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Ernesto Hoost

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Other names
Mr. Perfect

Martial art
Kickboxing, Savate

108 kg

1.89 m


Ernesto Hoost


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Ernesto Fritz Hoost July 11, 1965 (age 58) Heemskerk, Netherlands (

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Ernesto Fritz Hoost (born July 11, 1965) is a Dutch kickboxer. A four-time K-1 World Champion, he made his debut in 1993 at the K-1 World Grand Prix 1993, where he came just one win short of the world title. He announced his retirement on December 2, 2006 after the K-1 World GP Final tournament in Tokyo Dome, Japan.


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Hoost was born in Heemskerk, North Holland, of Surinamese descent. In 1993, in his first K-1 World Grand Prix, in quarterfinals Hoost defeated Peter Aerts by decision, knocked out Maurice Smith in semis and advanced to the tournament finals where he was knocked out by Branko Cikatic. Hoost got another shot at a title on December 19, 1993, when he won the K-2 World Championship, knocking out Changpuek Kiatsongrit in four rounds. This was the only time the K-1 organization held a K-2 tournament.

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Hoost reached the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals again in 1995, but lost to Peter Aerts by a four round decision. He went on to win every fight the remainder of that year. In 1996, he lost at the K-1 World Grand Prix 1996 finals to Andy Hug by a four round split decision. He finally became K-1 World Champion in 1997 when he beat Hug by a three-round unanimous decision.

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Hoost was unable to defend his title at the K-1 World Grand Prix 1998 tournament, being technically knocked out in the quarterfinals by Australian Sam Greco due to being unable to start the 3rd round after a cut above his left eye; he was mostly dominated in the fight by Greco.

In 1999, Hoost won his second K-1 World Grand Prix title, beating Mirko Cro Cop by technical knockout in the third round. On 23 April 2000, Cro Cop avenged his loss to Greco when he beat him by a technical knockout.

Hoost retained the K-1 World Grand Prix Championship title for third time in 2000 by defeating Ray Sefo. By then, many K-1 fans were hoping for a meeting between Hoost and Bob Sapp. Hoost returned to defend his crown in 2001 defeating Stefan Leko. However, he was forced to retire from the tournament due to an injured shin before the semi-finals.

The highly anticipated fight with Bob Sapp came at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final Elimination. Sapp won by a first round knockout after the doctor stopped the match on cuts. Despite the loss he was again matched up with Sapp in the quarter finals of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002. After knocking Sapp down in first round, Hoost lost to Sapp again in a wild slugfest when referee Nobuaki Kakuda declared a KO while Hoost was still standing, but after the fight, Sapp turned out to have broken his hand and suffered four cracked ribs, and wasn't able to continue, allowing Hoost to replace him in the semi-finals. Hoost beat Ray Sefo in first round by TKO, after Sefo damaged his shin against Hoost's kneecap. Hoost proceeded to his fifth K-1 Finals, and was matched up against Jerome Le Banner. The fight was clearly in Le Banner's favour up until the third and final round when Le Banner injured his arm blocking Hoost's kick. Hoost aggressively attacked the arm again, forcing Le Banner down with only 94 seconds left in the match, winning by TKO and his fourth Grand Prix Championship. Le Banner suffered a severe compound fracture, putting him out of competition for over a year.

In 2003, Hoost would continue his feud with Bob Sapp in another arena of combat sports, professional wrestling. At AJPW's 2nd WRESTLE-1 event held in the Tokyo Dome, Hoost would defeat Sapp after delivering a chair shot and slap to the back of the head which led to a schoolboy pin.

In addition to his Grand Prix titles Ernesto Hoost fought a number of Super fights. In 2004 he was again in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 finals, in which he lost to the eventual Grand Prix champion Remy Bonjasky.

In 2006, Hoost declared that he would fight his last tournament in K-1. In the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006, Hoost was defeated in the semi-finals by Semmy Schilt. An emotional Hoost was met with a standing ovation from the audience as he left the arena.

Hoost is well known for training "Knees of Fury" fighters Paul Slowinski (whom he is currently still training). Under his guidance Slowinski has won the K-1 tournament 2007 in Amsterdam. He has also trained leg strikes, wrestling, and other skills with PRIDE Champion Fedor Emelianenko.

Hoost was also present as a cornerman for UFC fighter Antoni Hardonk in Hardonk's UFC 85 bout with Eddie Sanchez, his UFC 92 win over Mike Wessel, and his UFC 97 loss to Cheick Kongo.

In 2012, Hoost was invited by the Katana Fighting Series to be guest of honour at their Katana 6 'Rebellion' show.

Hoost made a comeback aged 48. In his first fight in over eight years, he scored two knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision victory over Thomas Stanley at Hoost Cup: Legend in Nagoya, Japan on March 23, 2014.

He defeated Peter Aerts in their sixth meeting via unanimous decision on October 19, 2014 in Osaka to win the vacant WKO World Heavyweight Championship.

Personal life

Hoost currently lives in the town of Hoorn, together with his wife and children.


  • 2014 WKO World Heavyweight Champion
  • 2002 K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 champion in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne champion in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2000 K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 champion in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000 K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Nagoya runner up in Nagoya, Japan
  • 1999 K-1 Grand Prix '99 Final Round champion in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997 K-1 Grand Prix '97 Final champion in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1994 I.S.K.A. Full Contact Light Heavyweight World champion in Marseilles, France
  • 1994 K-2 Plus Tournament 1994 champion in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 1993 K-2 Grand Prix '93 champion in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1993 W.M.T.A. & W.K.A. Light Heavyweight World champion in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1993 K-1 Grand Prix '93 runner up in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1992 W.M.T.A. Muay Thai World Champion -79.8 kg in the Netherlands
  • 1990 WMTA Muay Thai World Champion -79.8 kg in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1990 W.K.A. World Kickboxing champion in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 1989 W.M.T.A. Muay Thai World Champion in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 1989 Savate World Champion in Paris, France
  • 1988 W.K.A. European Kickboxing champion in Strasbourg, France
  • 1988 Savate European champion in Strasbourg, France
  • 1988 I.S.K.A. European Full Contact champion in Le Havre, France
  • 1988 I.S.K.A. European Muay Thai Champion in Arnhem, the Netherlands
  • 1987 WMTB Dutch Muay Thai Champion in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Other

  • Black Belt Magazine
  • 2004 Full-Contact Fighter of the Year [1]
  • References

    Ernesto Hoost Wikipedia

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