Branko Cikatić is confirmed dead at the age of 65.
Branko was best known as a Croatian heavyweight kickboxer.
RT @MMABrad48: Hearing that the first ever K-1 champ Branko Cikatic has died. One of the most decorated strikers of his era and cr…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RIP Branko Cikatic 🇭🇷 A Legend of K1 and Muay Thai is passed away. You was a great Fighter and a Idol for many youn…
RT @BigMarcel24: The inaugural K-1 World Grand Prix winner. The great Branko Cikatic has passed away. R.I.P. Croatian Tiger 🇭🇷
I just heard about the passing of Branko Cikatic the inaugural @h_o_c_mma World Grand Prix Champion. He was a hell…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @BigMarcel24: The inaugural K-1 World Grand Prix winner. The great Branko Cikatic has passed away. R.I.P. Croatian Tiger 🇭🇷
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @MMABrad48: Hearing that the first ever K-1 champ Branko Cikatic has died. One of the most decorated strikers of his era and cr…
RT @Beyond_Kick: K-1 Legend Branko Cikatić passed away today at the age of 65. 'The Croatian Tiger' won the first-ever K-1 Grandprix…
RT @BigMarcel24: The inaugural K-1 World Grand Prix winner. The great Branko Cikatic has passed away. R.I.P. Croatian Tiger 🇭🇷
Branko Cikatić
BrankoBelt.jpg
BornBranimir Cikatić
(1954-10-03)3 October 1954
Split, Yugoslavia
Died23 March 2020(2020-03-23) (aged 65)
Solin, Croatia
Other namesThe Croatian Tiger
NationalityCroatian
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight98 kg (216 lb; 15.4 st)
DivisionCruiserweight
Heavyweight
Reach73 in (190 cm)
StyleKickboxing
Fighting out ofAmsterdam, Netherlands
TeamTigar Gym
Chakuriki Gym (1984–)
TrainerThom Harinck
Rank     black belt in Shotokan
     black belt in Taekwondo
     blue belt in Judo
Years active27 (1972–1999)
Kickboxing record
Total98
Wins87
By knockout82
Losses9
By knockout2
Draws1
No contests1
Mixed martial arts record
Total2
Wins0
Losses2
By submission1
By disqualification1
No contests0
Amateur record
Total170
Wins152
By knockout138
Losses15
Draws3
Other information
OccupationGym owner/Trainer
Notable studentsMirko "Cro Cop" Filipović
Websitewww.youtube.com/tigarcikaticgym
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: February 12, 2010
Branko Cikatić (3 October 1954 – 23 March 2020) was a Croatian heavyweight kickboxer, the first Croatian-born fighter to achieve international success. He was the first K-1 World Grand Prix Champion. The tournament was held on April 30, 1993 in Japan.
Contents
1 Biography and career
2 Titles
3 Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
4 Mixed martial arts record
5 See also
6 References
7 External links
Biography and career
Cikatić began his martial arts training at the age of 12 when he took up Taekwondo, and later Shotokan Karate at 16. He eventually earned a black belt in both of these disciplines, as well as a blue belt in Judo. When he was 18 years old, he took up boxing before switching to kickboxing.
He surprised the martial arts world by taking the 1993 K-1 Grand Prix tournament by storm, knocking out all three of his opponents in one evening, including Ernesto Hoost in the final match. To date Cikatić is the oldest winner of the K-1 Grand Prix at 38 years and 208 days.
He extended his athletic resume to include mixed martial arts in 1998, fighting in the Pride Fighting Championships. His PRIDE debut was fought against Ralph White under K-1 rules format. Cikatić lost via disqualification after kicking the head of the downed White. Cikatić returned at Pride 2, fighting under MMA rules and facing Mark Kerr. He was again disqualified after holding the ring ropes when Kerr attempted a takedown, refusing to let go when directed by the referee, running away through the ring ropes, and delivering several illegal elbows to the back of Kerr's head. His next fight at Pride 7 ended in a submission loss to Maurice Smith by forearm choke.
Towards the end of his sports career, Cikatić tried his hand at acting, playing a villain in a 1997 B-movie Skyscraper, starring Anna Nicole Smith. In 2018, Cikatić had a pulmonary embolism and whilst in hospital acquired an infection causing sepsis and was later diagnosed as suffering from Parkinson's disease.
Titles
Professional Career:
1998 World Champion WMTA (Zagreb)
1995 K-1 Grand Prix 3rd Place (Tokyo)
1993 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion (Tokyo)
1991 World Champion in Thai boxing 86 kg (Berlin)
1990 IKBF World Champion in kick-boxing 86 kg
1989 WKA in kick-boxing 86 kg
1987 World champion in Thai boxing 82.5 kg (Amsterdam)
1986 European champion in Thai boxing (Paris)
1985 European champion in Thai boxing (Amsterdam)
Amateur Career:
1983 European Championships in Caen (Full-Contact)
1982 European Championships in Berlin (Full-Contact)
1981 W.A.K.O. European Championships in Dublin -79 kg (Full-Contact)
1981 W.K.K.A. World Championships in Miami 79 kg (Full-Contact)
1980 W.A.K.O. European Championships in London -79 kg (Full-Contact)
1979 W.A.K.O. European Championships in Milan -79 kg (Full-Contact)
Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
87 Wins (82 knockouts), 9 Losses, 1 Draw
Date
Result
Opponent
Event
Method
Round
Time
Location
October 11, 1997
No Contest
Ralph White
Pride 1
NC (Cikatić kicked White while he was on the ground)
1
1:52
Tokyo, Japan
September 7, 1997
Loss
Mike Bernardo
K-1 Grand Prix '97 1st Round
TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
1
0:38
Osaka, Japan
July 20, 1997
Loss
Sam Greco
K-1 Dream '97
KO (Right Hooks)
1
2:58
Nagoya, Japan
March 16, 1997
Win
Musashi
K-1 Kings '97
KO (Right Punch)
4
1:38
Yokohama, Japan
December 12, 1994
Win
Ernesto Hoost
K-1 Legend
KO (Right Hook)
2
1:18
Nagoya, Japan
September 18, 1994
Loss
Stan Longinidis
K-1 Revenge
Decision (Unanimous)
5
3:00
Yokohama, Japan
April 30, 1994
Loss
Masaaki Satake
K-1 Grand Prix '94
Decision (Unanimous)
3
3:00
Tokyo, Japan
April 30, 1994
Win
Andre Mannaart
K-1 Grand Prix '94
KO (Right Punch)
2
0:16
Tokyo, Japan
March 4, 1994
Loss
Andy Hug
K-1 Challenge
Decision (Unanimous)
5
3:00
Tokyo, Japan
April 30, 1993
Win
Ernesto Hoost
K-1 Grand Prix '93
KO (Right Hook)
1
2:49
Tokyo, Japan
Wins K-1 Grand Prix '93.
April 30, 1993
Win
Masaaki Satake
K-1 Grand Prix '93
KO (Left Hook)
3
0:45
Tokyo, Japan
April 30, 1993
Win
Changpuek Kiatsongrit
K-1 Grand Prix '93
KO (Punch)
1
2:35
Tokyo, Japan
June, 1992
Loss
Stan Longinidis
World Kickboxing Association
Decision (Unanimous)
12
2:00
Melbourne, Australia
March 16, 1992
Draw
Dennis Alexio
World Martial Arts Challenge
Technical Draw (Alexio hit Cikatić during a stoppage)
3
1:25
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
December 16, 1989
Win
Carl Thompson
Thai/ Kick-Boxing Gala: World Title Bout
N/A
N/A
N/A
Düsseldorf, Germany
October 8, 1989
Loss
Ernesto Hoost
N/A
DQ
4
1:25
Amsterdam, Netherlands, NED
Fight was for W.M.T.A. Muaythai World title.
September 12, 1987
Loss
Don Wilson
N/A
KO
7
N/A
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
April 26, 1987
Win
Carl Thompson
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Amsterdam, Netherlands
1983
Loss
Vjekoslav Šafranić
N/A
Decision
7
N/A
Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
1981
Win
Ray McCallum
W.K.K.A. World Championship
DQ (headbutt)
N/A
N/A
Miami, United States
Mixed martial arts record
Professional record breakdown
2 matches
0 wins
2 losses
By submission
0
1
By disqualification
0
1
Res.
Record
Opponent
Method
Event
Date
Round
Time
Location
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