They gave us Samsung when Apple was dominating smartphones. Made us cry with overly dramatic dramas when telenovelas were getting weird. Created (ghastly) Asian boy/girl bands for the music scene. And now, we might have ourselves the first Asian UFC champion – “The Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi. Boy-band high five, Korea.
Yes, we know he still has a long way to go having only faced three opponents in the octagon (he is currently ranked at #29). And yes, he is untested in the upper echelon of the featherweight division. But gawddamn this kid is promising, knocking out his last three opponents in the UFC (most recently at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale). Here are his stats so far:
- Started training in 2007, pro debut in 2009
- On a 12-fight win streak
- 11 of his 15 fights have come by KO or TKO
- Only loss was by split decision to Yusuke Kagiyama
- 8 first round finishes
Other Asian fighters have made that run for UFC gold of course; The Korean Zombie against Aldo, Yushin Okami against Silva, Kyoji Horiguchi against Mighty Mouse. Machida and Bendo don’t really count (they weren’t from Asia). And who knows, the “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim may be two to three top wins from contendership. But we’re excited and hopeful about the Korean Superboy.
“My goal is to become champion, whether that means fighting in Asia or fighting in America,” he said at a press conference. “Among the Asian fighters, I think I’m the closest to the championship title, I’m confident and I know I have to do it.” Yes, Superboy, do it for Asia.