GLORY Kickboxing announced controversial heavyweight contender Badr “Bad Boy” Hari has accepted a nineteen month suspension after a failed drug test at GLORY 51. In addition, Hari’s unanimous decision victory over Hesdy Gerges at GLORY 51 in March 2018 has been changed to a no contest.
Hari has been inactive since the bout with Gerges. Uncertainty loomed over Hari’s fate with the organization after Dutch media reported his positive drug test in late January. GLORY has remained quiet on the issue, but it appears the matter is now settled since Hari agreed to the ban.
According to the GLORY statement, “Suspensions commence immediately from the date of the positive test notification being made to GLORY.”
GLORY was notified on May 7, 2018 of Hari’s positive test result.
This means the fighter will be available to compete for GLORY again around December 7, 2019.
GLORY has a tradition of promoting a blockbuster event in early December (Rico vs Badr, Rico vs Jamal, GLORY 62 heavyweight tournament), so Hari could return on a big GLORY gala at the end of the year.
Despite fighting only sporadically in recent years and his well-documented out of the ring troubles, the Moroccan remains one of the organization’s most popular athletes.
Machado Shelved for 20 Months
Along with Hari, light heavyweight contender Ariel Machado, heavyweight title challenger Mladen Brestovac, and Gerges were other fighters named by Dutch media as athletes who failed doping tests.
While Hari agreed to an 19-month ban, Brazilian light heavyweight contender Ariel Machado accepted a 20-month suspension.
Machado was the organization’s top-rated light heavyweight contender before he was removed from the ratings last year. The Brazilian unsuccessfully challenged for the title at GLORY 47 in October 2017, when he lost a unanimous decision to current champion Artem Vakhitov.
GLORY received notification of Machado’s positive test result on December 21, 2017, nearly two months after the Vakhitov loss. His suspension began on that date, so Machado will be eligible to compete for GLORY again on or around August 21, 2019.
Machado fought last May for Brazilian promotion WGP Kickboxing, when he won a split decision over Haime Morais at WGP # 47.
Brestovac Off the Hook
Former title challenger Mladen “Scorpion Sting” Brestovac does not have to serve a suspension. The Croatian, known for his fearsome left high kick, tested positive after his unanimous decision defeat to GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 54 last June.
Brestovac accepted “an official reprimand”, according to the GLORY statement.
In addition to being a GLORY heavyweight contender, Brestovac is also the reigning Final Fight Championship Heavyweight Champion. He successfully defended his FFC title by third round knockout against former GLORY fighter Jhonata Diniz last November in Las Vegas.
Hesdy Refuses Punishment
Hari, Brestovac, and Machado all accepted punishments from GLORY, but one fighter has maintained his innocence.
Hesdy “Fighterheart” Gerges, the Egyptian-Dutch battler and former It’s Showtime champion, “has denied any violation and has publicly indicated that he is contesting the proposed reprimand”, according to the GLORY statement.
Zelaznik: GLORY “Committed” to Fight Against Doping in Sport
Today’s GLORY statement announcing the three athletes accepted suspensions included a quote from GLORY boss Marshall Zelaznik. The CEO stated the organization is staunchly opposed to doping, and will continue to fight against the use of performance enhancing drugs in kickboxing.
“GLORY takes a strong stance against the use of prohibited substances and expects the highest standards from its athletes. GLORY is committed to remaining a leader in the fight against the use of performance-enhancing substances in our sport,” said Zelaznik.
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