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“Strikeforce at the Dome” is slated to go down in Tacoma, Washington on February 23rd. Headlining the event is Bob “The Beast” Sapp, but an opponent hadn’t been announced until now. It’s going to be Jan “The Giant” Nortje and his 1-5 record. The Giant is 6’10″ and weighs around 330 pounds. Sapp is 6’6″ and 360 pounds. You do the math.
The super-heavyweight fight will be part of Strikeforce’s first event outside of California. It’ll be a home field advantage of sorts for The Beast, who was a great offensive lineman at the University of Washington. His NFL career wasn’t as memorable. Even though he isn’t opposed to crying during a fight, Sapp is hugely popular in Japan. His last fight was against Bobby Ologun in Osaka on New Year’s Eve, which he won via TKO. And he is already very familiar with Nortje – the two used to be training buds.
Nortje’s MMA career hasn’t gone as well as his boxing career. He’s 10-0 as a professional boxer, but last won an MMA fight back in 2002. The Giant was quoted as saying: “I’ve always seen Bob get big opportunities, so I think it’s my turn to show what I can do against him.” Nothing like a 1-5 record to back that up.
But who does Bob Sapp want to fight next? Wait for it…Fedor Emelianenko.
FoxSports.com is reporting this as fact and not some perverse joke. In fact, Sapp claims he was going to fight Fedor in PRIDE, but the Russian ass-kicker declined to fight him. When he saw Fedor’s last fight, The Beast wanted a piece of him:
Sapp said his desire to fight Emelianenko was whetted after watching him struggle early during last month’s submission victory over the much-bigger Hong-Man Choi in Japan. At 6-0 and 235 pounds, Emelianenko also would have a considerable size disadvantage against the monstrous Sapp (6-6, 360 pounds).
“When I see what Emelianenko did against Choi, it shows how good he is but it also showed his weakness against larger opponents,” Sapp said. “I’d love to fight Fedor.”
Sapp said he is set to sign a new contract with K-1 and that the Japan-based kickboxing promotion has plans to work with M-1. Such an arrangement could ultimately lead to a Sapp vs. Emelianenko dream bout either in Japan or the U.S.
If this happens, may it be a fast death for you, Bob Sapp. We don’t want to see you suffer.