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HOLY CRAP! Fedor to Fight Hong Man Choi on New Year’s Eve

The rumors are true — Fedor Emelianenko will be fighting in Japan on New Year’s Eve, according to an announcement on Greg Savage’s Savage Radio Show. And now for the truly bizarre details…

— The fight will not be M-1 Global’s first event. Instead, the event is being organized by a Japanese outfit called Hustle Pro Wrestling. It looks like Fedor’s already taking advantage of the wiggle-room in his M-1 contract.

— His opponent will be Hong Man Choi. Choi is a 7’2″, 352-pound behemoth, who, according to MMA Junkie, “suffers from a rare disease that causes him to continue growing throughout his life.” Which must be really frustrating during weigh-ins.

— Choi built up a 12-3 record in the K-1 kickboxing league, but has only one MMA fight to his credit, a 16-second TKO victory over Bobby Ologun, who weighed nearly 150 pounds less than him.

— Choi was supposed to be Brock Lesnar‘s first MMA opponent, at the K-1 Dynamite!! USA show in June, but the California State Athletic Commission wouldn’t clear him to fight, reportedly because of a benign tumor on his pituitary gland. Lesnar went on to cream replacement Min Soo Kim in 69 seconds, and we’re left to dream of what could have been…

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stuart reid- March 4, 2008 at 7:11 pm
Fist of all the "chinaman" is korean... 2nd i'd like to see someone who cant punch, work out and eat properly and then win an mma fight... get a grip!!!
crunchypeanuts- November 18, 2007 at 11:53 pm
Are you kidding? This guy has shits bigger than his opponents!
Brooks Parkenridge- November 18, 2007 at 11:08 pm
That giant Chinaman just put a benign tumor on my heart...