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Vizion
06-17-2009, 09:39 PM
I for one would love to see the Shaq-tus gets pwned in this...


http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212238013.shtml

It's Shaq attack and adding to his list of accomplishes as a world famous and icon of Basketball, a musician, and an actor. He wants to jump in the ring with some of the most deadly men in the ring in MMA.

According to the BleacherReport, "The Big Shaq-tus has been training for years, but he apparently spotted a weakness in the game of Choi Hong-man that made him decide to cast his hat in the ring—or cage. If you'll remember, Hong-man was the giant Korean kickboxer who did us all a favor by beating up Jose Canseco for a minute or so."


Hong-man is a monster weighing in at around 340 lbs and 7 ft 2 inches. Shaq weighs in at 325 lbs and is 7 ft 1 inches. A monster matchup for sure and one I'm sure many will dish out money to see. Shaq has been training in MMA styles with a company called The 6 Level. (c) tPC

VCURamFan
06-17-2009, 10:17 PM
Let's not forget that Shaq's also an honorary cop!

J.B.
06-17-2009, 11:54 PM
Bleacher Report is not the best source, but this is being reported everywhere else too.

WAR Shaq-Fu!

Vizion
06-18-2009, 12:58 AM
whatever, hope he gets that fight! be a lot more interesting than Jose Conseco!

rockdawg21
06-18-2009, 12:06 PM
Idiot

Crisco
06-18-2009, 01:10 PM
I doubt his B-Ball contract lets him fight.

Straight Right
06-18-2009, 01:44 PM
Wed May 06, 2009 8:30 pm EDT

Shaquille O'Neal: hoopster, twitter fan, MMA fighter?
By Maggie Hendricks


It seems that everywhere, people are catching on to the benefits of learning mixed martial arts. Everyone includes basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal, who is spending his off-season training at Jonathan Burke's Gracie Gym in Orlando.

O'Neal, who is listed at 7'2" and 325 lbs., goes by his old nickname at the gym, Diesel. He's been training with Burke for 10 years, where he does the full gamut of MMA, boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and wrestling. Cagewriter spoke with Burke who said that O'Neal is in great shape, and loves the nature of the training.

"We can work drills 20 times through, and he works his tail off on everything," Burke said. "He has way more talent with this stuff than people would imagine."

O'Neal's specialty? Much like Clubber Lang, it's pain. Shaq-fu is said to have some killer knees as well as a phenomenal rear naked choke. He isn't the only athlete to try MMA, as former Redskins wide receiver Michael Westbrook is now a jiu-jitsu player who won his only MMA match. Marcus Jones, a six-year NFL veteran, turned to MMA in retirement, and has won four fights. Will Shaq ever enter the cage?

"Not while he's playing," Burke said. "But you never know."

O'Neal recently told former UFC champ Chuck Liddell in a Twitter Post to look out for him. The upper weight of the UFC is 265 lbs., but with Jose Canseco fighting a 7'2" kickboxer in Japan, anything can happen. He just may be the first athlete to hold four NBA championship rings and a title belt.




I don't think Shaq is under contract with the NBA, as I'm pretty sure he only signed a short term deal with the Suns. Whatever, everyone seems to want a piece of the MMA pie. It would be interesting to see Choi fight someone his own size for a change, I sure wouldn't pay my hard-earned $$$ to see it though.

rockdawg21
06-18-2009, 02:06 PM
I doubt his B-Ball contract lets him fight.
Why not? Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone were both in WCW during the off-season. I know that's not real fighting, but there's still more than enough danger in professional wrestling.

J.B.
06-18-2009, 05:09 PM
His contract is not typical because of his status in the league, but you do raise an interesting point because a lot of franchise players would not be allowed to do this kind of stuff, even in the offseason.

Shaq IS still under contract with the Suns. Hence the trade rumors that have been floating around in the last week.

bj44
06-18-2009, 06:38 PM
despite peoples opinions about choi he is a very accomplished kickboxer... I dont see this going well for shaq... maybe in his younger days when he was an athletic freak on nature

J.B.
06-18-2009, 09:56 PM
despite peoples opinions about choi he is a very accomplished kickboxer... I dont see this going well for shaq... maybe in his younger days when he was an athletic freak on nature

Shaq is a pro-basketball player, and even in his "old" age for a pro ball player, he still able to lug his giant ass up and down a 94 foot court for over 20 minutes a game. So I don't see cardio being a problem for Shaq. He is still widely considered the most physically dominant player in the league, and by all accounts is STILL a freak of nature. :laugh:

Still, even if he does lose to Choi, which is very possible, there is not much shame in losing to a guy who is already a pro-fighter. I think it's cool that Shaq wants to step up and fight.

What I do not think is cool is the possibility of trading Shaq for Ben Wallace....UGHH...what the hell is Steve Kerr thinking??? :blink:

Chuck
06-19-2009, 04:09 AM
Shaq is a pro-basketball player, and even in his "old" age for a pro ball player, he still able to lug his giant ass up and down a 94 foot court for over 20 minutes a game. So I don't see cardio being a problem for Shaq. He is still widely considered the most physically dominant player in the league, and by all accounts is STILL a freak of nature. :laugh:

Still, even if he does lose to Choi, which is very possible, there is not much shame in losing to a guy who is already a pro-fighter. I think it's cool that Shaq wants to step up and fight.

What I do not think is cool is the possibility of trading Shaq for Ben Wallace....UGHH...what the hell is Steve Kerr thinking??? :blink:

Agreed. I say what the heck... give it a shot. More press to MMA can't be a bad thing.

I think Shaq is probably stronger then Choi so that might help?? :blink: