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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Choi Hong-man

Born Choi Hong-Man
October 30, 1980 (1980-10-30) (age 29)
Jeju, South Korea
Other names The Techno Goliath
Korean Colossus
Che Man
Nationality South Korea Republic of Korea
Height 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)
Weight 144.9 kg (319 lb; 22.82 st) (October 5th 2009 Weigh in)
Division 265+
Style Ssireum, Kickboxing
Kickboxing record
Total 18
Wins 12
By knockout 7
Losses 6
By knockout 2
MMA record
Total 5
Wins 2
By knockout 1
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Choi Hong-man (Korean: 최홍만, Hanja: 崔洪萬, South Korean born on October 30, 1980 in Jeju-do) is a Korean kickboxer and former ssireum wrestler. In Asia he is called "Che Man". He currently competes in K-1 and stands 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) and weighs between 144.9 kg (319 lb; 22.82 st) and 166.6 kg (367 lb; 26.24 st).

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Career

He debuted in K-1 fighting at the World GP 2005 event in Seoul in March, 2005, which he won in the final vs. Kaoklai Kaennorsing. In the Final Elimination he defeated Bob Sapp with a 2-0 decision, eventually losing to Remy Bonjasky in the World Grand Prix Final.

Choi's K-1 losses came via judges' decision against Remy Bonjasky, Ray Sefo and twice Jérome Le Banner, knockout by Mighty Mo, and technical knockout (rib injury) by Badr Hari.

He got his nickname "Techno Goliath" (테크노 골리앗) when he was a ssirum wrestler in South Korea, as after a victory he would dance to techno music. He is referred to on Japanese television and news articles as the 'Korean Monster' (Koreanモンスター).[1]

One of Choi's most notable fights was against current K-1 World Champion Semmy Schilt at the World GP 2006 event in Seoul. Choi won the fight on points. The fight was unique due to the enormous size of both fighters.

On September 30, 2006, Choi fought Jérôme Le Banner in the final eliminations, and lost after 3 Rounds and 1 extra Round on points. After the fight, Le Banner said: "He is dangerous, his knees are already almost at the level of my head, he's not human! But he's a good guy and I like him, he's very tough, maybe the strongest guy in K-1, and he has hard bones -- when I kicked him, it hurt my leg! I'm sure with more experience, in two years no one will be able to knock him out!"[2]

On December 31, Choi easily won his first Mixed martial arts fight on K-1 Dynamite in Osaka. He decisively beat former TV star Bobby Ologun in just 16 seconds in what was considered a huge mismatch.[3]

On March 4, 2007, he was knocked out for the first and to this day only time in his career. Mighty Mo landed an overhand right to the chin and Choi was not able to stand up again. In this fight he weighed 165.4 kg (365 lb; 26.05 st), was very slow and many say it was his worst performance.[4]

Choi was scheduled to face former WWE, IWGP, and NCAA national champion amateur wrestler Brock Lesnar at the combined promotion event K-1 Dynamite!! USA, a major pay-per-view event at the massive Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, on June 2, 2007.[5] However, reportedly due to a benign tumor on his pituitary gland,[6] Choi was denied his California fighter's license on May 23, 2007, putting Dynamite!! USA's main event in jeopardy only 10 days before its scheduled occurrence. Choi was replaced in the fight by fellow Korean fighter Kim Min-soo.

On August 5. at the Asia World Grand Prix in Hong Kong, he beat Gary Goodridge by KO at 1:34 in the first round.[7] He weighed 163.5 kg (360 lb; 25.75 st), the same when he fought Schilt in June 2006. Notable on this fight was his stance. Since his K-1 debut in 2005, he has fought using an orthodox stance. However in this fight, he adopted for the first time a southpaw stance.

On September 29 at the K-1 Final Eliminations in Seoul, he redeemed his previous loss and defeated Mighty Mo by decision. The win was disputed, however, due to a kick Choi delivered to Mighty Mo's groin in the second round that was inexplicably ruled a knockdown. Mighty Mo was quoted in the post-fight interview: "He (Choi) seemed a little bit stronger because I hit him with some good shots and he didn't fall down so I was surprised, actually harder than the ones I hit him with before. He must have been practicing taking punches."[8]

In the World Grand Prix Final 2007 tournament on December 8, he again lost by decision to Jérôme Le Banner.[9] Choi was announced by Jimmy Lennon Jr. as weighing in at 166.6 kg (367 lb; 26.24 st)[10], to date his heaviest pre-fight weigh-in.

He was confirmed to fight MMA heavyweight and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at Yarennoka on New Year's Eve.[11] Choi landed twice on top of the two takedown attempts of Fedor. He escaped an armbar attempt on the first takedown, but after the second one was forced to tap to another armbar applied by Fedor at 1:54 of the first round.

Military Service

In April 2008, Choi joined the Korean army for his 26 months military service. After failing two medical tests, he was relieved from his military duty. The main reason was a problem with the sight in his left eye, which was the result of a brain tumor. On June 9, the tumor was finally removed through surgery.

Comeback to K-1 in late 2008

On September 27 at the K-1 final Elimination in Seoul, he came back to K-1 and fought against the current Heavyweight champion Badr Hari. After 3 rounds of fighting, Choi's corner threw in the towel due to a rib injury. Although Hari was unable to faze Choi with two heavy punches thrown in the first and second rounds, in the third round he began targeting Choi's ribcage with punches and kicks.

Since his last fight, Choi has lost much weight. He was announced with a weight of 149 kg (330 lb; 23.5 st).

Choi was picked as a first reserve fighter against Ray Sefo at the 2008 k-1 Championship Finals which he lost by Unanimous decision.

Choi fought again in MMA against Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović on December 31 in Sataima, Japan. Filipovic defeated Choi with multiple kicks to the legs.

He fought retired baseball player Jose Canseco in an MMA match on May 26 for the promotion Dream as part of its Super Hulk Tournament. He beat Canseco in 1 minute 15 seconds.[12]

Outside the Ring

He made a rap single featuring vocals by the model Kang Soo Hee.[13]

He recently began a singing career with supermodel Kang Soo Hee in Korea under the name of Beauty & The Beast. [14][15]

Since 2008, he has worn his surname "Choi" as a tattoo on his left shoulder. [1]

In 2009 he made his movie debut in the Japanese film "Goemon."

K-1 Kickboxing Record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12-6 New Zealand Ray Sefo Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World GP Final 2008 02008-12-08 December 8, 2008 3 3:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan K-1 WGP 2008 1/4
Loss 12-5 Netherlands Badr Hari TKO(Corner Stoppage due to Rib injury) K-1 Seoul GP 2008 02008-09-29 September 29, 2008 3 3:00 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 WGP 2008 Final Eliminations
Loss 12-4 France Jérôme Le Banner Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World GP Final 2007 02007-12-08 December 8, 2007 3 3:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan K-1 WGP 2007 1/4
Win 12-3 United States Mighty Mo Decision (Majority) K-1 Seoul GP 2007 02007-09-29 September 29, 2007 3 3:00 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 WGP 2007 Final Elimination
Win 11-3 Canada Gary Goodridge KO (Knee strike) K-1 Hong Kong GP 2007 02007-08-05 August 5, 2007 1 1:34 Hong Kong Hong Kong
Win 10-3 United States Mike Malone KO K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hawaii 02007-04-28 April 28, 2007 2 2:02 United States Hawaii, United States
Loss 9-3 United States Mighty Mo KO (Right overhand) K-1 Yokohama GP 2007 02007-03-04 March 4, 2007 2 0:50 Japan Yokohama, Japan
Loss 9-2 France Jérôme Le Banner Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Osaka Opening Round 02006-09-30 September 30, 2006 4 3:00 Japan Osaka, Japan K-1 WGP 2006 Final Elimination
Win 9-1 Japan Akebono KO (Left Hook) K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Sapporo 02006-07-30 July 30, 2006 2 0:57 Japan Sapporo, Japan
Win 8-1 Netherlands Semmy Schilt Decision (Split) K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Seoul 02006-06-03 June 3, 2006 3 3:00 South Korea Seoul, South Korea
Win 7-1 United States Sylvester Terkay Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas 02006-04-29 April 29, 2006 3 3:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 6-1 Netherlands Remy Bonjasky Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 02005-11-19 November 19, 2005 3 3:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan K-1 WGP 2005 1/4
Win 6-0 United States Bob Sapp Decision (Majority) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Osaka - Final Elimination 02005-09-23 September 23, 2005 3 3:00 Japan Osaka, Japan K-1 WGP 2005 Final Elimination
Win 5-0 Japan Akebono TKO (Referee Stoppage) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hawaii 02005-07-29 July 29, 2005 1 2:52 United States Hawaii, United States
Win 4-0 United States Tom Howard KO (Knee Strike) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hiroshima 02005-06-14 June 14, 2005 1 2:11 Japan Hiroshima, Japan
Win 3-0 Thailand Kaoklai Kaennorsing Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul 02005-03-19 March 19, 2005 4 3:00 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 Seoul GP 2005 Champion
Win 2-0 Japan Akebono TKO (Corner Stoppage) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul 02005-03-19 March 19, 2005 1 0:24 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 Seoul GP 2005 1/2
Win 1-0 Japan Wakashoyo KO (Left Hook) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul 02005-03-19 March 19, 2005 1 1:40 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 Seoul GP 2005 1/4

Mixed Martial Arts Record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2-3 Japan Ikuhisa Minowa Submission (Heel Hook) DREAM.11 Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round 02009-10-06 October 6, 2009 2 1:27 Japan Saitama, Japan DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 2-2 Cuba Jose Canseco Submission (Punches) DREAM.9 Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 Second Round 02009-05-26 May 26, 2009 1 1:17 Japan Yokohama, Japan DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix Quarterfinal
Loss 1-2 Croatia Mirko Filipović TKO (Low Kick) Dynamite!! 2008 02008-12-31 December 31, 2008 1 6:32 Japan Saitama, Japan
Loss 1-1 Russia Fedor Emelianenko Submission (Armbar) Yarennoka! 02007-12-31 December 31, 2007 1 1:58 Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 1-0 Nigeria Bobby Ologun TKO (Punches) K-1 Premium Dynamite!! 2006 02006-12-31 December 31, 2006 1 0:16 Japan Osaka, Japan

Titles and Accomplishments

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