Report: CSAC Denies Hong Man Choi

By Staff May 23, 2007
The California State Athletic Commission has denied South Korean Hong Man Choi (Pictures) a license to compete in the Golden State due to medical reasons, reports Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole.

The 7-foot-2, 350-pound Choi was slated to confront former WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar (Pictures) on K-1's June 2 bill at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

According to the report, Mike Kogan, a representative of K-1 promoter Fight Entertainment Group, stated that he planned to seek a second opinion on Wednesday. If Choi is given a green light after the second physical, Kogan will ask the commission to reconsider their ruling.

However, if the "Techno Goliath" is not granted permission to compete, EliteXC promoter Gary Shaw who has three bouts on the undercard that will air live on SHOWTIME, said he hoped another opponent for Lesnar's mixed martial arts debut could be found.

Despite unrelated reports that the event is in danger of being cancelled due to promoter licensing issues, FEG remains confident that the show would proceed.

"This is a process and we're going through that process and we will be licensed," Kogan told Iole.
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