Badr Hari
Photo: James Law/GLORY Sports International

Badr Hari will be returning to the GLORY ring in 2018.

Hari, 33, has signed an exclusive multi-fight contract with the promotion and is scheduled to headline GLORY 51 on March 3, 2018 at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The news was announced during the broadcast of the GLORY 49 Superfight Series.

“The Golden Boy” lost by TKO to the GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven in his debut at GLORY: Collision last December after suffering an arm injury in the second round.

Hari (106-13), who’s had various legal troubles throughout his career, was recently released from prison in July after serving time for a previous conviction stemming from aggravated assault charges back in 2012.

“It’s a new year; expect great things in GLORY,” Hari said in a press release. “For the sake of the public and the sport, we are on the way.”

Said GLORY vice-chairman Scott Rudman: “Badr’s back and we’re delighted to add his skills and the excitement he brings to our heavyweight division. It’s time for GLORY!”

The Moroccan-Dutch kickboxing icon began his decorated career in 2000, and has held heavyweight titles in both K-1 and It’s Showtime, highlighted by wins over Alistair Overeem, Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, Stefan Leko, Ray Sefo and Peter Aerts.

Hari’s opponent for GLORY 51 and additional matchups are expected to be announced shortly.