GLORY Looking To Set Up Verhoeven VS Hari
The biggest kickboxing match of the year would easily be between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari, and this bout may come to fruition before 2016 is up if GLORY has their way.
GLORY CEO Jon Franklin spoke with MMA Mania, who confirmed that the promotion is pushing hard to make this fight happen.
"Badr Hari is a big name in our sport and he has repeatedly called Rico out," Franklin said. "Rico has stated he wants this fight and sees this as one that will really cement his legacy. Also, it is not just the fighters we are hearing from. Every time I look at our social pages, I see questions and comments from our fans asking if we can make this fight. As the world’s premier kickboxing league, ultimately we are best positioned to do this and I feel we are obligated to consider this request. And of course, as a fan, I want to see this fight as well."
GLORY and Hari could possibly be meeting up at GLORY 31 later this week, according to Franklin, who said, "We believe Badr may be with us at GLORY 31 in Amsterdam next week, so we’ll see how that goes."
Verhoeven and Hari have been the ones actively promoting this fight lately, and it seems the chances of it coming together are rapidly becoming realistic.
GLORY is well aware of the problematic past of Hari, but it will not affect their dealings with a fight between him and Verhoeven, who has defended his heavyweight title six consecutive times.
"That is always a concern for sure," Franklin said. We do not expect things to be simple."
Fight Sports will update this mega-fight as more news comes out, and with GLORY 31 this weekend, we may know much sooner than expected.