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Mike Passenier Explains the Patrice Quateron/Badr Hari Phone Call

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Over the weekend Patrice Quateron released a recording from a phone call with Mike Passenier that made it sound like Badr Hari's team was attempting to pull out of the fight with Quateron. Now here is a statement from Mike Passenier with his side of the story. It sounds logical, for sure.

Translation via K1Power at Kakutougi.

In reaction to the video of the recorded phone conversation I would like to share my side of the story before it blows up. The reason for the conversation is that a huge event is being organised in Morocco. It should be clear that Badr Hari is extremely popular and an event in his own country is a dream of his and the expectations will be very high. It will be the biggest fight sport event in Africa since Ali versus Foreman in Zaïre with an expected crowd between 45.000-50.000.

For this event we have been looking for a fitting opponent. To get the people in Morocco pumped for the fight we found out that a French speaking opponent would be ideal because the language is casually spoken in Morocco, rather than English which still gives most people there trouble. Additionally, Patrice is a guy who does not shy away from trashtalk and knows how to use the internet to make a fight personal. This is the reason we thought it would be smarter to do him a business proposition to relocate the fight, because if he wouldd be knocked out for example or lost to another opponent it would be more difficult to build up the fight in Morocco. If Badr decided not to fight it would have huge consequences for an organisation like GFC. In the conversation we made a very generous offer in which we would double his purse and even give him an advance to cover his preparation cost to the currently scheduled fight. That's it. In the meantime we have been discussing this with GFC and they have showed nothing but understanding and would like to solve this in a satisfactory way for all parties.

It's too bad the conversation has been edited to make Badr sound scared, but it says more about them then it does about us. Despite this we are not angry or bitter and will continue to organise the biggest fightsport event in Africa.

Mike Passenier.

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Patrice Quateron Claims Badr Hari's People Tried to Pay Him Off to Not Fight Badr

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When it comes to Badr Hari it's never quite clear what is really going on anymore. It's been like this for years, too, which is all the more frustrating. If you need proof of that, look no further than the recent social media fiasco where the accounts that were formerly "official" have been dubbed as unauthorized and now Badr Hari has all-new social media accounts and a new team running them. On October 16th in Dubai Badr Hari is scheduled to fight Patrice Quateron in a fight that Badr Hari fans are definitely looking forward to. 

Patrice Quateron is now claiming that Badr Hari's team has tried to pay him off to avoid fighting Badr Hari in Dubai by releasing this video. 

Does this sound like Mike Passenier? Sure. Is it believable that people are trying to protect Badr Hari to help preserve his image and ability to make money? Absolutely. Is this recording of the phone call real? Who knows. Patrice Quateron is not only well known for his fights and ability, but he's perhaps best known for his beef that he had with Jerome Le Banner a few years ago, culminating in this weird video series that he made called "Kill Le Banner" that included video of him confronting Le Banner in the ring. Hilariously enough, Jerome Le Banner and Patrice Quateron never met in the ring.

So the onus is on you, the viewer, to decide what is real and what is just hype for the fight that has very little buzz around it.

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LiverKick.com Interview with Mike Passenier

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Mike Passenier

Like or hate him, one thing is certain, Mike Passenier is one of the biggest names in kickboxing today. Combat sports figures from many disciplines have found a home at Mike's Gym. Among the many superstars who have called his gym home names like Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef, Murthel Groenhart are a few of the most notable. Definitely an affable character with a penchant for quick dry wit, don't be fooled by his big smiling brown eyes and equally large grin. Mr. Passenier is a shrewd business man.

In our chat before Glory 15, Mike fielded questions regarding his plans for 2014, Badr Hari and his style of training.

SW: What are your plans for 2014?

MP: I want to do more with social media, I'm having someone work on becoming more active with that. I am also planning on expanding my gym franchise to include other locations.

His plan to expand his franchise is indicative of his calculated risk taking and no nonsense approach to life. When asked how he describes his training style, Mike characterizes his style of coaching as hands on, but demands respect from his trainees and teaches with the expectation that the fighters take responsibility for their roles in victory and defeat.

SW: Who are you currently working with?

MP: Well, there's Saki who's here for the tournament. Also still Badr Hari, Murthel and Artur Kryshenko.

SW: You also train MMA fighters... I know at one time Muhammed Lawal was training in your gym.

MP: Yes a lot of guys.

SW: Speaking of Badr, is there any truth to the rumor that he has signed to fight with Glory?

MP: No, you know people see or hear that maybe he's meeting with someone then they automatically assume that he's signed with them but not right now. Not true.

As an observer, Mike appears to train a wide variety of personality types with varying skill levels.With that observation in mind, I tried to ascertain what qualities he looks for in the fighters he takes on.. His response to this question was a bit more abstract, not identifying one or any certain combination of qualities as a predictor of success.

For those who might not take him seriously, Mike could care less! Right now he has found a formula for success and he plans to make it grow. He and his brand have risen like the mythical Phoenix from the ashes of his former gym that was lost in a fire in 2009. The new Mike's Gym is spacious and has state of the art equipment, but he also maintains respect for older, tried and true regimens that enhance strength, agility and speed among his fighters. In addition to gym facilities, Mike stated that he also has a residence at which the fighters can live while they train with him.

At the end of this interaction, Mike revealed himself to be a complex individual who surprisingly enough, when he's not motivating fighters in the gym, admits that he enjoys watching pro wrestling with his son. But again, perhaps not so surprising at all as Mike easily cops to having his own flair for building up fights and making things exciting in the ring.

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