Here’s an interesting article sourced from an asian site that delves a little deeper into the situation with Hong Man Choi’s medicals for the K1 Dynamite shows:
However, Choi was denied a license for medical reasons by the California Athletic Commission after it found a tumor in his head. They also found blood stains on it.
And here’s the kicker: One of K1′s japanese heads is saying they are ready to file suit over the situation:
Jeong Yeon-soo, the CEO of the Korean branch office of FEG, the organizer of K-1, said, “He knew about the tumor. It’s not that big. Most giants have this disease. It wasn’t a problem when he fought in Korea or Japan.”
Jeong said, “The MRI test on Choi Hong Man didn’t go well. There was no MRI equipment that fit the size of his head, so he had to do an external MRI. The low definition of the image caused the blood stains to appear.”
He went on to say that when he had an MRI scan at two other hospitals in California, the results came out fine. Nonetheless, the California Athletic Commission did not look at them.
Jeong said, “Lesnar had medical check-ups from hospitals not designated by the California Athletic Commission and passed his physical. So not accepting Choi’s is discrimination.” He said that he might file suit or seek all measures necessary to overturn the decision.
So here’s the question: Is the CSAC being reasonable with it’s medical requests? It’s fun to imagine that the guys at K1 are total idiots who don’t know how to throw an event, but could it be possible that the CSAC is actively fucking over K1 by denying fighters on every single technicality they can find? The tumor has been in Hong Man Choi’s brain his entire life and is the reason he’s 7 feet tall. If K1 is telling the truth about the ‘blood spots’ being a result of a low quality MRI, then why won’t the CSAC relent?
Remember, the CSAC has a history of fucking over lots of people in the past. These are the guys who:
- Suspended Brian Ebersole and Shannon Ritch indefinately for ‘working a fight.’ The proof? Ebersole showboated and did a cartwheel during the match.
- Suspended Josh Thompson 6 months for wearing a t-shirt that said “Frank Glamrock is my bitch”
- Suspended Joe Martin 6 months for unsportsmanlike conduct. No one is really sure what the fuck happened here, but everyone agrees it’s bullshit
This is just a partial list off the top of my head. So while I’m pretty sure there’s no deep dark conspiracy in all this, I don’t doubt that the CSAC is being less than helpful and reasonable with K1.
UPDATE: I originally accused the CSAC of overturning Nick Diaz’s win against Takanori Gomi. In truth this was the NSAC. Damn bloggers and their irresponsible accusations!