January 12, 2008 at 14:49:45 Jan 12, 2008 @ 14:49
He had no MMA skill is what you mean. Hong Man Choi is a pure striker and that is it. He won a bunch of K-1 fights, but there is no place for him in MMA.
I wouldnt say that. Look at CroCop and Mark Hunt, they went straight from K1 and excelled in Pride. Granted, Choi may not be as coordinated and move well as CroCop because of his size, but if he learns to get a decent sprawl and use his reach more he can excel. There have been many pure strikers who made the transition because of training to sprawl. Come on, this guy has made it to the top level of kickboxing, he has to have some athleticism in him. If he works on his grappling more, he could definitely be decent. I don't see him being a champion, but to say he has no place in MMA when guys like Zulu are around makes no sense.