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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.


K-1 Secures Andy Souwer and Henri Van Opstal for K-1 World MAX Final 16


This announcement seems to coincide with the signing of Buakaw Banchamek by K-1 and serves more as a "see, we have some big stars" than an actual signing, as Andy Souwer was originally announced for the event. Andy Souwer was originally announced for the September 14th event in Mallorca, Spain, but then again, so was Mike Zambidis, whom we've heard might not be participating in the event after all.

That being said, the idea of Andy Souwer and Buakaw Banchamek stepping into the ring again is an awesome selling point for K-1's upcoming World MAX Final 16 and World MAX tournament as a whole. We've also heard that there might be some other surprises, but nothing is set in stone yet. The final card should be available within a few weeks now and will be packing a decent amount of star power to go along with talent, which is the important thing here. The addition of Henri Van Opstal is also a good choice as Van Opstal has been tearing up Shoot Boxing of late, even meeting Souwer in the Finals of the 2012 S-Cup.


Buakaw Returns to K-1 Starting at the World MAX Final 16


K-1 has been promising some big news for a few days now and many have believed it just to be another show, but instead it is the signing of one of the hottest free agents on the market today; Buakaw Banchamek. Buakaw has had some very well-documented problems over the past few years, from Por. Pramuk to Thai Fight, and has found himself unable to fight for whomever he wants. His legal issues have subsided a bit, though, as he found himself once again able to fight for promotions outside of Thai Fight.

Rumors have been circulating that Buakaw would sign with GLORY any day now, with some stating that he'd be fighting Giorgio Petrosyan, some saying that he'd be fighting in GLORY's upcoming Lightweight tournament and others saying that he'd fight for them in 2014 instead. It looks like none of that will happen as Buakaw Banchamek has instead opted to sign with K-1, where he will participate in the upcoming K-1 World MAX Final 16 tournament in September, which goes down in Mallorca, Spain. This is a huge acquisition for K-1 at this point


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