One of the K-1 promotions original fighters, Ernesto “Mr. Perfect” Hoost was born on July 11th, 1965 in The Netherlands. After quickly making a name for himself at the K-1 World Grand Prix in 1993 by coming just one win short of the tournament title in his professional fighting debut, Hoost began a long-term career with the organization.
Although being knocked out by Branko Cikatic prevented Hoost from winning that debut tournament, he did go on to win the K-2 World Championship later that year by knocking out heavy favorite Changpuek Kiatsongrit in four rounds.
“Mr. Perfect” managed to reach the K-1 World Grand Prix final again in 1995 but suffered a tough four-round loss to Peter Aerts with a decision. After reaching the 1996 finals and losing again, this time to Andy Hug in another four round decision, Hoost finally captured the title in 1997 when he was able to even the score with Hug.
After being unable to defend his title in 1998 Hoost reclaimed it in 1999 and successively held the position until he lost a highly-anticipated match with Bob Sapp in 2002 after a referee stoppage due to cuts. An attempt later that year to redeem himself against Sapp saw Hoost knocked out in the second round.
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