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Dream.9 Results: Hong Man Choi Beats Jose Canseco


Jose Canseco's mixed martial arts debut lasted just over a minute Tuesday, as the Korean giant Hong Man Choi knocked him to the ground and pummeled him the way everyone expected he would at the Dream 9 tournament in Japan.

Canseco threw a hard right punch and a hard right kick in the first few seconds of the fight, and the 7-foot-2 Choi appeared to be surprised that Canseco was even fighting with him. But after that a left jab from Choi sent Canseco reeling, and he spent a short time just trying not to get hit before Choi knocked him to the ground and pounded him a few more times. Once Choi was hitting him on the ground, Canseco tapped out to avoid getting hurt.

The bizarre Canseco vs. Choi fight was part of the Dream MMA promotion's "Super Hulk Tournament," a tournament that consisted of a series of fights matching up fighters with enormous size differences between them -- the kinds of fights that Japanese fans love, but that American athletic commissions would never allow. Choi will move on to the Super Hulk Tournament's second round, while Canseco will head home with another quick paycheck.

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    Former major league MVP player Jose Canseco reacts after losing his debut match against super heavyweight Hong Man Choi of South Korea in the mixed martial arts Dream 9 card at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Hong beat Canseco with a knockout in the 1st round. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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    Former major league MVP player Jose Canseco, left, leaves the ring with his girl friend Heidi Northcott after losing his debut match against super heavyweight Hong Man Choi of South Korea in the mixed martial arts Dream 9 card at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Hong beat Canseco with a knockout in the 1st round. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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    Former major league MVP player Jose Canseco, right, fights against super heavyweight Hong Man Choi of South Korea during his debut mixed martial arts Dream 9 card at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Hong beat Canseco with a knockout in the 1st round. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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    Super heavyweight Hong Man Choi of South Korea, right, fights against former major league MVP player Jose Canseco during a mixed martial arts Dream 9 card at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Canseco lost to Hong in his debut match with a knockout in the 1st round.(AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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    Super heavyweight Hong Man Choi of South Korea, left, fights against former major league MVP player Jose Canseco during a mixed martial arts Dream 9 card at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Hong beat Canseco with a knockout in the 1st round.(AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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    Former major league MVP player Jose Canseco leaves the ring with his girl friend Heidi Northcott after losing his debut match against super heavyweight Hong Man Choi of South Korea in the mixed martial arts Dream 9 card at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Hong beat Canseco with a knocking out in the 1st round. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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    Former major league MVP player Jose Canseco leaves the ring with his girl friend Heidi Northcott after losing his debut match against super heavyweight Hong Man Choi of South Korea in the mixed martial arts Dream 9 card at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Hong beat Canseco with a knockout in the 1st round. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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    Former major league MVP player Jose Canseco leaves the ring after losing his debut match against super heavyweight Hong Man Choi of South Korea in the mixed martial arts Dream 9 card at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Hong beat Canseco with a knockout in the first round. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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    Former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco of Cuba (front) fights with South Korea's Choi Hong-man during his mixed martial arts debut bout at DREAM.9, a mixed martial arts event, in Yokohama, south of Tokyo May 26, 2009. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN SPORT)

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    Former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco of Cuba reacts next to his girlfriend Heidi Northcott after losing to South Korea's Choi Hong-man during his mixed martial arts debut bout at DREAM.9, a mixed martial arts event, in Yokohama, south of Tokyo May 26, 2009. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN SPORT)

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