Shaq O’Neal Accepts Jose Canseco’s Challenge to MMA Fight

Written by Tom Ngo
March 15th, 2012

Lakers Shaquille Oneal

Former MLB star Jose Canseco desperately needs a paycheck, and it appears Shaquille O’Neal (Pictured) is willing to do his best to oblige.

Canseco was recently fired from a Mexican baseball league after it was discovered he was taking testosterone. Since the 47-year-old is nearly out of options for generating income, he took to his Twitter to repeatedly challenge O’Neal to a mixed martial arts scrap.

Bring it on, says Shaq Diesel.

“I challenged him a long time ago. If he wants it done, he knows where to find me,” O’Neal told ChicagoTribune. “He can be high off whatever, and I’ll be high off Frosted Flakes.”

The former Laker previously said he’d be interested in fighting fellow giant Hong Man Choi (or as UFC president Dana White once unforgettably called him “Long Duck Dong”), but the bout has yet to came to fruition.

Speaking of “Long Duck Dong,” Canseco was humiliated by the South Korean at “Dream 9” in May of 2009. After submitting via strikes after merely 77 seconds of action, Canseco never returned to MMA following his unsuccessful debut.

To his credit, Canseco does hold black belts in karate and taekwondo. He has also worked with the Nick and Nate Diaz at Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

O’Neal has never competed in a professional fight, but has trained MMA off-and-on since 2000. He worked on boxing, BJJ, Muay Thai and wrestling at Jonathan Burke’s Gracie Gym.

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