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Freak Show Alert: Cro Cop vs. Hong Man Choi on NYE

(This should be…memorable. Photo courtesy of

Fighters Only is passing along a report that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Hong Man Choi will fight one another on the K-1 Fields Dynamite New Year’s Eve show in Japan.  Apparently the event organizers felt like with the card the way it was, there wasn’t enough of a potential for weird shit to happen.  This should solve that problem.

Cro Cop was hoping to settle his score with Alistair Overeem on NYE on account of the bad blood between them, but that’s already been ruled out, so why not fight a giant?  Choi doesn’t seem to care what happens as long as he gets to do a painfully awkward dance routine at some point in the evening. says the bout will be contested under K-1 rules, not MMA rules.

It adds to a card that also features MMA matches like Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki, Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kiyoshi Tamura, Joachim Hansen vs. Gesias Calvancante, and a K-1 rules bout between Mark Hunt and Jerome LeBanner, among other action.  It’s sure to be a night of fights that is entertaining for several different reasons.


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Cosmin- December 14, 2008 at 11:39 am
His bellybutton is under his waistband somewhere.The way they've lined up the pictures you'd almost expect to see it beside crocop's, but he's in fact much taller, and apparently wears his trunks much higher.
Anonymous- December 13, 2008 at 10:14 pm
man, nothing will ever compare to Hong Man Choi vs Bob Sapp! now there was a freak show...awesome!
tyler- December 13, 2008 at 5:50 pm
"Doucebaggery" Hong Man Choi is from South Korea not North Korea you dumb shit!
Douchebaggery- December 12, 2008 at 7:01 am
HMC was created in a lab in Kim Jong Illmatic's castle of Doom
Mr Josh- December 12, 2008 at 2:15 am
I love the Freak show fights! this looks like an entertaining card!
walrus- December 12, 2008 at 1:25 am
ahh shit, wikipedia's out of date. I hope what I said still rings true -- but I'm assuming it doesn't.
walrus- December 12, 2008 at 1:22 am
Jesus, has anybody noticed that Crocop has nothing but Decisions, TKOs, and Ko's -- no submissions?

interesting; I wish he was as raw as he used to be. sad...
Anonymous- December 12, 2008 at 1:08 am
Cro Cop by LHK.. to the chest.
Anonimuz- December 11, 2008 at 10:11 pm
so awesome. i see hong mang chang winning this fight.
tyler- December 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm
I agree with the walrus I enjoy the so called "freakshow" element and I hope this fight happens.Hong man Choi wants to fight in K-1 and move into mma anyways.I think that CroCop wanted to fight on NYE also so it's a perfect match.CroCop by unanimous decision.
walrus- December 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm
I love the freak-show element of this sport -- it just shows (or sometimes doesn't show) how dominant a fighter can be.

An obvious would be Fedor fighting Choi (or Nog/Crocop on Bob Sapp, etc) it's a fighter fighting a man nearly a foot+ taller than him and a shit amount of weight more. These freak shows are a big stepping stone and I love watching them, of course.
Hlem- December 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm
C'mon. A little?freak-show now and then never hut anyone.

Tamura is a pro-wrestler who was only ever in Pride to placate that contingent of the fanbase (which was a constant problem) and I look forward to Sakuraba submitting him.

Aoki&Hansen usually put on good matches, and Hunt/Le Banner could well be an epic slugfest.
Hlem- December 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm
C'mon. A little?f
vrane- December 11, 2008 at 2:01 pm
wow. scary. no belly button.
Potato reader- December 11, 2008 at 12:28 pm
Where is Hong Man Choi's belly button?
gesus- December 11, 2008 at 12:27 pm
i really wish that replace the giant with overeeem...that would make the card so much better!
gesus- December 11, 2008 at 12:26 pm
wow, the only fight im looking forward to is aoki v. alvarez..
Scar Tissue- December 11, 2008 at 12:17 pm
Ugg...I felt kinda felt bad for HM Choi in his last bout against Ray Sefo.

Has that crap Aussie announcer updated his website of favorite quotable quotes?

"Point and laugh at the giant freak as he walks into ANOTHER spinning backfist!"
armfarmer- December 11, 2008 at 12:13 pm
Good to see that after getting schooled in the ufc, cro cop has reinvented himself and is back to fighting the worlds best. A lesser man might have ran away to a far off country to fight nobodys or irrelevant sideshow matchs.

Oh... wait..
Old, Bald and Irish- December 11, 2008 at 11:26 am
Freak show?


This will be goofy-good.

I just watched the Fedor vs Cro Cop fight from PrideFC the other night. Simply one of the greatest MMA matches ever. It's sad to see Cro Cop has lost so much of his luster since that fight.

While I would also like to see CC settle his score with that ball-buster Overeem, I'd just like to see him get a win under his belt.
vrane- December 11, 2008 at 11:20 am
omg. this is horrible
Polish- December 11, 2008 at 11:08 am
CroCop by head kick, oh wait can he kick that high?
JTho- December 11, 2008 at 10:50 am
He shouldn't be ranked in the top ten, regardless of what happens. He got his ass kicked in three out of four of his last fights; and now instead of a legitimate match, he's cashing in on the Japanese penchant for the bizarre.

Cro Cop isn't nearly as good as he used to be.
DDT- December 11, 2008 at 10:47 am
He shouldn't be ranked in the top 10 even if he wins. That mutant he is fighting is terrible and Cro Cop hasn't looked good in years.
pd- December 11, 2008 at 10:45 am
as much as i like crocop, i just don't think he should be ranked in the top 10 heavyweights if he loses to the techno goliath.