ROAD FC 027: Legendary Korean fighter Choi Hong-Man promises a stunning comeback in the Openweight Tournament
16 December, 2015 - ROAD Fighting Championship will make an historic global expansion into China with ROAD FC 027
Korea's celebrated fighter "Techno Goliath" Choi Hong-Man shrugs off the ring rust and promises a thrilling comeback
Choi Hong-Man, legendary Korean giant
"Techno Goliath" Choi Hong-Man is one of the most famous Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Artists to come from South Korea. He stands at a giant 2.18m and possesses the skills to make him a threat to anyone in the cage or ring.
Choi started his martial arts career in ssireum, traditional Korean wrestling and won the 2003 Cheonhajangsa Ssireum Championship. Following wrestling, he took up Kickboxing and became the K-1 Seoul GP 2005 Champion. Choi has notable wins over Semmy Schilt, Gary Goodridge, and Mighty Mo.
From 2006 to 2009, Choi Hong-Man fought MMA in K-1, PRIDE and DREAM, against the top fighters of the golden era such as Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Filipovic, and Minowaman. Then at 27 years of age he was called for mandatory military service and his fighting career went on indefinite hiatus.
As Choi's health issues improved, he lost an incredible amount of weight, and eventually began to dream of the ring again. Then, in early 2015, Choi signed with ROAD FC to make his MMA comeback. He joined the ranks of other legendary Korean MMA fighters also making their comebacks in ROAD FC, such as Yoon Dong-Sik and Choi Mu-Bae.
Choi's devastating return
The "Techno Goliath" made his 6-year return to MMA at ROAD FC 026 in Japan in July of 2015. He faced dangerous opponent Carlos Toyota on the black belt's home turf. Choi stated:
"I'm trying not to stress too much, but it's been a long time since my last fight, I'm not sleeping well because I'm excited. Before my very first fight, I felt the same way."
However, immediately before the event, the media began swirled accusations of Choi's financial duress. When Choi got in the cage, it looked as if the pressure had gotten to him, or the ring rust was too strong. The "Techno Goliath" had his 6-year comeback brutally spoiled when Toyota landed a punch that KOed the giant at 1:29 of the first round.
Choi was silent at the post fight press conference. Later he stated:
" I apologize to everyone for my performance. I did train hard for my comeback. The stifling media accusations were invasive, they definitely affected me."
Choi then fell away from the public eye for a while. When "Techno Goliath's" high profile financial issues were resolved, he was determined to return to the sport of MMA. Choi was signed for the Openweight Tournament starting on 26 December at ROAD FC 027 in China.