Jun Yong Park

South Korea

Strong effort as underdog
MiddleweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Park defeated Tafon Nchukwi via majority decision (30-25, 29-26, 28-28) at UFC on ESPN 24 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was smooth sailing for Park en route to his third straight victory. He was excellent in Round 1 and flat-out dominant in Round 3, with a minor lull in Round 2. Of course, Nchukwi was docked a point in the second frame for multiple low blows. Park has a nice little all-around game. He's a reasonable wrestler (he landed two takedowns on five attempts in this one), can mix in a submission here and there and has some pop in his hands. Park has taken three straight unanimous decisions since being submitted by Anthony Hernandez in his company debut back in August 2019.
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Next fight scheduled for May 8
MiddleweightUFC
March 2, 2021
Park will take on Tafon Nchukwi in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for May 8, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Park has rebounded from a loss to start his UFC run with a pair of unanimous decision victories over John Phillips and Marc-Andre Barriault to bring his overall record to 12-4-0. He draws an opponent in Nchukwi who is undefeated as a pro and picked up his first UFC win against Jamie Pickett last December. Park will be giving up two inches in height and four inches in reach to the former light heavyweight fighter.
Dominant grappling display in win
MiddleweightUFC
October 17, 2020
Park defeated John Phillips via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Park is a functional kickboxer in his own right, but he knew where the danger lay in this one, as he grounded his opponent at the start of every round and looked for submissions until time expired. Park has shown an incredibly well-rounded game in his UFC tenure and will look to put more of it on display when facing an opponent who isn't quite so one-dimensional as Phillips. Park moves to 12-4 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Slated to fight in October
MiddleweightUFC
August 23, 2020
Park (undisclosed) will take on John Phillips in a middleweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Oct. 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Park withdrew from his fight against Trevin Giles that was scheduled for Aug. 1 for undisclosed reasons, but he'll return to the cage in October. He most recently defeated Marc-Andre Barriault via unanimous decision in December of 2019 to bring his professional record to 11-4. Phillips looked outmatched in July when he lost to Khamzat Chimaev via submission (D'Arce Choke) in Abu Dhabi, and he's now 1-4 under the UFC banner. Park has a slight edge in height, while Phillips carries a narrow reach advantage.
WD from August 1 fight
MiddleweightUFC
July 23, 2020
Park has withdrawn from his fight against Tevin Giles for undisclosed reasons, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Park would have been making his first UFC appearance since last December when he defeated Marc-Andre Barriault. Giles will now be taking on Kevin Holland on August 1.
Matching up with Trevin Giles
MiddleweightUFC
June 14, 2020
Park agreed to fight Trevin Giles in a middleweight bout at an untitled UFC event August 1, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Park earned his first UFC victory in December after defeating Marc-Andre Barriault via unanimous decision in Busan, and he'll now look to start his first win streak with the company. Giles last fought James Krause at UFC 247 in February and won via a split decision.