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 2, 2007, for Dynamite!! USA card at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where Brock Lesnar made his pro MMA debut against Olympic silver medalist Min-Soo Kim.

First off, Lesnar vs. Kim was the main event even though MMA icons Royce Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba were fighting one another. How does this happen? Sure, Lesnar was a huge draw, but he was making his debut against a fighter with a 2-5 record.

What truly makes this bout freakshow worthy isn’t the matchup itself; even though Kim had a 2-5 record heading into the bout, he was at least a serious Judoka having won silver at the 1996 Olympic games. This bout was full on freakshow because of the way it came together.

Originally, Lesnar was expected to face Korean giant Hang Man Choi; that would have easily been the greatest freakshow fight of all time. But about 10 days before the event, Choi was denied a license to fight because of a tumor on his pituitary gland. So, what did the promoters do? They kept promoting Lesnar vs. Choi up until the day of the actual fight knowing full well it would not occur.

Lesnar would go on to decimate Kim in the first round.


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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.