Choi Doo-ho

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Doo Ho Choi
Born (1991-04-06) April 6, 1991 (age 27)
Gumi, South Korea
Native name최두호
Other namesThe Korean Superboy[1]
NationalitySouth Korean
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
DivisionFeatherweight
Lightweight
Reach70 in (178 cm)
StyleBoxing, Taekwondo, Jujutsu
Fighting out ofBusan, South Korea
TeamBusan Team M.A.D
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins14
By knockout11
By submission1
By decision2
Losses3
By knockout1
By decision2
UniversityGumi University [2]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Choi Doo-ho (born April 6, 1991), often anglicized to Doo Ho Choi or Dooho Choi, is a South Korean mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in their Featherweight division.

Background[edit]

Choi graduated from Gumi University with a degree in Security.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

DEEP[edit]

Choi started getting noticed in the MMA world after making his DEEP debut in June 2010, when he faced Yusuke Kagiyama. Choi lost his Deep debut via split decision. After a short stint on the independent circuit, Choi returned to DEEP in September 2010, facing Atsuhiro Tsuboi. He won by TKO in the first round.[4] He went undefeated in his next fights in MMA, beating various fighters like Mitsuhiro Ishida, Kosuke Omeda, and Nobuhiro Obiya.

Before being released to fight in the UFC, Choi fought for DEEP one last time, on June 15, 2013, when he faced Japanese prospect Shoji Maruyama. He won via TKO in the second round.[5]

Sengoku Raiden Championship[edit]

While fighting for DEEP, Choi also signed with Sengoku Raiden Championship. He had his first fight at SRC: Sengoku Raiden Championship 13, when he faced Ikuo Usuda. Choi won via split decision. A few months later, Choi was slated to face Masanori Kanehara at SRC: Sengoku Raiden Championship 15.[6] However, three weeks before the event, Choi suffered an injury and the fight was taken off the card.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In November 2013, following a nine-fight winning streak, Choi signed a contract to fight with the UFC to compete in their featherweight division.[8]

Choi was scheduled to face Sam Sicilia on May 24, 2014, at UFC 173.[9] However, Choi pulled out of the bout with an injury.[10]

Choi ultimately made his debut when he faced Juan Puig on November 22, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 57. He won the fight via TKO just 18 seconds into the first round.[11]

A rescheduled bout with Sam Sicilia was expected to take place on July 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 71.[12] However, Choi pulled out of the fight in late June for undisclosed reasons.[13]

The bout with Sicilia was scheduled a third time and took place on November 28, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 79. Choi won the fight via knockout in the first round.[14] The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[15]

Choi next faced Thiago Tavares on July 8, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[16]

Choi faced Cub Swanson on December 10, 2016, at UFC 206. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[17] The fight was nominated for Fight of the year by the World MMA Awards[18] and ESPN. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night. [19]

Choi was briefly linked to a bout with Renan Barão which was expected to take place on April 15, 2017, at UFC on Fox 24.[20] However, as the announcement of the pairing began to circulate, Choi declined the bout, and as a result, Barao is expected to be rescheduled against a different opponent, possibly at another event.[21]

Choi was expected to face Andre Fili on July 29, 2017 at UFC 214.[22] However, Choi pulled out of the fight on June 14 citing an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Calvin Kattar.[23]

Choi next faced Jeremy Stephens on January 14, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi.[24] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[25] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night.[26]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–3 Jeremy Stephens TKO (punches and elbows) UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi January 14, 2018 2 2:36 St. Louis, Missouri, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 14–2 Cub Swanson Decision (unanimous) UFC 206 December 10, 2016 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Fight of the Night. Fight of the Year.
Win 14–1 Thiago Tavares KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale July 8, 2016 1 2:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–1 Sam Sicilia KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal November 28, 2015 1 1:33 Seoul, South Korea Performance of the Night.
Win 12–1 Juan Puig TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson November 22, 2014 1 0:18 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 11–1 Shoji Maruyama TKO (punches) Deep: Cage Impact 2013 June 15, 2013 2 2:33 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–1 Tatsunao Nagakura TKO (corner stoppage) Deep: 61 Impact February 16, 2013 2 4:14 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–1 Kosuke Umeda KO (punch) Deep: 59 Impact August 18, 2012 1 2:49 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–1 Mitsuhiro Ishida KO (knee and punches) Deep / Smash: Japan MMA League 2011 Semifinals December 17, 2011 1 1:33 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–1 Nobuhiro Obiya KO (flying knee) Deep: Cage Impact 2011 in Tokyo, 2nd Round October 29, 2011 3 0:15 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–1 Hisaki Hiraishi Decision (unanimous) Gladiator: Gladiator 23 September 3, 2011 2 5:00 Hiroshima, Japan
Win 5–1 Atsuhiro Tsuboi TKO (punches) Deep: clubDeep Nagoya: Kobudo Fight September 5, 2010 1 4:53 Nagoya, Japan
Win 4–1 Yuichiro Ono TKO (punches) Gladiator: Gladiator 7 June 27, 2010 1 0:26 Sapporo, Japan
Win 3–1 Ikuo Usuda Decision (split) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 13 June 20, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Featherweight debut.
Loss 2–1 Yusuke Kagiyama Decision (split) Deep: Cage Impact 2010 in Osaka June 6, 2010 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 2–0 Jong Wha Lee TKO (punches) M-1 Selection 2010: Asia Round 1 March 5, 2010 1 3:20 Seoul, South Korea
Win 1–0 Takashi Matsuoka Submission (armbar) Grachan: Grachan 3 November 29, 2009 1 1:05 Tokyo, Japan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sherdog.com. "Doo Ho". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  2. ^ "Dooho Choi - Official UFC® Fighter Profile". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  3. ^ "Dooho Choi - Official UFC® Fighter Profile". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  4. ^ "Deep - clubDeep Nagoya: Kobudo Fight". sherdog.com. September 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Doo Ho Choi vs. Shoji Maruyama". tapology.com. June 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Masanori Kanehara vs. Doo Ho Choi added to Sengoku Raiden Championship 15". mmajunkie.com. October 7, 2010.
  7. ^ "Cancelled Bout: Masanori Kanehara vs. Doo Ho Choi". tapology.com. October 30, 2010.
  8. ^ "Choi Doo-ho signs with UFC". arirang.co.kr. November 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-02-21). "Sam Sicilia meets newcomer Doo Ho Choi at UFC 173 in May". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  10. ^ B Wylie (2014-04-20). "Doo Ho Choi injured, out of next months Featherweight clash with Sam Sicilia at UFC 173". fightsportasia.com. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night 57 results: Doo Ho Choi quickly stops Juan Puig with 18-second TKO". MMAjunkie. 2014-11-23. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  12. ^ LeeLi (2015-05-06). "Choi Doo-Ho will have his next match against Sam Sicilia at UFC Fight Night 71 on July 15, 2015 in San Diego, California". mma-in-asia.com. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  13. ^ Staff (2015-06-28). "Doo Ho Choi forced out of featured UFC Fight Night 71 prelim". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-28.
  14. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-11-28). "UFC Fight Night 79 results: Doo Ho Choi stops Sam Sicilia in 93 seconds". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-28.
  15. ^ Staff (2015-11-28). "UFC Fight Night 79 bonuses: Dominique Steele's slam KO is a $50,000 no-brainer". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-28.
  16. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-07-08). "TUF 23 Finale results: Doo Ho Choi crushes Thiago Tavares with punches in first". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  17. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-12-10). "UFC 206 results: Cub Swanson wins magnificent matchup over Doo Ho Choi". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  18. ^ Awards, MMA. "World MMA Awards Site - Vote Now!". World MMA Awards. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  19. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-12-10). "UFC 206 bonuses: Swanson, Choi, Holloway, Vannata receive $50K awards". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  20. ^ Dale Jordan (2017-02-12). "Renan Barao vs. Doo Ho Choi headlines UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City, Missouri". mmamad.com. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  21. ^ Jim Edwards (2017-02-12). "Why Doo Ho Choi versus Renan Barao isn't happening". mmamad.com. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  22. ^ Andrew Pearson (2017-05-10). "Doo Ho Choi vs. Andre Fili announced for UFC 214". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  23. ^ Jordan Breen (2017-07-17). "Calvin Kattar signs with the UFC, steps in for Doo Ho Choi versus Andre Fili at UFC 214". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  24. ^ "Jeremy Stephens vs. Doo Ho Choi slated for UFC St. Louis". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  25. ^ Steven Marrocco (2018-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 124 results: Jeremy Stephens devastates Dooho Choi with second-round TKO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  26. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2018-01-14). "UFC Fight Night 124 bonuses: Stephens, Choi, Elkins, Reyes receive $50K checks". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  27. ^ Okamoto, Brett. "2016 ESPN.com fight of the year: Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi". ESPN.com. Retrieved 8 September 2017.

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