UFC President Dana White expressed strong regret over the fact that ‘Korean Superboy’ Choi Doo-ho’s return to the Octagon after 3 years and 2 months ended in a draw, leaving controversy over head butting.
Choi Doo-ho drew against Kyle Nelson (Canada) in the UFC Fight Night featherweight match held at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on the 5th. With the 안전놀이터draw, Choi Doo-ho added 1 draw to his record of 14 wins and 4 losses.
It drew great attention as it was the return match of Choi Doo-ho, who had not been able to compete in the UFC for a while because he could not go abroad due to military service.
Choi Doo-ho showed a much more mature appearance in terms of his stamina and game management as he prepared for a long time. Rather than aiming for a quick finish, he overpowered Kyle Nelson in terms of game management with a leg kick. Even in the grappling area, which Nelson boasts, Choi Doo-ho was rather ahead.
In particular, in the third round, Nelson received severe damage, including a powerful uppercut. Nelson, who was shocked, rushed to escape the crisis and attempted a takedown, but Choi Doo-ho returned to the back and took the top position.
With Choi Doo-ho in the lead, the referee suddenly gave the order to stop. Dooho Choi’s head collided with Nelson’s head during the grappling workshop. It seemed to have occurred during a grappling battle, but the referee interpreted it as an intentional head butting and a controversial 1-point deduction decision was made. Under the United States MMA Rules, head butting can be deducted at the discretion of the referee.
In the end, Choi Doo-ho recorded a major draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28) with Nelson after the third round due to a one-point deduction. Had it not been for the deduction, it could have been a unanimous decision victory.
President Dana White said after the game, “Absolutely not. It was crazy” to the situation of deducting points for Doo-ho Choi’s head butting after the game.