In its later years K-1 was struggling financially. Focus shifted to Europe, where the Dutch promotion It’s Showtime was producing world-class events. Badr did not take part in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010, which proved to be a smart move as most of the participants never received their prize money.
The biggest fight of 2009 took place in the It’s Showtime ring. Badr Hari returned to the Amsterdam Arena for the first time since his loss to Stefan Leko. This time he faced literally the biggest challenge of his career: Semmy Schilt, the multi-time world champion. The fight would prove to be one of the biggest highlights of Badr’s fighting career.