Antoni Hardonk

Antoni Hardonk (born February 5, 1976) is a Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer who competed in K-1 and the UFC.

Antoni Hardonk
BornAntoni Hardonk
(1976-02-05) February 5, 1976 (age 46)
Weesp, Netherlands
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight249+12 lb (113.2 kg; 17.82 st)
DivisionHeavyweight (Kickboxing)
Heavyweight (MMA)
Reach78 in (198 cm)
StyleKickboxing, BJJ
Fighting out ofAmsterdam, Netherlands
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
TeamVos Gym (1995–present)[1]
Rickson Gracie Academy (2004–present)[1]
Dynamix MMA (2010–present)[2]
Rank5th degree Blackt belt in Kyokushin Budokai under Chris Dolman, Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rickson Gracie[1]
Years active1997–2005 (kickboxing)
2001–2009 (MMA)
Kickboxing record
By knockout4
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission2
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision3
Other information
UniversityVrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kickboxing careerEdit

Antoni made his K-1 debut at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary Scandinavia on June 9, 2001 where he was participating in an eight-man elimination tournament. He faced Swede Fredic Rosenberg in the quarter finals and quickly defeated him via technical knockout in the first round. In the semi finals he faced another Swede, Wisam Feyli, who he defeated by a third round unanimous decision, thus booking his place in the tournament final. In the final match Antoni faced yet another Swede, Larry Lindwall, but was unable to win the tournament, losing instead by second-round technical knockout.

On September 29, 2002 Antoni would face fellow Dutch kickboxer and future K-1 Grand Prix Champion Remy Bonjasky at the It's Showtime – As Usual / Battle Time event in the Netherlands. Antoni held his own during the fight but eventually lost via a fifth round unanimous decision. He would lose his next couple of fights against Attila Karacs and Badr Hari respectively before ending a four fight losing streak on July 29, 2005, by defeating Croatian Domagoj Ostojic by third-round technical knockout at Ultimate Nokaut 2.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Hardonk was initially scheduled to make his promotional debut against Brad Imes at UFC 65 on November 18, 2006.[3] However, Imes withdrew from the bout due to an injury and was replaced by his team mate Sherman Pendergarst.[3] Hardonk won the fight by technical knockout due to low-kicks.

His next fight was at UFC Fight Night 9 on April 5, 2007 against Justin McCully, a late-notice replacement for Hardonk's original opponent, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir, as he had to drop out due to a shoulder injury. Hardonk lost to McCully via unanimous decision.

Hardonk's next fight was against Frank Mir at UFC 74 on August 25, 2007.[4] Hardonk lost due to a kimura lock early in the first round. Most recently, Antoni beat Colin Robinson at UFC 80 by TKO 17 seconds into the first round and Eddie Sanchez at UFC 85 by TKO in the second round. Hardonk returned to the Octagon on December 27, at UFC 92 where he defeated newcomer, Mike Wessel via second-round TKO. On April 18 UFC 97 he was defeated by Cheick Kongo via TKO of the second round. Pat Barry and Hardonk fought on October 24, 2009 at UFC 104.[5] After some success with his kicks in the first round, his opponent found his range in the second with fast jab combinations, and Hardonk got hit before dropping and succumbing to strikes at 2:30 of round two.


In August 2010, Hardonk announced that he would be officially retiring from the UFC and MMA altogether. Hardonk also revealed that he will be partnering with his instructor since 2004, Henry Akins, to become a full-time trainer at his gym "Dynamix Martial Arts" located in Santa Monica.[6]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Martial artsEdit

  • International Kyokushin Budokai
    • Honorary promotion to Godan (Black belt, 5 Degree) in Kyokushin Budokai - Allround Fighting, (as developed by Jon Bluming) by a board of martial arts grandmasters, with among them legend Chris Dolman (10th Dan) & pioneer Jan van Looijen (8th Dan).

Mixed martial artsEdit


Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 8 wins 6 losses
By knockout 6 2
By submission 2 1
By decision 0 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 8–6 Pat Barry TKO (punches) UFC 104 October 24, 2009 2 2:30 Los Angeles, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 8–5 Cheick Kongo TKO (punches) UFC 97 April 18, 2009 2 2:29 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 8–4 Mike Wessel TKO (punches) UFC 92 December 27, 2008 2 2:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–4 Eddie Sanchez KO (punches) UFC 85 June 7, 2008 2 4:15 London, England
Win 6–4 Colin Robinson TKO (leg kicks) UFC 80 January 19, 2008 1 0:17 Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Loss 5–4 Frank Mir Submission (kimura) UFC 74 August 25, 2007 1 1:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–3 Justin McCully Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Stevenson vs. Guillard April 5, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–2 Sherman Pendergarst TKO (leg kick) UFC 65: Bad Intentions November 18, 2006 1 3:15 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 4–2 Ibragim Magomedov TKO (doctor stoppage) Bushido Europe: Rotterdam Rumble October 9, 2005 2 2:01 Netherlands
Win 3–2 Wes Sims Submission (americana) K-1 Fighting Network Rumble on the Rock 2004 November 20, 2004 1 4:24 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 2–2 Claudineney Kozan Decision (majority) K-1 MMA ROMANEX May 22, 2004 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 2–1 Grzegorz Jakubowski Decision (unanimous) La Resa Dei Conti 7 December 5, 2003 2 5:00 Livorno, Italy
Win 2–0 Will Elworthy Submission (rear-naked choke) La Resa Dei Conti 7 December 5, 2003 1 N/A Italy
Win 1–0 Peter Verschuren TKO (doctor stoppage) Rings Holland: Heroes Live Forever January 28, 2001 1 3:05 Netherlands

Kickboxing recordEdit

As of December 2010, Antoni Hardonk has compiled a professional kickboxing record of 5 wins and 5 losses, with 4 wins and 2 losses by KO/TKO.[7]

Professional record breakdown
85 matches 75 wins 10 losses
By knockout 44 2
By decision 31 8
Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Win 5–5   Domagoj Ostojic TKO Ultimate Nokaut 2 July 29, 2005 3   Croatia
Loss 4–5   Badr Hari Decision Rings Fightgala September 27, 2003 5 3:00   Netherlands
Loss 4–4   Attila Karacs TKO Kings of the Ring European tournament March 21, 2003 2   Brno, Czech Republic
Loss 4–3   Remy Bonjasky Decision It's Showtime: As Usual / Battle Time September 29, 2002 5 3:00   Netherlands
Loss 4–2   Pavel Majer Decision Victory or Hell 3 April 21, 2002 5 3:00   Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 4–1   Glenn Brasdorp TKO It's Showtime: Original October 21, 2001 4   Haarlem, Netherlands
Loss 3–1   Larry Lindwall TKO K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary Scandinavia, Final June 9, 2001 2 2:56   Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 3–0   Wisam Feyli Decision K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary Scandinavia, Semi Finals June 9, 2001 3 3:00   Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 2–0   Fredic Rosenberg TKO K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary Scandinavia, Quarter Finals June 9, 2001 1 1:43   Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 1–0   Philippe Gomis KO K-1 Survival 2000 May 28, 2000 2 0:55   Sapporo, Japan


  1. ^ a b c "Antoni Hardonk - A4 FITNESS". Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Gym - Dynamix MMA". Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Neil Davidson (November 18, 2006). "Pendergarst gives up mortgage broker job to fight in UFC".
  4. ^ Justin Bolduc (2007-07-18). "Mir to Fight Hardonk at UFC 74". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
  5. ^ "Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Barry Likely for UFC 104".
  6. ^ "Antoni Hardonk Announces his Retirement". MMA News. Archived from the original on 2010-11-14.
  7. ^ "Fight Record: Antoni Hardonk".

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