After Chan-Sung Jeong’s retirement, eight UFC fighters, including
Doo-ho Choi, Jun-yong Park, and Kyung-ho Kang, are active
. ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan-sung Jeong (36) has hung up his gloves스포츠토토, but there are still eight Korean fighters in the UFC. Could one of these become the UFC’s first Korean champion? We introduce these people who are still sweating hard somewhere.
According to the UFC, as of the 15th, the UFC has contracts with eight Korean athletes. The athlete best known to mixed martial arts fans and the public is ‘Korean Superboy’ Choi Doo-ho (pictured left, 32), who is active in the featherweight division. Choi Doo-ho, whose main weapon is a powerful one-two, debuted in the UFC in 2014 and won 1st round TKO in 3 consecutive matches. In the fourth UFC match that attracted his attention, he had a bloody battle with top-ranked Cub Swanson (40, USA), but unfortunately lost by unanimous decision. In his return match after 3 years and 2 months last February, Choi Doo-ho ended in a draw due to a disappointing decision by the referee.
The player with the best momentum recently is ‘Iron Turtle’ Park Jun-yong (32). He entered the UFC in 2019 and has a record of 7 wins, 2 losses, and 4 consecutive wins. The front hand jab fight is good, and sticky wrestling is his strength. If he wins against a top 15 fighter in his next match, there is a high possibility that he will be ranked in the UFC middleweight rankings. There has yet to be a Korean athlete listed in the UFC middleweight rankings.
‘Mr. Perfect’ Kang Kyung-ho (36), who competes in the bantamweight division, is a veteran in his 10th year of UFC debut. His UFC record is 8 wins and 3 losses. He is expected to be able to face a ranked player if he wins one or two more times with his recent two consecutive wins.
Featherweight ‘Sting’ Choi Seung-woo (31) recently made a comeback by winning the Singapore tournament. He entered the UFC in 2019 and gained momentum with 3 consecutive wins after 2 losses, but was on the verge of expulsion after losing 3 times in a row. However, he was able to make a comeback by winning a unanimous decision in his most recent match. A sharp strike is an advantage.
In the heavyweight division, there is Jeong Da-un (30), who was unfortunately defeated recently. After entering the UFC, he recorded 4 wins and 1 draw in 5 fights, and was expected to be a promising light heavyweight, but his momentum was somewhat dampened by his recent 3 consecutive losses. In the UFC, a fighter is usually kicked out after losing 3 to 4 times in a row, so his future prospects are unclear.
In addition, Lee Jeong-young (28), former featherweight champion of Korean martial arts group Road FC, Park Hyun-seong (28), former Double G FC flyweight champion, and female strawweight Kim So-yul (26) are about to make their debuts. Lee Jung-young and Park Hyun-seong entered the UFC through the prospect discovery program ‘Road to UFC’, and Kim So-yul recently signed a UFC contract after winning seven straight.