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Greatest promotion ever: Wearing ‘Minowaman trunks’ gets you tickets for the rest of 2012

Steve Cofield

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There's no such thing at too embarrassed when it comes to stunts for free MMA tickets. At least not in Hawaii.

Promoter T. Jay Thompson found a way to bring in Japanese cult hero Ikuhisa "Minowa" for his fight card next weekend in Honolulu. Minowaman is revered in Japan for his lack of fear in facing fighters who often outweigh him by 60-plus pounds, and he's a real character. Leading the Minowaman fan club is HDNet's Michael Schiavello, who freaks out over Minowaman's red trunks.

Thompson is tapping into that craze by offering free tickets to anyone who shows up at Blaisdell Arena on Jan. 21, for the card featuring Minowaman against Kendall Grove, wearing those famous trunks. If someone does it there's an additional bonus.

"I did something similar with Mayhem years ago in Hawaii," Thompson told on Tuesday. "You know, dye your hair, dress up as Mayhem, and I was gonna give away three sets of free tickets for a year to all my shows. I figured if I'm gonna get someone to put on a set of tights, they need more than a year."

It would be unfair to give all the red trunk credit to Minowaman. Clearly, wrestling's Nikolai Volkoff should get a hat tip as well. If you're heading to Honolulu in two weekends, just hope you're not sitting next to one of these dudes wearing the Speedos.

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