Does anyone else get the feeling that Japanese promotion FEG is getting more and more desperate for ratings? As if the whole Aoki vs Fedor, Kinnikuman and Tongarashi Men wasn’t evidence enough, we now have a shotgun freakshow tournament being added to DREAM 9:
In a true Japanese mixed martial arts-style spectacle, FEG has announced its second tournament series of 2009: an eight-man open-weight competition that includes Major League Baseball bad boy Jose Canseco and has been christened the Super Hulk Tournament.
Four quarter-final bouts are slated for Dream 9 on May 26 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, pitting fighters of all shapes and sizes against one another.
The opening round of the Super Hulk draw will see middleweight Ikuhisa Minowa play a familiar David role against Goliath Bob Sapp; Pride Fighting Championships and UFC veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will square off with K-1 veteran Jan Nortje; former Dream middleweight titleholder Gegard Mousasi will meet 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt; and South Korean super heavyweight Hong Man Choi will face Canseco.
If this kind of thing was going on in the US my hair would be turning white but at this point DREAM has sunk low enough that I’ll take the tournament in stride and just enjoy the damn thing. After all, the only really serious competititor they’ve thrown in there is Mousasi, and he’s on some retarded fatquest to be the best fat non-heavyweight at heavyweight ever.