Badr Hari Announces That He Won’t Fight in September

Badr Hari, left, who will not face Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 59. (GLORY Sports International/James Law)

With GLORY 59 rapidly approaching on September 29th there has been a lot of speculation about running the Johann Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam that GLORY would pack the card, including Badr Hari. As of right now Rico Verhoeven is scheduled to defend the GLORY Heavyweight Championship and a lot of fans and insiders saw the clash with Badr Hari as an inevitable one, especially considering the size of the venue and the location in Amsterdam.

But, according to a post from Badr Hari via his Instagram today, that is simply not happening. Badr Hari posted a video of him inside of Mike’s Gym alongside Mike Passenier, looking to be preparing for a fight, with the hashtag #NoFightInSeptember, which seems like a pretty final blow to that dream.

The fight between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari always seemed like a fight that GLORY would make in December, which has usually been their biggest shows of the year, yet this card seemed ripe for the much anticipated rematch. We’ll be waiting to see what GLORY is able to pull out for this show, as it seems like the perfect opportunity to make a huge impact in the Netherlands, one of the spiritual homes of modern professional kickboxing. With Rico Verhoeven being the biggest star and now knowing that it will not be Badr Hari standing across the ring from him, it’ll be interesting to see who they pick as a challenger considering how he’s sort of run through the entirety of the division already in his epic reign as GLORY Heavyweight Champion.