According to the Fight Network, this fight is almost a done deal save for a few sticking points:
Cross-continental negotiations are under way to finalize a proposed match-up between Fedor Emelianenko (26-1, 1 NC) and Hong Man Choi (1-0) at the Yarennoka event on Monday, Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
With Choi unharmed after being eliminated by Jerome LeBanner in last weekend’s K-1 World Grand Prix, the only snag that could prevent this mismatch on paper from happening would be if the two sides cannot come to terms on the rules for the bout. Choi’s representatives have requested special rules be implemented to favor their 7-foot-2, 370-pound fighter’s striking-heavy style. Of course, the more stringent the rules become to limit or even avoid ground action, the less of a true MMA bout the headliner becomes.
Excuse me? Special rules to favor Choi? I don’t care what rules they are, the guy’s going to get annihilated by Fedor, but to have an MMA card with all MMA bouts and have the headliner be “striking-heavy,” would be a shame. We all want to see Fedor take this monster down to the canvas anyways, so give the people what they want. Nothing’s going to be fair for Choi, MMA rules or not. It’s Fedor.