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Not every week can be glorious and you can’t win every fight. Last week was a week to forget with Daniel Straus being submitted at Bellator 184 in the third round, and Nik Lentz succumbing to diabetic-like symptoms before his weigh-in for UFC 216. But then again, as the old, extremely cliché saying goes, “it’s not about how many times you get knocked down, it’s about how many times you get back up”. And Henri and his team are unquestionably on the up-and-up. In more positive news, Robbie Lawler versus Rafael Dos Anjos has officially been announced as the main event at UFC on Fox 26 in Winnipeg. This comes almost as no surprise since Lawler was back on the mat training with Henri pretty much immediately in the wake of his emphatic victory of Cowboy at UFC 214. With Jose Aldo versus Ricardo Lamas co-maining, Glover Teixeira going toe-to-toe with Misha Cirkunov, and Minotauro making his return after a year versus Jared Cannonier, you would think this is a PPV card, but no, the gods have blessed us with a high-stakes fight card that rivals another recent free event in UFC Fight Night 116. In fact, UFC on Fox 26 is so high-stakes, that Dana white announced the winner of Lawler versus Dos Anjos would get a shot at Tyrone Woodley’s belt. After getting the belt taken from him by Woodley himself, this is the sweet revenge that Lawler will be striving for, and Dos Anjos is just one more hurdle in that quest.

And finally, wrestling extraordinaire Logan Storley is also poised for a fight against Matt Secor at Bellator 186 on November 3rd, which coincidentally will also feature another high-profile fighter at Hard Knocks 365 under Henri’s tutelage, Linton “The Swarm” Vassell. Vassell, as written on here many times before (and many more times to come), will be headlining Bellator 186 for a title fight against former UFC vet Ryan Bader.

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HK365 Featured Yahoo News

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Knocks 365 (HK365), an all-access fitness training center, is pleased to announce it is open for business at Xtreme Action Park, South Florida’s premier indoor entertainment complex. Within the walls of the 30,000-square-foot facility there is an indoor field turf, soccer field (coming soon), two fully-sized basketball courts, heavy bags, fully-equipped weight room, 4,500 square feet of matting for combat training, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and more. All your fitness & sports performance goals can be achieved under one roof!

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HK365 Featured in Cincinnati Courier

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Knocks 365 (HK365), an all-access fitness training center, is pleased to announce it is open for business at Xtreme Action Park, South Florida’s premier indoor entertainment complex. Within the walls of the 30,000-square-foot facility there is an indoor field turf, soccer field (coming soon), two fully-sized basketball courts, heavy bags, fully-equipped weight room, 4,500 square feet of matting for combat training, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and more. All your fitness & sports performance goals can be achieved under one roof!

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Dutch Power at Glory 45

There’s nothing like fighting on home turf. When you’re from a country that is considered the mecca of kickboxing, trained by someone who is from the mecca of kickboxing, and fighting in your country that is considered the mecca of kickboxing…well…there’s little that can go wrong. Robin van Roosmalen has just defended his Glory Featherweight title in an intense fight against Serhiy Adamchuk via unanimous decision in Amsterdam. You would think a headline of that nature was written in the stars, but it was all Robin “Poker Face” van Roosmalen’s own doing that earned him this clear-cut victory. Adamchuk tried to work the outside but RVR’s constant forward pressure was simply too much to contend with for the Ukrainian. But perhaps this title defense was written a little in the starts, seeing as van Roosmalen won the bout on the stroke of his birthday, October 1st. The now-28-year-old boasts an impressive record of 51-6-3 and shows no signs of stopping or slowing down. Although he trains primarily in Holland, when he is stateside, he can be found training with Henri Hooft at HK 365.

Yes, Hooft is making HK 365 seem like a perpetual talent factory more and more, and he is no doubt about to shoot further into stardom given that Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir have made it impeccably clear that we want to face one another. Beyond that, Hooft is sending 3 more of his troops into battle. Daniel Strauss will be facing Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 184 at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma next week on October 6th, Nik Lentz will be taking on Will Brooks at UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena the day after on October 7th, and finally Linton Vassell will be headlining Bellator 186 on November 3rd at the Bryce Jordan Center in Pennsylvania in a shot to take the title from former UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader. It is no doubt going to be a very busy month for Henri and is men, and he hopes to bring home a title before the year closes out.

Hard Knocks Featured in Dayton Business Journal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Knocks 365 (HK365), an all-access fitness training center, is pleased to announce it is open for business at Xtreme Action Park, South Florida’s premier indoor entertainment complex. Within the walls of the 30,000-square-foot facility there is an indoor field turf, soccer field (coming soon), two fully-sized basketball courts, heavy bags, fully-equipped weight room, 4,500 square feet of matting for combat training, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and more. All your fitness & sports performance goals can be achieved under one roof!

HK365 offers sports performance and combat training, including kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu.

The venue has three core functions; sports performance training (XPE Sports), combat training (kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu) and basketball (House of Hoops 365). With this instilled variety, there is something for everyone under the Hard Knocks 365 roof. The gym’s already existing roster of professional athletes includes MMA fighters Michael Johnson, Robbie Lawler, Volkan Oezdemir and Michael Chandler, as well as NFL players like Darrelle Revis, Anquan Boldin, Mark Ingram, Pierre Garçon and Byron Maxwell.

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Kami Barzini

Kami Barzini is an Iranian-born, former pro wrestler and current coach. He is Henri’s right-hand man in all MMA matters, and overseas the training sessions of the professional. With an impressive CV that includes having been consistently ranked in the top 3 wrestlers in all of Iran, and having trained the American wrestling team for the Olympics in 2008, Kami commands great respect and is a great source of not only experience but knowledge as well for the professional fighters that train at Hard Knocks 365. Some of his bigger name pupils have included Dan Henderson, and current undefeated strawweight champion in the UFC, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Triple K.O.

Pow. Game, set, match. Wow.

I don’t think Henri Hooft could have had a better night at UFC Fight Night 115. All 3 of his fighters, Gilbert Burns, Kamaru Usman, and Luke Rockhold, ended their fights with knockouts. Ok, Rockhold’s wasn’t a knockout, but he made David Branch tap after a vicious ground-n’-pound that left no shadow of a doubt concerning his abilities despite his brief hiatus due to injury. In the process, he snapped Branch’s 11-fight win streak, and in a post-fight interview, called out GSP for having no place in the middleweight division, or even the UFC. Durinho, on the stroke of the 3rd round, with only 5 seconds to go in the 2nd round, put Jason Saggo to sleep with a vicious right overhand. It connected so sweetly, that the Brazilian didn’t even follow-up with some hammer-fists. We all know Gilbert is a notorious BJJ practitioner, but he made a huge statement on Saturday, proving that he’s got more than just ground-game in his locker. After that strike, Durinho is a definite force to be reckoned with in the lightweight division. Kamaru’s knockout, was also unforgiving. He packed so much power into his punch, that somehow, some way, Sergio Moraes rolled forward upon hitting the ground. “I’m a problem” – The Nigerian Nightmare’s words echoed throughout the MMA community as it made headlines and sent chills down the spines of the rest of the welterweight contenders.

In more recent news (as I am typing this, actually), Daniel Cormier has welcomed the idea of taking on Volkan Oezdemir, whom trains under Henri Hooft as well. DC tweeted “we can make this happen”, while also entertaining the idea of taking on Alexander Gustaffson. Volkan, who incidentally also called out Gustaffson shortly after his win versus Manuwa, took to social media to respond right away. One to never shy away from a challenge, Volkan immediately responded “for sure, let’s do it” via both his Instagram and twitter. With the top 3 Light Heavyweights embroiled in a three-way “call-out feud”, it’s practically written in the stars at this point that Volkan will get his title shot sooner rather than later. And with his 1-round knockout track record, it could be lights out for Gustafsson and DC sooner than they’d expect.

Had Knocks 365 Mentioned in Globo News

The last time Luke Rockhold was seen inside the Octagon in the UFC was in June 2016, crestfallen after losing the weight belt-medium (up to 83, 9 kg) to Michael Bisping ICS zebras in the history of MMA. Fifteen months later, the American finally returns to the world’s most famous Octagon this Saturday in Pittsburgh, in the main event of the event. On the other side of the cage, will be another ex-champion, but the competing World Series of Fighting Organization (WSOF): David Branch, the current ninth placed in the category ranking in Ultimate.

Little has changed in 15 months when he was away from the cage Rockhold. He went on to split your workouts between the American Kickboxing Academy, in which team came to Strikeforce and UFC titles, and the Hard Knocks 365, coach Henry Hooft. The long time dealing with injuries and contract negotiations, however, have not changed the enormous trust of Rockhold. In the loss to Bisping, the American was accused of belittling other rival. Now, despite the series of 11 consecutive victories of Branch, including the conquest and defense of two belts (Middleweight and light heavyweight weight-up to 93 kg), the fighter back saying that the opponent is not at your level. Remember that your teammate Michael Johnson made similar error in loss to Justin Gaethje, Rockhold ensured that the situations are different.

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HK365 Featured in Boston Business Journal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Knocks 365 (HK365), an all-access fitness training center, is pleased to announce it is open for business at Xtreme Action Park, South Florida’s premier indoor entertainment complex. Within the walls of the 30,000-square-foot facility there is an indoor field turf, soccer field (coming soon), two fully-sized basketball courts, heavy bags, fully-equipped weight room, 4,500 square feet of matting for combat training, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and more. All your fitness & sports performance goals can be achieved under one roof!

HK365 offers sports performance and combat training, including kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu.

The venue has three core functions; sports performance training (XPE Sports), combat training (kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu) and basketball (House of Hoops 365). With this instilled variety, there is something for everyone under the Hard Knocks 365 roof. The gym’s already existing roster of professional athletes includes MMA fighters Michael Johnson, Robbie Lawler, Volkan Oezdemir and Michael Chandler, as well as NFL players like Darrelle Revis, Anquan Boldin, Mark Ingram, Pierre Garçon and Byron Maxwell.

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Rockhold is back, while Burns and Kamaru never left

After an eventful (for lack of a better term) week in Florida in anticipation to Hurricane Irma, we are back in business and better than ever. Better than ever because Luke Rockhold has just completed his training camp with Henri Hooft under our roof, and is now at the official weigh-in as he faces off David Branch as we speak (or as I type this).

Yes, the champ is back bigger, stronger, and “badder” than ever. The former StrikeForce and middleweight champion has had a lengthy spell on the sidelines after his defeat to Michael Bisping and also due to an injury, but now, after having recuperated and trained extensively under Henri Hooft’s “hkickboxing” system, Rockhold is on a mission to take his title back, and he believes David Branch is his first crucial step back into the fold. UFC film crews were here at Hard Knocks 365 to capture some footage of Rockhold’s intense training regime. In an interview, Rockhold said, “obviously I’m not happy about how my last fight went, and I’m ready to come back and write that wrong. First we take down David Branch, then we take back the game”. Rockhold was nothing short of resolute during his camp. He had observed Hooft’s high-caliber methodology first-hand when he was on the losing side in his bout versus Belfort, when Hooft happened to be cornering Belfort, and as such, sought out Henri for this ever-crucial bout against Branch. The rest was history, and Rockhold too, will make history once he ends David Branch’s 11-fight win streak.

But he isn’t alone. Kamaru Usman, and Gilbert Burns, will also be present at UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh at the PPG Paints Arena this Saturday, and they face tough opposition in Sergio Moraes and Jason Saggo. But Usman, unlike Durinho and Rockhold, is on a roll, having won his last 9 fights in a row. The Nigerian Nightmare has an impressive record of 10-1 that he will look to improve on to be a top contender, while Durinho is on the verge of a comeback, having lost his last fight to Michel Prazeres. If the trio go 3-for-3 at the end of Saturday night, it will be a big boost for Henri Hooft, and of course, Hard Knocks 365.

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