Ernesto got his middle name “Mr. Perfect” from his Japanese fans because his techniques were perfected as such.
At the age of 15 Ernesto started training boxing/kickboxing and fought his first matches. At this early stage it already became apparent that he had a talent for the sport as he defeated several opponents and quickly moved up to the A-classes.
Ernesto debuted in the international scene in 1993 at the World Grand Prix K-1 tournament in Japan. He competed as the only middleweight fighter against his opponents who where all heavyweights. He defeated Peter Aerts on decision and won the match against Maurice Smith in the semi finals. Unfortunately Ernesto, due to injuries, lost by KO against Branko Cikatić. Nevertheless he succeeded ito become the K-2 grand Prix Champion of 1993.
Here you can see the 3rd round against Peter Aerts.
In 1997 Ernesto became K-1 word Grandprix Champion for the first time after defeating Andy Hug in the final on decision. In the next year Ernesto suffered from an infection caused by a skin desease. Nevertheless he appeared to defend his title but lost in the first round.
Rumours went that Ernesto was done as he had to deal with some problems but he kept on training very hard and came back to Tokyo in 1999 where he won his second World Grand Prix title.
In 2000 he revanched himself against Greco from who he lost in 1998 and kept his title by winning Ray Sefo. And again, in 2002 Ernesto achieved his 4th World Grand Prix title. From 2004 to 2006 Ernesto fought several matches in the K-1 Grand Prix tournament of which he won five times and lost three times from several opponents.
His last appearance in the K-1 was in 2006 where he came into the finals against Sem Schilt. He lost this match on decision and retired from the K-1 tournament.
Ernesto spends time with his family and works as a trainer and travels around the world to assist his fighters.
2002 K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 champion in Tokyo, Japan
2001 K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne champion in Melbourne, Australia
2000 K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 champion in Tokyo, Japan
2000 K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Nagoya runner up in Nagoya, Japan
1999 K-1 Grand Prix ’99 Final Round champion in Tokyo, Japan
1997 K-1 Grand Prix ’97 Final champion in Tokyo, Japan
1994 I.S.K.A. Full Contact Light Heavyweight World champion in Marseilles, France
1994 K-2 Plus Tournament 1994 champion in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1993 K-2 Grand Prix ’93 champion in Tokyo, Japan
1993 W.M.T.A. & W.K.A. Light Heavyweight World champion in Tokyo, Japan
1993 K-1 Grand Prix ’93 runner up in Tokyo, Japan
1992 W.M.T.A. Muay Thai World Champion -79.8 kg in the Netherlands
1990 WMTA Muay Thai World Champion -79.8 kg in Amsterdam, Netherlands
1990 W.K.A. World Kickboxing champion in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1989 W.M.T.A. Muay Thai World Champion in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1989 Savate World Champion in Paris, France
1988 W.K.A. European Kickboxing champion in Strasbourg, France
1988 Savate European champion in Strasbourg, France
1988 I.S.K.A. European Full Contact champion in Le Havre, France
1988 I.S.K.A. European Muay Thai Champion in Arnhem, the Netherlands
1987 WMTB Dutch Muay Thai Champion in Amsterdam, the Netherlands