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Jose Canseco on MMA: 'I have no idea if I can do it'

A winning outlook is what's missing from 1988 MLB American League MVP Jose Canseco's mixed martial arts campaign at DREAM 9 on May 26 in Japan.

"I have no idea if I can do it," Canseco is quoted as saying by AP. "It's a tough sport."

At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, Canseco carries a intimidating presence. But he'll be the one standing face-to-chest against the 7-foot-2 and 330-plus pound Hong-Man Choi. Despite a 1-2 MMA record, Choi is a dangerous striker due to his sheer size and strength.

Choi is definitely a step up from Canseco's last opponent, actor Danny Bonaduce, whom Canseco boxed in an exhibition bout in January to a majority draw. Canseco last year was knocked out in a boxing bout against former NFL player Vai Sikahema.

Canseco vs. Choi is one of four matches in DREAM's "Super Hulk Tournament" organized to boost television ratings.


Super Hulk Tournament (Open-Weight)
- Jose Canseco vs. Hong-Man Choi
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Mark Hunt
- Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa vs. Bob Sapp
- Jan "The Giant" Nortje vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

Featherweight GP
- Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Joe Warren
- Masakazu Imanari vs. Bibiano Fernandes
- Yoshiro Maeda vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
- Hideo Tokoro vs. Abel Cullum

DREAM Middleweight Title
- Ronaldo Jacare vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller