‘Mr. Perfect’ Kang Kyung-ho returns after 5 months… Challenges for 3 consecutive wins against Castañeda in November
‘Mr. Perfect’ Kang Kyung-ho (36) returns to us after 5 months.
Kang Kyung-ho will face John Castañeda (31, USA) in the bantamweight (61.2kg) category at ‘UFC Fight Night: Allen vs. Craig’ held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on November 19 (Korean time).
Kang Kyung-ho has been on a good streak recently, recording two consecutive wins. In particular, last June, he left a deep impression by finishing Christian Quiñones (27, Mexico) with a rear naked choke in 2 minutes and 25 seconds of the first round.
Kang Kyung-ho, who returns after 5 months, believes that this match will be his final test to enter the bantamweight rankings.
Kang Kyung-ho said, “If I win by finishing this time, I think I can call out a ranked player,” and added, “I would like to call out Chris Gutierrez (32, USA) or Ricky Simon (31, USA), who are near 15th place.” “The goal is always to be a champion, but now it’s better to focus on each game and that player and play a great game. Then, I think he will be able to meet and fight good fighters.”
Currently, Kang Kyung-ho is expected to be the player closest to entering the rankings along with middleweight Park Jun-yong (32). As he said, “UFC time is almost at its peak, and I will show you that this time is not there for nothing,” it was confirmed through past matches that Kang Kyung-ho’s skills are getting better as he gets older.
Additionally, with the retirement of ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan-Sung Jeong (36), there is no UFC ranker left in Korea. This is one of the reasons why Kang Kyung-ho, Korea’s oldest fighter who debuted in the UFC in 2013, has extraordinary determination.메이저사이트
This time’s opponent, Castañeda, is a Mexican-American fighter and a well-rounder with a wrestling background. He has a lot of experience with a career record of 20 wins and 6 losses (3 wins and 2 losses in UFC). Kang Kyung-ho evaluated his opponent as a sophisticated fighter who embodies the trend of modern mixed martial arts. He said, “I watched Castañeda play, and he is smart. “He is a fighter equipped with techniques such as level change and space movement that modern MMA players do,” he said.
But as the head of the family, he can never step down. Kang Kyung-ho’s desire to win is burning as he looks at his wife and son who just turned one. He said, “I feel like I’ve grown from a child to an adult now that I’m married and have a baby,” and pledged, “I have a different mindset now, so I’ll work out a good strategy with the director and definitely finish again.”
Kang Kyung-ho once again uses striking as his main weapon. He boasts powerful wrestling, ranking first in UFC bantamweight ground top position control, but he can now be considered an expert striker. He messed up the face of Dana Bat Gerel (34, Mongolia) with a jab, and knocked down Quiñones with a front-hand check hook counter punch.
Kang Kyung-ho said, “Because the match was focused on grappling, even if I won, it was a bit boring. So, I played a batting match, and it is definitely more fun for the people watching, fun for me, and less physically demanding,” he said, revealing the reason for switching to a batting match. He also revealed his strategy, “I plan to overwhelm him with strikes first, then go to the ground and actively aim for serve missions.”
Lastly, Kang Kyung-ho said, “I have a match coming up in November, and I am really confident and am preparing hard. He sent a message to the fans, saying, “I will definitely show you a hot game like last time, so please watch the show.”
Meanwhile, Kang Kyung-ho’s overall record is 19 wins, 9 losses, and 1 void (UFC 8 wins, 2 losses, and 1 void). He ranks second for most wins by a Korean in the UFC, following ‘Stun Gun’ Dong-Hyeon Kim (13 wins).