The June 2nd K-1 USA show seems more and more likely to be cancelled in the coming days. What happened now? Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Hong Man Choi was denied a fighting license by the CSAC because of medical reasons, meaning he most likely failed his pre-fight physical examination.
Mike Kogan of FEG, K-1’s parent company confimed that Choi was indeed denied his license yesterday. Kogan has also stated that plans to have Choi undergo another physical at some point today and will ask the commission to reconsider their ruling if the doctor passes him.
As expected, Kogan was rather irked about the whole thing…
“I think they’ll understand this is not just another fight on the card,” Kogan said. “At this point, they have his medicals and they denied his license, but there are procedures in place for repudiating that.
“I don’t have time to be fucking around and wasting time if I know the guy can’t fight. I won’t put a guy in there who isn’t right to fight. I think he can fight, because he fought (in a kickboxing show) in Hawaii on April 28 and he’s all right. But if the second doctor comes to the same conclusion as the first, I have to deal with it.”
Choi’s inability to compete currently leaves Brock Lesnar without an opponent for the show’s main event. When asked about the situation, co-promoter Gary Shaw said that he wasn’t concerned about the fight being completely cancelled but also stressed that he hoped an opponent for Lesnar could be found:
“I’m not concerned about the thing actually coming off,” Shaw said. “Showtime will go with its card and I’m sure the pay-per-view card will go, but so many people were looking forward to that fight. If the giant can’t pass the medicals, and it sounds like he hasn’t, I hope they can find the right replacement because Brock Lesnar is a big part of the card and people want to see him fight.”
So what’s the status with the show? Choi not being able to compete is another huge blow to a show that already seems like it’s not going to happen. Dozens of sites reported and linked to The Fight Network’s original report of FEG failing to adhere to the requests of the CSAC. Kogan saw the report and decided to give his take on things:
“I know they have to get people to hit their website, but to me, that is insulting because I’m a professional promoter,” Kogan said. “Does the commission have certain things it wants from us? Yes. Have we been filing things with the commission? Yes. Will we be licensed? Yes.
“Why would I sell tickets to the largest venue in the country to hold a pay-per-view, sell the worldwide rights and then sit on my ass and not do what I need to do to be licensed? It’s crazy. This is a process and we’re going through that process and we will be licensed.”
Hugely popular former pro and NCAA wrestling champion Brock Lesnar will face 7-foot-2 South Korean giant Hong Man Choi in the eagerly awaited co-main event of the highly anticipated “Softbank presents Dynamite!! USA ‘’ mega MMA extravaganza on Saturday, June 2, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It is presented by FEG (Fighting Entertainment Group), ProElite and Showtime Networks Inc.
In a grudge rematch, Royce Gracie faces Japan’s Kazushi Sakuraba in the other co-main event.
The Lesnar-Choi, Gracie-Sakuraba fights are two of six that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® Pay-Per-View (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). Other pay-per-view bouts are scheduled to include: Mighty Mo vs. Mu Bae Choi, Ray Sefo vs. Marvin Eastman, Melvin Manhoef vs. Dong Sik Yoon, and f ormer University of Southern California and NFL star Johnnie Morton, who will make his MMA debut, against Bernard Ackah.
The pay-per-view fights will be preceded by a one-hour telecast on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) that will feature some of ProElite’s top performers, Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (against Jonathan Wiezorek) and Jake Shields (against Ido Pariente).
Here’s a short clip of former pro wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar training for his upcoming fight against Hong-Man Choi on June 2. The bout will be a part of K-1’s inaugural foray in the United States coined K-1/ProElite Dynamite!! USA to be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
News and Notes
- If you didn’t see it already, Bill informed us yesterday via Bill Meltzer that Nobuyuki Sakakibara told several staff members of PRIDE USA that the company was in the process of being sold to Lorenzo & Frank Fertitta.
- K-1 and Elite XC parent company Pro Elite will work together to present K-1’s first MMA event in the US - DYNAMITE!! USA - on July 7th at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the home of the USC college football team. The fighters currently heavily rumored to be participating at the event are Royce Gracie, former pro wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar, and Hong Man Choi. A press conference will be held next week to discuss the event.
- Claude Patrick, the primary welterweight for the IFL’s Toronto Dragons will miss the remainder of the league’s season with a torn ACL and meniscus. Patrick will undergo surgery to repair the injuries on April 13th.
Usually, I would not make a post to highlight one specific interview, but this one is awfully informative. The UFC’s Dana White was interviewed on CBS Sportline and had a lot of things to say. Among them…
* Confirmed that UFC 70 will likely be on SpikeTV
* Confirmed that Rashad Evans is the expected opponent for Tito Ortiz at UFC 71.
* Reiterated that he wants Rampage Jackson to fight Chuck Liddell for the LHW title at UFC 71 in May.
* Was very candid once again about his interests in buying the Pride promotion, admitting to having been in negotiations with them.
* Mentioned guys like Wanderlei Silva, Fedor, and Dan Henderson as fighters he’d love to have fight under the UFC banner.
* Hinted at the possibility that they are negotiating with the Nogueira brothers since their contract is up soon with Pride.
* Clarified his position on the Kurt Angle rumors, yet was very complimentary to Angle as well as Brock Lesnar.
* Admitted he’d like to see Phil Baroni and Evan Tanner back in the UFC.
* Continued the war of words with Jerry Millen, Gary Shaw, and Frank Shamrock.
Former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar has made it official that he will be making his MMA debut in October for the K-1 Hero’s show. Last night Lesnar was invited to the ring where he made it official that he’d be fighting for K-1. UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie also entered the ring and stated that he’d be helping Lesnar prepare for his fight.