Kang Kyung-Ho, 4-fight veteran of UFC, has been called up for his mandatory Korean military service and will put his MMA career on hold.
The Korean stand out from Team MAD in Busan trains with fellow UFC fighters Kim Dong-Hyun and Ham Seo-Hee, plus a bevy of other notables including ROAD FC Flyweight Champ Jo Nam-Jin. Kang won the ROAD FC Bantamweight Championship and was subsequently released for an opportunity in the UFC. Kang missed a 2012 entry due to an injury, and then saw his first loss overturned to a No Contest when his opponent tested positive for illegal substances.
Kang saw another loss in his second outing before a Singapore slot against Shunichi Shimizu and a Japan slot against Michinori Tanaka earned him back to back wins. The most recent fight with Tanaka was a blockbuster battle that earned Fight of the Night honors.
Kang got the call to duty last year, and hoped for a fight before he was enlisted, however an injury kept him out of a late 2014 card, and a last-minute match up was deemed too short notice by his camp. Travel restrictions imposed upon him during 2015 prevent him from taking fights outside of Korea.
Kang will enter the service on March 10, 2015 with a 5-week boot camp and is expected to finish in December of 2016. He was quoted in Korean media as promising to come back to the UFC as a more evolved “Mr. Perfect.”