Jinsoo Son

South Korea

Short stint in UFC comes to an end
BantamweightOther
February 11, 2020
Son has been released by the UFC, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports
ANALYSIS
Son only appeared in two fights in the UFC, one as a short-notice replacement. He held his own in both fights, but the two losses were enough for the UFC to decide to let him go.
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Falls to 0-2 in FOTN candidate
BantamweightOther
July 20, 2019
Son lost to Mario Bautista via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
This had the early makings of a sleeper Fight of the Night candidate, as the two exchanged blows in the center for the majority of the first round. Son did get cut from a Bautista strike, but also landed a heavy knee that was likely the most significant of the round. Entering the second, Son's corner heavily encouraged him to move forward, and he was able to move Bautista towards the fence in search of a takedown. Bautista threatened with a kimura attempt, but Son spun out of it and continued to go to work. He did eventually secure a takedown, but was unable to hold the seemingly larger Bautista down. The two started to exchange again at an even faster pace, and it was Bautista who started to gain momentum and widened his lead in terms of total strikes. Son was really wearing the damage entering the third, but still came out firing. It was apparent that both men were willing to absorb shots in order to land their own, and both slugged it out until the closing seconds. Son proved he had a tremendous chin in this one, but if that's his best quality, he's going to have a hard time moving forward. On the bright side, Son will take home a $50,000 bonus for participating in Saturday's Fight of the Night.
Draws Bautista in July
BantamweightOther
May 17, 2019
Son will take on Mario Bautista in a bantamweight matchup at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Son's debut didn't go as planned, but it's tough to fault him for taking a short-notice debut against a top prospect, even though he didn't make the weight. This time around, he'll be given a full camp and should fare much better on the scales. The 26-year-old Korean showed tremendous heart when taking on Petr Yan, who won his next two fights en route to cracking the bantamweight top-10. He'll now set his sights on Bautista, a 25-year-old prospect out of MMA Lab in Phoenix, who also came up short in his promotion debut in January.
Displays an incredible chin during unanimous decision loss in Russia
BantamweightOther
September 15, 2018
Son was defeated by Petr Yan via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Moscow on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Son showed incredible toughness during this fight. He absorbed over 100 strikes, the majority of which were to the head. Son smiled through it all and kept coming forward. His opponent, Yan, is a master of sport in boxing in Russia and it showed. He constantly peppered Son with hard shots and even landed a head kick and spinning elbow. The Korean would still not go away. Son even landed two takedowns but was hit with elbows from the bottom the second he got Yan down. Son showed good toughness, but it can't be overlooked that he stood in front of Yan with his hands down and showed little head movement. It will be difficult for the Korean to be successful in the UFC if he doesn't improve his defense.
Misses weight in UFC debut
BantamweightOther
September 14, 2018
Son weighed in at 137 pounds for his bantamweight fight against Petr Yan, one pound over the bantamweight limit for a non-title fight.
ANALYSIS
Son was brought on as a short-notice replacement for Douglas Silva de Andradre, who withdrew from the scheduled matchup against Yan on Aug. 9 due to a foot injury. The 25-year-old Son had previously competed under the Japan-based Deep MMA promotion, where he posted a 7-2 record, ending on a winning streak of four in a row. He'll now have to surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to Yan, but will enter the fight as a large underdog of approximately (+550).