Doo Ho Choi is already looking ahead in terms of potential opponents in the future.
“The Korean Superboy” returns to action for the first time in nearly two years when he meets Charles Jourdain in the featherweight co-headliner of UFC Busan this Saturday.
Choi’s last outing was a TKO defeat to Jeremy Stephens in January 2018 — the first time he had been finished in his 17-fight professional career. However, he already seems to have moved on from the setback.
“The past is gone already,” Choi told UFC.com. “The present cannot change the past.”
That said, he still wants to get his revenge — which is why he hopes he can return with a win over Jourdain and end up facing Stephens again.
“I want to build up again and fight Stephens again,” he added.
The same goes for the only other opponent to defeat him inside the Octagon in Cub Swanson. The pair battled over three rounds at UFC 206 in December 2016 in what was one of the best fights of all time.
Swanson won the fight via unanimous decision but has been open to a rematch. Choi reciprocated a couple of days later hoping they could face each other at this weekend’s event.
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Swanson’s recent fight was amazing and he is a fighter that I have always respected. I came across his recent interview that he believes that we need to have a rematch in which we owe to the fans. I also strongly feel the same but unfortunately I haven’t finished my military duties where it restricts me from flying overseas. Also I understand that he was just fought in UFC Fight Night 161 and that he would need to rest and recover but if him and the UFC can organize a fight in Busan, I guarantee that it will be the craziest fight of 2019! #busan#rematch @cubswanson @ufc
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In the end, Choi was paired with Jourdain, who he must get past first if he wants any of his rematches.
The 24-year-old Canadian is not the most well-known fighter and is coming off a unanimous decision defeat to Desmond Green in his UFC debut earlier this year.
But Choi is not underestimating him whatsoever.
“Although he is new to UFC, he has good fundamental fighting skills,” Choi explained. “I don’t underestimate him, and I have worked very hard to prepare for him.
“I think I have gained a depth in the philosophy of the combat sports [during my absence]. A lot of things have changed, but one thing I can say is now I can enjoy the practice of fighting more than any previous time.”