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18-12-2007, 18:55

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Fedor Emelianenko, top, here in his 2005 fight with Mirko ``Cro Cop’’ Filipovic, could fight struggling South Korean kick-boxer Choi Hong-man, in box, in a New Year’s Eve event in Japan. / Korea Times File
Slumping ‘‘Goliath’’ Choi Linked to Emelianenko Fight

By Kim Tong-hyung
Staff Reporter

Bumbling South Korean kickboxer Choi Hong-man has always walked the thin line between comedy and tragedy, but he now seems ripe for a push over the cliff in either direction.

According to a spokesman from the Korean branch of the Fighting & Entertainment Group (FEG), which holds the contractual rights for Choi, the colossal 27-year-old could face Fedor Emelianenko, widely considered the top heavyweight fighter in the world, in a New Year's Eve tournament in Saitama, Japan.

``The talks are true. The match becomes either official or a nonevent by the end of the week,'' said the FEG official.

``Choi is just fresh off his K-1 match with Jerome LeBanner, so that is certainly a concern in the talks for the possible Fedor fight. However, there is a real possibility that the two will fight.''

The Choi-Emelianenko match-up is discussed as the main card for the ``Yarennoka! New Year's Eve!'' tournament held at the Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 31.

The one-shot event is designed as a tribute to PRIDE, the Japanese mixed martial arts (MMA) organization that was acquired earlier this year by U.S. sports promotion company Zuffa, which owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

M-1 Global, which holds the rights for Emelianenko, has agreed to lend their Russian superstar for the ``Yarennoka!'' event, and Choi could be the FEG representative.

The deal-breaker for the Choi-Emelianenko matchup could be the fight rules. Choi, a K-1 fighter, wants a stand-up fight, while Emelianenko, the former PRIDE champion, prefers fighting under MMA rules that allow striking, grappling and ground fighting.

Not that the gingerly Korean had earned the credentials to deserve a shot at Emelianenko, a peerless champion in his PRIDE days who was dubbed as ``The Last Emperor'' by his legion of fans.

Choi is still licking the wounds from his embarrassing loss to LeBanner Saturday, when he barely threatened the hard-hitting Frenchman and was fortunate to avoid a knockout.

The loss was especially embarrassing since it was the first match since Choi turned himself into a national joke last month by releasing a hip-hop album with model and wannabe pop star Kang Su-hui, although LeBanner would surely say he did well for a singer.

Among the biggest fighters in the world at 2.18 meters and 160 kilograms, Choi, a former folk wrestling champion, is good at being tall but not much else, a walking eyesore of an athlete who fights with the skills and grace of a potato.

Choi, whose 12-4 record was padded by matches with scrap-heap fighters and wash-ups, has beaten only one top-echelon opponent in his career, edging current K-1 champ Semmy Schilt in points last year, and that was from a controversial decision.

Considering his limited talent and questionable work ethic, the world's biggest rapper seems the only title Choi might ever win.

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geloof dat ie in eigen land niet echt populair is.

18-12-2007, 19:03
Wat ik hieruit opmaak is dat het dus nog niet zeker op welke regels deze partij gevochtten gaat worden, als deze uberhaupt wel doorgaat.

Hoop dat ze een tegenstander vinden voor fedor die het waard is om tegen hem te vechtten.

Choi could be the FEG representative.


18-12-2007, 19:03
Considering his limited talent and questionable work ethic, the world's biggest rapper seems the only title Choi might ever win.
denk je??? :p

klinkt niet echt best hè?

18-12-2007, 19:20
Kan FEG niet beter Sergei Kharitonov of Mark Hunt sturen? Lijken me beide een leukere partijen dan Fedor vs Choi.

19-12-2007, 00:28
Mij ook, maar Choi is nogsteeds razend populair in Korea en brengt daarom véél geld in het laatje.

Bud S
19-12-2007, 14:56
t valt allemaal wel mee, zoals
je hier kunt lezen


19-12-2007, 16:27
Freakshow hellaas. Maar als dat toch doorgaat moeten ze op mma regels vechten. Op K-1 regels alleen heeft choi teveel voordeel (lengte, weinig tot geen clinchwerk, geen takedowns etc etc)
Op mma regels => Fedor wins :thup: