Jose Canseco in Dream 9 Open Weight Grand Prix

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Jose CansecoJapan is land of the strange when it comes to MMA gimmick matches (remember Bob Sapp fighting a cartoon character?).  Well DREAM has announced its 2009 Open Weight Grand Prix participants and Jose Canseco will face Hong Man Choi in the first round !

Canseco, one half of the Bash Brothers, should do well as he has a career .515 Slugging Percentage!  Lets look at the rest of his professional statistics:

Jose Canseco
Batting Average: .266
Hits: 1877
Home Runs: 462
Runs Batted In: 1407

Those Hall of Fame stats tell me that he is ready for Hong Man Choi! Canseco has been in financial troubles lately and has been performing boxing exhibitions in the US.  He got knocked out by Vai Sikahema and had a draw with Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce.

Besides Canseco and Hong Man Choi, the Grand Prix will feature Bob Sapp, Minowa, Sokoudjou, Nortje, Mark Hunt, Mousasi.  Mousasi is vacating the Middleweight title in order to move up in weight.  Ronaldo Jacare and Mayhem Miller will fight for the title on the DREAM 9 card.

Here are the first round matchups for the Open Weight Grand Prix:

Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa vs. Bob Sapp

Jan Nortje vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

Mark Hunt vs. Gegard Mousasi

Jose Canseco vs. Hong Man Choi

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