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Badr Hari to Replace Ben Edwards in K-1 World Grand Prix

BadrWe are as confused as you when it comes to this news, honestly, but K-1 and the Fight Channel have announced that Badr Hari will replaced an overbooked Ben Edwards in the K-1 World Grand Prix in Zagreb. The announcement came this afternoon that Badr Hari, who has not fought since May of last year for K-1, would make his shocking return to the ring squaring off against Zabit Samedov.

Badr Hari has had some legal problems of late, to say the least, and was actually just recently released from prison provisionally. He was released under the rules that he is not to contact any of the witnesses in his upcoming case and that he is not allowed to attend bars or eateries past a certain hour. He had the same provisions before and broke those, which sent him back into prison. We already know that he's been back into training, although he is quite a bit more lean than when we last saw him, so it is still a bit shocking that he is ready to fight.

Still no word on his legal situation and if he is actually legally allowed to leave the Netherlands before his trial, but K-1 has announced that he'll be fighting, so cross your fingers, Badr Hari fans.


K-1's Cryptic Message about WAKO


We all want K-1 to succeed, which can sometimes be a very frustrating thing, because it feels like there are forces at work that want K-1 to be utterly frustrating and on the verge of failure at every given turn. The latest turn of events comes with a public message from Mike Kim in regards to the partnership that was forged with WAKO, the amateur Kickboxing governing body. Apparently somebody from within the WAKO organization was acting as an agent of K-1 or pretending to be, which has upset K-1 enough to release this odd statement. This is really making us wonder about that recent partnership that K-1 forged with SuperKombat and WAKO.

We're as confused as you are.

Read the statement in full at K-1's new site.


Kickboxing Needs the UFC Model to Go Anywhere as a Sport

If we didn't like kickboxing, LiverKick wouldn't exist, but in liking kickboxing one must also realize the many things that have held back or are holding back the sport. These problems have existed since the beginning and have really never been fixed, so as it is, kickboxing has floated around, trying to figure out its identity and where it actually stands in the grand scheme of things in the world of sports. Two main problems are that kickboxing hasn't been promoted and organized like a legitimate sport and that kickboxing has always lacked centralization at the top level. The UFC promoted MMA as a sport to a much higher degree than anyone in kickboxing has ever done and made attempts to actually get MMA recognized as a legitimate sport. Their goal was always to be the universally recognized number one organization with all the top fighters under one roof, and their model has stood the test of time and paid dividends for MMA as a whole in its growth as a sport. If kickboxing wants to go anywhere as a legitimate sport, it needs the UFC model.

Kickboxing, contrary to some belief, has never had a UFC-type organization. K-1 was never the UFC of kickboxing. One or two weight classes for the majority of its existence, frequent mismatches, freakshows, favoritism and more focus on the spectacle than the actual sport itself. K-1 promoted kickboxing more like pro wrestling as opposed to a legitimate sport. This isn't to say that the UFC doesn't do some of these things as well, but they're all done to a much lower degree than the old K-1. The UFC pushed to get MMA recognized as a sport and in doing so pushed their brand at the forefront at the same time, while MMA continued and continues to grow internationally.


Today in Kickboxing: Remy Bonjasky vs. Tsuyoshi Nakasako, February 15 2004

February has always been a busy month for stand-up sports, and it's no less true now than it was during the Silver Age of K-1. Today in kickboxing, Remy Bonjasky faced Tsuyoshi Nakasako at K-1 Burning 2004 (introduced by a special guest announcer). 

At this point in time Remy had just won his first Grand Prix a few months previously, and was looking to continue his momentum from 2003 into the new year. Nakasako was a Japanese journeyman who had moderate amounts of success in Japan, but was never able to find the win to push himself into the upper echelons of K-1.

This fight is a perfect example of what made Remy Bonjasky a great fighter. Perfect use of range and distance, and a devastating left body-hook, right low-kick combination that found it's mark nearly every time. Nakasako is one tough guy, and he was almost able to weather the future 3-time champion's blistering kicks until the final bell. Almost. 



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