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Special rules for Fedor vs Hong Man Choi

A while back we heard rumors that Fedor vs Hong Man Choi would be fought under special rules. Of course, we all assumed these special rules would be beneficial to Hong Man Choi … like a 1 minute standup rule or something. Well, the special rules have just been announced and it actually looks like they benefit Fedor!

The “Yarennoka! New Year’s Eve 2007″ main event featuring Fedor Emelianenko (26-11) vs. Hong-Man Choi (1-0) will not include any knee strikes.

The rule difference is due to the weight discrepancy between the two participants. Fedor weighs in around 225 pounds while Choi, standing at 7-feet-2-inches, has weighed in around 352-367 pounds.

That’s right, Choi will not be allowed to use his knees in this fight. Considering the fact that clinch + knees were probably the only way he was going to be able to win this fight, it’s a pretty big setback for the Techno Goliath. No word yet on if Hong Man knew about this rule when he signed the contract to fight, or if it’s another classic last second rule switchup. Only in Japan, baby!

  • Dangerfield

    I think Choi has some more brain tumors they and the Japanese don’t think it would be a good idea if Fedor could break them open with knees to the head on the ground.

  • ajadoniz

    :vomits: Fedor is the undisputed :vomit: pound for pound :barf: fighter :puke:

  • vess

    Lame, will this count as an official MMA fight?

  • j

    I was hoping that it would be no take downs so the fight actually lasts 2.5 minutes instead of 2 minutes.

  • Tommy

    Fedor wants to make sure he don’t get kneed in the face as he takes Choi down. What a champ. I see why he’s ranked #1 in the world. He should worry since Choi is like a world class knee’er. Clown ass show. Then it’s on at like 6am our time? I’m just so excited I can hardly stand it. Yeah the UFC is really dropping the ball considering the world class events Fedor puts on without them.

  • Xavier

    I am Fedor. He has big knees. I no fight big knees. Please change rules so I win. Thank you. I am number one MMA guy.

  • Terrence Halladay

    i thought it was hong man’s side who asked for the rules changes because they were concerned about knees to the head on the ground

  • fightlinker

    I’m pretty sure knees were removed simply because of the weight difference, not at anyone else’s behest. I know they used to remove knees on the ground in cases where there was a greater than 20 pound difference … or rather, they gave the fighter a choice as to whether they wanted knees in or knees out.

    I’m a bit blown away at the fact that there’s NO knees, standing or on the ground.

  • fightfan

    26-11, I guess that is his record if he fought some real competitors.

    The “no knees” rule is hilarious!! That is the ONLY chance Choi has to stun, well just put a scratch on Fedor.

    Me Fedor, Me the best. Me fight no one I can lose to. I am so special they change sport after me, fma(Fedor martial arts). I will never lose because I will nevre fight anyone capable of coming close

  • charles

    Weird. All the reports I’ve seen until now say it’s only knees on the ground that have been banned.

  • fightlinker

    Charles: links please?

  • dragomort

    This is sad and ridiculous. Queue up the circus/Benny Hill music and get ready to make a few clips!

  • DannyP72

    I think Hong Man Choi losing knee strikes makes up for the fact that he’ll outweigh Fedor by 140 fucking pounds.
    Seriously guys this is a freak show match up, don’t get all uppity when they remove certain strikes, it was never a proper mma fight to begin with

  • Wu Tang

    How can you trust a site that has Fedor’s record at 26-11? I thought it was knees from the ground were banned… Well, we will see. I cant provide link too you hobo.

  • Jemaleddin

    In Pride the rule was always that if there was a more than 10 kilo difference in weights, the smaller fighter got to choose if knees on the ground would be allowed – sounds like something similar here.

    Which would indicate that Fedor pussied out. Again. :-P

    (I love FEDOR! He’s my baby daddy! Don’t shoot!)

  • pf

    “Fedor Emelianenko (26-11)”?

  • fightlinker

    I suspect they typo’d the extra 1


    I think (and someone please correct me if I’m wrong) the rule in Pride was that after a certain weight discrepancy the lighter fighter could choose whether he would allow knees to the head on the ground, but once the weight discrepancy got to the point of ridiculousness it stopped being a choice and they were simply disallowed. The weight difference in this fight would certainly fall into that category. And I’m fairly certain they won’t be banning all knees in this fight, just grounded ones to the head.

  • UFCPreview

    I went to the K-1 show in LA at the Coliseum.

    Techno Goliath was supposed to fight Lesnar, would have been a SICK fight.

    I had ringside seats, chillin next to Rampage Jackson \ Babalu \ Goodridge \ Giant Silva \ Ninja Rua \ Mayhem

  • muhr

    “In terms of illegal attacks, unlike PRIDE, soccer kicks and stomping to the head of a grounded opponent will not be allowed. However, knee strikes to the opponent in a turtle position is a legal move except in the fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Hong-Man Choi. Apparently the Yarennoka! promoters have decided that there is too much weight difference to allow knee strikes to the head on the ground, a wise choice given Choi’s formidable size.”

  • Da Pit

    Fedor is the biggest pussy no knees at all and i’m guessing no elbow either! Thats not MMA! thats Russian Mafia Shit (RMS)

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    Why does every picture that you have of this guy look like you’ve hastily photoshopped his head onto someone else’s body?

  • Jemaleddin

    Because Choi is actually not a real person, but a hasty photoshop job. Stupid Fark.

  • Drewdoodoo

    Maybe if Fedor starts losing, Aleksander will come out from under the ring and hit Choi with a steel chair. Now that’s just good Japanese entertainment/sport.

  • MacDaddy

    Wait a minute it says “any knee strikes” – not just on the ground.

  • fedor = menace

    His one loss is arguable since the fight was stopped due to a cut on Fedor from an illegal, although accidental, elbow (in RINGS).
    It’d be like if this fight was stopped because of bleeding caused by a knee and a win awarded to the knee’er. I do think that the no knees rule will be an advantage to Fedor though. I would have liked to see knees allowed.

  • wtf no knees?

    knees are the only way hong man choi has a chance!

  • Choi

    You pussies are laughable. It wasn’t Fedor that made the rules.

    Fedor’s turd would armbar all of you put together.

  • true

    and it did

  • Justin

    Fedor tapped him out with an armbar 1st round
    good fight though hong did good

  • does anybody know -

    if anyone is scheduled to fight fedor next?

  • fightlinker

    Most likely Pedro Rizzo in March or April

  • ahha

    as per “organizer’s” website the only knee strikes that were banned – were 4-point stand knees, which means “ground knee strikes”. Pretty standart rule for opponents with big weight difference. Standing knees were allowed. Hong just didnt get chance to use them. got it all wrong. see for yourself.


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