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Badr Hari Back At Mike's Gym, Training For K-1 On May 27

Well if you follow Liverkick.com you might already know that Badr Hari is back at Mike's Gym but just in case this is news to you, we've got some photos of Badr Hari back at Mike's Gym.

Badr recently returned to Mike's Gym and has been training there for his fight against Anderson "Braddock" Silva on May 27 for K-1 in Madrid, Spain. For Badr, it'll be the first time in a while that he hasn't had a substantial lay off in between fights. He last fought about three months ago, stopping Gokhan Saki in the first round at It's Showtime's big event. Here are some photos of Badr at Mike's Gym recently:

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Simon Rutz Issues Statement Regarding Tanikawa Involvement Rumors

Simon Rutz and TanikawaThis might come as a shock to a lot of readers, but not a shock to others, but there have been rumors in Japan that Sadaharu Tanikawa is still somehow involved in K-1. We've spoken with Doug Kaplan, head of K-1 Global, and he confirmed with us -- multiple times -- that both Tanikawa and Ishii were no longer involved in the K-1 business. That being said, I've still been receiving emails from journalists, fans and people within the industry in Japan stating that they do not believe Tanikawa is gone. It turns out that even though Tanikawa publicly announced his resignation from being involved in K-1, he is still attempting to influence -- and possibly hurt -- K-1 from within.

Simon Rutz, through It's Showtime Japan, issued a statement to the Japanese media about this over the weekend and we've got it here for you.

IT'S SHOWTIME Japan and K-1 Global

With great astonishment I read the messages I received from Japan, stating that Japanese fighters are being threatened by Mr. Tanikawa and a certain other gentleman. These men tell the fighters that if they fight for IT'S SHOWTIME, they will never fight for K-1.

As everybody knows, IT'S SHOWTIME has a very close relation with the new company K-1 Global of Mr. Kim, and we do everything in our power to let K-1 rise back to the level where they once were. One of the ways we support K-1 is by making our fighters available for K-1.

It are exactly those fighters that fight on IT'S SHOWTIME events or are under our management that have huge possibilities to fight for K-1 as well.

Mr. Tanikawa has gone way out of line by saying these things to the fighters, and the president of K-1 has made sure Mr. Tanikawa is no longer in active service.

Mr. Tanikawa no longer has any influence in the Japanese kickboxing world and his role is finished.

Two months ago, Mr. Tanikawa introduced 2 Japanese fighters to Mr. Kim for the K-1 event in Madrid, on May 27.

At first, this was no problem to me, until I found out last Wednesday that Mr. Tanikawa had chosen these fighters to let other fighters think he still has influence in the new K-1 Global.

However, this isn't true in any way and the future will reveal this. I don't personally know the certain other gentleman who tries to do such maneuvering after Mr. Tanikawa, but also this gentleman doesn't have any power to decide who will fight in K-1 and who won't.

In the meanwhile, I have discussed this matter with Mr. Kim of K-1 Global, and it will be exactly the Japanese fighters that will fight on IT'S SHOWTIME events, that will also get the chance in K-1.

I hope this clears things up. Don't forget, on September 17, 2012, it's showtime in Japan!

Kind regards,

Simon Rutz

IT'S SHOWTIME

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K-1 Rising May 27 Poster

It has been a while since we've had a K-1 poster, but it appears that the first poster issued by K-1 Global has leaked out, featuring Badr Hari and Cro Cop for the Heavyweights, Andy Souwer, Mike Zambidis as the big MAX names. It is from what appears to be an 'official' Facebook for K-1 Global's K-1 RISING series.

K-1 Global

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Peter Aerts Biography in the Works

AertsLiverKick is very proud to announce that our good friends, Daniel Dee and Karel ten Haaf, who run the "Short Circuit" blog and writers of the Dutch book, K-1: Of the Beauty and Power will be penning the biography of the legendary Dutch Lumberjack, Mr. K-1 himself, Peter Aerts. They released a statement earlier today on the book and will send out more updates as they come.

"Last Wednesday we spoke with martial arts legend Peter Aerts and his wife Esther. After a cozy and especially fruitful conversation, we with great pride announce that Peter Aerts agreed that we - Daniel Dee and Karel ten Haaf - are to write his biography.

The triple K-1 world champion is as famous in Japan as Johan Cruyff is in the Netherlands. Moreover, Peter Aerts is dearly loved and popular in Japan and the Netherlands. We have therefore agreed that the biography will not only be released in the Netherlands but also in Japan.

Esther and Peter Aerts believe that it is important that it is a richly illustrated book, which is logical, because martial arts is of course a prime spectator sport. The intention is that a large format book (say about A4) in full color. A coffee table book about the life and work of one of the largest Dutch athletes ever."

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