Park Hyeon-seong (28, Kim Kyung-pyo), who wanted to enter the UFC, an American mixed martial arts (MMA) group, faced domestic fighter Choi Seung-guk (27, Korean Zombie MMA) on a single bridge.
Park Hyun-sung and Choi Seung-guk will compete in the UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivak road to UFC flyweight final at UFC Apex on the 5th of next month (Korean time). The winner can sign a contract with the UFC.
Park Hyeon-seong, ahead of the most important match in his career, is calmer than ever. In a recent phone interview with this magazine, he said, “I don’t think (the final) is special. We are preparing the same as in the previous game,” he said calmly.
Initially, there was a high possibility that the road to UFC final would be included in the Seoul event scheduled to be held next month. However, the venue of the event suddenly changed to Las Vegas, USA. Park Hyeon-seong said, “It’s a pity (Musan in the Korean tournament). Because he is one of those things you can’t experience while living. It was a stage to show the results of my efforts to my parents and acquaintances,” he laughed, saying, “But if you play in the United States, you have to adjust to the time difference and pay a lot of taxes.”
Park Hyeon-seong, who is considered the strongest flyweight in Korea, does not know defeat. After making his professional MMA debut, he won seven fights. His killer instinct is so outstanding that he has won only one decision. He showed an overwhelming performance in the road to UFC quarterfinals and semifinals, defeating his opponent in the first round.
Park Hyeon-seong said, “Victory is not something that can be achieved only with skill. I was lucky. All of the strategies I had prepared (so far) worked. If you try to KO, you can’t. You need luck to finish well,” he explained.
There is only one fight left before he advances to the UFC. Park Hyeon-seong was placed in the ironic fate of realizing his dream only when he surpassed Korean fighter Choi Seung-guk. Some predict the possibility of Park Hyeon-seong’s victory. Most of the comments say that the performance he has shown so far is better than Choi Seung-guk.
However, Park Hyeon-seong said, “It seems that Choi Seung-guk is underestimated. I thought Choi Seung-guk would come up (to the finals). Choi Seung-guk’s record (6 wins and 1 loss in 7 matches) is only small, but his athletic career is known to be old. There must have been a lot of learning from Jung Chan-sung,” he said. “I had good luck and good timing, so I came up quickly. The player who is similar in skill to me and played well that day will win.”
Choi Seung-guk also praised Park Hyun-sung’s skills in a recent interview with this magazine. However, he insisted that the victory was his. Park Hyeon-seong said, “I saw (Choi Seung-guk’s) interview that he would overwhelm me in all areas (hitting, wrestling, etc.). I will also overwhelm in all areas,” he said. “The thing Choi Seung-guk is superior to me in is offence wrestling. He said, “Even if I fall, even if I fall, everything is fine,” he was confident.
The fight between the two is the first face-to-face match between Koreans held in the Octagon. Park Hyeon-seong said, “I don’t think it’s special just because it’s the first time, and I’m not nervous. (Other) I think it will be similar to the road to UFC match,” he said, “I will win unconditionally. I want to show what I have been thinking about over and over again in the ring for several months. I feel sorry for Choi Seung-guk, but I really want to win and win.” 토토사이트