Bob Sapp prepares to throw a right hand at Bobby Ologun at K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! Photo courtesy of FEG.
TACOMA - Nearly 700 lbs. of human flesh will collide in the cage when 6’11” K-1 kickboxing star and undefeated professional boxer Jan “The Giant” Nortje (25-17) meets former University of Washington football standout and NFL lineman turned martial arts fighting sensation, Bob “The Beast” Sapp (8-2-1), in the main event of the “Strikeforce At The Dome” mixed martial arts event at Washington’s Tacoma Dome on Saturday, February 23rd.
Interestingly enough, the 32-year-old Nortje, who tips the scales at around 330 lbs, is a former training partner of Sapp. Nortje and his former training team were one of the first groups to help Sapp develop combat skills after The Beast entered the world of martial arts fighting in 2002.
“I’m extremely excited,” said Nortje. “I’ve always seen Bob get big opportunities so I think it’s my turn to show what I can do against him.”
Nortje is coming off a second round TKO victory over Dong Wook Kim. The matchup took place before over 17,000 fans at Japan’s Yokohama Arena on K-1’s “World GP 2007 Final” on December 8th.
A native of South Africa, Nortje relocated last year to Las Vegas, Nevada where he has been aggressively training with K-1 superstar and world kickboxing champion, Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo.
“It’s been a great experience so far. Ray is so knowledgeable in all areas of fighting,” Nortje said.