K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Final

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K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Final
Promotion K-1
Date December 8, 2001
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Japan Tokyo, Japan
Attendance 65,000
Event chronology
K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary Prague K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Final K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Preliminary Marseilles

K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Final was a kickboxing event promoted by the K-1. The event was held at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, December 8, 2001, in front of 65,000 spectators. It was the ninth K-1 Grand Prix final, involving eight of the world's top fighters, with all bouts fought under K-1 Rules (100 kg/156-220 lbs). The eight finalists had almost all qualified by winning preliminary tournaments (with the exception of Peter Aerts who was a runner up), while two additional fighters were invited as reserve fighters in case of any injuries (for more detail on this see bulleted list below).

As well as tournament bouts there was also the aforementioned 'Reserve Fight' to decide who would be a replacement for any injured competition fighters, fought under K-1 Rules, and a 'Super Fight' between local middleweight star Masato and Noel Soares, fought under K-1 MAX Rules (70 kg/152 lbs). In total there were twelve fighters at the event, representing eleven countries.

The tournament winner was Mark Hunt who defeated Francisco Filho in the final by extra round unanimous decision, for his first and so far only K-1 World Grand Prix final victory. Both him and Francisco Filho even reaching the final was seen as a huge upset, helped in part by all the competition favourites Ernesto Hoost, Jérôme Le Banner and Peter Aerts being knocked out at the Quarter Final stage.

Qualifiers - Finalists

Qualifiers - Reservists

K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Final Tournament[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
 Germany Stefan Leko    
 Netherlands Ernesto Hoost DEC      Germany Stefan Leko *    
 France Jérôme Le Banner        New Zealand Mark Hunt DEC  
 New Zealand Mark Hunt KO        New Zealand Mark Hunt DEC
 Denmark Nicholas Pettas          Brazil Francisco Filho  
 Belarus Alexey Ignashov KO      Belarus Alexey Ignashov  
 Brazil Francisco Filho TKO      Brazil Francisco Filho DEC    
 Netherlands Peter Aerts    

* Ernesto Hoost was injured after his match with Stefan Leko. As the Reserve Fight winner Mike Bernardo was also injured, Stefan Leko would take his place in the Semi Finals


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Final Results". K-1 Official Website. 
  2. ^ "Results: K-1 WORLD GRAND PRIX 2001 FINAL". K-1sport.de - Your Source for Everything K-1. 

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