MMA has come a long way since its inception; it has grown from being a gritty toughman-esq competition that just wanted to find out what martial arts style was the best, into a true sporting event and martial art all its own. MMA today looks nothing like it did in the early days and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to reminisce about the good ole’ days.

The one part of MMA we truly miss in its modern form is the “Freakshow Fight”. For those of you who don’t know, a “Freakshow Fight” is a fight that pits two fighters against each other that have no business fighting; generally there is a crazy size difference between the fighters.

So in honor of our love for “Freakshow Fights”, we at The MMA Corner will share our favorite videos of our favorite fights that had no business ever taking place.

This week we travel back to March 19, 2005, at the K-1 World Grand Prix in Seoul where Hong Man Choi took on Wakashoyo in a K-1 kickboxing bout.

While MMA is generally the combat sport you think of when you think of “freakshow fights”, legendary kickboxing organization K-1 knew how to play the freakshow game as well; this bout is a perfect example of just that.
Choi a 7’2” giant took on 5’11” former sumo wrestler Wakashoyo.

Any time a kickboxing bout begins with one fighter crouched in a sumo stance, you just know you are going to see something spectacular. This bout might just the worst fight of all time; middle school girl fights are more technical. It’s a fun watch none the less though.


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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.