Korean UFC Fighter Doo Ho Choi’s Return Revealed
South Korean MMA fighter Doo Ho Choi was supposed to fight Andre Fili at "UFC 214." However, the former, who is dubbed "The Korean Superboy," had to pull out because of an accident.
Choi was removed from "UFC 214" after suffering from a shoulder injury that involves his rotator cuff, BJ Penn reported. The South Korean UFC featherweight fighter is expected to return to the cage in October.
"UFC 214" will take place at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on July 29. It will be headlined by reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones.
The "UFC 214" fight against Fili would have been an opportunity for Choi to redeem himself. In the South Korean MMA fighter's last bout, he lost to Cub Swanson at "UFC 206" via unanimous decision on Dec. 10, 2016.
Currently, Choi holds a record of 14 wins and 2 losses. The first fighter to defeat him was Yusuke Kagiyama during their bout in Osaka, Japan, on June 6, 2010.
On the other hand, Fili currently holds a record of 16 wins and 4 losses. He won his most recent fight, which was against Hacran Dias at "UFC Fight Night 96" on Oct. 1, 2016.
Recently, it was recently revealed that Artem Lobov turned down a fight with Fili. This was because the former wanted to help his teammate Conor McGregor prepare for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26.
"I was offered a fight with Andre Fili," Lobov told MMA Junkie. "He was calling me out on Twitter. I would've taken the fight, but it's just too hard for me to commit to something on July 29."
For Lobov, the date of "UFC 214" was not convenient and it would have been too much of a risk for him. Since he turned down the contract offer to fight Fili, the UFC later on announced Choi as the opponent.