#15: Canseco: The Day Before
When meeting Choi at todays open weigh-ins Canseco said: “This was my first time meeting a person bigger than Bob Sapp. Frankly speaking, I’m afraid. But in Baseball I did various challenges and succeeded. I hope I can do a good fight tomorrow.”
#14: Kawajiri Refuses Handshake With J.Z.
When J.Z. reached out to shake Kawajiri’s hand at today’s public weigh-in, Kawajiri refused. His heart is already in “fight mode”
#13: Weigh-In Results
There was an open to the public weigh-in and press conference today in Tokyo. KID was very confident at the event, saying: “I’ll do my best so that I won’t kill”. The results of the weigh-ins are below.
10. Ronaldo Jacare (83.7kg) vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller (84kg)
9. Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto (62.2kg) vs. Joe Warren (62.6kg)
8. Masakazu Imanari (63kg) vs. Bibiano Fernandes (62.8kg)
7. Yoshiro Maeda (62.8kg) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (63kg)
6. Abel Cullum (62.7kg) vs. Hideo Tokoro (62.7kg)
5. Tatsuya Kawajiri (70kg) vs. J.Z.Calvan (70kg)
4. Gegard Mousasi (99kg) vs. Mark Hunt (130kg)
3. Jan “The Giant” Nortje (160kg) vs. Sokoudjou (102kg)
2. Choi Hong Man (150kg) vs. Jose Canseco (115kg)
1. Minowaman (89kg) vs. Bob Sapp (145kg)
#12: Jose Canseco Vs. “Daimajin” Kazuhiro Sasaki
Two great retired baseball players, Jose Canseco and “Daimajin” Kazuhiro Sasaki held a one-on-one match at the Yokohama Arena on the 24th before the baseball match between the Yokohama Baystars and the Golden Eagles.
Sasaki pitched and Canseco was batting. Canseco said that he hasn’t swung a bat for about 5 years, so unfortunately he couldn’t hit a home run. Sasaki promised that he will cheer for Canseco against Choi on Tuesday.
#11: 180 Degree Turn For Canseco
Canseco had a totally different mindset at today’s press conference than when he arrived to Japan yesterday. It seems that his strategy has made an 180 degree turn. “Who said such a thing? I’m a striker so I don’t have any intentions to go for submissions.” he said. Is Canseco playing mind games?
#10: Sapp In Good Shape
When asked about a counter-measure to Minowaman’s leglocks, Bob Sapp said that Minowaman is a submission master so it’s hard to have a counter-measure against it all. However, he wants a fight where he keeps his concentration and Minowaman doesn’t get any chances like that. Sapp feels very good before the fight, he has lost weight, his speed is up, he has studied videos, and he will concentrate on MMA this year.
#9: Quote Of The Press Conference
Quote of the press conference was made by Jan “The Giant” Nortje. When asked what part of him he has an edge at compared to the other tournament participants, Nortje said: “My cute face. Just a joke (laugh), the small fighters have speed. Their condition is probably also good but, if it’s experience, I have plenty of it.”
#8: Mousasi And Hunt
Gegard Mousasi told reports that he feels good, he added some weight for this fight but it’s no problem. When asked about his current weight he said that he’s currently at 98 kg. Regarding the weight difference Mousasi said that he will make use of his speed and cleverly use his opponents body weight in the fight.
When asked what kind of fight it will be, Mark Hunt said that he will take Mousasi down and submit him. He says that he has done severe submission training for this fight. Hunt also said that he has opened an internet business selling apparel.
#7: Choi Speaks
Choi was present at the DREAM.9 press conference today and when talking to the press said: “I saw the video of his (Canseco’s) Boxing fight and I thought it was pitiful.”
Also, when told that Canseco didn’t have a real trainer for this fight Choi said that it was the same for him, no proper trainer in Seoul and he had to do it himself. He says that his condition is incomplete now but it will reach its climax in the second half of 2009.