K-1 Grand Prix '93

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K-1 Grand Prix '93
Promotion K-1
Date April 30, 1993
Venue Yoyogi National Gymnasium
City Tokyo, Japan Japan
Attendance 12,000
Event chronology
K-1 Sanctuary I K-1 Grand Prix '93 K-1 Sanctuary III

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 a total of ten fights with fighters representing seven different countries in total. The tournament winner was Branko Cikatić who defeated Ernesto Hoost in the final by first round knockout, becoming the first ever K-1 World champion.[1]

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 Tournament[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
United States Todd Hays    
Japan Masaaki Satake KO     Japan Masaaki Satake    
Croatia Branko Cikatić KO     Croatia Branko Cikatić KO  
Thailand Changpuek Kiatsongrit         Croatia Branko Cikatić KO
Japan Toshiyuki Atokawa         Netherlands Ernesto Hoost  
United States Maurice Smith DEC     United States Maurice Smith  
Netherlands Peter Aerts       Netherlands Ernesto Hoost KO    
Netherlands Ernesto Hoost DEC  


See also[edit]


  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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