Dooho Choi promises he won't 'be defeated again' after epic brawl with Cub Swanson

BY Jonathan Bradley • December 14, 2016

Featherweight Dooho Choi might have come out on the losing end of one of the greatest fights in UFC history last Saturday at UFC 206, but the 25-year-old South Korean says he’s already learned plenty of lessons from the bout.

Choi, who fought three epic rounds with featherweight contender Cub Swanson, took to Instagram just days after the loss to let fans know he will not be deterred by defeat and plans to return to the Octagon better than ever.

“I knew I had shortcomings in my game,” Choi said in the post. “But hadn't had the chance to experience them until now. I learned so much last night. At first, I was disappointed in myself, but now I am full of anticipation and confidence that I can become stronger. I will not be defeated again. I will come back stronger than ever. I thank everyone so much for your concern and encouragement.”

Choi won his first three UFC fights by first-round KO/TKO and was highly touted entering his matchup with Swanson. His quick finishes, however, limited his total time in the Octagon to just 4:33 entering UFC 206, so his weaknesses were largely unknown to anyone who hadn’t seen him outside of the UFC, and even those fights weren’t against world-class competition.

After spending a full round with Choi, Swanson and his team were able to recognize and exploit the fact that Choi wasn’t the same fighter when forced to fight backwards. The next 10 minutes saw the fight drastically shift in Swanson’s favor and the Jackson-Wink fighter took home his 24th career win.

Despite the loss, Choi was still impressive in what was just his fourth UFC fight. At 25, he has a bright future ahead up of him and already has the fans behind him after an epic performance at UFC 206.