May 27, 2005


Lion Mutilates 42 Midgets in Cambodian Ring-Fight (BBC, 5/27/05)

The fight was slated when an angry fan contested Yang Sihamoni, President of the CMFL, 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.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 27, 2005 10:27 AM

And you believed them.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at May 27, 2005 1:31 PM

Happily, this one is false.

Posted by: Emily B. at May 27, 2005 1:49 PM

"No cameras allowed in the arena."

This in an age when every cellphone comes with one, and in a culture in which (I assume) not smuggling and not ignoring gov't directives is a sign of metrosexuality or, worse, extreme gullibility.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 27, 2005 1:51 PM

The included link explains.

Posted by: oj at May 27, 2005 1:55 PM

I think that one Liverpool fan bloke from that Cracker episode could've taken the lion.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 27, 2005 4:07 PM