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    Shaquille O’Neal calls out Hong Man Choi

    http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2009/06/...#comment-71106

    t appears as though another superstar from a professional sport may be contemplating throwing his hat in the mix of the MMA world.

    After former World Series Champion Jose Canseco recently made his unsuccessful fighting debut against Hong Man Choi in Japan it seems as though none other than four-time NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal is giving mixed martial arts some serious thought following his eventual retirement from basketball.

    In a recent video blog at the6levels.com O’Neal stated that he plans on retiring from professional basketball in the next couple of years and possibly focusing on a career in MMA.

    There is one man that Shaq may have his eyes on for his fighting debut that could be just a couple of years away. The 7′1″ 300+ pound O’Neal wants his chance to avenge Canseco’s recnt loss. He wants fellow giant, Korean Hong Man Choi.

    “We don’t care about anybody,” said O’Neal in the video blog. “We’ll fight anybody. I’ll even fight him (points to a cardboard cutout of Chuck Liddell), after I fight the big boy that knocked out Jose Canseco.

    “Hong Man Choi, I’m coming for you. Don’t worry about it. After I retire in the next year or two years, I’m coming for you. Do I look like Jose to you? No.”

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    I knew it would happen.
    Quote Originally Posted by MrBadGuy
    The Dog kid's mom is parked next to me in the parking lot. He runs up and asks me a question. "Hey dude, where did you learn that stuff?"

    "That was grappling. Real MMA."

    "Where do I go for that?"

    I was a little shocked. Sure, he changed sides quickly, but I guess even a dog can realize it has more in common with the wolf than with the shephard.

    I give him the names of some BJJ schools in the area, and we go our separate ways.

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    I didn't ... does Shaq even study any Martial Art or just his 'Shaq Fu - style' from the same titled game on the SNES back in the day?

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    I love, when matches like this happen in MMA. Always fun to watch.

    But if he loses, who will try to avenge him?

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    Scotty Pippin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADM View Post
    I didn't ... does Shaq even study any Martial Art or just his 'Shaq Fu - style' from the same titled game on the SNES back in the day?
    The good old SNES days! Apparently shaq spends his off-season training at Jonathan Burke’s Gracie Gym in Orlando.

    http://gracieorlando.com/

    Shaq goes by his old nickname at the gym, "Diesel" And he says He’s been training with Burke for 10 years where he does the full gamut of MMA, boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and wrestling.

    Last edited by JollyRoger; 6/14/2009 8:09am at .

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    He just wants to keep his name in the news....

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    Should he win:

    -The Shaq-Fu one-liners will be insufferable.

    -ESPN will totally ignore his years of training in favor of "He's HUGE and that means he can fight!"

    -I vote Shaq vs. Semmy Schilt next. See how quickly Diesel cumbles under a few good front kicks.

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    shaq apparently has been a dedicated mma fan for a long time. would like to see him try to cut to 265 (actually, i still don't understand the reason why that limit exists), but yea he'd kill HMC.

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    Yeah, Shaq trains and is a fan of the sport but I hope he gets jacked up a bit if he switches over to MMA. I'm a fan of basketball but something about him switching over to MMA after retiring from b-ball seems to imply that MMA is less stressful/difficult/legit than the more mainstream sports.

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