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Epic Fail: Hong Man Choi

A couple of weeks ago, we lamented the fact that Hong Man Choi‘s mandatory army service would take him out of the fight game for three years. The good news is, he failed a physical and will be sent back home. According to the report (which is translated here):

Choi submitted medical records indicating that his pituitary adenoma may compress his optic nerve and cause visual problems. His condition was deemed problematic for basic training and was discharged. It is likely that he was determined to be unfit for the next three months.

Choi will likely get a re-examination in which case he will “re-start” his duties, get an exemption, or be sent home for yet another physical at a later date, depending on the results…

As of now, it is quite likely that Choi may get an exemption since he has a clear reason and has all the necessary documents. Also, it has been reported that his vision has been deteriorating since last year. In an interview with My Daily, Choi was quoted as saying “I couldn’t see the right hook when I fought Mighty Mo.”

Choi’s pituitary adenoma was revealed to the media in June of last year through the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) right before Dynamite! USA. The CSAC deemed Choi unfit to compete and refused to issue him a fighter’s license.

Hong Man Choi was quoted as saying “It has been a fun two days and everyone was nice to me. I’m sorry that this happened.”

Man, we thought stapling papers for three years in an Army office would be bad; this optic nerve thing might end HMC’s fight career for good. Besides the fact that he was rejected in California, K-1 may not allow him to continue to fight anywhere for their organization with his visual handicap now public knowledge. Thank God he has his rap career to fall back on. And hey, if Yao Ming ever needs a stunt double…

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Bdizzle- April 27, 2008 at 10:36 pm
Feed him to Brock Lesnar and Kimbo before he retires.
C-Bus Allstar- April 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm
dandaman- April 27, 2008 at 7:21 pm
techno goliath my ass...
El_Loco- April 27, 2008 at 6:39 pm
i think Choi should quit his day job and focus on his rap game. thats where the money is. My guess: the koreans want to give us a false sense of security b4 they release Choi with his surgicaly enhanced laser shooting eyeballs to take over the world. Which means CP has been taken over by the koreans to cover it up after they broke the super weapon story...
tony@rbd- April 27, 2008 at 6:14 pm
Epic Pituitary Fail. No wonder he could not see that Fedor arm bar coming. If he never comes back, it will surely leave a missive gaping hole the likes of which we have not seen since Andre the Giant.