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TFC 16 Results and Recap: “Sting” Seung-Woo Choi Viciously Takes Back The Featherweight Title

TFC 16 went down on December 9 at the Sun-Hak Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea.

On a cold winter’s day on the outskirts of Seoul, many up-and-coming fighters in South Korea clashed at TFC 16 to step one notch closer to their dreams of being in the UFC. Even though this was not the most action-packed event in its history, the rivalry and intensity of the Featherweight Championship headliner between Jae-Woong Kim and Seung-Woo Choi made up for everything.

The storyline of the main event was tremendous. Former champ Seung-Woo Choi was coming back to get revenge for the 36-second knockout loss he suffered earlier this year at the hands of Jae-Woong Kim for the featherweight title at TFC 14.

In addition to this, Kim stated that he could retire if he lost this fight since his family is in financial hardship.

While Kim is known as a power puncher with big looping shots that can shut the lights out at any moment, Choi is the more technical Muay Thai specialist that can pick his opponents apart with a variety of strikes. This collision of styles made for many nail-biting moments throughout the fight while it lasted.

The narrative of the first round was Choi opting to stay in the pocket and trading with Kim on many occasions. Even though he was hit with forceful hooks and rocked, he pressed forward and returned fire not showing any withdrawal. It was clear that on the judge’s scorecards Kim took the round but Choi seemed to be building his confidence.

The second round was a completely different fight. Choi began to find his jab and utilized the front kick effectively. In the final exchange, Kim connected with two hooks that had Choi stumbling backward. Kim rushed in with a false sense of security and Choi countered with a straight right that collapsed Kim.

Afterwards, Kim was completely laid out on the canvas and it took a brief moment for him to gain consciousness.

The 25-year-old Choi gets revenge and his belt back in the best performance of his career. He is one of the elite fighters in South Korea not many people are talking about, however, this knockout should garner him some attention.

During the post-fight interview, Kim’s teammate Sung-Bin Jo entered the cage and asked TFC President Dong-Jin Ha for the opportunity to be the next in line for the title. Immediately after, a TFC official stepped into the cage and got on the mic to announce that Jo will be the next title-challenger. This is a matchup that has been inevitable for quite some time and it looks like the fans will get to see it next year.

Interesting fact about the featherweight title is that it has never been successfully defended since its inauguration in 2015.

Post-fight interviews with both Seung-Woo Choi and Sung-Bin Jo coming soon to MMA Today.

Listed below are the results of TFC 16.

-Main Card-

Event: TFC 16
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Location: Incheon Seon-Hak Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea

Featherweight Championship Main Event
Seung-Woo Choi defeats Jae-Woong Kim
KO (Punch) at 2:47 of Round 2

Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal Match
Trevin Jones defeats Jae-Hyun So
TKO (Punches) at 0:57 of Round 3

Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal Match
Young-Jin Hwang defeats Myung-Gu Kim
Unanimous Decision

Women’s Catchweight Match (-50kg)
Ji-Yeon Seo defeats Si-Yoon Park
Unanimous Decision

Lightweight Match
Tae-Kyun Kim defeats Kyung-Jun Ahn
TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at 1:21 of Round 3

Women’s Catchweight Match (-52kg)
Ju-Yeon Kim defeats Hye-Rin Gwon
Unanimous Decision

Featherweight Match
Jun-Young Hong defeats Murata Shun
Unanimous Decision

Bantamweight Match
Soo-Young Yoo defeats Seung-Gu Kim
TKO (Elbows) at 3:55 of Round 1

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John Hyon Ko is an Asia-based combat sports journalist as well as the host and producer of Kumite Radio.