The UFC once again proved the merit of fighters trying to steer the ship of their careers in calling out opponents, even if it is done so in the most polite of fashions.
“The Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi is set to take on Cub Swanson at UFC 206, the UFC announced Thursday.
It is the exact fight Choi had hoped to get himself involved in for his next pro fight.
Since debuting in the UFC in 2014, Choi has made a splash in the featherweight ranks as one of the dynamic prospects to keep your eyes on.
He has fought three times in the UFC and earned three spectacular knockout finishes — his most recent two garnering him Performance of the Night bonuses.
At The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, Choi took on Thiago Tavares.
Once again proving his scary power, Choi took out Tavares with a straight right in Round 1.
Choi did not immediately call out an opponent, but a couple weeks after the bout, Choi took to social media and issued what might be the most cordial and polite call-out in UFC history.
And Swanson was the name he sought.
Swanson had fought the month after, defeating Tatsuya Kawajiri at UFC Fight Night 92.
In the days following that bout, Swanson said younger fighters were looking to make a name for themselves by thinking they could earn a win over him.
Swanson was not upset with it, but said he was willing to accept the challenges and prove up-and-coming fighters wrong, explicitly naming Choi as someone he would be willing to fight.
UFC 206 is expected to be headlined by the rematch between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.