Stan “The Man” Longinidis
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Stan “The Man,” is a retired Australian Heavy-weight Kickboxer.
Stan began his career in 1983. He won two amateur titles before challenging for the World Light Heavyweight Title in 1987. Ending this contest in a draw. After being approached by the Jet Center in Canada, he had a tremendous passion to become Australia’s first ever World Champion. He then quit his day job as a Computer Programmer and migrated to the United States to train. Going on to win 18 straight fights and the North American and USA Heavyweight Titles as well as the Australian Heavyweight title.
In April 1990 he became the first Australian to win a World Kickboxing Title. He took the K.I.C.K Full Contact, Super Heavyweight Title and added two WKA World Titles to his resume in 1991!
Stan fought on until 2000 where he retired after beating Peter ‘The Cheif’ Graham. Who came out of retirement for one fight in 2003 before calling it quits.
A lifetime achievement award was presented to him in France. Which recognizes his major influential impact on the early days of the sport, and his status as one of the most famous names and brands in the history of kickboxing.
On October 10, 2013 Stan ‘The Man’ Longinidis became the 1st from any Martial Arts Fighting Code to be Inducted in the Australian Sports Hall Of Fame.