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Jose Canseco vs. Hong Man Choi at Dream 9 in “World Superman Championship”; Card Finalized

They say the Japanese loves to watch freak shows and Dream 9 will certainly be no different.

Dream announced that they will be holding an 8 man open weight tournament and that one of the contestants will be former MLB player and admitted steroid abuser Jose Canseco.

Other participants for the tournament that is scheduled to start at Dream 9 are Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Bob Sapp, Jan Nortje, Hong Man Choi, Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa, Gegard Mousassi, and Mark Hunt.

Also on the card will be a rematch between Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Ronald “Jacare” Souza for the vacated Dream Middleweight title. Souza defeated Miller by unanimous decision during the Dream middleweight grand prix. Miller to this day is the only fighter who Souza has defeated to take the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt to the judge’s scorecards.

The tournament will be called the “World Superman Championship” and will feature the following first round bouts. Choi vs. Canseco, Mousassi vs. Hunt, Sapp vs Minowa and Sokoudjou vs. Nortje.

Canseco claims to be an accomplished mixed martial artist and is coming off two celebrity boxing matches. He lost via knockout to former NFL running back Vai Sikahema and he also battled former Partridge family member Danny Bonaduce to a majority draw.

Choi is best known for being submitted by Fedor Emilianenko on new year’s eve in 2007 and he also lost to Mirko “Cro-Cop” Filipovic this past new year’s eve.

Mousassi was the winner of the Dream middleweight grand prix but has decided to vacate the title and compete as a light heavyweight.

Sapp has been a huge draw in Japan for years whether he was fighting for Pride or for K-1.

Hunt also made his name fighting for K-1 and recently lost to Melvin Manhoef.

Sokoudjou made a huge splash when he knocked out both Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera in the first round of their bouts under the Pride banner. He was picked up by the UFC but went 1-2 and was released. He was last seen being choked out by Renato Sobral at an Affliction event in January.

Nortje is 2-5 in his MMA career with his biggest win coming over Sapp at a Strikeforce event in February of 2008.

Minowa has been around since 1996 and has 79 bouts in his MMA career.

Also on the card will be the second round of the organization’s featherweight grand prix featuring Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto taking on Joe Warren and in a lightweight tilt Gesias “JZ” Calvacante will battle Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Here is the full card for Dream 9:

Gesias “JZ” Cavalvante vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller (for vacant middleweight title)

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Joe Warren – Featherweight Grand Prix

Bibiano Fernandes vs. Masakazu Imanari– Featherweight Grand Prix

Yoshiro Maeda vs. Hiroyuki Takaya – Featherweight Grand Prix

Abel Cullum vs. Hideo Tokoro – Featherweight Grand Prix

Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa vs. Bob Sapp – World Superman Championship

Jan Nortje vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou – World Superman Championship

Mark Hunt vs. Gegard Mousasi – World Superman Championship

Jose Canseco vs. Hong Man Choi – World Superman Championship

  • meatloaf says:

    The Japanese aren’t the only ones who love freak shows because I can’t wait to see this event the only thing that would make this tournament complete would be if Kimbo Slice or Don Frye was in it.
    And something tells me that before the weigh ins some sort of sanity is going to fall upon Canseco and he’s going to withdraw, because if he doesn’t he’s going to get hurt.

  • kidneybeans says:

    Aside from the Conseco freakshow fight I can’t wait for this show. One of the best lineups for any promotion I have seen for quite some time. Unfortunately the Conseco fight only perpetuates the myth in many people’s mind that DREAM is not a legitimate promotion. I hope people can put that to the side and enjoy this for what it’s going to be, one of the best mma shows in a long time.

  • Hohlraum says:

    If Choi doesn’t win this fight he should just stop fighting.

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  • TerribleT says:

    This is taking it just a little too far IMO.I hope Canseco gets handled in 30 seconds or less for thinking he can just walk in to a professional MMA fight and make an impact! RIDICULOUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GetItOn says:

    They’re just fluffing Choi’s record. It’s going to be fun to see but seriously! Josecanyousee getting KO’d by very large china man?

  • Brandon says:

    Hahaha i am definitely going to check this out… gotta love the freak show fights. I’m hoping for another zulu butterbean bout… maybe if we’re lucky giant silva and akebono will go at it again!


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