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Awesomely, Minowaman Will Be Fighting Kendall Grove in Hawaii

(Avenge us, Kendall. AVENGE US.)

Remember yesterday when we found that amazing drawing of Ikuhisa Minowa fighting Godzilla, and used it as an excuse to run a relatively pointless post confirming that Minowaman would not, in fact, be fighting Brian Stann at UFC 144? Man, the crazy antics we get up to when nobody’s watching.

The thing is, we actually have some legit news to pass along about DREAM’s reigning Super Hluk [sic] champion. MMAFighting is reporting that Minowa will make his U.S. MMA debut at ProElite 3 (January 21st, Honolulu) where he’ll face rangy UFC veteran Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove. Okay, so it’s not the kind of freak-show matchup we’re used to seeing from Minowaman — but at least Grove is really tall for a middleweight.

After being released by the UFC earlier this year following back-to-back decision losses to Demian Maia and Tim Boetsch, Grove rebounded at Pro Elite 1 in August, choking out Joe Riggs in 59 seconds. Meanwhile, Minowa has won his last four fights in Japan against opponents who had a combined record of 4-4-1 and a combined weight of 869 pounds.

Minowa has reportedly signed a three-fight North American exclusive deal with ProElite. His debut appearance at ProElite 3 will be just the third time that Minowa has competed outside of Asia in his 91-fight career, and his first fight in the United States. And here’s another fun fact that I just learned on his Wikipedia page: Ikuhisa Minowa put together a record of 1-8-1 in his first ten fights. And now he’s a minor MMA legend. The moral of the story? Don’t give up, Lionheart.

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orka- November 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Minowa fought a uphill battle all his life. He suffered from severe asthma as a child, and often had to miss school and go to the hospital. Then one day he saw pro wrestling on TV, and decided that he will become one. Supposedly his mother laughed at him, and his school teacher told him that it is impossible with his body.

Fast forward 20 some years, and look at where he is now.
XENOPHON- November 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Fuck Kendall Grove. I hope the Jap smashes his dreams of a run back into the the UFC.
WuTangClan- November 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm
If you're just learning, off Wikipedia of all things, that Minowaman started his career with a 1-8 record, then you do not deserve to be posting on this site.
TARDO Ortiz- November 23, 2011 at 11:15 am
What the fuck is a HLUK?