Aerts Challenges Hari to MMA Bout
Aerts challenges Hari to MMA bout
Three-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion Peter Aerts (Pictures) has challenged the current K-1 heavyweight titleholder Badr Hari to an MMA fight on New Year's Eve.
In an interview with the Japanese media, the 37-year-old Dutchman, who is widely considered the best kickboxer of the 1990s, boasted that he'd beat Hari.
"He has zero experience in MMA," Aerts said, "whereas I've been practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu for quite a while and know a couple of submissions."
Knowing the brash nature of the just 23-year-old "bad boy" of K-1, Hari could accept the challenge. Promoter Fighting Entertainment Group is looking for another three or four bouts for its Dynamite!! Show, and a battle between the old guard against the new would certainly fit the bill.
Hari's acceptance aside, there is another uncertainty that could thwart a possibly very entertaining encounter: Aerts badly sprained ligaments in his knee in the K-1 World Grand Prix final against Semmy Schilt (Pictures). It is uncertain how long he needs to fully recover from the injury.
But even if the fight doesn't make this year's card, there's always the chance it will be included in a HERO'S show next year.