Kang Kyung-ho

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Kang Kyung-Ho
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Kang Kyung-Ho on February 22, 2013.
Born (1987-09-09) September 9, 1987 (age 31)
Busan, South Korea[1]
Native name강경호
Other namesMr. Perfect
NationalitySouth Korean
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
DivisionBantamweight (2011–present)
Featherweight (2009–2011)
Lightweight (2007–2008)
Reach72 in (183 cm)[2]
StyleSsireum, BJJ, Taekwondo
Fighting out ofBusan, South Korea
TeamBusan Team M.A.D.
RankBlue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission11
By decision2
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision5
By disqualification1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang Gyeong-ho
McCune–ReischauerKang Gyŏng-ho

Kang Kyung-Ho (Korean: 강경호, born September 9, 1987), often anglicized Kyung Ho Kang, is a South Korean mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC's bantamweight division.


Kang started his professional career in 2007. He fought mainly for international promotions, such as Spirit Martial Challenge, Art of War and DEEP.

Road Fighting Championship[edit]

Kang faced Shoko Sato in the quarterfinal match of ROAD FC bantamweight tournament on March 24, 2012 at Road FC 7. He won via submission due to an armbar in the second round.[3][4]

In the semifinal on June 16, 2012 at Road FC 8, Kang faced Jae Hoon Moon. He won via submission due to a rear-naked choke in the second round. On the same day, Kang faced Andrew Leone in the final. Once again Kang won via submission due to a rear-naked choke in round two and was crowned the first-ever Road FC bantamweight champion.[5]

In July 2012, it was announced that Kang had signed a contract to compete in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Kang was expected to face Alex Caceres on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le. However, Kang was removed from the event due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Motonobu Tezuka.[7]

Kang/Caceres finally took place on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann. Caceres originally won the fight via split decision, but the result was later changed to a no contest after Caceres tested positive for marijuana.[8]

Kang faced Chico Camus on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164. He lost the fight via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 30–27).[9]

Kang faced Shunichi Shimizu on January 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim. He won the fight via submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the third round.[10]

Kang was expected to face Chris Holdsworth on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[11] However, Kang pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Chico Camus.[12]

Kang faced Michinori Tanaka on September 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52.[13] He won the fight via split decision, and both fighters would earn Fight of the Night honors for their efforts.[14]

Kang put a hold on his career to serve his two year commitment for mandatory South Korean military service.[15] In December 2017 he returned from hiatus to face Guido Cannetti on January 14, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi.[16] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[17]

Kang faced Ricardo Ramos on August 4, 2018 at UFC 227.[18] He lost the fight by split decision.[19]

Kang faced Teruto Ishihara on February 10, 2018 at UFC 234.[20] He won the fight via a submission in round one.[21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–8 (1) Teruto Ishihara Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 234 February 10, 2019 1 3:59 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 14–8 (1) Ricardo Ramos Decision (split) UFC 227 August 4, 2018 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 14–7 (1) Guido Cannetti Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi January 14, 2018 1 4:53 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 13–7 (1) Michinori Tanaka Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson September 20, 2014 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Fight of the Night.
Win 12–7 (1) Shunichi Shimizu Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim January 4, 2014 3 3:53 Marina Bay, Singapore
Loss 11–7 (1) Chico Camus Decision (unanimous) UFC 164 August 31, 2013 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
NC 11–6 (1) Alex Caceres NC (overturned) UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann March 3, 2013 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Originally a split decision win for Caceres; overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.
Win 11–6 Andrew Leone Submission (rear-naked choke) Road FC 8: Bitter Rivals June 16, 2012 2 1:19 Wonju, South Korea Won the inaugural Road FC Bantamweight Championship. Road FC 2012 Bantamweight Tournament Final.
Win 10–6 Jae Hoon Moon Submission (rear-naked choke) Road FC 8: Bitter Rivals June 16, 2012 2 4:27 Wonju, South Korea Road FC 2012 Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 9–6 Shoko Sato Submission (armbar) Road FC 7: Recharged March 24, 2012 2 2:38 Seoul, South Korea Road FC 2012 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 8–6 Andrew Leone Technical Decision Road FC 6: The Final Four February 5, 2012 3 5:00 Seoul, South Korea Kang had one point deducted per round for missing weight.[4]
Win 8–5 Min Jung Song Submission (armbar) Road FC 5: Night of Champions December 3, 2011 1 4:55 Seoul, South Korea
Win 7–5 Kil Woo Lee TKO (corner stoppage) Road FC 3: Explosion July 24, 2011 1 0:52 Seoul, South Korea Bantamweight debut.
Loss 6–5 Bae Young Kwon Submission (triangle armbar) Road FC 2: Alive April 16, 2011 1 4:05 Seoul, South Korea
Win 6–4 Kazutoshi Fujita Submission (rear-naked choke) Grachan 5 November 7, 2010 1 2:10 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 5–4 Munehiro Kin DQ (knee to downed opponent) Gladiator 11: G–1 October 9, 2010 1 4:56 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–3 Makoto Kamaya Submission (rear-naked choke) KOF: The Beginning of Legend April 24, 2010 3 4:19 Jinju, South Korea
Loss 4–3 Shigeki Osawa Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 12 March 7, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4–2 Atsushi Yamamoto Decision (unanimous) Deep: Fan Thanksgiving Festival 2 November 10, 2009 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Catchweight (63 kg) bout.
Win 4–1 Ning Guangyou Submission (triangle choke) AOW 13: Rising Force July 18, 2009 1 7:34 Beijing, China Featherweight debut.
Win 3–1 Nam Sun Kim TKO (doctor stoppage) Spirit MC 17: All In June 29, 2008 1 4:08 Seoul, South Korea
Loss 2–1 Kwang Hee Lee KO (soccer kicks) Spirit MC 14: Karma October 14, 2007 1 2:45 Seoul, South Korea For the Spirit MC Welterweight (155 lbs) Championship.
Win 2–0 Duk Young Jang Submission (triangle choke) Spirit MC 13: Heavyweight GP Final October 14, 2007 1 2:45 Seoul, South Korea
Win 1–0 Jae Hyun So Decision (unanimous) Spirit MC 11: Invasion April 22, 2007 2 5:00 Seoul, South Korea Lightweight debut.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kyung Ho Kang – official UFC fighter profile". UFC.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Kyung Ho Kang's profile". Tapology.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  3. ^ John Evans (March 24, 2012). "Road FC: Kang, Kume score submissions; UFC veteran 'Jucão' Carneiro rolls". Sherdog.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  4. ^ a b James Goyder (March 26, 2012). "Asian MMA roundup: Kyung Ho Kang wins at Road FC, Rodrigo Caporal victorious at RUFF". MMAmania.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Staff (June 19, 2012). "Official results for Road FC 8: The Final Four – Bitter Rivals". MMAsucka.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Anton Tabuena (July 27, 2012). "Report: UFC signs Korean bantamweight champ, Kyung Ho Kang for Macau event". Bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Mike Whitman (November 3, 2012). "Kyung Ho Kang injured, Alex Caceres meets Motonobu Tezuka at UFC on Fuel TV 6". Sherdog.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Jesse Holland (March 21, 2013). "Lavar Johnson cut, Alex Caceres suspended for recent UFC drug test failures (updated)". MMAmania.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Ben Fowlkes (September 1, 2013). "UFC 164 results and photos: Chico Camus upsets Kyung Ho Kang for home fans". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  10. ^ Matt Erickson (January 4, 2014). "UFC Fight Night 34 results: Kyung Ho Kang beats up Shunichi Shimizu after strange first round". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  11. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-02-21). "Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang set for UFC 173 in May". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  12. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-05). "Chico Camus in for Kyung Ho Kang, meets Chris Holdsworth at UFC 173". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  13. ^ Anton Tabuena (2014-07-26). "Asian champions Michinori Tanaka and Kyung Ho Kang to face off at UFC: Japan". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  14. ^ Karim Zadan (2014-09-20). "UFC Fight Night Japan bonuses: Mark Hunt earns $50,000 for knockout win over Roy Nelson". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  15. ^ "UFC fighter Kang Kyung-Ho puts MMA career on hold for mandatory Korean military service - Asia MMA". Asia MMA. 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  16. ^ DNA, MMA. "Kyung Ho Kang keert terug na ruim 3 jaar afwezigheid tegen Guido Cannetti in St.Louis". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night 124 results: Kyung Ho Kang chokes out Guido Cannetti in first round". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-15. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  18. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-05-08). "Ricardo Ramos faces Kyung Ho Kang during UFC 227 in Los Angeles". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-05-08. (in Dutch)
  19. ^ "UFC 227 results: Ricardo Ramos' power shots earn split call over Kyung Ho Kang". MMAjunkie. 2018-08-05. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  20. ^ DNA, MMA. "Aziatisch onderonsje tussen Teruto Ishihara en Kyung Ho Kang tijdens UFC 234 in Melbourne". Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  21. ^ "UFC 234 results: Kyung Ho Kang chokes out Teruto Ishihara after slugfest". MMAjunkie. 2019-02-10. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  22. ^ Sherdog.com. "Kyung Ho". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-01-01.

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