K-1 Grand Prix '93

K-1 Grand Prix '93 was a martial arts event held by the K-1 organization on April 30, 1993, at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. It was the inaugural K-1 World Grand Prix, featuring an eight-man tournament fought under K-1 rules (3 min. × 3 rounds + 1 extra round). The eight tournament qualifiers were all invited on the basis of their achievements in the kickboxing world (for more information on this see the bulleted list below). As well as tournament matches there was also a full contact karate bout between Andy Hug and Nobuaki Kakuda. The event featured ten fights with fighters representing seven countries. The winner was Branko Cikatić who defeated Ernesto Hoost in the final by first-round knockout, becoming the first K-1 World champion.[1]

K-1 Grand Prix '93
DateApril 30, 1993
VenueYoyogi National Gymnasium
CityTokyo, Japan Japan
Event chronology
K-1 Sanctuary I K-1 Grand Prix '93 K-1 Sanctuary III

Tournament Qualifiers

  • Peter Aerts - W.M.T.A. Muay Thai Heavyweight World champion, I.K.B.F. World Heavyweight champion
  • Toshiyuki Atokawa - Karate World Cup '91 champion, All Japan Open Karate Championships champion
  • Branko Cikatić - I.K.B.F. Kickboxing World Cruiserweight champion, W.K.A. Kickboxing World Cruiserweight champion, Muay Thai World Light Heavyweight Champion
  • Todd Hays - US National Kickboxing Heavyweight champion
  • Ernesto Hoost - W.K.A. Kickboxing World champion, W.M.T.A. Muay Thai World Light Heavyweight champion, Savate World champion
  • Changpuek Kiatsongrit - I.M.T.F Muay Thai World Light Heavyweight champion, W.M.K. World Heavyweight champion
  • Masaaki Satake - Karate Japan Open champion
  • Maurice Smith - W.K.C. Light-Heavyweight World champion, W.K.A. Kickboxing Heavyweight World champion

K-1 Grand Prix '93 TournamentEdit

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
  Todd Hays  
  Masaaki Satake KO
  Masaaki Satake  
  Branko Cikatić KO
  Branko Cikatić KO
  Changpuek Kiatsongrit  
  Branko Cikatić KO
  Ernesto Hoost  
  Toshiyuki Atokawa  
  Maurice Smith DEC
  Maurice Smith  
  Ernesto Hoost KO
  Peter Aerts  
  Ernesto Hoost DEC


K-1 Grand Prix '93 results[1]
K-1 Grand Prix Quarter Finals: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
  Masaaki Satake def. Todd Hays  
Satake defeated Hays by KO (Right Low Kicks) at 0:45 of the 2nd Round.
  Branko Cikatić def. Changpuek Kiatsongrit  
Cikatić defeated Kiatsongrit by KO (Left Hook) at 2:35 of the 1st Round.
  Maurice Smith def. Toshiyuki Atokawa  
Smith defeated Atokawa by 3rd Round Unanimous Decision 3-0 (30-26, 30-25, 30-27).
  Ernesto Hoost def. Peter Aerts  
Hoost defeated Aerts by 3rd Round Majority Decision 2-0 (29-28, 30-28, 30-30).
Super Fight 1: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
  Taiei Kin def. Michael Thompson  
Kin defeated Thompson by 3rd Round Majority Decision 2-0.
K-1 Grand Prix Semi Finals: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
  Branko Cikatić def. Masaaki Satake  
Cikatić defeated Sataake by KO (Left Hook) at 0:45 of the 3rd Round.
  Ernesto Hoost def. Maurice Smith  
Hoost defeated Smith by KO (Left High Kick) at 1:18 of the 3rd Round.
Super Fight 2: Full Contact Karate Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
  Andy Hug def. Nobuaki Kakuda  
Hug defeated Kakuda by KO (Left Knee Strike) at 1:26 of the 2nd Round.
K-1 Grand Prix Final: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
  Branko Cikatić def. Ernesto Hoost  
Cikatić defeated Hoost by KO (Right Hook) at 2:49 of the 1st Round.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "K-1 Grand Prix '93 results". K-1 Grand Prix Website. Archived from the original on 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-07-09.

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