from a site I’ve never been to (http://www.mmawaves.com) come the report that Shaq’s super athlete challenge show has wrangled a host (its the shouty guy from the UFC)
“UFC play-by-play commentator Mike Goldberg will host the new reality series Shaq Vs. on ABC, which features NBA star Shaquille O’Neal.
In each episode of the show, O’Neal will go head-to-head with athletes in their own sports.
“Shaquille O’Neal just turns people into a mush,” Goldberg told UFC.com. “He has such a way about him, he’s such a big kid. He’s playful and people look at him like a big teddy bear. They just want to see and touch him. Plus, he’s so approachable, which is why I think this show will work.”
O’Neal, who is a big mixed martial arts
fan, has been training in MMA with Jonathan Burke for 10 years and has stated that he would like to fight.
“I think if Shaq has his way, it’s only a matter of time before he fights somebody,” Goldberg added. “When I saw Shaq in Pittsburgh, we were talking about UFC 100 and (UFC heavyweight champion) Brock (Lesnar) and could anybody beat him, and then he said ‘I keep telling (UFC President) Dana (White) I want to fight. I want to fight Hong Man Choi. Seriously, I’m coming.’ And one of the episodes planned is for him to work against (former boxing champion) Oscar De La Hoya, so we’re only a step away from it, and if Shaq has his way, because of his love for the sport, that will certainly happen in the future, unless we see him fight for real in the future.”
Shaq Vs. premieres Tuesday, August 18, at 9/8c on ABC.”