Rising newcomer Doo Ho Choi suffered his first loss in the UFC on Saturday night (Dec. 10) to Cub Swanson, in an exciting slugfest at UFC 206.
The featherweight bout ended with Swanson (24-7) picking up the unanimous decision, but Choi (14-2) gaining further notoriety in the process. Swanson lit up “The Korean Superboy” with right hands throughout the fight and knocked him down multiple times, but Choi refused to go away.
“I knew he deserved all the hype,” Swanson said after the fight. “He just made the mistake of calling me out. It made me question myself. I trained really hard. I’m still a student of the game.”
The 33-year-old veteran hurt Choi with a right hand in the second round, following with a flurry of finishing blows as Choi walked his back to the fence. But, Choi delivered a heavy, counter right hand that put Swanson on the defensive and nearly ended the fight. Swanson would recover though and the slug fest continued into the third, where the veteran dominated the newcomer, landing 122 total strikes, compared to Choi’s 87.
For Choi, who was 3-0 in the UFC coming into the bout, it was one he specifically asked for.