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    Bob Sapp vs Akebono!

    Kinda "old" news but I don't think board has been informed yet.

    Akebono will debut against 'The Beast'

    Akebono will debut against 'The Beast'


    By Kenji Hall
    Associated Press


    Former sumo grand champion Akebono, right, will take on former NFL player and U.S. K-1 fighter Bob Sapp on Dec. 31.
    Associated Press

    TOKYO It's official.

    Former sumo grand champion Akebono said yesterday he has formally quit the sumo world and will launch a new career in Japan's K-1, a brutal sport that combines elements of karate, kickboxing and taekwondo.

    Akebono (Waimanalo's Chad Rowan), the first foreigner ever to reach sumo's highest rank, had retired from the ring in 2001 but remained a senior member of the association.

    The soft-spoken 34-year-old tendered his resignation to sumo's governing body Wednesday. He said he decided to come out of retirement for his three children, who were too young to witness his peak as a dominant yokozuna, or grand champion.

    "My kids probably don't remember seeing their father in sumo. I wanted them to see their father fight," he told a press conference. "I couldn't suppress my feeling of wanting to return to fight."

    Akebono said he would take on former NFL lineman Bob Sapp, nicknamed "The Beast," in his debut K-1 match Dec. 31.

    Under an agreement with the K-1 organization that promotes fights for eight matches in Japan, Akebono might also face ex-heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, said K-1 producer Sadaharu Tanigaki. Tyson signed a K-1 contract in August.

    The 6-foot-9, 484-pound Akebono was forced to retire from sumo because of persistent knee problems.

    Akebono sought to downplay speculation that he might be hobbled by his weight and possible injuries in K-1, as he was at the twilight of his sumo career.

    "When I retired from sumo my body was in bad shape. I have been recovering, slowly but surely," he said.

    K-1 is wildly popular in Japan, where bouts are regularly staged before crowds of up to 70,000. The sport has held events in the United States and is seeking expansion there.


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    I give B.S. (apt acronym) about 40 seconds into round 1 before he goes out.

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    Let me officially be the first to say Bob Sapp will win .

    You might not like him but dont let your dislike for him cloud your judgement on his fighting ability .
    Give me your broken , give me your beaten ... I will build them up , I will lead them ... to the threshhold . Make you stronger , make you believe .

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    that ****s crazy..Sapp should win but what the hell is Tyson doing, hes an uncanny puncher but to face guys like Cro-Cop, Sapp, etc hes going to have to use his legs also..this should be real interesting
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    call me crazy, but i give the sumo a fair chance. you guys never watched much sumo have you....

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    are they at least going to reenforce the ring for this fight?

    i could see it crash in when these 2 enter

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    I watch a lot of sumo , but dont forget Sapp is striking all the time . The sumo people adhere to rules of fighting whereas mma guys dont really . Sapp is more used to this so I think he will win .
    Give me your broken , give me your beaten ... I will build them up , I will lead them ... to the threshhold . Make you stronger , make you believe .

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    maybe it will even be fixed who knows. id say a sumo yokozuna must haave a lot more skill than sapp has ever shown, and the sumo weighs 484 lbs... i give him a good shot

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    Of course Akebono will win. He's used to 500-pound sumos jumping at him and headbutting him. A gloved hand will not be a problem for him.

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    freaks in the show....

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