Hong Man Choi Fails Physical; Lesnar Currently Without Opponent

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.”

CKA: May 23, 2007

News and Notes

- Our rumors section has been updated…

- Our UFC 71 coverage will include our usual predictions on Friday and one of our patented live blogs on Saturday night of course…

- Scott went ahead and updated his mega post concerning the big possibility that the K-1 Dynamite!! USA might not be happening because of K-1 parent company FEG continually failing to adhere to the requests of the CSAC.

- Loretta Hunt of The Fight Network is reporting that Randy Couture and Wanderlei Silva will sit down at some point this week to discuss the possibility of Silva training and teaching at Couture’s gym in Las Vegas.

“Wanderlei and I sat down with our wives and we had lunch in Ohio,” said Couture. “He’s a very nice guy and we are both very interested in getting together to train. I’m looking for some Muay Thai influence to go with Xtreme Couture’s wrestling and other offerings, so there is a good possibility this could happen.”

- Speaking of Couture, he will also be filming a documentary for National Geographic this week titled “Fight Science”. The special will also include Bas Rutten and Dean Lister and will take a look at the mechanics behind the art of fighting.

- The latest issue of Sports Illustrated features UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta on the front cover and has a feature article on the sport of MMA inside.

Media Links

Sherdog: Team Liddell - Blown Away
MMA Weekly: Iceman Looking for the Final Revenge
The Fight Network: Stepping Outside the Box

Ludwig-Daley Added to Shamrock vs Baroni

Superpowers will go head to head when K-1 and UFC veteran and Strikeforce fan favorite, Duane “Bang” Ludwig, faces EliteXC’s British Cage Rage champion, Paul “Semtex” Daley, in a 170-pound limit matchup during “Shamrock vs. Baroni,” live on June 22, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

The matchup between Ludwig and Daley will be shown to viewers should there be a sufficient amount of time on the telecast following completion of three of the six scheduled Pay-Per-View card fights.

“It will be a tough fight for sure,” said the 28-year-old Ludwig of Denver, Colorado, also the reigning International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) World Junior Middleweight (154 lb. limit) Muay Thai Champion. “Both of us bring an action-packed fighting style to the cage so we match up in the crowd’s favor. It will probably be the fight of the night.”

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K-1 Dynamite!! USA in Doubt?

The title says it all. The Fight Network has posted an article which states K-1 Dynamite!! USA is in danger of not happening.

According to the article, Fight Entertainment Group (FEG) have yet to be granted their license by the California State Athletic Commission.

A CSAC representative says the hold-up has been FEG’s inability and hesitation to submit financial paperwork, requirements the state agency stipulates of all its applicants.

After numerous requests FEG still has not submitted the bond necessary to cover fighters’ purses for the June 2nd show. No bond = no event.

It was also noted that lightweight Javier Vasquez had dropped off of the card and K-1 had attempted to replace him with UFC veteran Gabe Ruediger but the request was denied as he is currently under suspension in Nevada.

The CSAC says it has not received even preliminary paperwork for 19 of the 22 fighters slated to participate. This includes the 14 foreign fighters K-1 had agreed to deliver stateside beginning May 17. Kazushi Sakuraba, who faces Royce Gracie in a rematch, is scheduled to arrive in the US tomorrow. At this time, the CSAC can not confirm that any of the foreign fighters are now stateside.

Things aren’t looking very positive for K-1 Dynamite!! USA… 90,000 seat arena, no promoters license, and no replacement for Carano or Vasquez. What’s next?

Update: 12:07 AM: The Fight Network is reporting that FEG submitted papers to the CSAC today but after a careful review the CSAC decided it was not enough to grant FEG a promoters’ license.

Two hours following the story, the CSAC says they received documents from FEG, though after careful review, the state agency announced this afternoon the paperwork is far insufficient to accommodate a request for a promoters’ license and is “not what we asked for.”

“We have drawn a line in the sand,” says Bill Douglas, CSAC Staff Analyst who has handled the majority of the last two month’s interaction with the Japanese company trying to bring its first MMA event to the US. “If they do not deliver us the financial information by the end of this week, this is going to be a big problem.”

On top of that, the CSAC still has not received a bond from the promotion to front fighters’ purses and other accrued costs.

Update: 12:14 AM: ‘The Ultimate Fighter 5’ contestant Gabe Ruediger has been released from his UFC contract and had his “administrative suspension” lifted by the NSAC meaning he can compete on the card.

Gina Carano Ailing, Forced to Withdraw From K-1 Dynamite!! USA

LOS ANGELES - Gina Carano has pulled out of the “Dynamite!! USA” June 2 mega-MMA fight card at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum due to illness, EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw announced today.

Carano, of Las Vegas, Nev., was scheduled to clash with Jan Finney of Springfield, Ohio, in one of the featured EliteXC fights on Showtime on June 2.

“I just feel terrible about this,” said the popular, crowd-pleasing Carano, who spent part of April in Thailand filming a television reality series. “I don’t know how or where I got sick, but I have not felt right since returning to the United States.

“I almost never get sick, but this has really done a number on me. I thought I could work through it but I am not feeling better and it has prevented me from training.”

Said Shaw: “Obviously, we are very disappointed that Gina can’t perform, but anybody that knows me knows that I am not going to put an athlete into the ring if he or she is not 100 percent fit.

“Our EliteXC fighters need to be in peak health because we put them in the best fights on Showtime.”

A new fight will be announced shortly, Shaw said. It will be one of three matches that will appear on Showtime during a live one-hour telecast that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The six-bout pay-per-view portion of the June 2 event will immediately follow the Showtime presentation live on pay-per-view (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

Royce Gracie, Gary Shaw Talk Dynamite!! USA

Today Pro Elite and FEG held a national media conference call promoting their upcoming show “Dynamite!! USA” which is scheduled for June 2nd at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Present for the conference call was Kevin Burke, Gary Shaw, Monica Petty, and Royce Gracie.

Summary of the conference:

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Brock Lesnar Gets Ready for His MMA Debut

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.

Gracie-Sakuraba II Added to K-1 Dynamite!! USA

Today FEG announced that MMA legends Kazushi Sakuraba and Royce Gracie would battle at the upcoming K-1 Dynamite!! USA show. This will be a rematch of the epic contest that took place May 1st, 2000 at the PRIDE 2000 Grand Prix Finals. The fight will consist of five five-minute rounds and Kazushi Sakuraba will be required to undergo a full physical examination by the California State Athletic Commission.

FEG also confirmed K-1 Hawaii Grand Prix champion “Mighty Mo” Siala Siliga would face Mu Bae Choi and Melvin Manhoef would battle Dong Sik Yoon. The card now looks like this:

Brock Lesnar vs. Hong Man Choi
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Royce Gracie
“Mighty Mo” Siala Siliga vs. Mu Bae Choi
Melvin Manhoef vs. Dong Sik Yoon
Hideo Tokoro vs. Brad Pickett
Johnnie Morton vs. Bernard Ackah
Ray Sefo vs. Marvin Eastman
Gesias Calvancanti vs. Nam Phan
Antonio Silva vs. Jonathan Wiezorek
Gina Carano vs. Jan Finney
Jake Sheilds vs. Ido Pariante
Javier Vazquez vs. Katsuhiko Nagata

K-1 World GP 2007 Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 1 AM EST, covering the K-1 2007 World GP with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave comments throughout the night…

K-1 World GP 2007 in Hawaii

K-1 USA GP 2007 Tournament:
Mighty Mo def. Kyoung Suk Kim
Jan Nortje def. Julius Long
Patrick Barry def. Gary Goodridge
Alexandre Pitchkounov def. Tatsufumi Tomihira

Mighty Mo def. Jan Nortje
Alexandre Pitchkounov def. Patrick Barry

Mighty Mo def. Alexandre Pitchkounov

K-1 Heavyweight Title Match:
Badr Hari def. Yusuke Fujimoto

Remy Bonjasky def. Glaube Feitosa
Hong-Man Choi def. Mike Malone
Junichi Sawayashiki def. Randy Kim

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CKA: Apr 26, 2007

News and Notes

- The rumors section has been updated once again…

- Cage Rage has announced the card for it’s July 14th event, Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell at the Wembley Arena in London, England:

Eric Esch vs Tengiz Tedoradze
Mario Sperry vs Lee Hasdell
Rob Broughton vs Gary Turner
Herb Dean vs Dave Legeno
Mark Buchanan vs James McSweeney
Paul Cahoon vs Mark Epstein
Ronnie Mann vs Robbie Olivier
Marius Zaromskis vs Ross Mason
Ross Pointon vs Dean Bray
Joe Mac vs Jeremy Bailey
Michael Johnson vs Damien Riccio

- Kazushi Sakuraba landed in Brazil earlier this week to train with the Chute Boxe team in preparation for his pending bout at K-1 and EliteXC’s event on June 2nd. An opponent for Sakuraba has not yet been named but rumors have been floating around for a couple of weeks now that he will be matched up against Royce Gracie for a rematch of their famous 90 min brawl in PRIDE…

- Spencer Fisher will take on Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 10 on June 9th…

- KOAT, an ABC tlevision affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico is reporting that the city will host UFC 74 on August 25th at the University of New Mexico’s basketball arena which seats 18,000. They stated they received the information from Diego Sanchez who also said that he would be fighting on the card…

- The UFC apparently chose not to administer drug tests to the fighters that competed at UFC 69 and UFC 70 according to the Houston Chronicle.

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