Jose Canseco used his muscles to take pitchers deep and
trade blows with Danny Bonaduce.
Now the former MVP will step onto the mat and try MMA.
In his latest attempt to cash in on his flagging post-baseball
career, Canseco is set to make his mixed martial arts debut on May
26 in Japan. The former Oakland A's slugger and tell-all author is
fighting South Korean Hong Man Choi on the Dream 9 card in Yokohama
Choi is a 7-foot-2, 330-pound super heavyweight and has a 1-2
record in MMA.
"I have no idea if I can do it," Canseco said Thursday night.
"It's a tough sport."
Canseco has written two books, starred in a pair of reality
shows, and had two celebrity boxing bouts since his 17-year
baseball career ended. He boxed Bonaduce, a former "Partridge
Family" child star, to a majority draw in a match in January.
Canseco was listed at 6-4 and 260 pounds for that exhibition bout
that featured only three, 1-minute rounds.
Canseco, who named names of alleged steroid abusers like himself
in his two books, lost to former Philadelphia Eagle Vai Sikahema in
his first foray into celebrity boxing.
Canseco's girlfriend, Heidi Northcott, said the MMA deal was
presented to Canseco about two weeks ago. The 1988 AL MVP is part
of a card that includes an eight-man open-weight tournament and is
being called the Super Hulk Tournament.
By his acknowledgment, the baseball outcast needs the money.
It's one reason why Canseco has accepted a wide variety of offbeat
jobs to make ends meet.