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Daniel Ghita Rumored for Participating in K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16

GhitaSo far a lot of the attention for K-1 has been focused with a laser-sharp precision on the K-1 Rising US GP in Los Angeles event, and of course with good reason, as it is the next event that K-1 is holding. The event, while getting a good deal of press and groaning from hardcore fans, is the US GP, though, a qualifier for the World Grand Prix and for the World MAX tournament for US fighters. For the actual K-1 World Grand Prix there has been little news outside of a date of October 14th in Tokyo outside of Cro Cop looking to participate in the Final 16.

Now it looks like one fighter who has been a hot topic of late, Daniel Ghita, has finally landed on one side for now, and that appears to be K-1. Daniel Ghita was one of the key fighters for either side to land, and as of last week when we spoke with Anil Dubar, Ghita's trainer, it seemed like a frustrating situation for all involved. They were not sure which contract was valid and who he would fight for, and it felt like Ghita, one of the best Heavyweights in the world, was being used as a pawn in a powerplay to gain headway in the Kickboxing world. Now today reports close to Ghita's camp are coming out that Daniel Ghita will fight in the Final 16 and the Final 8 before he most likely departs to fight for GLORY and test his skills in that tournament.

Ghita has always been quoted wanting to be the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and to many it feels like no matter who they get, K-1 will not be able to find a real challenge for him, especially with Badr Hari sitting in a Dutch prison.

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Badr Hari is Being Held in Solitary Confinement, But Can Watch Television Now

BadrWe reported earlier today that Badr Hari has confessed to his part in the beating of multimillionaire businessman Koen Everink at the "Sensation" festival at Amsterdam ArenA a few weeks ago. The beating left Everink in dire straits, with his face and ankle badly damaged, and with many pointing the finger at Badr Hari while he was on vacation with his new girlfriend, Estelle Cruijff, former wife of Ruud Gullit. It appears that Badr is being held in prison, and that it might be a while before he sees the light of day.

As of Thursday, Badr Hari's solitary confinement will still stand, but he will be allowed to watch television and read the newspaper -- two luxuries which were out of his reach up until now. Hari is still being kept away from other prisoners and is unable to interact with anyone from the outside world. It is still unknown when he will be formally charged and sentenced. [source]

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Badr Hari Confesses Guilt in Latest Assault Case

BadrIt appears that the bad boy himself, Badr Hari has finally given up the fight when it comes to his latest assault case against him. Hari, no stranger to controversy or even assault cases, has found himself accused of an assault on businessman Koen Everink at the Amsterdam ArenA during a recent event in a skybox. The assault left him with problems with an ankle and damage to his face, with doctors telling him that he'll never walk normally again. Hari turned himself in last week after a vacation with his new girlfriend, former wife of Ruud Gullit, Estelle Cruijff. That love affair, of course, was not without rumors as well, as Gullit claimed it was an extramarital affair on behalf of his wife, and for Badr his girlfriend just gave birth to their child in May.

Badr has only fought twice in the past three years, in part because of a previous assault case from a nightclub in Holland in February of 2010. There, it was claimed a similar incident happened, and Hari was unable to compete for the entire year, with issues finally being sorted out by December when he was released. Now it appears, in this case, that Badr has admitted to his guilt to police, which for fans of Hari means not to expect to see him in the ring any time soon or ever again. It is not clear what the punishment wil be, so keep visiting LiverKick.com for updates on what will happen to Hari now that he's confessed.

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K-1 Releases Fight Card for September 8th Los Angeles Event

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K-1 has slowly but surely gotten their Los Angeles re-debut on September 8th together, as they had first announced the names involved in the event, and now today we have a fight card. A bit of a mix of names from K-1's US GP events ten years ago to newer names, the matchmaking was done with a few different ideas in mind, looking to make competitive bouts where possible. Card is as follows.

 

K-1 LEGENDS against the sports top RISING STARS:

Mighty Mo vs Rick Roufus

Seth Petruzelli vs Xavier Vigney

Dewey Cooper vs Randy Blake

Jarrell Miller vs Jack May

 

America’s Top Standup Middleweights:

Chaz Mulkey vs Kit Cope

Michael Mananquil vs Scotty Leffler

Bryce Krause vs Justin Greskiewicz

Ben Yelle vs Joey Pagliuso

 

Outstanding Super Fights:

Lerdsilla Chumpairtour vs Gabriel Varga

Andy Howson vs Romie Adanza

Justin Buchholz vs Zhipeng Zhou

Markhaile Wedderburn vs Jeremiah Metcalf

*Undercard: Will consist of 6 fighters selected from the K-1 Tryouts that were held in LA on July 19, 2012.

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