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Stan Longinidis

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Stan Longinidis
BornStan Longinidis
(1965-06-25) 25 June 1965 (age 56)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Other namesThe Man, The Greek Warrior[1]
NationalityAustralia Australian
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
DivisionSuper Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
Muay Thai
Bushido-Kai Karate
TeamFitzroy Stars Gymnasium
Jet Center
Years active20 (1983–2003)
Kickboxing record
By knockout65
By knockout4
No contests1
Other information
last updated on: 12 September 2020

Stan "The Man" Longinidis (born 25 June 1965) is an Australian retired heavyweight kickboxer and 8-time world kickboxing champion. Born in Melbourne of Greek ethnicity, Longinidis is one of the few fighters to win world titles in four different styles of kickboxing competition: international rules, Oriental rules, full contact and Muay Thai.[2][3][4] He holds notable victories over Branko Cikatić, Adam Watt, Peter Graham, Musashi and Dennis Alexio.

He is also an actor and motivational speaker.


1983-1989: Early career

Stan Longinidis began practicing martial arts in 1982 after being inspired by watching a martial artist defeat five opponents in a night club brawl.[5] His kickboxing career commenced in 1983, and he had won two amateur titles when he challenged Santiago Garza for the WKA World Light Heavyweight Championship in 1987.[5] Despite the contest ending in a draw, Longinidis had displayed such potential that he was invited to train full-time at the prestigious Jet Center kickboxing gym of Van Nuys.[5] Determined to become Australia's first world champion in the sport, Longinidis resigned from his job as a computer programmer and moved to the United States.[4] From his new home in California, he amassed 18 consecutive wins[2] and won the WKA North American and US Heavyweight Championships, as well as the Australian National Heavyweight title.[5]

1990-1992: Heyday as world champion

In April 1990, Longinidis achieved his dream of becoming the first Australian to win a world kickboxing title when he claimed the KICK World Super Heavyweight Championship[5] in a match against the legendary Anthony Elmore. The following year, he challenged the long-reigning WKA World Heavyweight Champion Maurice Smith for his title. Despite knocking the American down in the opening round, Longinidis eventually lost a battle of attrition and accepted a split decision defeat - his first professional loss.[5] Undeterred, he soon acquired the WKA World Junior Heavyweight (Cruiserweight) and Super Heavyweight Championships, the latter coming by way of a record-setting 15-second knockout of Melvin Cole in Queensland.[4]

In 1992, he notably defended his titles against top heavyweights Branko Cikatić and Grant Barker. He fought a full 12 rounds against Cikatić before winning by unanimous decision, and knocked out Barker with low kicks. He followed this up with additional wins over international powerhouses Mitch O'Hello and Adam Watt.

On 6 December 1992, Longinidis competed in one of the biggest and most controversial matches in history, against kickboxing superstar Dennis Alexio. Fueled by media hype and personal animosity between the two fighters,[5] it was one of the most highly-anticipated martial arts events when Longinidis and Alexio finally met in Melbourne to compete for the vacant ISKA World Oriental Rules Heavyweight Championship. The match lasted just 15 seconds, with Alexio falling to the mat after receiving a low kick from his opponent. Longinidis was declared the winner by KO and became the new champion.

Controversy arose when Alexio claimed to have broken his leg by stepping into a hole in the canvas, and thus the match's outcome was placed under review. The US branch of the ISKA overturned their ruling and changed it to a no contest, while the ISKA's Australian body and the WKA (which also sanctioned the match) upheld their original decision.[6] A rematch between Longinidis and Alexio never took place.

1993-2003: K-1 and later career

Longinidis continued to defend his titles, also adding the ISKA World Heavyweight Championship to his collection in 1993 and the WAKO PRO World Super Heavyweight Championship 1994. He began competing for the K-1 kickboxing promotion in March 1993, becoming one of the first major fighters to be signed by the company. After defeating reigning Karate World Cup champion Toshiyuki Atokawa in K-1's first event,[7] Longinidis fought rising star Masaaki Satake in a title-versus-title affair, with Satake wagering his UKF World Super Heavyweight Championship and Longinidis his WKA World Super Heavyweight Championship. Longinidis lost by unanimous decision[8] but retained his title after asserting that the match had not taken place under WKA rules.

Significant victories and setbacks marked Longinidis' career thereafter. He won the TAIPAN 1 tournament of 1994 by defeating three opponents in a single night, but lost his WKA, ISKA, and WAKO PRO World Super Heavyweight titles in a single match to Jeff Roufus in 1995. He qualified twice for the K-1 World Grand Prix, but was knocked out by Mike Bernardo in the 1995 quarterfinals[9] and was unable to compete in the 1996 tournament due to injury. In June 1996, Longinidis won the inaugural WMTC World Super Heavyweight Muay Thai Championship in Pattaya[5] was personally presented the title by King Rama IX. He lost the championship in September of the same year to Andy Hug.[10] A serious knee injury threatened to end his career around this time and contributed to several losses, but Longinidis underwent complete reconstructive surgery in 1997.

Longinidis fought until 2000, when he retired after defeating fellow Australian Peter Graham at K-1 Oceania Star Wars 2000. He returned to the ring shortly afterwards for another several bouts before retiring for good in 2003.[11] He ended his career with a record of 88 wins (65 KOs), 9 losses and 5 draws with one no contest.

2004-present: Life after competition and accolades

Longinidis was awarded a lifetime achievement award at a France martial arts expo in 2000. The commendation recognized his significant impact on kickboxing and his status as one of the most famous names in the history of the sport. On 10 October 2013, he became the first martial artist to be inducted in the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.[2]

Never far removed from the sport that made him famous, Longinidis trained his younger brother George Longinidis en route to winning the WOKA World Heavyweight Championship in 2009. He also managed kickboxing superstar Mike Zambidis.[5]

Longinidis now works as a motivational speaker.[11]

Titles and accomplishments

World Kickboxing Federation

  • 1998 WKBF World Heavyweight Champion[5]

World Muaythai Council

  • 1996 WMC World Super Heavyweight Champion[2]

World Association of Kickboxing Organizations

  • 1994 WAKO PRO World Super Heavyweight Champion[5]

International Sport Karate Association

  • 1993 ISKA World Heavyweight Champion (Freestyle Rules)[5]
  • 1992 ISKA World Heavyweight Champion (Oriental Rules)[5]

World Kickboxing Association

  • 1992 WKA World Super Heavyweight Champion[5]
  • 1991 WKA World Cruiserweight Champion[5]
  • 1989 WKA United States Heavyweight Champion[5]
  • 1988 WKA North American Heavyweight Champion
  • 1984 WKA Amateur Australian Heavyweight Champion[4]

Karate International Council of Kickboxing

  • 1990 KICK World Super Heavyweight Champion[5]
  • 1988 KICK North American Heavyweight Champion


  • 1994 Taipan 1 World Heavyweight Champion
  • 1990 Australian National Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion[5]
  • 1989 Intercontinental Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion

Kickboxing record

Kickboxing record
88 wins (65 KOs) 9 Losses 5 Draws 1 NC
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2003-02-17 Loss Australia Gurkan Ozkan K-1 No Respect 2003 Melbourne, Australia TKO (Corner stoppage) 9
2001-12-16 NC Japan Ryuji Murakami The Kakidamishi 2 Okinawa, Japan No contest 5 3:00
Originally a unanimous decision win for Murakami, overturned after an appeal by Longinidis.
2000-11-29 Win Australia Peter Graham K-1 Oceania Star Wars 2000 Melbourne, Australia Decision (Unanimous) 10 2:00
2000-09-03 Win South Africa Hannes van der Berg K-1 Africa Grand Prix 2000 Cape Town, South Africa KO 1
2000-07-30 Loss Japan Taiei Kin K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Nagoya Nagoya, Aichi, Japan Majority decision (0-2) 3 3:00
2000-05-12 Win South Africa Jokki Oberholtzer K-1 King of the Ring 2000 Bologna, Italy TKO 1 1:55
2000-03-19 Draw Japan Tsuyoshi Nakasako K-1 Burning 2000 Tokyo, Japan Decision (1-0) 5 3:00
1999-05-14 Loss United States Rick Roufus IKF Mass Destruction Lowell, USA TKO 9
Bout was for the inaugural IKF World Heavyweight Championship.
1998-10-28 Win Japan Tsuyoshi Nakasako K-1 Japan '98 Kamikaze Tokyo, Japan TKO (Nose broken) 4
1997-07-20 Loss South Africa Duane van der Merwe K-1 Dream '97 Nagoya, Japan Decision (Majority) 5 3:00
1997-06-08 Win Australia Grant Barker Now Or Never Sydney, Australia KO (Left high kick) 2 1:00
Retains the WKA World Super Heavyweight Championship.
1997-04-29 Win Japan Takeru K-1 Braves '97 Fukuoka, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
1996-12-08 Draw South Africa Mike Bernardo K-1 Hercules '96 Nagoya, Japan Draw 5 3:00
1996-10-18 Win Japan Masaaki Miyamoto K-1 Star Wars '96 Yokohama, Japan TKO (Corner stoppage) 3 2:55
1996-09-01 Loss Switzerland Andy Hug K-1 Revenge '96 Osaka, Japan KO (Left straight) 2 2:00
Loses the WMC World Super Heavyweight Championship.
1996-03-30 Win England Kirkwood Walker WMC King's 50th Anniversary Pattaya, Thailand Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Wins the inaugural WMC World Super Heavyweight Championship.
1996-03-10 Win Thailand Sadau Kiatsongrit K-1 Grand Prix '96 Opening Battle Yokohama, Japan Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) 6 3:00
Qualifies for the K-1 World Grand Prix 1996, but would be unable to participate due to injury.
1995-12-09 Win Japan Musashi K-1 Hercules Nagoya, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
1995-10-22 Loss Australia Sam Greco The Best of the Best - Final Australia Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
The bout was for The Best of the Best Championship.
1995-10-22 Win Papua New Guinea Mitch O'Hello The Best of the Best - Semifinal Australia
1995-10-22 Win Australia Nathan Briggs The Best of the Best - Quarterfinal Australia
1995-09-03 Win Japan Nobuaki Kakuda K-1 Revenge II Yokohama, Japan KO (Right low kick) 2 3:05
1995-05-04 Loss South Africa Mike Bernardo K-1 Grand Prix '95 Quarter Finals Tokyo, Japan KO (Right high kick) 3 1:42
1995-03-25 Loss United States Jeff Roufus World Cup of Martial arts Ledyard, United States KO (Overhand right) 1 0:41
Loses the WKA, ISKA and WAKO World Super Heavyweight Championships.
1995-03-03 Win United States Patrick Smith K-1 Grand Prix '95 Opening Battle Tokyo, Japan KO (Right low kick) 2 2:59
Qualifies for the K-1 World Grand Prix 1995.
1994-09-18 Win Croatia Branko Cikatić K-1 Revenge Yokohama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
1994-03-06 Win Russia Vladimir Golovinsky Taipan 1: The Best of the Best - Final Australia KO 1
Wins the Taipan 1 World Championship.
1994-03-06 Win United States Dino Homsey Taipan 1: The Best of the Best - Semifinal Australia KO 1
1994-03-06 Win Netherlands Bob Schrijber Taipan 1: The Best of the Best - Quarterfinal Australia Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
1993-09-04 Loss Japan Masaaki Satake K-1 Illusion Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
The bout was for Satake's UKF World Super Heavyweight Championship and Longinidis' WKA World Super Heavyweight Championship.
Longinidis lost but retained his title after asserting that the bout was not regulated by WKA rules.
1993-07-25 Win United Kingdom Gary Sandland WKA Battle of Champions Australia KO (Right straight) 3
Retains the WKA World Super Heavyweight Championship.
1993-03-30 Win Japan Toshiyuki Atokawa K-1 Sanctuary I Tokyo, Japan TKO (Referee stoppage) 5 2:22
1992-12-06 Win[6][note 1] United States Dennis Alexio ISKA-WKA Alexio vs. Longinidis Melbourne Australia KO (Left low kick) 1 0:15
Won the ISKA Oriental Rules World Heavyweight Championship.
Listed in the Guinness World Records as the "fastest knockout in kickboxing world title match."
1992-10-04 Win Australia Adam Watt Seidokaikan '92 Karate World Cup - Kakutogi Olympic III Osaka, Japan TKO (Dislocated shoulder)
1992-06 Win Croatia Branko Cikatić Melbourne, Australia Decision (Unanimous) 12
Retains the WKA World Cruiserweight Championship.
1992 Win Papua New Guinea Mitch O'Hello Australia KO (Low kick) 1
1992 Win United States Grant Barker Australia KO (Left low kicks) 4
Retains the WKA World Cruiserweight Championship.
1992 Win United Kingdom Lawrence White Australia KO 7
Wins the WKA World Cruiserweight Championship.
1992 Loss United States Melvin Cole Queensland, Australia KO 1 0:15
Wins Cole's WKA World Super Heavyweight Championship.
1991 Loss United States Maurice Smith Sydney, Australia Decision (Split) 12 2:00
The bout was for Smith's WKA World Heavyweight Championship.
1990-04 Win United States Anthony Elmore KICK Kickboxing Sydney, Australia] Decision (Split) 12
Wins the KICK World Super Heavyweight Championship.
Longinidis becomes the first Australian world kickboxing champion.
1990 Win United States Dale Broussard Las Vegas, USA KO (Right hook) 1
Longinidis' record is announced before the bout as 15-0-1 with 10 KOs.
1989-12-04 Win United States Charles Archie WKA Kickboxing Melbourne, Australia KO (Right hook) 1
Retains the WKA US Heavyweight Championship.
1988-03 Win United States Brendon Leddy WKA Kickboxing Los Angeles, USA KO 3
Wins the WKA US Heavyweight Championship.
1988 Win United States Kenneth Penn KICK Kickboxing USA TKO (Corner stoppage) 1
Wins the KICK North American Heavyweight Championship.
1987 Draw Mexico Santiago Garza WKA Kickboxing Perth, Australia Draw 12 2:00
Bout was for the WKA World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes



Year Title Role
1990 Angel Town Himself
1991 Ring of Fire Terry Wu's Opponent
1992 Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight Leadbottom
2002 Trojan Warrior Ajax

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c d "Born and raised in Altona North, Stan 'The Man' Longinidis is the first martial artist to be inducted into the Sport Australia hall of fame". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  3. ^ Boyle, Jarrod (31 January 2014). "Stan Longinidis Hall of Fame Tribute - Still 'The Man' - International Kickboxer". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "This sport's really kicking on". 17 February 2003. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Interview with Stan The Man Longinidis". December 2000. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b Past IKF Champions: Dennis Alexio Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "K-1 Sanctuary". Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  8. ^ "K-1 Illusion 1993". Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  9. ^ "K-1 WORLD GRAND PRIX 1995 FINAL". Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  10. ^ "K-1 Revenge 1996". Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Biography". Stan The Man. Retrieved 11 September 2020.


  1. ^ The WKA and ISKA-Australia record the outcome as a win for Longinidis, while the ISKA-US records it as a no contest.

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