If you have ever heard of the name Bob Sapp, you probably remember him from his days in K-1 and Pride back in the early 2000’s. Sapp was a crowd favorite in Japan because of his enormous size. With a height of 6’5″ and weighing close to 400 lbs, even against other heavy weight competitors Sapp literally looks like a giant.
Though Bob Sapp didn’t have much skill, his massive size and strength made him a crowd favorite in Japan. Bob Sapp’s role in K-1 was simply to entertain the crowd with his ring side antics and massive size. He was put in the ring against some of the best guys in the K-1 heavy weight division and did surprisingly well. While he outweighed most of his opponents by a HUGE amount, his lack of experience was the only reason people took fights with him.
This fight between K-1 legend Earnesto Hoost and Bob Sapp is one of the most entertaining and exciting K-1 fights you will ever see. It is not a technical fight by any stretch of the imagination, but it is one of those fights that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The actually fight starts at 2:37 into the video, but the previews contain before and after interviews with Ernesto Hoost which are worth watching.
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Thoughts on the Fight (Spoilers!)
Even though Bob Sapp was a lot bigger than Ernesto, given Ernesto’s background and experience, I expected him to do better in this fight. Every time he got knocked down it was because Hoost got stuck in a corner, giving Sapp the opportunity to use him as a punching bag.
Now because of the huge size mismatch, you can’t really blame Hoost for being a little bit nervous in the fight. It is not every day that you get to fight a guy who is 150 lbs heavier than you. Even though Bob Sapp has no technical abilities when he fights, his pure size would make his punches carry a lot of power behind them.
The lack of footwork and movement in the corner is what cost Hoost the fight. He just needed to move around the ring for a few rounds and Sapp would have completely gassed out in the fight.
Whatever way you want to look at this fight, it was for purely entertainment sake, so the outcome was pretty meaningless. After this fight Bob Sapp would go on to have a pretty decent early start in K-1 and Pride, until his opponents eventually figured him out.
For those of you who were not satisfied with the outcome of the fight, you can enjoy this clip of Sapp’s getting his orbital bone broken against his next opponent: Mirko Cro Cop