Shoulder Injury Forces Doo Ho Choi to Withdraw from UFC on ESPN 28

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 19, 2021

A shoulder injury has forced Doo Ho Choi to pull out of a proposed clash with Danny Chavez at UFC on ESPN 28.

“The Korean Superboy” announced his exit from the card in a post on his Instagram account on Sunday.

“First of all, I'm so sorry for the fans who are waiting for my fight because I couldn't have a fight due to injury. I'm in a fight business. That means an unexpected accident can happen at any time and I also think a fighter should take the fight even if he has a some injury because that is way it is,” Choi wrote. I injured my shoulder in the last sparring session on Friday night. It was very light and easy rolling but something bad unlucky thing happened.

“It is not a huge injury, but definitely it isn’t something that can handle the fight. If I had more time for recover, I would push forward and take the fight, but our camp [inevitably] decided that two weeks were just too shorts to recover.

“I'm so sad that I prepared for this fight very hard and I apologize [to] Danny because he must have prepared so hard for this battle as well. I'll be back in good condition soon, I really want to fight Danny when I get back show my best performance for the fans. Wait till I come back it will not be long.”

UFC on ESPN 28 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on July 31 and is headlined by a middleweight tilt pitting Uriah Hall against Sean Strickland. It is unclear if Chavez will remain on the card against a replacement opponent.

The 30-year-old Choi began his promotional tenure with three consecutive first-round finishes. Since then, however, the Busan Team Mad representative has lost a decision to Cub Swanson and fallen to Jeremy Stephens and Charles Jourdain via technical knockout. He hasn’t competed since losing to Jourdain at UFC Fight Night 165 in December 2019. Choi is 14-4 as a professional overall, with 11 wins coming via KO or TKO.

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