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Abraham Roqueni Parts Ways with Street Culture, Pulls Out From K-1 MAX Final 16


You can't have a week without having some drama, and some drama we do have, as upcoming K-1 World MAX Final 16 participant Abraham Roqueni has publicly made a statement declaring that he's ending his relationship with his manager, Javier Rolo of Street Culture. If Street Culture sounds familiar to you it is because Street Culture worked as the local promoter in Spain for past It's Showtime events and is doing the same duty for the upcoming K-1 World MAX Final 16 in Mallorca. For promoter Javier Rolo this is not his only pressing issue, though, as there have been some issues with recent Enfusion Live events which he helped to promote.

Roqueni has severed his relationship with Rolo and Street Culture, which in turn has forced him to pull out of the K-1 World MAX Final 16. Before the lynch mob comes out, it's hard to see this as a reflection of K-1, really, and instead is an issue with their promotional partner. Some might be surprised at K-1 using a local partner, but it is pretty standard procedure for organizations, as even GLORY uses local promoters (Topuz in Turkey, DiBlasi in Italy, Neglia in New York, etc.). This is a loss for K-1, as Roqueni does have a solid name from his win over Andy Souwer back in 2011, but not a huge loss by any stretch of the imagination.


Performance Enhancing Drugs Found in Badr Hari's Home


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, 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.


Estelle Cruijff Breaks it Off With Badr Hari


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.


Yasuhiro Kido and Lee Sung-Hyun to Participate in K-1 World MAX Final 16


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.

  • Buakaw Banchamek
  • Andy Souwer
  • Henri Van Opstal
  • Yasuhiro Kido
  • Lee Sung-Hyun
  • David Calvao
  • Shane Campbell
  • Joey Pagliuso
  • Abraham Roqueni
  • Wallace Lopez

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.


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