Shaq says he wants to fight someone his size and he calls out Hong Man Choi. Maybe he should call out Yao Ming?
This is the MMA installment of our 2009 year end awards. We gave out the pro wrestling awards on Tuesday. We’ll hand out the boxing awards next.
Friend of FGB, JP joined us with his awards.
Fighter Of The Year
Big D – Jose Aldo
The man is a machine. Had Lyoto not lost to Shogun, he would’ve secured this spot.
Alan – Jose Aldo
Fought more than most other contenders and looked spectacular every time out. Win over Mike Brown cemented him as legit.
Duan – Lyoto Machida
Machida went 3-0 against top competition in 2009, and picked up the UFC light heavyweight title along the way. He proved himself as the division’s best by outclassing Silva and Evans. A near perfect year was only marred by a disappointing performance against Rua in October, but he still left with his undefeated record intact.
JP – Lyoto Machida
The Dragon and B.J. Penn were the only two champions to fight three times in 2009 and Machida won all three of his matches. He showed he had knockout power when he handed both Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans their first career losses by way of KO. Then he won a close decision against Shogun Rua in one of the most technically astounding fights I’ve seen. 2009 saw Machida claim the belt, defeat three talented opponents, and has put Lyoto into the Greatest Ever debate.
Cactus Jim – Gegard Mousasi
3-0 this year, not just beating, but finishing Hunt, Sobral and Sokoudjou. He won the Strikeforce LH title and successfully defended. This man may be part terminator.
GG – Georges St. Pierre
He only fought twice because of injury, but he fought the most dominant rounds of the year. And I think his star hasn’t peaked yet.
Fight Of The Year Continue reading
DREAM was back today with another excellent show from the Yokohama Arena in Japan. DREAM 11 featured the conclusion of the featherweight grand prix, more from the Super Hulk Tournament, the return of Kazushi Sakuraba, and some damn great fights, so let’s get straight into it.
Earlier this morning, Jose Canseco fought Hong Man Choi in the first round of the Super Hulk tournament at Dream.9. He lasted probably about a minute longer than anyone thought he would, but he still went down to the big man.
(I have no idea if this video is going to stay up or not, so if it doesn’t, I apologize and will try to find another copy.)
You can check out the results of the entire show at AngryMarks.
Alan from our very own site first made me aware of this and I thought it was hilarious news.
On 5/26 at Heiwa’s DREAM.9 show from Yokohama Arena, in addition to featuring the second round of the Featherweight Grand Prix, will also have the first round of the SUPER HULK GRAND PRIX~!, a freakshow tournament with all freakshow fights featuring Bob Sapp, Gegard Mousasi, Hong-Man Choi, Sokoudjou, K-1/PRIDE veteran Mark Hunt, and Jose Canseco. Yes… JOSE CANSECO… from MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. Amazing.
The Super Hulk Tournament Opening Round Fights will be:
– Gegard Mousasi vs. Mark Hunt
– Bob Sapp vs. Minowaman a.k.a. Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa
– Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. “The Giant” Jan Nortje
– Hong Man Choi vs. Jose Canseco
Rounding out the card is Gesias “JZ” Calvancante against Tatsuya Kawajiri and Ronaldo Souza vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller for the Dream Middleweight Championship.
This is why I love Japanese Mixed Martial Arts.