December 8, 1984 |
|Other names||The Golden Boy
The Bad Boy
Devil Prince of Morocco
|Height||1.97 m (6 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||109 kg (240 lb; 17 st 2 lb)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Muay Thai|
|Team||Mike's Gym (2005-present)
Chakuriki Gym (2000-2005)
|Years active||2000-present (Kickboxing)|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Badr Hari (born December 8, 1984 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a Moroccan-Dutch super heavyweight kickboxer from the Netherlands, fighting out of Mike's Gym in Amsterdam. He is a former K-1 Heavyweight champion (2007—2008) and K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 finalist. Hari has been a prominent figure in the world of kickboxing and considered one of the best kickboxers in the world, however he has been involved in a number of controversies relating to his "unsportsmanlike conducts" in the sport and alleged crimes of violence outside of the ring.
He was disqualified in the final match of the K-1 World GP 2008 Finals due to "unsportsmanlike conduct" against Remy Bonjasky. In May 2009 he knocked out Semmy Schilt in the first round and became the first ever It's Showtime World Heavyweight champion. However he lost this title when he was again disqualified after another unsportsmanlike conduct against Hesdy Gerges at the It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam. Aside from the sport, he has been arrested multiple times since 2006 on various assault charges against others.
Early life 
Born in Amsterdam, Badr Hari began practicing kickboxing at the age of seven, under the guidance of former World Champion Mousid Akamrane. As a teenager he trained at the Sitan Gym of Mohammed Aït Hassou. When the Sitan Gym moved to Rotterdam, he joined the famous Chakuriki Gym ran by Thom Harinck. Under Harinck, Hari developed into one of the greatest kickboxing talents of the Netherlands. Badr Hari was fighting under the Dutch flag till he lost his match against Stefan Leko in 2005. It was the first time his parents attended one of his fights and he asked for the microphone to say some words to the Dutch audience. Hari couldn't be understood as the audience proceeded to boo him, after which Hari was quoted saying "I thought to myself, I have never witnessed such ungratefulness". From that day Hari decided to represent Morocco and stopped working with Tom Harinck. Mike Passenier became his new coach.
- In the year 2010 he was associated with physical abuse of a bouncer of a club in Amsterdam. This didn't lead to a conviction, yet.
- In the year 2012 the owner of a club in Amsterdam, Jeroen van de Berg, filed a report of physical abuse against Badr Hari. The abuse happened a year before at Club Air. The investigation is still ongoing.
- After Sensation White, a Dutch dance party in the Amsterdam Arena, Hari came again in the news. The alleged reason is, because he severely abused Dutch entrepreneur Koen Everink. The case is still under investigation.
- On 25 July 2012, Hari voluntarily went to the police in Amsterdam. Now he is officially marked as a suspect for in total of six cases, and his detainment was prolonged several times (14 days & 90 days).
Late October 2012, an indictment was handed to Hari in his holding cell, which contained nine criminal charges against Hari: eight crimes of violence and one moving violation. The moving violation relates to an incident in March 2010, when a pedestrian sustained injuries. The eight crimes of violence are: attempted manslaughter of Koen Everink, two assaults in night club Club Air, the assault of the brother of an ex-partner in bar Cooldown, an assault in club Jimmy Woo, an assault of two people including a woman in July 2011, and the assault of a doorman in 2010.
Kickboxing career 
Early career 
Under Harinck's coaching, Hari suffered few losses. In 2003 he replaced Melvin Manhoef with only a few days notice, to fight Alexey Ignashov. Hari, outweighed by more than 18 kg, lost the fight by knockout (body punch), but gained a lot of respect for stepping up to such an opponent under those circumstances.
In January 2005, Hari left the Chakuriki Gym and joined Simon Rutz's It's Showtime team. After a few months' training at the Mejiro Gym he returned to Harinck's, but left again a couple of weeks later. Since then he has been coached by Mike Passenier, who has also trained Joerie Mes, Bjorn Bregy and Melvin Manhoef.
Road to K-1 
Hari's road to fame began with a pair of matches against Stefan Leko in 2005. The first took place at the It's Showtime 2005 event in June 2005. Hari, who was generally known for his big mouth and slow ring entrance started some trash talk between them before the fight, making the hype even greater. Hari's long ring entrance took longer than the actual fight, where Hari was knocked out by Leko's trademark spinning back kick.
Hari got his chance for revenge in November 2005 when he entered the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 tournament as a reserve fighter against Leko, making his K-1 World GP debut at the age of 20. Hari knocked Leko out by a spinning back high kick to the jaw at 1:30 in the second round. After all the bad blood between both fighters, Hari helped his opponent up and escorted the dazed German to the corner.
K-1 New Zealand 2006 
In 2006 Badr Hari was scheduled to participate in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Amsterdam on May 13, 2006, but fought in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Auckland, in New Zealand, instead as a last minute replacement. His opponent in the first round was Australian Peter "The Chief" Graham. Hari once again showed his bad boy reputation by abusing Graham and starting a street fight at the press conference. In the actual fight Hari was knocked out by Graham's trademark "Rolling Thunder". The heel hit Hari hard on the head and knocked him out cold. Graham's kick broke Hari's jaw in multiple places and sidelined Hari for several months.
Return to K-1 
Hari returned to the ring at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 Final Elimination in Osaka, Japan against Ruslan Karaev. Karaev hurt Badr with a straight right that left Hari slouching over in the corner, then Karaev delivered a kick to Hari's face; Hari was counted out by the referee but immediately he and his corner protested, claiming the kick was a foul. When the referee did not respond, Hari and his cornermen caused a commotion and refused to leave the ring until they were escorted out by K-1 officials. Hari left in anger and trashed his changing room. Six months later, Hari would get his rematch.
Despite being knocked out, Hari was once again picked as a reserve fighter in the K-1 Grand Prix 2006 Finals against Paul Slowinski. He won the fight by unanimous decision. Hari then fought the Danish Nicholas Pettas at the K-1 Premium 2006 Dynamite!! extravaganza and broke Pettas's left shoulder in the second round with a right high kick.
Hari got his revenge against Karaev at the K-1 World GP 2007 in Yokohama. Karaev and Hari's matchup was one of two bouts to qualify for the first K-1 Heavyweight Title Match, scheduled on April 28, 2007 in Hawaii. Hari was knocked down in the second round and was just able to make it to his feet when Karaev intended to finish the fight with a swinging punch which Hari ducked, and landed a right cross to score a KO.
K-1 Heavyweight champion 
On April 28, at K-1 World GP 2007 in Hawaii, Badr Hari and Yusuke Fujimoto fought for the newly introduced Heavyweight belt. Hari won the fight in 56 seconds with a kick to the chin. With the knockout Hari became the world's first ever K-1 Heavyweight champion.
Hari got his chance for revenge against Peter Graham, whose turning kick broke his jaw in 2006, in Hong Kong at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hong Kong. He dropped Graham with a body punch and won by unanimous decision. After the bout, Hari and Graham seemed to bury the hatchet, hugging each other, although the two started taunting each other again at the post-fight press conference.
In September 2007 at the K-1 World GP 2007 Final Elimination, Badr Hari beat the K-1 World GP 2007 in Las Vegas tournament champion, Doug Viney, by a second round KO and qualified for his first K-1 World GP Final, held on December 8 in Yokohama, Japan. His winning streak came to an end with a decision loss to Remy Bonjasky, during quarter final.
K-1 World GP 2008 
All of Hari's wins in 2008 were by knockouts, by beating Ray Sefo in Yokohama, Glaube Feitosa (whom he defended his heavyweight title) in Fukuoka and Domagoj Ostojic in Hawaii. On his next fight in Seoul he qualified for the K-1 World GP 2008 Final by TKO win over the Korean giant Hong Man Choi.
In the quarterfinals on December 6, Hari defeated three time K-1 World champion Peter Aerts by TKO in the second round. In the semis he knocked out Errol Zimmerman and headed to his first K-1 Final against Remy Bonjasky. After suffering a knockdown in the first, Hari was disqualified in the second round for unsportsmanlike conduct by stomping and punching an already downed Bonjasky. First the referee Nobuaki Kakuda issued a yellow card and one point deduction. Meanwhile Hari proceeded to Bonjasky’s corner shouting, and quarreled with his opponent's trainer Ivan Hippolyte who then also approached Hari aggressively, but the officials prevented any further physical contact between them. After the five-minute recovery time elapsed, the doctor reported Bonjasky was seeing double and could not continue. Hari was issued a red card and Bonjasky was declared the K-1 World GP 2008 champion.
In later interviews Hari claimed Bonjasky was acting, and that "Remy's corner was screaming at him to stay down". At a press conference before the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 in Yokohama, where Alistair Overeem attended along with Bonjasky, Overeem handed Bonjasky a statue which looked exactly like the statue of Oscar, implying Bonjasky was acting.
Although numerous Japanese media sources assumed that K-1 would suspend Hari indefinitely, he was not suspended, but he received the most severe punishment ever in the history of K-1. K-1 stripped him of his heavyweight title, his runner-up title in the tournament, his prize money from the tournament and the full amount of his fee for participation in the tournament.
Dynamite!! 2008 
While there were many rumours of his and his opponent's participation, it was finally announced that Hari would face MMA Heavyweight Alistair Overeem in a K-1 rules match on K-1's New Year's Eve extravaganza Dynamite!! 2008. Hari lost the fight by a left hook KO at 2:02 in the first round. After the match, Hari commented that this would be the last time he would participate in the Dynamite!! series, and that he would stick to stand-up fighting so he would never have an MMA rules match with Overeem.
In May 2009 at the It's Showtime 2009 Amsterdam, Hari fought Semmy Schilt in a long-awaited bout for the newly introduced It's Showtime World Heavyweight title. Hari came out very aggressively and knocked Schilt down twice in the first round. The fight was stopped after the second knockdown and Hari took the heavyweight title in 45 seconds. Simon Rutz, the president of It's Showtime, has referred to this as one of his favorite bouts in the history of It's Showtime.
At the selection for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final Hari chose to fight Ruslan Karaev for the third time. He ran through the tournament with first round knockouts over Karaev and Alistair Overeem in a rematch, to make it to the World Grand Prix Final for the second year against Semmy Schilt. In their rematch Hari lost by KO after being knocked down 3 times in the first round.
His first fight in 2010 was at the It's Showtime 2010 Prague in the Czech Republic, where Hari defended his Showtime heavyweight title with a second round knockout over Mourad Bouzidi. In April Hari defeated Alexey Ignashov in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Yokohama. The fight went to decision, Hari's first non-knockout win in 3 years.
It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam 
Hari's Showtime title was again on the line against his former Chakuriki fellow Hesdy Gerges in Amsterdam in May. Before the match, he claimed in a press interview that his opponent at the event was originally planned to be Remy Bonjasky but Bonjasky refused to fight Hari, stating Bonjasky was afraid to lose.
The It's Showtime 2010 Amsterdam event took place at the Amsterdam Arena in May 2010. Hari dominated most of the first round, hitting Gerges many times and having him on the ropes. Hesdy surprised everyone on the night for taking the punishment. In the second round, Hari knocked down Gerges, and when Gerges was standing up, Badr Hari kicked him in the face. Badr was again disqualified and did not speak in the ring after Gerges was announced the winner. Instead, training partner Melvin Manhoef apologized to the fans on Badr's behalf but was booed by the crowd. Gerges became the new "Its Showtime" Heavyweight champion.
After the Gerges fight, Hari took a year off from kickboxing. He stated that it was his own choice. He made his return to the ring at It's Showtime 2011 Lyon against French Kickboxer, Gregory Tony. Rather than using the catwalks for his entrance he decided to walk through his adoring fans, to where the fight was actually delayed because he was unable to get to the ring without security holding his fans away. What was expected to be a great warm up fight for Hari, turned out to be one-sided as Hari, with ease, won by TKO in round one with 3 quick knockdowns.
Though the biggest interest was for Badr to rematch Hesdy Gerges for the Showtime heavyweight title it was announced that he would fight Romanian Daniel Ghita in September. Ghita has been ranked as one of the best 5 kickboxers in the world and lost a decision against Gerges earlier in the year, but many feel he was robbed and is viewed as a tough opponent for Hari.
The fight never materialised. He stated that he will compete in the 2011 K-1 World Grand Prix in October and December, and then face Gökhan Saki in the Netherlands on January 28, 2012 as his final match. The K-1 World Grand Prix was cancelled, however, due to financial difficulties.
Hari faced Gökhan Saki at It's Showtime 2012 in Leeuwarden on January 28, 2012 in a kickboxing match. He defeated Saki by scoring three knockdowns in the first round before the referee stopped the fight, which earned him a TKO victory. He dropped Saki for the first time with a right uppercut. The second knockdown came from a right hook. Finally, he landed a right uppercut which dropped Saki and ended the fight.
In April 2012 new K-1 Global President Mike Kim announced that Hari would make his comeback under the organization's banner. Hari's first fight was on May 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain against Anderson "Braddock" Silva. Hari won the bout via unanimous decision. Badr Hari was scheduled to participate in K-1's final qualifications in October in Asia and the K-1 World Grand Prix Final in New York in December however he was unable to participate due to uncertainty over his availability following allegations of two separate incidents of serious assault.
In July 2012 Hari handed himself into police as he feared "being arrested by a SWAT team". Having come forth to deny his involvement in an alleged assault on businessman Koen Everink, who claimed Hari was responsible for inflicting face and leg injuries including a broken ankle, further allegations of assault were made by an Amsterdam nightclub owner. The latter alleged that he had also been attacked by Hari, saying that he 'suffered a broken jaw and lost teeth after being kicked in the head' during an altercation at his nightclub and that in light of Everink's seeking to press charges, he would also seek to press charges.
As is procedure in the Netherlands for crimes that carry a statutory minimum four-year prison sentence or more, Hari was detained in prison whilst awaiting trial. On 9th November 2012 a court in Amsterdam decided to allow Hari to return home until his trial on the condition that he not visit any 'horeca' establishments (hotels, restaurants and catering establishments), or contact witnesses, with the exception of his girlfriend Estelle Gullit (née Cruijff). The day following his release he was spotted violating this condition by eating out at a deli with his girlfriend Estelle Gullit. He also made contact with two witnesses of the incident. As a result, three days after being released Hari was arrested again by police in Amsterdam and was sentenced to be detained once more, this time for three months, with his eventual release coming in January 2013.
On 21st January, 2013 a court in Amsterdam determined that Hari should again be released from his pre-trial detention, this time with the condition that he could not visit catering establishments between the hours of 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM. By this point the main witnesses in the case had been heard; consequently the court deemed it unnecessary to detain Hari further. Following Hari's release he resumed training with a view to returning to the ring. His trial is reportedly set to take place in March 2013,  he faces nine charges including aggravated assault and attempted manslaughter. 
Having been released from detention, Hari was given the chance to fight in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final in Zagreb, Croatia on March 15, 2013 when Ben Edwards withdrew. He rematched Zabit Samedov in the quarter-finals. Hari scored a knockdown early in round one and forced a standing eight count in three, after which he simply jogged away from Samedov for the rest of the fight while the Azerbaijani taunted him. He won by unanimous decision but injured his foot in the bout and was forced to bow out of the tournament.
He will face Zabit Samedov for the third time at Legend Fighting Show in Moscow, Russia on May 25, 2013.
Personal life 
- 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix runner up
- 2009-2010 It's Showtime Heavyweight world champion +95 kg (1st title defence)
- 2007-2008 K-1 Heavyweight champion -100 kg (1st title defence)
- 2002 WPKL Dutch Muay Thai champion
Kickboxing record 
101 Wins (88 (T)KO's, 13 decisions), 11 Losses
0 Wins, 1 Loss
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
See also 
- "Badr Hari Wants to Become the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion!".
- "Badr Hari: Het was een gekkenhuis", May 17, 2009, Telesport (Dutch)
- Profile of Badr Hari K-1
- "K1-vechter Badr Hari wil 'als gigant terugkeren'", November 25, 2010, Algemeen Dagblad (Dutch) or "Kickboxer Badr Hari is still in custody", October 28, 2010, De Telegraaf (Dutch) or "Kickbokser Badr Hari nog veertien dagen vast", October 29, 2010, Trouw (Dutch)
- "Police are looking for K1 champion", June 4, 2010, De Telegraaf (Dutch)
- "Even voorstellen: alle K-1-finalisten", December 5, 2009, Telesport (Dutch)
- "Kickbokser Badr Hari weer op vrije voeten", November 23, 2010, Algemeen Dagblad (Dutch) or "Kickboxer Badr Hari is still in custody", October 28, 2010, De Telegraaf (Dutch)
- "Controversial kickboxer Badr Hari will stay in Morocco", September 8, 2010, Algemeen Dagblad (Dutch)
- "Bonjasky Wins K-1 World GP; Hari Loses It", December 6, 2008, K-1
- "Badr wins dramatically!! May 16 It's Showtime results", May 18, 2009, K-1 (Japanese)
- "Badr Hari weer gediskwalificeerd", May 30, 2010, Algemeen Dagblad (Dutch)
- "K1-bokser Badr Hari gezocht na geweld", March 23, 2010, Het Parool (Dutch) Google translation
- "Badr Hari krijgt Bentley van Marokkaanse Koning !", August 16, 2010, Crime-Bron (Dutch)
- "Badr hari volledig interview", May 28, 2010 (Dutch) Google translation
- "Badr Hari verdacht van negen delicten". Novum. October 26, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2012. (Dutch)
- "Stefan 'Blitz' Leko vs. Badr Hari", November 20, 2005, Livedoor Sports (Japanese)
- "November 19, K-1 World GP 2005 in Tokyo Finals results", November 20, 2005, Livedoor Sports (Japanese)
- DiPietro, Monty. "Aerts Stops Schilt; Slowinski Wins K-1 Oceania". K-1 GP Website. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
- DiPietro, Monty. "Europeans Excellent at K-1 WGP Final Elimination". K-1 GP Website. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
- "K-1 World GP 2006 in Tokyo : Finals, Bout 9 : Superfight, Badr Hari vs. Paul Slowinski", December 2, 2006, Sports Navi - Yahoo! Japan (Japanese)
- "K-1 Premium 2006 Dynamite!! : Bout 6 : Badr Hari vs. Nicholas Pettas", December 31, 2006, Sports Navi - Yahoo! Japan (Japanese)
- DiPietro, Monty. "Schilt Captures K-1 Super Heavyweight Belt in Yokohama". K-1 GP Website. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
- DiPietro, Monty. "Hawaiian Punch Courtesy Mighty Mo; Hari Wins the Belt". K-1 GP Website. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
- "K-1 World GP 2007 in Hong Kong Press Conference 1/2 : Badr Hari getting something unusual", August 3, 2007, Sports Navi - Yahoo! Japan (Japanese)
- "K-1 World GP 2007 in Hong Kong : Bout 8, Badr Hari vs. Peter Graham", August 5, 2007, K-1 (Japanese)
- "K-1 World GP 2007 Final, Bout 2 : Badr Hari vs. Doug Viney", September 20, 2007, K-1 (Japanese)
- Wild finish gives Remy Bonjasky K-1 World GP championship Jim Murphy December 06, 2008
- "Badr Hari may face punishment from K-1" by Matt De La Rosa, December 7, 2008, Pro MMA Now
- "K-1 : Alistair confers the Best Actor Award to Bonjasky", March 27, 2009, Livedoor Sports (Japanese)
- Badr Hari to be stripped of K-1 title, suspended indefinitely? by Lyman Hoyt, December 8, 2008, FansOfK1.com
- "Toch excuses Badr Hari", May 30, 2010, Telesport (Dutch)
- Sportsnavi's news article, December 17, 2008, Sports Navi - Yahoo! Japan (Japanese)
- "K-1 gives punishment to Badr Hari" by Zach Arnold, December 17, 2008, FightOpinion.com or "FEG announces penalties against Badr Hari (official statement)", December 17, 2008, K-1
- "Dynamite!! : December 31 Alistair declares war on Badr Hari 'Fight me in MMA the next time!'", December 29, 2008, Livedoor Sports (Japanese)
- "K-1 2008 Dynamite!! results : Badr Hari vs. Alistair Overeem", December 31, 2008, Sponichi (Japanese)
- "It's Showtime Reports from the Netherlands : Interview with Simon Rutz (2/2)", January 27, 2011, J Sports Press (Japanese) or the primary source : "Simon Rutz Interview Part 2", January 25, 2011, LiverKick.com
- "Fight #9 : FieLDS K-1 World GP 2009 in Seoul Final 16", September 26, 2009, K-1
- "K-1 official news : It's Showtime Prague pictures arrives", February 18, 2010, K-1 (Japanese)
- "Badr Hari wins a sweeping victory, intercepting Ignashov", April 4, 2010, Daily Sports (Japanese)
- "It's Showtime Reports from the Netherlands : Badr Hari 2/2" by Fumiyasu Endo, May 26, 2010, J Sports Press (Japanese)
- "Badr Hari ignores stop sign", May 30, 2010, Sp!ts (Dutch)
- "Badr Hari Does It Again, DQ'd for Kicking Hesdy Gerges on the Ground" by Michael David Smith, May 29, 2010, MMA Fighting
- Walsh, Dave : "Badr Hari to Return to Action in May", January 21, 2011, LiverKick.com
- Hari, Badr : "It's Showtime Reports from the Netherlands : Badr Hari's official statement about his self-discipline", reported on June 4, 2010 by Fumiyasu Endo on J Sports Press (Japanese) (Dutch)
- Badr Hari retires from kickboxing
- Badr Hari drops Gökhan Saki three times in an impressive performance at It's Showtime 55
- Badr Hari Retires, Daniel Ghita the Man to Beat at Heavyweight
- Saunders, Andrew. "Kickboxing Star Badr Hari Could Face Attempted Manslaughter Charge", Bleacher Report, 1 August 2012. Retrieved on 18 February 2013.
- Fighters Only Staff. "Badr Hari Arrested Following Assault Charge", Fighters Only Magazine, 25 July 2012. Retrieved on 18 February 2013.
- KooraGoal. "Badr Hari - Released & Arrested Again", YouTube, 12 November 2012. Retrieved on 18 February 2013.
- Julen, Jeannine. "Badr Hari Gets Stuck Due To Violating Release Conditions", NRC Handelsblad, 13 November 2012. Retrieved on 18 February 2013.
- Scalia, Rian. "Badr Hari To Be Released From Prison Tomorrow, Still Awaiting Trial", LiverKick.com, 21 January 2013. Retrieved on 18 February 2013.
- BadrHariVEVO "Badr Hari Training 2013", YouTube, 27 January 2012. Retrieved on 18 January 2013.
- "Badr Hari: The Story So Far", bruno.nl 13 February 2013. Retrieved on 18 February 2013.
- Badr Hari to Replace Ben Edwards in K-1 World Grand Prix
- K-1 World Grand Prix 2013 Live Results
- K-1 World Grand Prix Final 8 results and LIVE kickboxing coverage from Zagreb, Croatia TODAY (March 15)
- Badr Hari Rematching Zabit Samedov on May 25 in Moscow
- Badr Hari Rapping with Dutch Rapper APPA
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