K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final

K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final was a kickboxing event promoted by the K-1. The event was held at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, December 7, 2002 in front of 74,500 spectators. It was the tenth K-1 World Grand Prix final, involving ten of the world's top fighters (two being reservists), with all bouts fought under K-1 Rules (100 kg/156-220 lbs). The eight finalists had almost all qualified via preliminary events, while two additional fighters were invited as reserve fighters (for more detail on this see bulleted list below). In total there were ten fighters at the event, representing eight countries.

The tournament winner was Ernesto Hoost who won his fourth and final K-1 World Grand Prix by defeating Jérôme Le Banner in the final by third round knockout. Jérôme Le Banner would be making his second appearance in the final, which he so far been unable to win, and the defeat was made even worse as it left him with a broken arm which nearly ended his career (fortunately he was able to recover).

Ernesto Hoost was knocked out of this K-1 World Grand Prix twice (taking into account the Final Elimination) - both times by Bob Sapp - but managed to proceed due to injuries to other fighters.

Qualifiers - Finalists

  • Peter Aerts - Won fight at K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final Elimination
  • Jérôme Le Banner - Won fight at K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final Elimination
  • Ernesto Hoost - Invitee, called up to replace Semmy Schilt who was injured
  • Mark Hunt - Won fight at K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final Elimination
  • Stefan Leko - Won fight at K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final Elimination
  • Musashi - K-1 Andy Spirits Japan GP 2002 Final winner
  • Bob Sapp - Won fight at K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final Elimination
  • Ray Sefo - Won fight at K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Final Elimination

Qualifiers - Reservists

  • Martin Holm - Invitee
  • Michael McDonald - Invitee

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