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Old 05-30-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Andy Hug Appreciation Thread

Many of us were fortunate to witness at least some of Andy Hug's illustrious career that spanned 1982 to 2000, and it's probably time we had a thread where his career and life could be discussed by those interested.

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In short Andy Hug was :


-> The first Swiss national to advance to the world's top ranking in Kyokushinkai Karate.

-> The first non-Asian to achieve entry to a world championship final.

-> The first non-Asian to become professional world champion in full-contact karate.

-> The first karate fighter able to hold his own against the best kick and Thai boxers.

-> The first martial arts fighter with a karate background to win the K-1 Grand Prix.


Titles won by Andy Hug :

-> K-1 World Grand Prix Champion - 1996.

-> K-1 World Grand Prix Finalist - 1997, 1998.

> K-1 World Grand Prix Last 8 - 1994, 1999.

> UKF World Super Heavyweight Champion 1994.

> WMTC World Super Heavyweight Champion.

> WKA World Muay Thai Super Heavyweight
Champion 1996.

> WKA European Muay Thai Super Heavyweight
Champion 1997/1998/1999/2000.


The word legend is bandied about far too readily at times, but Andy Hug was indeed a true legend.

What are your memories of Andy Hug? His fights? His life?
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:34 AM   #2
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I am a fan of Andy Hug but wasn't watching the sport when he was around unfortunately.
Fortunately video and YouTube enable us to be retrospective fans of some of the fighters that preceded us
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:45 AM   #3
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The joys of the internet eh? This is why in some ways I like this era even though I would have loved to have lived during SRR's time and that sort of thing.

Then you could only watch fights that were nearby but now you can watch fights from all over the world and catch up on a hundred years worth of fights from multiple sports.

I can't wait until I can post on my normal account again
True, and I like the sub-text
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:57 AM   #4
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Troll them back, they have glass posting skills
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:57 AM   #5
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****ing chincheckers man, they should be banned. They completely ruin the general but when you say a bad word against them you get banned
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:11 AM   #6
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Legend.


One of the greatest moments in all of K-1

BORKED

R.I.P Hug & Bernardo
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:33 AM   #7
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ATG.
One of my favorites to watch when they showed every Monday the old K1 fights in TV....
And proved how Karate was effective against people from other martial arts as well.....
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:19 PM   #8
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Legend.


One of the greatest moments in all of K-1

BORKED

R.I.P Hug & Bernardo
What a tactical war. Bernado wouldn't quit. But Hug knew it would only take one more on that Beranado leg and it was over.

I think the pair met 4 times splitting it 2 wins apiece.

It's a tragedy both were taken far too soon.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:02 AM   #9
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Sorry about the quality of this video couldnt find a better version. Its a great back and forth battle.


[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym5JvmfOOO0[/ame]
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BehPNBAFHlE&NR=1&feature=fvwp[/ame]






Andy died just a few months after this fight. He would only have one more fight after this a month later in July. In less than two months after his final fight Hug would be diagnosed with Leukaemia and in less than a week he would fall into a coma and die. One of the most tragic things to happen to a superbly skilled fighter.

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Staggering to think that only a few months after a performance like that Andy Hug was no more. How Andy withstood the sustained power of Crocop I'll never know. Lesser fighters would have caved in.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:57 AM   #11
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Andy Hug was one of those rare quality fighters in a division that typically lacks quality, the heavyweights. He was always in shape, flexible and fast more like a middleweight than a heavy. He had that rare skill of taking the rigid art of Karate and making it practical and useful against MT in a full contact enviroment, the K-1 tourney and being succesful with it. He adapted his form of Katate into a powerful free flowing form, beautiful to watch. That axe kick!

He really helped the K-1 build in rep internationally and was important for Karate at a time when Muay Thai was starting to become a recognized force and starting to dominate in full contact enviroments outside of Thailand such as kickboxing and K-1. Karate was stuggling big time in the 90s having been exposed as unpractical in the full contact arena, however Hug become the poster boy for Karate in a kickboxing age and went along way to save some face for the white pyjama brigade.

Above all he always came to fight, always looked classy in the ring, always looked in shape and was a huge loss to the scene when he died. He had a massive impact and will always be remembered and missed by fight fans.

Whenever I saw him fight outwardly I wanted him to lose cos I never had much respect for Karate, but secretly inside I'd admire him fight and part of me was happy when he won. He was a Heavyweight legend.

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[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KltbxRVP0gU[/ame]
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:52 AM   #12
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Great post Boran, love that highlight


I can't get enough of the wars with Hoost, Aerts, Bernardo, Cro Cop, but my personal favourite fight with Andy fight has to be

BORKED

Just a great back and forth battle with alot of heart shown by Sefo.


That being said I've still yet to see the Feitosa fight, which from this highlight looks like ATG stuff.

BORKED
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Andy Hug vs Glaube Feitosa, a great fight between two Karate guys
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:39 AM   #14
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Johnstown you really need to get a life... !
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:39 PM   #15
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Yeah great post last night Boran

Being an Aussie I was a big Stan 'The Man' Longinidis fan, and I was devastated when Andy KOed him years ago >>>

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLN6-lQe-GA[/ame]

Now that we've got that one out of the way, feel free to keep posting those Andy Hug fight vids
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