The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s third-ever UFC Fan Expo was held last August 27-28 at the Hynes Convention Center, a short trip from TD Garden, in Boston which hosted UFC 118.
At the event, NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal made his first public appearance as a member of the Boston Celtics after he signed with the team as a free agent.
It’s no secret that Shaq is a big; literally big fan of the UFC always at ringside during big pay-per-view events even during its early days. Shaq-Fu was even honored as a secret character for the video game UFC Undisputed 2010.
At the UFC Fan Expo, Shaq answered questions from fans about basketball and mixed-martial arts. He then renewed his challenge to Korean Hong Man Choi which he already called-out last year to a fight.
“I would train here for a month. Then I would go to Korea to train for a month, and then we fight. The name of the show would be called ‘Pick on Somebody Your Own Size.’
Hong Man Choi, I’m coming for you.”
Asked who he’d most like to fight if he were able to ever compete in the UFC, Shaq said,
“It probably wouldn’t be an advantage to me at 38 (years old), but let’s just go back in time,. Let’s just say I’m 25. I’d like to fight Tito (Ortiz) first, and then, after I knock Tito out in the first round, I want some of ‘Tank’ Abbott. After beating ‘Tank’ and going three rounds, I want some of ‘Cabbage’ (Correira).”
Shaq even added,
“Check it out – next year for the last episode of ‘Shaq Vs.,’ I’ll grapple with Joe Rogan first round, Lorenzo (Fertitta) second round and then Dana White in round three – in the cage, in the octagon, in Las Vegas.”
But Shaq said that he is serious on getting even just one MMA fight to his credit.
Here’s a preview of how Shaq might have fared against UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar:
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