Kyung Ho Kang

Mr. Perfect

South Korea

Headed to Saudi Arabia
BantamweightUFC
April 4, 2024
Kang will take on Muin Gafurov in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Saudi Arabia on June 22, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
It's been quite the UFC run for Kang, who had won five of six fights before falling to John Castaneda via unanimous decision in Kang's last trip to the Octagon in November. He'll now head into enemy territory to face Gafurov, but outside of Gafurov being a much younger fighter, it looks like a favorable matchup. Kang will enter with two-inch height and five-inch reach advantages, in addition to an edge in striking volume, striking defense and takedown defense.
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Inconsistent ways continue
BantamweightUFC
November 11, 2023
Kang lost to John Castaneda via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 295 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
In what was a pick 'em fight, this was a thoroughly underwhelming performance from Kang on multiple fronts. He seemed hesitant to consistently let his hands go despite having a significant size advantage over Castaneda. Kang did land a couple big shots, but they were few and far between, and he was almost always one-and-done. Now 36 years of age, Kang didn't fight at all from September 2014 to January 2018 because of mandatory military service in his native South Korea. He's 6-3 in nine fights since returning, but just 2-2 in his past four dating back to November 2021.
Fight now catchweight
BantamweightUFC
November 8, 2023
Kang will compete against John Castaneda in a catchweight fight at UFC 295, according to Nolan King of USA Today.
ANALYSIS
Castaneda-Kang was scheduled to compete in a bantamweight fight at UFC 295. Instead, the two bantamweights will fight at catchweight with a 138-pound limit at UFC 295.
Fight moved up a week
BantamweightUFC
October 3, 2023
Kang will now face John Castaneda at UFC 295 in New York on Nov. 18, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Nederland reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was originally scheduled for Nov. 18 in Las Vegas, but it will be moved up a week and on the UFC 295 card. Kang has been rolling of late with wins in five of his last six bouts.
Next bout scheduled
BantamweightUFC
August 16, 2023
Kang will face off against John Castaneda at a UFC event on Nov. 18, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Kang, who has reigned victorious in five of his last six fights, will look to keep his streak alive against John Castaneda in November. The 35-year-old South Korean fighter has amassed a record of 8-3 during his time with the UFC.
Improves to 5-1 in past six
BantamweightUFC
June 17, 2023
Kang defeated Cristian Quinonez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:25 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 47 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Another excellent showing from "Mr. Perfect." Entering as a surprising +125 underdog, Kang went blow-for-blow with Quinonez in the early going, eventually cracking his opponent with a few shots which forced him to the mat. Kang jumped into top position, at which point Quinonez gave up his back in trying to escape. Kang expertly clamped on the rear-naked choke which closed the show. Now 35 years of age, Kang's career was really impacted by the pandemic. He's won five of his last six fights, but those half-dozen bouts date back to February 2019. Kang needs to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible given his age.