There was something I always wondered... to Deutsche people: when I lived in France, I would often visit my brother in Holland (he was a pro-fighter at the time), and train a little bit at Golden Glory.
It was around 2006/2010.
Obviously a lot of pros told me that Badr Hari was a thug, had link with the local "mafia" and to stay away from him... but what surprised me is that several of them told me that Melvin Manhoef was a thug as well, "yeah both Badr and Melvin are thugs".
That always seemed odd to me, since he seems to be a nice guy and all, and I never heard anything bad about him, well except in Holland.
So I wanted to know if it was true, or if it was just rumors, maybe a bit a jealousy since he was very successful at the time...
But so many fighters told me that, that I became curious.
Any of you guys could shed light on that?
Complete bullshit or a bit of truth?
Many many dutch kickboxers/gym owners are thugs/criminals or are associated with mafia ( or both )
Manhoef and Badr are and I would be willing to bet that Mike Passenier is too, especially since his gym was burned by a criminal fire when they were both three in Japan around 2009 for a Badr fight ( around the Overeem vs Badr 1 fight if my memory serves me well )
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