Doo Ho Cho has been a fan favourite ever since his FOTY 2016 clash with Cub Swanson last year, but an injury sustained in July has stopped the Korean from making further moves up the UFC featherweight rankings this year.
“The Korean Superboy” has been recovering since and in an exclusive interview with MMA.UNO earlier today, he revealed that he’s fast approaching a return to action.
“I have almost recovered from my injuries and I’m back training,” Choi said via an interpreter. “I got a shoulder injury as a result of excessive strength training and I want to apologize firstly to my fans and secondly my opponent Andre Fili. I think Andre Fili is a great fighter, but I see he has a fight now with another opponent so I’m open to fighting someone else.”
The South-Korean mentioned he’s open to all challenges, but it appears there’s one fight he wants now more than any other. A former UFC featherweight champion is on his mind and it doesn’t appear that he’s afraid of taking him on.
“There are no fighters who I really want to fight, but I want a ranked fighter next,” Choi said.
“I’m interested in a fight with jose Aldo and I want to fight him”
Despite his injury, Choi feels he’s used his time off wisely and that when he returns to the Octagon he will be a better fighter than when fans last saw him.
“I think I’ve got stronger during the time I’ve been out,” Choi said. “I’m a different fighter from what I used to be. I had a summer vacation, but I also spent a lot of my time training. It’s just not just physically I’ve improved either. I think I’ve made many mental improvements in regards to my thoughts and direction.”
Choi mentioned he’d like to return on the UFC’s first ever fight card in Shanghai, China on November 25. Until then, he’s going to focus on recovering from his injury and constantly improving to achieve his ultimate goal.
“I think that I’m not far from the top,” Choi said. “I hope to concentrate on my next fight right now. I’ll show my performance soon.”