“The Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi is not being as polite as he was when he originally called out his upcoming UFC 206 opponent Cub Swanson.
After Swanson made comments last week about Choi’s eagerness to get the matchup, Choi returned with his own comments on the fight and his thoughts on Swanson as a fighter today.
“Considering his position, he should feel less comfortable about this matchup, because it’s me of all fighters,” Choi told SPOTV (English translation via FloCombat). “He already fought top-rank opponents, and he’s not in a position to fight them again. This fight against me will irritate him a lot. Now he has to fight with [low-rank] fighters, and he unfortunately picked the most difficult opponent he could in this group.”
Choi gives Swanson for the fighter he used to be, but the key phrase there is “used to.”
“He had a three-fight winning streak of knockouts in 2012,” Choi said. “Since then, you can see in his recent fights that he no longer has that killer instinct. Against Hacran Dias and Tatsuya Kawajiri, he only managed to win by close decisions. If it were me, I would have knocked them out.
“If he watches my recent fights, he would notice who the real ‘killer’ here is. I would say Swanson is more of a ‘veteran’ than a ‘killer’ these days.”
Choi hopes Swanson comes into the bout willing to trade hands so he can prove his words correct.
“Just like he said, I also expect him to be aggressive and try and finish the fight,” Choi said. “He’s more than welcome to try do that. My aim always is to finish my opponent, and I will enjoy going head-to-head. Let’s see who is going to be the last man standing in the Octagon.”