Choi Hong-man

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Choi Hong-man
최홍만
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Born Choi Hong-man
(1980-10-30) October 30, 1980 (age 33)
Jeju, South Korea
Native name 최홍만
Other names The Techno Goliath
Korean Colossus
Che Man
Nationality South Korean
Height 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)
Weight 160. kg (353 lb; 25 st 3 lb)
Division Super Heavyweight
Reach 224 cm (88.2 in)
Style Kickboxing, Ssireum
Kickboxing record
Total 18
Wins 12
By knockout 7
Losses 6
By knockout 2
Mixed martial arts record
Total 5
Wins 2
By knockout 1
By submission 1
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Choi Hong-man (Korean: 최홍만, Hanja: 崔洪萬, born on October 30, 1980 in Jeju-do), often anglicised to Hong-man Choi, is a South Korean kickboxer, mixed martial artist and former ssireum wrestler. In Asia he is called "Che Man", "Korean Monster" and "Korean Colossus". He currently competes in K-1 and Dream and stands 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) and weighs 160 kg (350 lb),[1] the biggest competitor ever to fight in K-1. In K-1, he holds wins over Semmy Schilt, Bob Sapp, and Mighty Mo.

Career[edit]

K-1[edit]

Prepared for his kickboxing career by Korean K-1 fighter Choi Hong-man, he debuted in K-1 fighting at the World GP 2005 event in Seoul in March, 2005, which he won in the final vs. Kaoklai Kaennorsing. In the Final Elimination he defeated Bob Sapp with a 2–0 decision, eventually losing to Remy Bonjasky in the World Grand Prix Final.

He got his nickname "Techno Goliath" (테크노 골리앗) when he was a ssireum wrestler in South Korea, as after a victory he would dance to techno music. He is referred to on Japanese television and news articles as the 'Korean Monster' (コリアン・モンスター).[2]

He started the season 2006 at the K-1 World GP in Las Vegas with a unanimous decision win over Sylvester Terkay aka "The Predator". His new coach was the former Japanese Korean K-1 fighter Kin Taiei (anglicised to Taiei Kin).

One of Choi's most notable fights was against current K-1 World Champion Semmy Schilt at the World GP 2006 event in Seoul. The fight was unique due to the enormous size and weight of both fighters (Schilt 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 128 kg (282 lb), Choi 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) 161 kg (355 lb)). Choi won the fight by 2-0 decision, but it was a disputed win.

On September 30, 2006, Choi fought Jérôme Le Banner in the final eliminations, and lost after 3 Rounds and 1 extra Round on points.[3] After the fight, Le Banner said: "He is dangerous, his knees are already almost at the level of my head, he's not human! But he's a good guy and I like him, he's very tough, maybe the strongest guy in K-1, and he has hard bones -- when I kicked him, it hurt my leg! I'm sure with more experience, in two years no one will be able to knock him out!"[4]

On March 4, 2007, he was knocked out for the first time in his career. Mighty Mo landed his trademark overhand right to the chin and Choi was not able to stand up again. In this fight he weighed 165.4 kg (365 lb; 26.05 st), was very slow and many say it was his worst performance.[5]

On August 5. at the Asia World Grand Prix in Hong Kong, he beat Gary Goodridge by KO at 1:34 in the first round.[6] He weighed 163.5 kg (360 lb; 25.75 st), the same when he fought Schilt in June 2006. Notable on this fight was his stance. Since his K-1 debut in 2005, he has fought using an orthodox stance. However in this fight, he adopted for the first time a southpaw stance. This was a strategy by his coach Kin Tailei for an eventual re-match with Mighty Mo (to block his devastating overhand right better as in orthodox stance).

On September 29 at the K-1 Final Eliminations in Seoul, fighting southpaw stance again, he redeemed his previous loss and defeated Mighty Mo by decision. The win was disputed because Mo was able to land many hard hands on Choi´s head, while the Korean missed most of his shots. However, due to a kick Choi delivered to Mighty Mo's groin in the second round that was inexplicably ruled a knockdown. Mighty Mo was quoted in the post-fight interview: "He (Choi) seemed a little bit stronger because I hit him with some good shots and he didn't fall down so I was surprised, actually harder than the ones I hit him with before. He must have been practicing taking punches."[7]

In the World Grand Prix Final 2007 tournament on December 8, he again lost by decision to Jérôme Le Banner.[8] Choi was announced by Jimmy Lennon Jr. as weighing in at 166.6 kg (367 lb; 26.24 st),[9] to date his heaviest pre-fight weigh-in. In the post-fight Choi said: "He (Jérôme) has been my toughest opponent, who was able to resist my powerful punches and counter with speed, I admire his physical strength and I'm sure with more experience will be able to defeat him."

On September 27 at the K-1 final Elimination in Seoul, he came back to K-1 and fought against the current Heavyweight champion Badr Hari. After 3 rounds of fighting, Choi's corner threw in the towel due to a rib injury. Although Hari was unable to faze Choi with two heavy punches thrown in the first and second rounds, in the third round he began targeting Choi's ribcage with punches and kicks.

Since his last fight, Choi has lost much weight. He was announced with a weight of 149 kg (328 lb; 23.5 st).

Choi was picked as a first reserve fighter against Ray Sefo at the 2008 K-1 Championship Finals which he lost by Unanimous decision.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

On December 31, Choi easily won his first mixed martial arts fight on K-1 Dynamite in Osaka. He decisively beat former TV star Bobby Ologun in just 16 seconds in what was considered a huge mismatch.[10]

Choi was scheduled to face former WWE, IWGP, and NCAA national champion amateur wrestler Brock Lesnar at the combined promotion event K-1 Dynamite!! USA, a pay-per-view event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, on June 2, 2007.[11] However, reportedly due to a benign tumor on his pituitary gland,[12] Choi was denied his California fighter's license on May 23, 2007, putting Dynamite!! USA's main event in jeopardy only 10 days before its scheduled occurrence. Choi was replaced in the fight by fellow Korean fighter Kim Min-soo.

He was confirmed to fight MMA heavyweight and former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at Yarennoka on New Year's Eve.[13] Choi landed twice on top of the two takedown attempts of Fedor. He escaped an armbar attempt on the first takedown, but after the second one was forced to tap to another armbar applied by Fedor at 1:54 of the first round.

Choi fought again in MMA against Mirko Filipović on December 31, 2008 in Sataima, Japan. Filipovic defeated Choi with multiple kicks to the legs.

He fought retired baseball player Jose Canseco in an MMA match on May 26, 2009 for the promotion Dream as part of its Super Hulk Tournament. He beat Canseco in 1 minute 15 seconds.[14] However, Choi would lose in the semi-finals to Ikuhisa Minowa via heel hook at Dream 11.

Choi was expected to participate in Dream 14, which was supposed to have taken place in Seoul, South Korea.[15] But many factors, including the issue that many top Korean stars such as Denis Kang and him (Choi) were not available in April, contributed to the Korea event being canceled.

Military service[edit]

In April 2008, Choi joined the Korean army for his 21 months military service. After failing two medical tests, he was relieved from his military duty. The main reason was a problem with the sight in his left eye, which was the result of a brain tumor. On June 9, the tumor was finally removed through surgery.

Outside the ring[edit]

Choi recently began a singing career with supermodel Kang Soo Hee in Korea under the name of Beauty & The Beast. [16][17] He also made a rap single featuring vocals by the model Kang Soo Hee.[18] In 2009, he made his movie debut in the Japanese film Goemon.

Since 2008, he has worn his surname "Choi" as a tattoo on his left shoulder.[19]

In April 2010, Choi appeared as part of the main cast in Japanese TV drama series Kaibutsu-kun, adapted from Fujiko Fujio's Kaibutsu-kun of the same name. Choi played the character Franken, which was one of the three understudies of prince Kaibutsu-kun.[20]

In April 2012 he appeared as a guest in the 19th episode of the Korean variety show Invincible Youth 2.[21]

He has also done several endorsement works with actress / former model Karina. He has been a face for Lotte's ice cream product Mona Oh ('Monaka-King') alongside Karina. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch along with Karina at the Chiba Lotte Marines-Yomiuri Giants game in Chiba Marine Stadium on June 11, 2006.[22] He has also done endorsement works for videogame LittleBigPlanet with Mari Yaguchi, a former member of the music group Morning Musume.[23]

In March 2012, he made a special guest appearance in episode 2 and another on July 2012 in episode 17 of JTBC variety programme Shinhwa Broadcast hosted by boyband Shinhwa.

Kickboxing record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–6 New Zealand Ray Sefo Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World GP Final 2008 December 8, 2008 3 3:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan K-1 WGP 2008 1/4
Loss 12–5 Morocco Badr Hari TKO (Corner stoppage) K-1 Seoul GP 2008 September 29, 2008 3 3:00 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 WGP 2008 Final Eliminations
Loss 12–4 France Jérôme Le Banner Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World GP Final 2007 December 8, 2007 3 3:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan K-1 WGP 2007 1/4
Win 12–3 American Samoa Mighty Mo Decision (Majority) K-1 Seoul GP 2007 September 29, 2007 3 3:00 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 WGP 2007 Final Elimination
Win 11–3 Canada Gary Goodridge KO (Knee strike) K-1 Hong Kong GP 2007 August 5, 2007 1 1:34 Hong Kong Hong Kong
Win 10–3 United States Mike Malone KO K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hawaii April 28, 2007 2 2:02 United States Hawaii, United States
Loss 9–3 American Samoa Mighty Mo KO (Right overhand) K-1 Yokohama GP 2007 March 4, 2007 2 0:50 Japan Yokohama, Japan
Loss 9–2 France Jérôme Le Banner Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Osaka Opening Round September 30, 2006 4 3:00 Japan Osaka, Japan K-1 WGP 2006 Final Elimination
Win 9–1 Japan Akebono KO (Left Hook) K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Sapporo July 30, 2006 2 0:57 Japan Sapporo, Japan
Win 8–1 Netherlands Semmy Schilt Decision (Split) K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Seoul June 3, 2006 3 3:00 South Korea Seoul, South Korea
Win 7–1 United States Sylvester Terkay Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas April 29, 2006 3 3:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 6–1 Netherlands Remy Bonjasky Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 November 19, 2005 3 3:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan K-1 WGP 2005 1/4
Win 6–0 United States Bob Sapp Decision (Majority) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Osaka - Final Elimination September 23, 2005 3 3:00 Japan Osaka, Japan K-1 WGP 2005 Final Elimination
Win 5–0 Japan Akebono TKO (Referee Stoppage) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hawaii July 29, 2005 1 2:52 United States Hawaii, United States
Win 4–0 United States Tom Howard KO (Knee Strike) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hiroshima June 14, 2005 1 2:11 Japan Hiroshima, Japan
Win 3–0 Thailand Kaoklai Kaennorsing Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul March 19, 2005 4 3:00 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 Seoul GP 2005 Champion
Win 2–0 Japan Akebono TKO (Corner Stoppage) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul March 19, 2005 1 0:24 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 Seoul GP 2005 1/2
Win 1–0 Japan Wakashoyo KO (Left Hook) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul March 19, 2005 1 1:40 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 Seoul GP 2005 1/4

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
August 15, 2014
Loss 2–3 Ikuhisa Minowa Submission (heel hook) Dream 11 October 6, 2009 2 1:27 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 2–2 Jose Canseco Submission (punches) Dream 9 May 26, 2009 1 1:17 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix Quarterfinal
Loss 1–2 Mirko Filipović TKO (leg kick) Dynamite!! 2008 December 31, 2008 1 6:32 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 1–1 Fedor Emelianenko Submission (armbar) Yarennoka! December 31, 2007 1 1:58 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 1–0 Bobby Ologun TKO (punches) K-1 PREMIUM Dynamite!! 2006 December 31, 2006 1 0:16 Osaka, Osaka, Japan

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Ssireum[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ K-1 OFFICIAL WEBSITE
  2. ^ スポーツナビ|格闘技|K-1|速報
  3. ^ Moon, Seong Dae (2006-09-30). "최홍만, '배틀 사이보그' 밴너에 연장끝 판정패". Newsis. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  4. ^ k1 News
  5. ^ K-1 OFFICIAL WEBSITE
  6. ^ K-1 OFFICIAL WEBSITE
  7. ^ K-1 OFFICIAL WEBSITE
  8. ^ K-1 OFFICIAL WEBSITE
  9. ^ Jerome Le Banner vs Hong-Man Choi - K-1 WGP 2007 Final (dailymotion.com)
  10. ^ K-1 OFFICIAL WEBSITE
  11. ^ "Gracie & Lesnar At L.A. Coliseum Official". MMAWeekly.com. 2007-03-23. 
  12. ^ Rua "Likely" to Fight, Baroni Knows Wed
  13. ^ やれんのか!大晦日!2007 Supported by M-1 GLOBAL [12月31日(月) さいたまスーパーアリーナ]
  14. ^ "Canseco beaten in MMA debut". 
  15. ^ "DREAM.14 set for April 24 in South Korea". nightmareofbattle.com. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-02-13. [dead link]
  16. ^ Beauty & The Beast Live Performance
  17. ^ Wrestler Choi Hong-man Now Grapples With a Mic
  18. ^ YesAsia.com: Beauty And Beast Single Album - Beauty And Beast - Korean Music - Free International Shipping
  19. ^ http://www.mfight.co.kr/news/viewbody_ex.php?code=mfight_board_news&page=2&number=9295&keyfield=&key=
  20. ^ "Live-action 'Kaibutsu-kun' scores viewership ratings of 17.5, Choi Hong-man gets highly praised", April 19, 2010, Livedoor, (Japanese)
  21. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/04/choi-hong-man-vs-g6-on-this-weeks-invincible-youth-2
  22. ^ "Karina slashes the 'Giant' Choi in a ceremonial first pitch", June 12, 2006, Oricon News, (Japanese)
  23. ^ "Little Mari Yaguchi and big Choi Hong Man cheering! 'LBP' special event is held", December 18, 2008, Dengeki Online (Japanese)

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