The family of the legendary late Croatian fighter Branko Cikatić have opened a bistro in his honour in the city of Split.
Cikatić, who was nicknamed The Croatian Tiger during his illustrious career, was the first Croatian-born fighter to achieve international success and the first K-1 World Grand Prix Champion.
Bistro Tigar (Tiger in Croatian) is a family-run gastro-museum where guests can enjoy local cuisine in a pleasant atmosphere, and see up close history, memories and achievements of Branko Cikatić’s great sporting career.
His belts, trophies, martial art equipment and memorabilia are on display at the bistro in cabinets.
Cikatić surprised the martial arts world by taking the 1993 K-1 Grand Prix tournament by storm, knocking out all three of his opponents in one evening. He is the oldest winner of the K-1 Grand Prix at 38 years and 208 days.
He went on to fight also in the Pride Fighting Championships before trying his hand at acting towards the end of his career, playing a villain in the 1997 movie Skyscraper, starring Anna Nicole Smith.
In 2018, Cikatić had a pulmonary embolism and whilst in hospital he acquired an infection causing sepsis and was later diagnosed as suffering from Parkinson’s disease. He died on 23 March 2020 aged 65.
“We have been working hard to open this bistro and make the dream and wish of our late father and husband come true,” said Ivana Cikatić.
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