October 06, 2009
In a street fight, 7-foot-2, 319-pound Hong Man Choi would whip most men on the planet, but technique almost always trumps size in mixed martial arts. Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa proved that in the semifinals of the Super Hulk Tournament at DREAM 11 in Japan. Minowa took Choi's best knees and punches over the course of 10 minutes in the first round. When he finally got to a dominant position in the second, Minowa was able to score a heel hook submission to gain the win at 1:27.
The 193-pound Minowa (43-30-8) will face Bob Sapp (341 pounds) or Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (220 pounds) in the Super Hulk final, ensuring another matchup of giant versus tiny heavyweight.
The first round was bizarre with Minowa running much of the time and shooting occasionally for single-leg takedowns. He did get it to the ground midway through the round and did some solid damage from side control where he landed roughly 40 knees and punches to Choi's side.
Minowa, a legend in Japanese pro wrestling as well, played to the crowd after the fight. HDNet play-by-play voice Michael Schiavello had the line of the night during the prefight:
"Not since Nikolai Volkov have we seen junk presented so well in red trunks"
Schiavello called Minowaman the "Hulk Hogan" of Japan.
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