K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final

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K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final
Promotion K-1
Date December 7, 2002
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Japan Tokyo, Japan
Attendance 74,500
Event chronology
K-1 Bassano 2002 K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final K-1 Spain MAX 2002

K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final was a kickboxing event promoted by the K-1. The event was held at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, December 7, 2002 in front of 74,500 spectators. It was the tenth K-1 World Grand Prix final, involving ten of the world's top fighters (two being reservists), with all bouts fought under K-1 Rules (100 kg/156-220 lbs). The eight finalists had almost all qualified via preliminary events, while two additional fighters were invited as reserve fighters (for more detail on this see bulleted list below). In total there were ten fighters at the event, representing eight countries.

The tournament winner was Ernesto Hoost who won his fourth and final K-1 World Grand Prix by defeating Jérôme Le Banner in the final by third round knockout. Jérôme Le Banner would be making his second appearance in the final, which he so far been unable to win, and the defeat was made even worse as it left him with a broken arm which nearly ended his career (fortunately he was able to recover).

Ernesto Hoost was knocked out of this K-1 World Grand Prix twice (taking into account the Final Elimination) - both times by Bob Sapp - but managed to proceed due to injuries to other fighters.

Qualifiers - Finalists

Qualifiers - Reservists

Tournament bracket[edit]

K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final Elimination Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
 New Zealand Ray Sefo DEC  
 Sweden Martin Holm        New Zealand Ray Sefo DEC  
 Netherlands Peter Aerts DEC      Netherlands Peter Aerts    
 Brazil Glaube Feitosa          New Zealand Ray Sefo    
 Netherlands Ernesto Hoost          Netherlands Ernesto Hoost ** KO  
 United States Bob Sapp TKO      United States Bob Sapp KO  
 Canada Michael McDonald        Netherlands Ernesto Hoost *    
 Netherlands Semmy Schilt DEC        Netherlands Ernesto Hoost KO
 Belarus Alexey Ignashov          France Jérôme Le Banner  
 Germany Stefan Leko DEC      Germany Stefan Leko    
 New Zealand Mark Hunt DEC      New Zealand Mark Hunt KO  
 South Africa Mike Bernardo          New Zealand Mark Hunt    
 France Jérôme Le Banner KO        France Jérôme Le Banner DEC  
 Trinidad and Tobago Gary Goodridge        France Jérôme Le Banner TKO       
         Japan Musashi         

* Ernesto Hoost replaced Semmy Schilt in the Quarter Finals as Semmy Schilt was injured

** Ernesto Hoost replaced Bob Sapp in the Semi Finals as Bob Sapp was injured


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final Results". K-1 Official Website. 
  2. ^ "Results: K-1 WORLD GRAND PRIX 2002 FINAL". K-1sport.de - Your Source for Everything K-1. 

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