Previously, some great readers who commented on this site, pointed out that Anderson Braddock Silva’s coach was Thom Harinck, of the famed Chakuriki gym. Thom Harinck, of course, was Badr Hari’s coach when he was a youngster, and first started developing Badr Hari into the great kickboxing talent that he is today.
What subsequently happened to make Badr Hari leave Thom Harinck still isn’t fully known. Harinck, hismelf, seemed gutted that young Badr left him, as he considered him to have greater natural talent than either Peter Aerts or Ernesto Hoost. Hari, himself, would admit that he was searching to be heard and seen and figure out who he was, but he has never spoken openly about why he left Harinck. Yet, it is widely known that Badr Hari still dislikes Thom Harinck.
In fact, I didn’t realize this, but a commenter revealed to me that Badr Hari’s ultra-agressive behavior towards Hesdy Gerges was due to Harinck being Gerges’ coach. Badr Hari was fighting Thom Harinck and not Hesdy Gerges in the ring that crazy night. This may explain Badr’s irrational, almost animalistic behavior towards Hesdy Gerges when he already was handily winning the fight. It also shows that Hari must have some sort of deep-seated hatred towards Harinck. In contrast, Hari seems to have an almost ideal, mutually bonded and positive relationship with his current coach Mike Passenier.
For Harinck to have such an effect on Badr Hari, it makes me wonder how will he respond to Anderson Silva with Harinck in his corner. Gerges, realistically, was a fighter that Badr Hari should’ve beaten quite easily, but his emotions clouded his actions and cost him the title. The loss and shame also sent him into a self-imposed exile.
While Badr Hari should easily beat Silva, with Harinck in the corner of Silva will the old Badr Hari rear his ugly head again, costing him a fight that he should win again? That added drama should make the fight between the two more interesting.
Below, is the disastrous fight between Hesdy Gerges and Badr Hari. Hari left kickboxing for an entire year after this fight. This match showcases Hari at his most dangerous, volatile, and unpredictable.