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Former K-1 Champion Mark Hunt Gets a Crack at UFC Gold

On November 15th at UFC 180 in Mexico the unthinkable will happen; 40 year old Mark Hunt will have a shot to become UFC [Interim] Heavyweight Champion. The injury-prone Champion, Cain Velasquez, has been forced to pull out of his scheduled title defense against Fabricio Werdum and who else would step forward on a few weeks notice for the shot of his life? Of course Mark Hunt would jump at the chance to be called UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Mark Hunt got his spot with the UFC via a technicality thanks to his contract with PRIDE FC, the UFC opting to honor said contract and give Hunt a shot at the UFC. At the time there were no real hopes to Hunt impressing anyone. Hunt was 36 and he stepped into the ring with Sean McCorkle coming off of a five fight losing streak. McCorkle would make six. Hunt swore that he'd do better and Dana White gave him another shot. What followed was a crazy four-fight winning streak that was finally derailed by former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos. Many would claim that JDS won via knockout, but it always just seemed that Hunt was just exhausted and the kick just put him onto the mat, where he was just too wiped out to stand up.

His next fight was against perennial title contender and one of the men who beat the unbeatable Fedor Emelianenko in Bigfoot Silva. It was a bloodbath of a fight, one of the most beautiful things that a fan could witness, ending in a rare majority draw after five rounds of action. Afterwards Bigfoot Silva tested positive for banned substances, which didn't come as much of a surprise. Hunt's next fight was in Japan against Roy Nelson. Nelson had always been knocking at the door of being a top guy in the division, but was always held back by his stubbornness. Mark Hunt laid him out in just two rounds.

Now Mark Hunt is the man to fill in and is given the opportunity of a lifetime. Fabricio Werdum will no doubt be in better shape, is younger and more well-rounded, but Mark Hunt is Mark Hunt. 

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Photo of the Day: Aerts and Hoost Stare Down

There is so much history between Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost, with most of it taking place in the K-1 ring. This weekend in Japan the two will meet in a WKO ring; World Kumite Organization. It doesn't matter if you haven't heard of it before, it doesn't matter if both Aerts and Hoost are older, this is pure nostalgia on so many levels and a chance for a final in-ring chapter to play out between two of the all-time greats in K-1 history. 

Most of our attention over the past few years has been on the future and present stars, but it is safe to say that most of us wouldn't be here right now as fans if it weren't for Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost. 

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Badr Hari Getting Mystery Opponent for GFC 4, Quateron Not Conducive to 'Family Environment'

Over the past few days rumors have been swirling around that Badr Hari vs. Patrice Quateron would not happen at GFC 4, that Badr Hari had refused to fight Quateron. Of course most of that came from Quateron and his camp, who are very vocal on social media. Today GFC and Badr Hari released a statement in regards to the event.

According to this statement Badr Hari will be fighting at GFC 4, just against a mystery opponent. The explanation as to why he isn't fighting Patrice Quateron? Patrice was not conducive to a "family environment" that GFC was going for with their promotion. I don't even know. Decipher that for yourself.

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Badr Hari Rumor to Have Pulled Out of GFC 4 Fight with Patrice Quateron

Okay now, do this with me, breathe deep. Exhale. Good. The past few days have been marred by the confusing antics of Buakaw Banchamek in Thailand and for now we as a whole are moving on from that story. What are we moving on to? Apparently Badr Hari drama. Badr Hari drama is always the least shocking thing in the world of kickboxing and it is the thing that keeps him from appearing in the ring with top competition like everyone would like to see.

On October 16th Badr Hari was scheduled to meet Patrice Quateron at GFC 4 in Dubai. Things began to get fishy in the lead-up to the event when Quateron released a recording of a conversation between Mike Passenier and himself where Passenier attempted to pay Quateron to pull out of the fight and to accept another opponent. The promise was that they would instead fight in Morocco under a show promoted by Kader Marouf for bigger money and a bigger audience. 

Instead of "playing ball" with them, Quateron released the phone call to the public and peppered it with insults to Badr's manhood. At the press conference earlier today Badr Hari was a no-show, leaving Quateron dressed in a silly costume with no one to troll. Shame.

According to our friends at MixFight, RTL7 is no longer airing the event and are claiming that Badr Hari has pulled out of the fight against Quateron. It's still not 100% clear considering that whomever is handling Badr Hari's social media posted just a few moments ago that Badr fights in two days. They might not have gotten the memo or maybe Badr has already fallen out of favor with them. There's also a chance that he's still fighting, who knows.

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GFC 4: Badr Hari Vs. Patrice Quarteron Press Conference

The GFC 4 press conference was held today and once again we see Quarteron dressed up in another disguise, this time as a Sheikh. He showed up shouting, singing and dancing but once he sat down he realized Badr wasn't there. He began to yell out Badr's name but Mr. Hari still didn't show up, he did amuse the crowd though and they seemed to enjoy his antics.

So here is a video of the press conference or more like the "Patrice Conference"

Here is an upset Quarteron after the Conference

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Card for SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination on October 25th in Geneva

On October 25th in Geneva, Switzerland SuperKombat will return with the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination event. THere are a series of Super Fights lined up for the event that promise to deliver a lot of action, the same with the Final Elimination tournament for the SuperKombat World Grand Prix at Light Heavyweight. The featured bout of the evening is between Super Cruiserweights Andrei Stoica and Moises Baute.

1. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Enver Sljivar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Lucian Danilencu (Romania)
2. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
Jamie Bates (Great Britain) vs. Yoann Kongolo (Switzerland)
3. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Nordine Mahieddine (France) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (Switzerland)
4. Quarter Final 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Ibrahim El Bouni (Morocco) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland)
5. Quarter Final 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Michael Terrill (Great Britain) vs. Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname)
6. Quarter Final 3 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
7. Quarter Final 4 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Beni Osmanoski (Switzerland) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)
8. Title Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

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Mike Passenier Explains the Patrice Quateron/Badr Hari Phone Call

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

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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UFC Vet Miguel Torres Added to Legacy Kickboxing Show in January

Former WEC Champion and UFC fighter Miguel Torres has been in demand for kickboxing over the past year, with him initially announced to be participating in GLORY 17 only for the deal to fall through. It looks like Miguel Torres will make his kickboxing debut this January, only for Legacy Kickboxing 1, the event that already has quite a bit of talent lined up for it, including Cosmo Alexandre and Pat Barry. We were informed by Mick Maynard of Legacy Fights of Torres's inclusion over this weekend.

Miguel Torres will be fighting World Combat League(!) and Legacy veteran Angel Huerta. Yes, he fought in WCL, which automatically makes this a fight that we have to see because, well, WCL never die. Pretty much most of the American kickboxing landscape at this point all leads back to WCL in 2006.

Legacy Kickboxing 1 goes down on Friday, January 16th live on AXS TV.

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Enfusion Live #21 on October 4th Card

Enfusion returns with Enfusion Live #21 on Saturday, October 4th live from Germany. The event will be streaming on EnfusionLive.com for free and will feature Nikolaj Falin fighting Mohamed Boubkari for the Enfusion -95kg World Championship. Here is the full card for the event.

#21 Enfusion Live Merseburg, Germany Saturday 4.10.2014

Watch Live on the Enfusion Stream www.enfusionlive.com

Start Time 22.00 local time 

1. Max Baumert (Germany) Vs Valdet Gashi (Albania) -70 KG

2. Mellony Geugjes (The Netherlands) Vs Dilara Yildiz (Turkey) -54 KG

3. Leo Bönniger (Germany) Vs Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) -70 KG

4. Enrico Rogge (Germany) Vs Mohand Bouzidi (France) -90 KG

5. Mark Vogel (Germany) Vs Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) -70 KG

6. Nikolaj Falin (Russia) Vs Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) -95 KG - Enfusion World Title -95KG

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