a bit of a new leaf on life when it comes to his Kickboxing career and been on a bit of a roll, which is nice to see. Of course, a loss to Murthel Groenhart is right smack dab in the middle of that resurgence, but you can't win them all. With the field that we know right now it is safe to assume that Kido in his current form should do just fine and we might actually see him in the Final 8.
The second signing is Lee Sung-Hyun of South Korea, who primarily fights at 63 or 65kg, but has been known to fight at 70kg if the competition is right. He fought at the MAX Korea event earlier this year, winning the tournament. I'm still not sure if that was a K-1 event or not, but he won the tournament and ended up in the K-1 World MAX tournament, so I guess? It'll be interesting to see how he does at 70kg and if he's put on some muscle, or if he'll be undersized against some of the bigger 70kg guys who cut to make it there.
Since we don't have a list yet and we've seen a lot of stuff floating around the internet, this is, from what we can tell, guys who are 100% involved in the K-1 World MAX Final 16.
While Mike Zambidis was originally announced, from all that I've heard, Zambidis will not be involved in the K-1 World MAX tournament due to some financial disputes involving his management, which co-promoted the K-1 World MAX Finals in Athens last year.Add a comment
This announcement seems to coincide with the signing of Buakaw Banchamek by K-1 and serves more as a "see, we have some big stars" than an actual signing, as Andy Souwer was originally announced for the event. Andy Souwer was originally announced for the September 14th event in Mallorca, Spain, but then again, so was Mike Zambidis, whom we've heard might not be participating in the event after all.
That being said, the idea of Andy Souwer and Buakaw Banchamek stepping into the ring again is an awesome selling point for K-1's upcoming World MAX Final 16 and World MAX tournament as a whole. We've also heard that there might be some other surprises, but nothing is set in stone yet. The final card should be available within a few weeks now and will be packing a decent amount of star power to go along with talent, which is the important thing here. The addition of Henri Van Opstal is also a good choice as Van Opstal has been tearing up Shoot Boxing of late, even meeting Souwer in the Finals of the 2012 S-Cup.Add a comment
Today is a day that just keeps on giving for Kickboxing fans across the world and looks to do some more as SUPERKOMBAT has announced that their New Heroes series will return to Romania on August 30th in Targoviste, the city best known as the home of Vlad Tepes -- also known as Dracula. This is SUPERKOMBAT's first show back after a bit of a summer break, but they do note that they've already run a staggering ten events this year so far.
The participants announced so far are as follows; Amansio Paraschiv (Local Kombat champion -67 kg and two times WAKO amateur european champion), Cristian Milea (Local Kombat champion -71 kg), Danut Hurduc (Local Kombat champion – 91 kg), Claudiu Badoi (Superkombat challenger), Cristian Ristea, Ciprian Schiopu, Stefan Szomoru, Catalin Sacagiu, Flavius Boiciuc and Daniel Lazar.
SUPERKOMBAT will also kick off their World Grand Prix tournament series starting on September 28th.Add a comment