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Tickets had been sold-out three weeks before the much anticipated fight, which took place in the city of Kâmpóng Chhnãng [Cambodia].

The fight was slated when an angry fan contested Yang Sihamoni, President of the CMFL [Cambodian Midget Fighting League], claiming that one lion could defeat his entire league of 42 fighters.

Sihamoni takes great pride in the league he helped create, as was conveyed in his recent advertising campaign for the CMFL that stated his midgets will "... take on anything; man, beast, or machine."

This campaign is believed to be what sparked the undisclosed fan to challenge the entire league to fight a lion; a challenge that Sihamoni readily accepted.

An African Lion (Panthera Leo) was shipped to centrally located Kâmpóng Chhnãng especially for the event, which took place last Saturday, April 30, 2005 in the city’s coliseum.

The Cambodian Government allowed the fight to take place, under the condition that they receive a 50% commission on each ticket sold, and that no cameras would be allowed in the arena.

The fight was called in only 12 minutes, after which 28 fighters were declared dead, while the other 14 suffered severe injuries including broken bones and lost limbs, rendering them unable to fight back.

Sihamoni was quoted before the fight stating that he felt since his fighters out-numbered the lion 42 to 1, that they “… could out-wit and out-muscle [it].”

Unfortunately, he was wrong.

From the BBC.

(HT: WG)


Anonymous maxwedge said...

Wow... The depths we will go nowdays to be entertained.

Blogger Shaun Groves said...

You know, I feel bad too because when I read this on William's blog I laughed out loud because I thought it was an elaborate fake news item. I thought it hilarious. And then I realized it was real. And I'm torn. How sad and weird to the point of, well, making me laugh?? What's wrong with me????

Anonymous maxwedge said...

I'm with you. I laughed and shared it with some others. I've seen a lotta bad stuff and am VERY jaded. But I always end up in the same place: Was that really funny? Someone died and I thought it was funny. But dang, forgive me, that does make a bizarre visual..... (forcibly holding back a snicker)

Anonymous Sean Hennigan said...

So I read this article too on Greg Adkin's site a few days back... he seemed to think or find out it was a fake news article after all. http://www.emergingminister.com . Doesn't take away from the moral dilemma of it all.

Anonymous maxwedge said...

sean hennigan is right.

BBC says it's fake. Wouldn't doubt if it were real though.

Now I shouldn't feel so bad for laughing so hard. Or should I?

Blogger Christopher said...

I think it is fake. If you click the link for the "Print" version, you get this:


Blogger Steven M. Russell said...

It is fake. It is just a really good fake.

Anonymous keith said...

They've even made t-shirts.

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