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 June 14, 2005, where Korean giant Hong Man Choi took on professional wrestler Tom Howard in a kickboxing bout at K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hiroshima.

Heading into this bout, Howard had zero kickboxing experience and a horrendous 0-3 MMA record. A tremendous entertainer, Howard had no business being in the ring with Choi. Choi may be a freakshow staple, but the man does have a real skill set and big power.

Late in the first round, Choi landed a brutal knee strike to the face that dropped knocked Howard out.


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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.