Choo Scores Win in UFC Debut Match in Vegas

Choo Scores Win in UFC Debut Match in Vegas

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter

Choo Sung-hoon (Yoshihiro Akiyama) was a winner in his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut and Kim Dong-hyun added another victory at UFC 100 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Sunday (KST).

Choo beat Alan Belcher (13-4-0) of the United States in the middleweight bout by a 2-1 judges' decision.

At the beginning of the match, the 33-year-old Choo hit Belcher with kicks and punches instead of trying to take the match to the ground. Most believed Choo would have a significant advantage in a ground game.

Choo managed to surprise Belcher by landing a few solid blows early in the first round before an unintentional low blow by Belcher killed his momentum.

The UFC rookie, born in Japan to a Korean athlete parents, didn't give up against the American tough guy and fought aggressively, even as Belcher racked up points.

Choo overwhelmed the American in the first few minutes of the second round by taking Belcher down to the ground and inflicting some damage. But as the round entered the final minute, his stamina was exhausted and he took a few blows to the face, which left Choo with a badly swollen left eye.

Choo took more punishment in the third round with numerous punches to the face and low kicks. The 1.78-meter tall Asian tried to mount a counter attack but landed few blows against his opponent.

Before Choo's bout, Kim dominated T.J Grant of Canada in a welterweight match.

Kim took Grant down often and landed numerous elbows to his face. Grant tried to steal the win by attempting a submission move but the Busan-born fighter was too much for Grant and won 30-26 on all three judges' cards.