Sydney-born Pinoy Josh Culibao defeats Korean opponent in UFC 275

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Posted at Jun 15 2022 01:54 AM | Updated as of Jun 15 2022 07:47 AM

Culibao took a split decision win against Korean Seungwoo Choi in a featherweight bout in the preliminary card of UFC 275 in Singapore last Sunday.
Culibao took a split decision win against Korean Seungwoo Choi in a featherweight bout in the preliminary card of UFC 275 in Singapore last Sunday.

“I told you so.” 

Josh Culibao roared moments after he took a split decision win against Korean Seungwoo Choi in a featherweight bout in the preliminary card of UFC 275 in Singapore last Sunday.
 
Culibao indeed promised victory — his second straight in the UFC — during media day last June 8. 
 
In the first round, Culibao rocked Choi with a flurry of solid strikes and it looked like the Korean was going down early. But somehow, Choi sent Culibao on the backpedal with his own shot.
 
In the second round, Culibao again hurt the Korean and sent him to the canvas but once more, Choi rebounded.
 
In the third, Choi got Culibao on his back and tried to slip the choke. The Fil-Aussie attempted an armbar but was unable to get a lock on it, and instead kept Choi’s arm away from completing the choke.
 
With about 15 seconds left in the third and final round, Culibao slipped out and now threw some strikes on Choi’s head. The bell rang and Culibao ran atop the Octagon to celebrate.
 
Judges Howard Hughes and Evan Field scored it 29-28 for Culibao while Anthony Dimitriou gave it to the Korean, 29-28.
 
Culibao knocked Choi down twice and had 51 significant strikes to Choi’s 46. He also had 69 total strikes to the 64 of the Korean.
 
“Choi showed his class and he easily could have won this as well,” Culibao said after the match. “But I was confident that I had this. I’ll say this, these Koreans are tough. It’s no myth.”
 
With the victory, the Sydney-born Culibao (his parents hail from both Boracay and Pampanga) raised his mixed martial arts record to 10-1-1 including 2-1-1 in the UFC.
 
The triumph over Choi was his second as he defeated Shayilan Nuerdanbieke in May 2021.
 
“This is a huge second win as it has been a very emotional ride and couldn’t have done it without my team. Hopefully, I can be included in UFC Paris,” Culibao said.