Badr Hari was born on 8 December 1984 and is a Dutch-born Moroccan kickboxer.
74 Facts About Badr Hari
Badr Hari is a former K-1 Heavyweight World Champion, It's Showtime Heavyweight World Champion and K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 and 2009 finalist.
Badr Hari is widely considered one of the greatest kickboxers of all time.
Badr Hari has been officially praised by the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI since 2009 for his outstanding accomplishments in the sport.
Badr Hari, born and raised in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, is of Moroccan Berber descent.
Badr Hari's parents are Moroccans from the Houara tribe of the Sous region who moved to the Netherlands.
Badr Hari began practicing kickboxing at the age of seven, under the guidance of former World Champion Mousid Akamrane.
Badr Hari was fighting under the Dutch flag until a loss against Stefan Leko in 2005.
At the age of seven, Badr Hari was sent by his father to the kickboxing gym to learn how to defend himself from bullies in the neighborhood.
Badr Hari took the fight on short notice and lost, but won respect from the crowd and from Ignashov for his display of heart.
In January 2005, Badr Hari left the Chakuriki Gym and joined Simon Rutz's It's Showtime team.
Badr Hari got his opportunity 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.
Badr Hari knocked out Leko by a spinning back high kick to the jaw at 1:30 in the second round.
In 2006 Badr Hari was scheduled to participate in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Amsterdam on 13 May 2006, but fought in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Auckland, in New Zealand, instead as a last minute replacement.
Badr Hari showed his bad boy reputation by abusing Graham and starting a street fight at the press conference.
Badr 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.
Badr Hari got his revenge against Karaev at the K-1 World GP 2007 in Yokohama.
Karaev and Badr Hari's matchup was one of two bouts to qualify for the first K-1 heavyweight title match, scheduled on 28 April 2007 in Hawaii.
Badr Hari was knocked down in the second round and was just able to make it back to his feet when Karaev intended to finish the fight with a swinging punch which Badr Hari ducked, and landed a right cross to score a KO.
Badr Hari won the fight in 56 seconds with a kick to the chin.
Badr Hari got his chance for revenge against Peter Graham, whose turning kick had broken his jaw in 2006, in Hong Kong at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hong Kong.
Badr Hari dropped Graham with a body punch and won by unanimous decision.
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 8 December in Yokohama, Japan.
Badr Hari's winning streak came to an end with a decision loss to Remy Bonjasky, in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Badr Hari proceeded to Bonjasky's corner shouting, and quarreled with his opponent's trainer Ivan Hippolyte who then approached Badr Hari aggressively, but the officials prevented any further physical contact between them.
Badr Hari was issued a red card and Bonjasky was declared the K-1 World GP 2008 champion.
In later interviews Badr Hari claimed Bonjasky was acting, and that "Remy's corner was screaming at him to stay down".
Badr Hari lost the fight by a left hook KO at 2:02 in the first round.
In May 2009 at the It's Showtime 2009 Amsterdam, Badr Hari fought Semmy Schilt in a bout for the newly introduced It's Showtime World Heavyweight title.
Badr Hari came out very aggressively and knocked Schilt down twice in the first round.
In September 2009 at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final 16, Badr Hari again used his right body shot to score a first-round knockout over Zabit Samedov.
At the selection for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final Badr Hari chose to fight Ruslan Karaev for the third time.
Badr Hari made quick work of his first 2 opponents in the tournament with first-round knockouts over Ruslan Karaev and Alistair Overeem.
Badr Hari's 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.
Badr Hari dominated most of the first round, hitting Gerges many times and having him on the ropes.
Badr Hari was again disqualified and did not speak in the ring after Gerges was announced the winner.
Badr Hari made his return to the ring at It's Showtime 2011 Lyon against French Kickboxer, Gregory Tony.
Badr Hari stated that he will compete in the 2011 K-1 World Grand Prix in October and December, and then face Gokhan Saki in the Netherlands on 28 January 2012 as his final match.
Badr Hari faced Gokhan Saki at It's Showtime 2012 in Leeuwarden on 28 January 2012 in a kickboxing match.
Badr Hari defeated Saki by scoring three knockdowns in the first round before the referee stopped the fight, which earned him a TKO victory.
Badr Hari dropped Saki for the first time with a right uppercut.
Badr Hari's first fight was on 27 May 2012 in Madrid, Spain against Anderson "Braddock" Silva.
Badr 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.
Badr Hari won by unanimous decision but injured his foot in the bout and was forced to bow out of the tournament.
Badr Hari had his rubber match with Alexey Ignashov at Legend Fighting Show 2 in Moscow on 9 November 2013, taking a unanimous decision win in a rather lackluster fight.
Badr Hari was expected to fight Ismael Londt at the A1 World Combat Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands on 17 May 2014 but the match was cancelled when the promoters had issues acquiring a license to promote the event.
Badr Hari won a four-man tournament at GFC Series 1 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 29 May 2014, having his rubber match with two former foes; he knocked out Stefan Leko in the semi-finals and scored a TKO over Peter Graham in the final.
Badr Hari reportedly earned 1,000,000 Emirati dirham in prize money for the tournament win.
On 6 July 2014, Badr Hari announced via social media his intention to take an indefinite leave from kickboxing in order to find himself.
Badr Hari was expected to fight Patrice Quarteron at GFC Series 2 in Dubai, UAE on 16 October 2014.
Badr Hari made his Glory debut against the reigning Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven at Glory: Collision on October 12,2016.
Badr Hari appeared to have won the first round, opening a cut on Verhoeven's nose.
Badr Hari won the fight by unanimous decision, but a year after the fight it was revealed that both fighters had used sports supplements that contained prohibited substances; as a result, both fighters were suspended.
Badr Hari failed a drug test prior to Glory 51: Rotterdam, and was issued with a 19-month suspension after tests on samples provided indicated a violation of Netherlands rules regarding prohibited substances for competitive athletes.
Badr Hari challenged Rico Verhoeven for the Glory Heavyweight Championship in his first post-suspension fight.
Badr Hari found early success, knocking Verhoeven down in both the first and third rounds.
On 13 September, Glory announced the event would take place on 7 November, only for it be postponed again to 19 December 2020, when Badr Hari announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on 19 October.
At the fight, Badr Hari lost the fight by KO in the third round after being kicked by Adegbuyi.
Glory vice-chairman Scott Rudmann revealed the following day that Badr Hari suffered a double break in his nose on knockout.
Badr Hari had a great start to the bout and managed to knock Wrzosek down three times with body shots before the midway point of the fight.
Halfway through the second round however, Wrzosek landed a head kick which knocked Badr Hari out, extending his winless streak to five fights.
Badr Hari faced Alistair Overeem on October 8,2022, at the Glory: Collision 4.
Badr Hari lost the fight to Overeem and stated that this was his last match and officially retired from kickboxing.
Badr Hari is married to Daphne Romani and has four daughters and one son.
In 2007, Badr Hari released a hip-hop song with Dutch-Moroccan rapper Appa entitled "Stap Maar In De Ring".
Badr Hari is friends with the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.
Badr Hari has been the subject of a number of police investigations for charges of assault and has gained a reputation for violent behavior.
In July 2012 Badr Hari handed himself into police as he feared "being arrested by a SWAT team".
The latter alleged that he had been attacked by Badr 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 seek to press charges.
Badr Hari made contact with two witnesses of the incident.
Badr Hari's trial was reportedly set to take place in March 2013; he faced nine charges including aggravated assault and attempted manslaughter.
Badr Hari was sentenced to two years in prison, of which ten months suspended.
Badr Hari was issued with a 19-month suspension after tests on samples provided indicated a violation of Doping Autoriteit Netherlands rules regarding prohibited substances for competitive athletes.