Sapp to fight Anime Character Mantaro

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In one of the strangest bout announcements in recent memory, K-1 has announced that the larger-than-life Bob Sapp (9-3-1) has agreed to face Japanese anime character Kinniku Mantaro.
Or rather Japanese wrestling standout Akihito Tanaka (0-0) wearing a Kinniku Mantaro mask.

The bout will take place at the year-ending FieLDS Dynamite!! 2008 event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Where is this from?

The 350-pound Sapp was last in action in February. The 36-year-old suffered a 55-second TKO loss to Jan Nortje while fighting under the Strikeforce banner.

Sapp has been a staple of the Japanese MMA scene since his debut in 2002. Having competed for PRIDE and K-1, the bout with Mantaro/Tanaka will be Sapp's fourth appearance on a New Year's Eve card.

Tanaka is a seven-time All-Japan Wrestling champion. Despite the odd choice of a representing an anime character in his MMA debut, Tanaka is considered a legitimate heavyweight prospect.