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Monday / December 18.
  • Jose Canseco Knocked Out in MMA Debut

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    Jose Canseco brought a baseball bit to the ring for his Mixed Martial Arts debut with Hong Man Choi.

    The only problem?

    He wasn’t able to use it.

    Choi knocked the former Bash Boy out in 1 minute, 17 seconds.

    “That’s a big man,” Canseco said of the 7-foot-2, 330-pound Choi. “I ran into one of his left jabs and that almost knocked me out. You have no idea how scary it was facing a man that big.”

    Canseco blamed the loss in part on his injured right knee.

    “I hurt my knee back home real bad but I didn’t want to disappoint the fans,” Canseco said. “I knew that at some point during the fight my knee was going to give out, and once I was down I knew I wasn’t going to get up. He is just too heavy to move.

    “I have no idea if I will do this again. I’ve gotta get my knee better before I commit to anything like this.”

    (The AP contributed)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • Little known fact…Brock Lesnar was supposed to make his pro MMA debut in the LA Coliseum against Hong Man Choi in 2007. Hong had to back out because he twisted his pinkie or something…or because Brock couldn’t risk getting his ass whupped in his first fight.

      This was the same card where former NFL reciever Johnnie Morton did a great job of recieving a quick trip to the hospital in his first (and I hope his only) pro MMA fight. I bet Canseco could knock out Johnnie Morton.