K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Tokyo Final
|K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Tokyo Final|
|Date||December 2, 2006|
K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Tokyo Final was a kickboxing promoted by the K-1 organization. It was the fourteenth K-1 World Grand Prix final, the culmination of a year full of regional elimination tournaments, involving twelve of the world's best K-1 fighters (four being reservists). It followed K-1's classic tournament format - eight fighters compete in a quarter final contests with the four winners advancing to a pair of semi final bouts, and the two winners there clashing in the final. All fights were conducted under K-1 Rules (100 kg/156-220 lbs), three rounds of three minutes each, with a possible tiebreaker.
The tournament qualifiers had all qualified via elimination fights at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Osaka Opening Round. Losing fighters Musashi and Ray Sefo were invited as reserve fighters while Badr Hari and Paul Slowinski would face one another in a 'Super Fight'. Peter Aerts and Melvin Manhoef were also invited to the event as reservists. As well as tournament bouts there were also a number of 'Opening Fights' primarily involving local fighters, fought under K-1 Rules. In total there were eighteen fighters at the event, representing ten countries.
The tournament winner was Semmy Schilt who won his second consecutive K-1 World Grand Prix by defeating Peter Aerts (who was making his fourth appearance in the final) via third round unanimous decision. The victory was sweet revenge for Schilt who had lost to Aerts earlier on in the year at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Auckland. The event was also notable for being Ernesto Hoost's last K-1 tournament and last ever fight - after a career spanning twenty-three years featuring numerous titles including four K-1 World Grand Prix victories. Hoost managed to make the semi finals where he was defeated via third round unanimous decision by the eventual winner Schilt. The event was held at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, December 2, 2006 in front of 54,800 spectators. 
K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 Tournament
|Final Elimination||Quarter Finals||Semi Finals||Final|
|Bjorn Bregy||Semmy Schilt||DEC|
|Jérôme Le Banner||DEC||Jérôme Le Banner|
|Choi Hong-man||Semmy Schilt||DEC|
|Ernesto Hoost||KO||Ernesto Hoost|
|Yusuke Fujimoto||Ernesto Hoost||DEC|
|Chalid Arrab||DEC||Semmy Schilt||DEC|
|Glaube Feitosa||Peter Aerts|
|Paul Slowinski||DEC||Glaube Feitosa||KO|
|Ruslan Karaev||KO||Ruslan Karaev|
|Badr Hari||Glaube Feitosa|
|Remy Bonjasky||KO||Peter Aerts *||TKO|
|Gary Goodridge||Remy Bonjasky||DEC|
|Ray Sefo||Stefan Leko|
* Remy Bonjasky was unable to continue due to injury - his place in the Semi Finals was taken by Reserve Fight winner Peter Aerts.
Opening Fights: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
- Mitsugu Noda vs Junichi Sawayashiki
- Sawayashiki defeated Noda by 3rd Round Split Decision 2-1 (28-29, 30-29, 30-28).
- Hiraku Hori vs Kyoung Suk Kim
- Hori defeated Kim by 3rd Round Unanimous Decision 3-0 (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Reserve Fight #1: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
Quarter Finals: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
- Jérôme Le Banner vs Semmy Schilt
- Schilt defeated Le Banner by 3rd Round Unanimous Decision 3-0 (30-27, 30-28, 30-28).
- Chalid Arrab vs Ernesto Hoost
- Hoost defeated Arrab by Extra Round Unanimous Decision 3-0 (10-9, 10-9, 10-9). After 3 rounds the judges had scored it a Majority Draw 1-0 (30-30, 30-28, 30-30) in favour of Hoost.
- Glaube Feitosa vs Ruslan Karaev
- Feitosa defeated Karaev by KO (Brazilian High Kick) at 1:11 of the 1st Round.
- Remy Bonjasky vs Stefan Leko
- Bonjasky defeated Leko by 3rd Round Unanimous Decision 3-0 (30-28, 30-28, 30-28). After suffering two kicks to the groin, Bonjasky was not able to recover in the time allowed. K-1 officials decided to postpone the bout until later in the evening, giving Bonjasky time to recompose. The bout was completed after the first Superfight of the card.
Reserve Fight #2: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
Semi Finals: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
- Semmy Schilt vs Ernesto Hoost
- Schilt defeated Hoost by 3rd Round Unanimous Decision 3-0 (30-28, 30-27, 30-27).
- Glaube Feitosa vs Peter Aerts
- Aerts defeated Feitosa by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 1:02 of the 2nd Round. Due to a groin injury Remy Bonjasky was forced to withdraw from the tournament and was replaced by the first reserve fight winner, Peter Aerts.
Super Fight: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.1R
- Badr Hari vs Paul Slowinski
- Hari defeated Slowinski by 3rd Round Unanimous Decision 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-29).
Final: K-1 Rules / 3Min. 3R Ext.2R
- Semmy Schilt vs Peter Aerts
- Schilt defeated Aerts by 3rd Round Unanimous Decision 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-28).
- ""Unshakable Schilt Repeats as K-1 WGP Champion"". K-1 Grand Prix Website.
- ""K-1 World GP 2006 in Tokyo Final Official Results"". K-1 Grand Prix Website.