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Saki on Badr Hari: "Sometimes He Makes a Mistake Because he Fights Too Aggressive."

The showdown between Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki is just two days away now, with things reaching a critical mass for both fighters. At this point both men are done training and are simply wading through the final preparations before the big fight. In an interesting interview with Fighters Only, Gokhan Saki interrupted his training earlier in the week to discuss the upcoming bout with Badr Hari as well as a bunch of other issues. One of the big topics was K-1, and he says that he knows "many things" about K-1, but that he can't talk about them right now. This goes along with a lot of the rumblings we've been hearing behind the scenes.

When asked about MMA and if he is interested, his answer is simply, "Yes, of course, I'm a fighter, you know?" Saki mentioned maybe MMA, maybe Boxing, that he has been training in both, but that his "thing is K-1" and that is his main focus for right now. [source]

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Simon Rutz Possibly Finished With Promoting in the Netherlands

Big news coming from the Netherlands as Simon Rutz has been making the media rounds to promote the huge It's Showtime 55 event taking place in Leeuwarden. Leeuwarden was an interesting choice, as it was obviously not It's Showtime's home base when compared to Amsterdam. Apparently Rutz is upset with the recent events within his home country that revolve around the BIBOB law. BIBOB, for those unaware, is a law where local officials are able to require local businesspeople to acquire  a license through them after going through a background check to ensure that there are no criminal elements within the organization. For It's Showtime we've seen this law rear its ugly head in Amsterdam, canceling the December event on short notice due to BIBOB restrictions.

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Gokhan Saki Prepares for War Against Badr Hari

It is hard to believe that Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki is just a few days away now, but it is coming and coming on fast like a freight train. 2012 is kicking off with a legitimate Heavyweight bout that fans want to see after being denied a K-1 World Grand Prix. Gokhan Saki and Badr Hari are two of the top Heavyweights in the world and will lock horns for the second time for It's Showtime. We've seen the ballyhoo behind Hari, but now here is video of Saki getting prepared for the fight.

A big part of the narrative leading into this fight is the retirement of Badr Hari and possible departure of Gokhan Saki. Hari will move into professional Boxing for the time being and Saki is going absolutely nowhere, as he has signed a new agreement with TSA and Golden Glory to fight for their upcoming cards or for potential K-1 cards. So the real departure will be Hari, and by the looks of this video, Saki is in some of the best shape that we've ever seen him in, and he is ready to go to war. [source]

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Gokhan Saki vs. Badr Hari: The First Fight - October 10, 2004

Gokhan Saki and Badr Hari will meet this Saturday, January 28 at It's Showtime in a battle of two of kickboxing's finest in the heavyweight division. It's arguably the biggest fight that kickboxing has had since the 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix. When Hari and Saki meet on Saturday, it won't be the first time they've stared across the ring at each other.

The two met in the ring on October 10th of 2004 in Rotterdam at a 2 Hot 2 Handle event. Hari wasn't the monstrous, intimidating figure that he is now. Rather, he was a tall, lanky 19-year-old trying to break into the bigger stages of kickboxing, working his way up into K-1. It wasn't until 2005 in his second fight against Stefan Leko where he made his "real" K-1 debut by emphatically knocking out Stefan Leko with what is now known as the "Leko Buster."

Gokhan Saki at the time of this fight was physically the same as he is today, being a small, pudgy heavyweight. He wasn't the devastating combination fighter and one of the fastest heavyweights in the world like he is now. Saki's career didn't get quite off to the same start as Badr Hari's, as he had already been stopped four times prior to their first meeting and had faced much lesser competition than that of Hari. Hari was the one who seemed to have the bright future, already having faced the likes of Alexey Ignashov and having defeated Antoni Hardonk, Aziz Khattou and Errol Parris.

The fight only lasted two rounds. Both Hari and Saki showed glimpses of what they would become in the future. Hari, despite not a full on monster yet, had tremendous power in his strikes. Saki, who wasn't quite the speed demon, combination machine of today, had the punch-kick combinations that would develop into some of the best at heavyweight. The fight was somewhat sloppy, with both Hari and Saki tumbling to the canvas.

One of Saki's tumbles to the canvas was ruled a knockdown for Hari. Saki threw a kick but was hit with a punch at the same time, resulting in him falling to the ground. Badr seemed to have a bit of an edge after the "knockdown," and had a real edge on the scorecards with a 10-8 second round.

Read more and watch the video of the first fight between Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki after the break...

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