Once the NBA’s most physically dominating center -- and now a proud member of the Boston Celtics -- is ready to make his move into the world of mixed martial arts as the 38-year-old basketball champion issued a challenge to South Korean giant Hong Man Choi during an interview with Ariel Helwani that took place cage-side at UFC 118 this past weekend.
Choi is one of the very few fighters that can match Shaq’s stature and though he boasts a good deal of experience in K-1 he has been less than impressive fighting under MMA rules as his only win the past three years was against an embarrassingly unprepared Jose Canseco (0-1-0) that can hardly be considered a true victory.
Depending on whether or not Shaq is serious about a fight with Choi, it actually sounds like something that would be difficult not to watch considering the opportunity to watch two 7′0, 300lbers. slug it out does not come around that often…
Shaq would get beatdown. But, I would love to see it.
Not necessarily , he tranes UFC
id love to see it.
Hong Kong Phooey - Not necessarily , he tranes UFCBut he has never actually been in a fight before...Hung Man Choi would win this fight.
It could be interesting. Shaq is way more athletic and obviously has the money and time to come in physically in shape with a great gameplan, and great trainers.
The true test will be if he can take pain or not. Is he going to take a ton of abuse or will he be like Bob Sapp and quit once he feels pain.
^ Damn I never knew Barkley had a good double leg haha
Bukkake -Yes , Charles BarkleyHong Kong Phooey - Not necessarily , he tranes UFCBut he has never actually been in a fight before...Hung Man Choi would win this fight.
I'm strangely excited to see this, and I have yet to see a NBA game.
Shaq just running his mouth. He is not being serious
Charlie Waffles - It could be interesting. Shaq is way more athletic and obviously has the money and time to come in physically in shape with a great gameplan, and great trainers.
I've seen the show when he trains for his boxing exhibition with Oscar DelaHoya, and it's obvious he'd hire the best trainers and LISTEN to them. That's a great trait to have in any sports.
Hong Man Choi was supposed to be Brock's first opponent in mma but couldn't get cleared in the states for the fight.
HMC v Brock would have been a good fight back then.
Choi via living death.