Please Let Shaq Fight Hong Man Choi

Shaq was one of the many high-profile Boston-area athletes on hand for UFC 118 at TD Garden on Saturday. Shaq’s been a fan of MMA for quite some time and has even done some training. The massive-sized publicity whore apparently has plans to steal some non-NBA thunder after his playing days are over. He told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting that he would like to fight Hong Man Choi.

I know Shaq is all for grabbing attention, money, and publicity wherever possible, but calling out Hong Man Choi is not the right way to achieve such goals. Choi is a 7’2″ 350lb Korean kickboxing monster who almost beat Fedor Emelianenko and smashed some guy’s face in with a vicious knee to the head. He would have done the same to Jose Canseco if steroids boy didn’t tap so early. There’s little doubt he would destroy Shaq all the same.

I don’t know what it is about MMA that all these athletes think they can do it. It’s practically become what rap used to be for so many aspiring players. Shaq may want to fight in the Octagon and receive all the glory of the UFC, but taking a guy like Hong Man Choi on is the wrong idea. After the way James Toney turned out, the Big Carpet Bagger should know better than to try such a ludicrous challenge. I hope he does and in turn pays the price. $49.99 to watch Shaq get his ass kicked? Now that’s something for which I would pay. I’m sure Kobe’s thinking the same thing too.

Jose Canseco to Fight 7’2″ MMA Giant Hong Man Choi

Alternate title to this post: Jose Canseco is willing to get his ass kicked for money. I was turned on to the Korean fighter Hong Man Choi about a year ago. Choi’s 7’2″ and 350 lbs of kimchi. He’s produced 10 second knockouts and had superstar Fedor Emilianenko on the ropes. Canseco got his ass kicked by Vai Sikahema and Danny Bonaduce. He’s half the size of this guy. And this is Canseco we’re talking about! The two are set to meet late in May in Tokyo as part of an eight-man MMA tournament. Someone please tell me how Jose’s going to contend with this:

They better have a stretcher ringside for that battle. Yeesh. You couldn’t pay me to get in the ring with the Honger.

Meet MMA’s Goliath, Hong Man Choi

I’ll readily admit I’m a little late to the MMA party, but I’m coming along strong. I happened to be watching a replay from New Years Eve in Japan on HDNet when I first laid eyes upon Hong Man Choi. Probably for the same reasons I watch Nikolay Valuev fight, Kenny George ball, and Andre the Giant wrestle, I am intrigued by Hong Man Choi. Choi is a 7’2″ 350lb Korean kickboxer who also fights in MMA. His nickname is The Techno Goliath because he breaks out in techno dancing after wins. Think about this — it’s MMA — all the dude has to do is fall on you. His punches engulf an entire skull. Even though he lost the fight I happened to be watching (his only MMA loss), it’s still well worth a watch:

There’s also video of Choi producing a 10-second KO in MMA, and one of Choi playing hacky sack with some dude’s cranium. I have included those vids after the jump.

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