Greatest K-1 fighters ever

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Greatest K-1 fighters ever

Post by Viva las Fletch on 19/8/2010, 8:52 pm

What do you think?

In my list, I have stuck to the big boys - no MAX fighter features. The big boys, after all, is where the most prestige lies.


1 - Semmy Schilt

4x World Grand Prix champion, K-1 Super Heavyweight champion, with the potential to do even more. Semmy won three successive World Grand Prix's in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and tore through the 2009 tournament in record time, taking only 5:53 to dispose of three legends in Jerome LeBanner, Remy Bonjasky and Badr Hari, in the same night, to claim the prize.

2 - Ernesto Hoost

Hoost is the only other man, along with Schilto, to win FOUR K-1 World Grand Prix titles. He is considered by many to be the greatest fighter as yet seen in K-1. Hoost was also the champion of the K2 tournament, and has beaten the likes of Jerome LeBanner, Peter Aerts, Ray Sefo, Andy Hug, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Igor Vovchanchyn, Francisco Filho, Maurice Smith, Musashi and Stefan Leko in K-1.

3 - Peter Aerts

"Mr K-1", the "Dutch Lumberjack" Peter Aerts has been a fan favourite for a number of years. Three times K-1 World Grand Prix champion, Aerts had a renaissance of sorts in the later stages of the noughties, reaching two successive K-1 finals as the runner-up in both 2006 and 2007. Aerts has perhaps the most impressive win/loss resume in K-1, and has beaten a who's who of legends, champions and top ranked fighters in K-1 from the early nineties right up to the late noughties.

4 - Remy Bonjasky

Remy is a three-time K1 World Grand Prix champion. He won two successive tournaments in 2003 and 2004, then his success suffered with the entry into K-1 elite of a certain Semmy Schit. Regardless, after Schilt's three victories from 05-07, the big Dutchman shockingly failed to qualify for the 2008 finals... and Bonjasky took advantage. Reaching the final after defeating Jerome LeBanner and Gokhan Saki, Bonjasky was fouled by his final opponent, Badr Hari, and was deemed to be unable to continue. A strange - and unfortunate - way to claim his third World Grand Prix championship, but regardless, Remy boasts one of the most impressive records and success in K-1 history, only bettered (arguably) by Aerts, Hoost and Schilt.

5 - Andy Hug

Hug was an inspirational figure to many. His axe kicks are legendary, and he won the 1996 K-1 World Grand Prix. He was also runner-up in 1997 and 1998.
Hug sadly died in 2000, after being diagnosed with leukemia, aged 35. Only two months before his death, he defeated Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, and he competed for the final time one month later, beating Nobu Hayashi via KO (punch) in the first round.

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Just missing the cut for me was Jerome LeBanner.

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