Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


K-1 Classics: Andy Hug 1998 Grand Prix (video)

The 1998 Grand Prix began on September 27 with the round of sixteen at the K-1 World Grand Prix ’98 Opening Round where Andy Hug faced off with Mark Russell, one of the few opponents in his career who he had a size advantage over. He scored a knockdown over England’s Russell in the latter part of round one and finished the job in two with a second consecutive leg kick stoppage. In a tune-up fight ahead of the Grand Prix finals, Hug KO’d Masaaki Miyamoto with a spinning back fist.

Watch the video:

K-1 Grand Prix ’98 Final Round was held at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, December 13, 1998, in front of 63,800 spectators. It was the sixth K-1 World Grand Prix final involving eight of the world’s best heavyweight fighters (+95 kg/209 lbs), with all bouts fought under K-1 Rules. The eight finalists had all qualified via elimination fights at the K-1 World Grand Prix ’98 Opening Round. Also on the card was a number of ‘Freshman Fights’ fought under a mixture of Jiu-Jitsu Freestyle and K-1 Rules (various weight classes). In total there were eighteen fighters at the event, representing seven countries.

The tournament winner was Peter Aerts who won his third K-1 Grand Prix final by defeating Andy Hug by way of a first-round knockout. Andy would be making his third consecutive final appearance, having won it in 1996 and been runner-up the following year.

You May Also Like


For the first time in history, a Costa Rican woman is in the Top 20 in the ranking of the best karate fighters on...


Dear Shihans, Senseis, and Senpais practitioners of Full Contact martial arts, The IFK Romania has the honor to invite you to the 3rd edition...


Shuhari is a martial arts concept that describes the three stages of learning from beginner to advanced level. Shu (守) – Learning – in...


30 years K-1 through the eyes of the eternal rivals Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost along with the truth behind Bob Sapp’s escape. On...