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Outside the Octagon with: The Korean Superboy

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The UFC is an organization known for scouting and signing the most gifted and exciting fighters on the planet. Who’s better to talk about this week than the fighter who finished his first three UFC opponents via (T)KO in the very first round? Yes, I am talking about one of Asia’s biggest prospects; ‘The Korean Superboy’ Doo Ho Choi.

Now when you look at Choi the first thing that you’ll notice it’s his baby-faced look. If we didn’t know how brutal he is inside the octagon we would never imagine that he fights for a living. He arguably has one of the most deceiving looks in all of MMA. He fights out of Busan, South Korea where he trains with team MAD. Mainly considered a striker with tremendous power, and explosiveness Choi currently fights in the UFC featherweight division. He holds a professional MMA record of 14 – 2 where 11 of his 14 wins come via (T)KO.

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Growing up

Doo Ho Choi was born in Daegu, South Korea on April 6, 1991. Throughout his youth, Choi admits that he was always involved in street fights and wasn’t the guy to back down from one either. However, he didn’t  particularly enjoy it since he was one of the smallest guys in his group.  When he left high school he tried keeping as healthy as possible by going to the gym and exercising in order to gain muscle mass.

Choi was an avid fan of PRIDE FC, which was very popular in Asia.  He then started studying and practising Jiu-Jitsu by the age of 16 when he joined a local academy. His parents, on the other hand, were not fans of the sport or any martial arts but started noticing Choi’s keen interest in the sport from a young age and have supported him ever since his amateur career.  Being an MMA fighter has always been his dream. He always knew that one day he’d be part of the UFC. Choi’s coach, Yang Sung-hoon has no doubts that one day Choi will wear gold around his waist and considers him a genius due to the way he knocks out his opponents. It is also interesting to mention that Choi has a degree in security from Gumi Kyungun’ s University.

Professional MMA Career

The Korean Superboy started his professional career with an armbar submission win over his opponent. This was somewhat intriguing when we look back at it. Mainly because Choi would later on become known for his fascinating knockout artistry rather than grappling and submission game.  Choi signed with the promotion DEEP shortly after and lost his debut. However, he quickly recovered from that loss and the rest is history.  Choi signed with the UFC in 2013 and hid debut fight was in 2014 against Juan Puig. He impressively TKO’d Puig in the first round. He went on to repeat the exact same feat two more times against Sam Sicilia and the highly skilled Thiago Tavares.

On December 10, 2016, young Choi faced the highly experienced Cub Swanson. Choi came short on points and lost the fight via UD. Although it gave him his second loss in MMA, this fight wasn’t like any other fights. It was arguably one of the greatest three-round fights ever witnessed in the sport, it was an absolute slugfest were both fighters brilliantly showcased their durability and skillsets. The fight that was awarded Fight Of The Year (2016) by many experts including us here at The MMA Takeover.  Choi showed resilience and showed that he can stand there with the best fighters in the business by putting on an incredible show.  Living up to the expectations of Asia’s biggest prospect.

Upcoming

Due to injuries, Choi hasn’t competed for over a year since his fight with Swanson in 2016. But the prospect is now healthy and will be facing and headline UFC Fight Night 124: Stephens vs. Choi on January the 14th. He will be facing another well-known slugger,  Jeremy Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) who comes from an impressive win against former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.

This is a fight that most fans are excited about given both fighters styles. It will most certainly end in a knockout or in a very entertaining five-round slugfest.

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