Lion Takes On Cambodian Midget Fighting League…
Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant discuss the story which appeared a few years ago which reported that the entire Cambodian Midget Fighting League took on a lion after a disgruntled fan claimed the beast could defeat them all. The story was a hoax but Gervais and Merchant didn’t know it at the time.
According to the fake BBC website tickets had been sold-out three weeks before the much anticipated fight, which took place in the city of Kâmpóng Chhnãng. Yang Sihamoni, President of the CMFL, took great pride in the league he helped create and advertised that his midgets will “… take on anything; man, beast, or machine.”
An African Lion (Panthera Leo) was shipped to centrally located Kâmpóng Chhnãng especially for the event, which took place in 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.