Jose Canseco knockout

May 28th, 2009 by admin


Anyone whose prefight highlight reel consists solely of home run footage and the mention of a fling with Madonna probably doesn’t belong inside a ring. But those who thought MLB player-turned-future Bellevue resident Jose Canseco would look less effective than a corpse against Hong Man Choi were proved wrong Tuesday morning. For approximately 15 seconds.

The financially motivated Bash Brother made a valiant attempt in his MMA debut at Dream 9, swinging for Choi’s gigantic melon, then sprinting awkwardly out of the way. He also landed a few taekwondo-style sidekicks before toppling to the mat and getting hammered out. The purse was undisclosed, but Canseco earned an honor more valuable than yen: entry into the Sherdog Fight Finder.

Give Canseco credit: Not too many of us would climb into a ring so ill-prepared against a 7-foot-2 biblical antagonist (usually because an athletic commission would never allow it, but whatever).

Sadly, Choi was the only genetic freak of the Super Hulk Tournament to advance to the semifinals. Blubbery Jan Nortje was pummeled by Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou; Mark Hunt was armbarred by Gegard Mousasi; and Bob Sapp succumbed to a knee torque courtesy of Ikuhisa Minowa. (Ray Sefo, Nortje’s cornerman, nearly became a late entry when he tried to get his hands on Sokoudjou for his after-bell attack on Nortje.)

In less embarrassing events, Hideo Tokoro, Hiroyuki Takaya, Bibiano Fernandes and upset specialist Joe Warren all advanced to the semifinals of Dream’s featherweight tournament. Warren — a world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling and an Olympic hopeful in 2008 — bested favorite Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via split decision. Yamamoto landed the harder shots in stand-up, but Warren scored with numerous takedowns and applied the classic wrestler’s technique of wearing Kid the hell out.

Lightweight contenders Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante and Tatsuya Kawajiri had a spirited contest, as Kawajiri relentlessly took down Cavalcante and tapped at his face with water-torture effectiveness to earn the unanimous decision.

The main event — a rematch between Ritalin poster child Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza — ended when Miller connected with his shin to a downed Jacare, opening a scalp wound and prompting a bloody no-contest call from officials.

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