If you thought you’d seen everything the strange world of Japanese fighting could possibly think of, think again! K-1 has announced that Bob Sapp (9-3-1) will be facing Japanese anime character, Kinniku Mantaro on New Year’s Eve.
Actually, Japanese wrestler, Akihito Tanaka (0-0), will be wearing a Kinniku Mantaro mask. It has been reported that Tanaka will wear the mask during the bout. Oddly enough, Tanaka is considered to be a serious heavyweight prospect making his MMA debut in K-1.
Akihito Tanaka is a seven-time All-Japan wrestling champion. Many Japanese pundits give him a better than average chance to win the fight against Sapp should he survive the opening minutes of the bout.