Shaquille O’Neal Headed To MMA Next? Issues Challenge To Hong Man Choi

By Ronnie Gamble  |  06/18/2009

2009-06-18 - Shaq and Hong Man ChoiIs Shaquille O'Neal getting ready for another sports career once he retires from the NBA? MMA? UFC? Maybe.

In a video clip posted over at The6Levels.com (run my instructor John Burke), the 7'1" NBA center, fresh off a training session, issues a challenge to any would-be opponents in the world of MMA, specifically calling out one fighter.

"We don't care about nobody. We'll fight anybody. I'll even fight him (pointing to a stand-up figure of Chuck Liddell), after I fight the big boy that knocked out Jose Canseco -- Hong Man Choi," Shaq says with a smile.

"I'm coming for you. Don't worry about it. I'm retiring the next year, two years. I'm coming for you. I look like Jose to you? No," Big Shaq continued.

Hong Man Choi is a Korean kickboxer and former ssireum wrestler, who currently competes in K-1, an MMA style sport combining an array of martial arts.

He fought retired baseball player Jose Canseco in an MMA match on May 26th for the promotion Dream, as part of its Super Hulk Tournament. He beat Canseco in 1 minute 15 seconds.

Choi weighs in at 330 lbs., and stands at 7'2". In comparison, Shaq is 7'1" and also weighs in at 330 lbs.

That would be one hell of a match-up? Who would win?