From the always fun Rumors and Innuendo Department comes this completely unsubstantiated report on the status of K1’s license and the medicals of Hong Man Choi and Sakuraba:
Firstly, Choi Hong Man failed his medical check because doctors discovered a growth either in his brain or right below it. The growth, coincidentally is located right next to his pituitary gland! Doctors have no ideal how long this growth has been there, but if left unchecked, Choi Hong Man could develop a disease called acromegaly! Pressure on the pituitary gland results in excessive production of human growth hormone (HGH) resulting in extreme growth!
Naturally, K-1 has gotten a second and third opinion of Choi’s condition (both positive). They are now in negotiations with CSAC.
Next, Sakuraba actually did pass his MRI. His failures resulted from an abnormality detected during this EKG (heart) examination. He is going for follow-up checks today.
Finally, K-1’s promoters license is pending. More than likely, it’ll come through, albiet last-minute. Right now they are scrambling a bit to guarantee all the fighters purses in advance. I am not sure how this works exactly, but I heard that the purses had to be “insured.” Or perhaps it was “ensured,” which would be a different matter altogether. In any case, K-1 does have the money, so it should just be a matter of time.
The irony here would be if Sakuraba’s brain is okay but his heart was not.