On the morning of October 31, 2013, the first Halloween trick-or-treat of the day his social media – and it’s a treat. Shu Hirata, Managing Partner of SuckerPunch Entertainment, announced the securing of a representation contract with Korean prodigy Choi DooHo of Gumi MMA. Hirata represents much of the Asian talent in the UFC and has helped to spearhead the recent signing of Tatsuya Kawajiri. It is likely that a contract for an American promotion, specifically the UFC, will be announced next since Hirata alluded to Choi’s appearance in “the Octagon”.
Choi, known as “The Korean Super Boy”, has a record of 11-1, with his sole loss being a split decision. The former CMA fighter was picked to initiate his career overseas, and so debuted in Grachan in 2009 then steamrolled his way through Gladiator and DEEP to start gaining international attention. He’s currently riding a string of five KO/TKOs over the likes of Shoji Maruyama (former King Of Pancrase), Tatsunao Nagakura, and Kosuke Umeda – fighters with substantially more experience than the 22-year old. His quick footwork, resilience under pressure, lightning speed and heavy hands have made him a reputation as a very dominant opponent.
Choi is leading a “new wave” of young fighters coming out of Korea who are proving themselves equal if not greater to the task set in front of them. Lee YunJun, Song MinJung, and Kim SooChul are other promising young fighters with bright futures ahead of them.