It was announced today that Jose Canseco at 44 years of age will make his mixed martial arts debut at Dream 9 against 7 foot 2 inch K-1 standout, Hong Man Choi as part of DREAM's Super Hulk Tournament on May 26 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.
First Round Super Hulk Grand Prix bouts:
Bob Sapp vs. Ikuhisa Minowa
Jan Nortje vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Gegard Mousasi vs. Mark Hunt
Choi Hong-man vs. José Canseco
As Canseco has never been in a mixed martial arts fight before, his last attempt in a boxing ring last year during a celebrity boxing match didn't go so well for the Juiced whisle blower of Major League Baseball fame.
In May 2008, Vai Sikahema accepted a challenge from Canseco to fight him for $30,000. Canseco claims to have earned black belts in Kung Fu, Taekwondo, and Muay Thai, while Sikahema fought in the Golden Gloves tournament won by Sugar Ray Leonard. The fight took place on July 12th in Atlantic City at the Bernie Robbins stadium. The 5'9" Sikahema knocked out the 6'4" Canseco in the first round.
On January 24, 2009, Canseco fought radio personality and former child actor Danny Bonaduce in Aston Township, Pennsylvania; the three-round match ended in a majority draw against the 40-something red-headed partridge family stepchild.
To get a feel for the sheer size of the HULK, here's a clip of Hong Man Choi fighting against The Last Emperor, Fedor Emilianenko on December 31, 2007:
Let's just say that Jose Canseco is no Fedor and never, ever will be.
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