UFC 234 results: Kyung Ho Kang chokes out Teruto Ishihara after slugfest
After an all-out slugfest for the first couple minutes of the fight, Kyung Ho Kang slowed things down and it paid off for him.
Kang (15-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was knocked down early by Teruto Ishihara (10-7-2 MMA, 3-5-1 UFC), but recovered to sling fists back and forth. But when Kang got the fight to the canvas, he was able to put Ishihara out with a rear-naked choke at the 3:59 mark of the frame.
The bantamweight bout kicked off the ESPN prelims at UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. It followed prelims on UFC Fight Pass and preceded the pay-per-view main card.
Both fighters swung for the fences with reckless abandon for the first three minutes. Eventually, Kang dropped down for a level change and a takedown. He worked to take Ishihara’s back, then went to work looking for a rear-naked choke.
He got it, and despite a fence grab from Ishihara, and his refusal to tap, Kang turned out his lights with the choke.
“I got hit in the fight – it wasn’t a big shot, but it dropped me to my knee,” Kang said. “All I was thinking was to get back up and keep fighting. My goal for this year is to fight against top-10 athletes in the UFC, and next year I want to go for a title shot. From this moment forward, all Korean athletes will win in the octagon – we’re going to prove that Koreans are strong in the UFC.”
Up-to-the-minute UFC 234 results include
- Kyung Ho Kang def. Teruto Ishihara via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:59
- Jalin Turner def. Callan Potter via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:53
- Jonathan Martinez def. Wuliji Buren via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)