John Hyon Ko

John Hyon Ko

John Hyon Ko is a South Korea-based combat sports reporter that covers many of the major organisations around the world.

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UFC 267: Dan Hooker happy to be huge betting underdog vs Islam Makhachev – ‘the boys are going to make some money’

‘This is Islam Makhachev’s party, I’m there to spoil it,’ insists Dan Hooker, who feels he can earn UFC lightweight title shot ‘after I get the job done’.

‘This is Islam Makhachev’s party, I’m there to spoil it,’ insists Dan Hooker, who feels he can earn UFC lightweight title shot ‘after I get the job done’.

26 Oct 2021 - 5:50PM
UFC 267: Jan Blachowicz sees Israel Adesanya rematch, but ‘he needs to beat two or three guys’ at 205 pounds

Jan Blachowicz says he will give Israel Adesanya another chance at winning UFC light heavyweight title, ‘but not immediately’.

Jan Blachowicz says he will give Israel Adesanya another chance at winning UFC light heavyweight title, ‘but not immediately’.

20 Oct 2021 - 2:33PM
ONE Championship: Kang Ji-won calls out Brandon Vera after heavyweight title shot snub

South Korean heavyweight Kang Ji-won looks to move on and fight former champion Brandon Vera, but thinks he should have got the first shot at Arjan Bhullar.

South Korean heavyweight Kang Ji-won looks to move on and fight former champion Brandon Vera, but thinks he should have got the first shot at Arjan Bhullar.

14 Oct 2021 - 10:00AM
ONE Championship: Ok Rae-yoon was ‘seeing two Christian Lees’ after breaking orbital in lightweight title win

New ONE Championship lightweight king reveals he broke his left orbital in first round and had double vision for rest of the fight.

New ONE Championship lightweight king reveals he broke his left orbital in first round and had double vision for rest of the fight.

10 Oct 2021 - 10:15PM
ONE Championship: ‘The Fighting God’ Kim Jae-woong plans to break Martin Nguyen down, earn title shot

South Korea’s Kim Jae-woong says summer spent training with Team Alpha Male has sharpened his mental game – ‘I now know I can be one of those world-class fighters’.

South Korea’s Kim Jae-woong says summer spent training with Team Alpha Male has sharpened his mental game – ‘I now know I can be one of those world-class fighters’.

9 Sep 2021 - 2:57PM
UFC: Dan Hooker reveals retirement plan to become a bare-knuckle boxing champion – at light heavyweight

‘The Hangman’ Dan Hooker promises a ‘firefight’ against Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266, but reveals retirement plan to become bare-knuckle boxing light heavyweight champ.

‘The Hangman’ Dan Hooker promises a ‘firefight’ against Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266, but reveals retirement plan to become bare-knuckle boxing light heavyweight champ.

1 Sep 2021 - 3:19PM
ONE Championship: Ham Seo-hee says Denice Zamboanga doesn’t have ‘anything dangerous’, sees ‘comfortable night’

Ham Seo-hee is predicting a ‘comfortable night’ when she takes on undefeated Filipino Denice Zamboanga in ONE Championship’s atomweight grand prix.

Ham Seo-hee is predicting a ‘comfortable night’ when she takes on undefeated Filipino Denice Zamboanga in ONE Championship’s atomweight grand prix.

1 Sep 2021 - 11:25AM
UFC: Hong Kong’s Sasha Palatnikov hoping to ‘get some attention back’ with a win over Ramiz Brahimaj

Sasha Palatnikov wants to reintroduce himself to the MMA masses at UFC Vegas 34 after ‘hiccup’ last time out – ‘people will be kinda like, oh yeah, I remember that guy’.

Sasha Palatnikov wants to reintroduce himself to the MMA masses at UFC Vegas 34 after ‘hiccup’ last time out – ‘people will be kinda like, oh yeah, I remember that guy’.

19 Aug 2021 - 10:03AM
UFC: Dan Hardy thinks Zhang Weili could still be the one to shock Valentina Shevchenko

MMA analyst and former UFC star Dan Hardy thinks Zhang Weili ‘carries the power to make a difference’ against flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.

MMA analyst and former UFC star Dan Hardy thinks Zhang Weili ‘carries the power to make a difference’ against flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.

18 Aug 2021 - 11:59AM
Rashad Evans thinks Anderson Silva will ‘bury’ Logan Paul, but praises brother Jake – ‘he can really fight’

UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans insists Jake Paul ‘has a dog in him’ but thinks Anderson Silva will be too much for Logan Paul to handle.

UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans insists Jake Paul ‘has a dog in him’ but thinks Anderson Silva will be too much for Logan Paul to handle.

11 Aug 2021 - 8:31PM
ONE Championship: Dan Hardy on John Wayne Parr cage Muay Thai return – ‘we’ll beat the hell out of each other’

Former UFC star Dan Hardy anticipates ‘perfect match-up’ against Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr, with verbal agreement for ONE Championship bout in place.

Former UFC star Dan Hardy anticipates ‘perfect match-up’ against Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr, with verbal agreement for ONE Championship bout in place.

5 Aug 2021 - 6:20PM
UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans targets Shannon Briggs vs ‘Rampage’ Jackson PPV undercard for comeback

UFC Hall of Famer says talks with Logan Paul were ‘going pretty far’ but he is now pursuing other boxing matchups for Shannon Briggs vs ‘Rampage’ Jackson event in December.

UFC Hall of Famer says talks with Logan Paul were ‘going pretty far’ but he is now pursuing other boxing matchups for Shannon Briggs vs ‘Rampage’ Jackson event in December.

4 Aug 2021 - 5:04PM
UFC: Cynthia Calvillo plans to showcase ‘ninja moves’ vs Jessica Andrade – ‘pick my shots, go in for the kill’

Mexican-American flyweight star Cynthia Calvillo promises she won’t ‘go reckless’ against Jessica Andrade at UFC 266 – ‘I’ll pick my shots, go in for the kill’.

Mexican-American flyweight star Cynthia Calvillo promises she won’t ‘go reckless’ against Jessica Andrade at UFC 266 – ‘I’ll pick my shots, go in for the kill’.

15 Jul 2021 - 2:42PM
UFC 264: Conor McGregor has ‘a lot more at stake’ than Dustin Poirier, says Brendan Fitzgerald

UFC commentator Brendan Fitzgerald thinks it’s more important for Conor McGregor to beat Dustin Poirier ‘in terms of career trajectory and the questions it would pose’.

UFC commentator Brendan Fitzgerald thinks it’s more important for Conor McGregor to beat Dustin Poirier ‘in terms of career trajectory and the questions it would pose’.

7 Jul 2021 - 12:04PM
Rafael Fiziev targets UFC 265 return; says he can’t go home ‘without an opponent’s head’

Frustrated Kyrgyzstani lightweight Rafael Fiziev says ‘give me someone’ after revealing he tried to track down UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby during trip to Las Vegas.

Frustrated Kyrgyzstani lightweight Rafael Fiziev says ‘give me someone’ after revealing he tried to track down UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby during trip to Las Vegas.

6 Jul 2021 - 5:43PM
UFC: Gilbert Burns thinks Leon Edwards missed shot to fight for welterweight title – ‘real fans want violence’

Gilbert Burns says ‘real fans want violence’ after Leon Edwards’ decision against Nate Diaz, and believes he can leapfrog queue with a finish against Stephen Thompson.

Gilbert Burns says ‘real fans want violence’ after Leon Edwards’ decision against Nate Diaz, and believes he can leapfrog queue with a finish against Stephen Thompson.

22 Jun 2021 - 3:27PM
UFC’s ‘Korean Superboy’ hell-bent on a resurgence after four years of trials and tribulations

With injuries, mandatory military service and thoughts of retirement behind him, Choi Doo-ho targets UFC featherweight rankings – starting with return against Danny Chavez.

With injuries, mandatory military service and thoughts of retirement behind him, Choi Doo-ho targets UFC featherweight rankings – starting with return against Danny Chavez.

16 Jun 2021 - 1:23PM
Hong Kong MMA fighter Ramona Pascual returns to fray in Mexico and declares ‘I plan on going far’

UFC China Academy alumni faces her first fight since November 2019 at iKon Fighting Federation 7 event on June 11, following move to Las Vegas to pursue Octagon dream.

UFC China Academy alumni faces her first fight since November 2019 at iKon Fighting Federation 7 event on June 11, following move to Las Vegas to pursue Octagon dream.

9 Jun 2021 - 9:05PM
UFC Vegas 28: Jairzinho Rozenstruik feels he owes fans ‘crazy performance’ vs Augusto Sakai

Jairzinho Rozenstruik says hesitant showing against Ciryl Gane ‘not my way of fighting’ and vows to stop Augusto Sakai in UFC Vegas 28 headliner.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik says hesitant showing against Ciryl Gane ‘not my way of fighting’ and vows to stop Augusto Sakai in UFC Vegas 28 headliner.

3 Jun 2021 - 12:06PM
UFC: Yan Xiaonan didn’t like Rose Namajunas ‘better dead than red’ remarks – ‘don’t bring politics into sports’

‘What she did is just separate people,’ Chinese strawweight contender Yan Xiaonan says of Rose Namajunas’ ‘better dead than red’ comments in build-up to Zhang Weili fight.

‘What she did is just separate people,’ Chinese strawweight contender Yan Xiaonan says of Rose Namajunas’ ‘better dead than red’ comments in build-up to Zhang Weili fight.

22 May 2021 - 9:30AM
UFC: Alex Volkanovski says he’s had ‘words’ with Brian Ortega on ‘TUF’ with rivalry ‘heating up a little bit’

‘Going in there was no bad blood, we had nothing but nice things to say, but I won’t say that’s how it is right now,’ UFC featherweight champ Alex Volkanovski insists.

‘Going in there was no bad blood, we had nothing but nice things to say, but I won’t say that’s how it is right now,’ UFC featherweight champ Alex Volkanovski insists.

18 May 2021 - 3:52PM
UFC commentator Brendan Fitzgerald sheds light on ‘weird’ Joshua Fabia incident after Diego Sanchez gets cut

‘I was in that room and it was awkward,’ Brendan Fitzgerald says of production meeting row with recently-axed UFC star Diego Sanchez’s ‘self-awareness’ coach Joshua Fabia.

‘I was in that room and it was awkward,’ Brendan Fitzgerald says of production meeting row with recently-axed UFC star Diego Sanchez’s ‘self-awareness’ coach Joshua Fabia.

4 May 2021 - 3:31PM
PFL: Anthony Pettis says household will have two world champs in 2021

Anthony Pettis makes PFL debut this weekend, with younger brother Sergio fighting for Bellator title next month, and predicts a gold rush this year for the brothers.

Anthony Pettis makes PFL debut this weekend, with younger brother Sergio fighting for Bellator title next month, and predicts a gold rush this year for the brothers.

23 Apr 2021 - 6:07PM
UFC 261: Zhang Weili not paying attention to Rose Namajunas ‘non-truths’, coach says

Chinese strawweight champion Zhang Weili’s team dismiss Rose Namajunas’ controversial ‘better dead than red’ comments leading into UFC 261 title fight.

Chinese strawweight champion Zhang Weili’s team dismiss Rose Namajunas’ controversial ‘better dead than red’ comments leading into UFC 261 title fight.

17 Apr 2021 - 5:14PM
UFC: Dustin Poirier knows Conor McGregor connection pays more than title, says Frank Mir

Former heavyweight king Frank Mir thinks fighters are ‘starting to realise they have to stop worrying about being UFC champ, and worry about being a superstar’.

Former heavyweight king Frank Mir thinks fighters are ‘starting to realise they have to stop worrying about being UFC champ, and worry about being a superstar’.

17 Apr 2021 - 1:05PM
UFC: Beneil Dariush plans to ‘out-crazy’ Tony Ferguson – ‘I’m preparing for the wild man’

Beneil Dariush says he’s ‘preparing for the wild man’ when he meets Tony Ferguson at UFC 262 – ‘that’s the Tony I’m trying to beat’.

Beneil Dariush says he’s ‘preparing for the wild man’ when he meets Tony Ferguson at UFC 262 – ‘that’s the Tony I’m trying to beat’.

5 Apr 2021 - 2:55PM
UFC: Dan Hooker feels it will be ‘very dangerous’ for Justin Gaethje to fight him, targets Rafel dos Anjos

Dan Hooker ‘getting itchy’ to return to the UFC Octagon and says Rafael dos Anjos is number one on his list behind Justin Gaethje, whom he thinks will ‘sit and wait’.

Dan Hooker ‘getting itchy’ to return to the UFC Octagon and says Rafael dos Anjos is number one on his list behind Justin Gaethje, whom he thinks will ‘sit and wait’.

5 Apr 2021 - 2:02PM
ONE Championship’s Meng Bo reveals she almost quit MMA – ‘I was thinking I’m doomed, I screwed up’

Chinese ONE Championship atomweight contender Meng Bo reflects on feeling ‘doomed’ from injuries – ‘I locked myself in a very small room with the lights off, no eating, no drinking’.

Chinese ONE Championship atomweight contender Meng Bo reflects on feeling ‘doomed’ from injuries – ‘I locked myself in a very small room with the lights off, no eating, no drinking’.

26 Mar 2021 - 5:37PM
UFC 259: Jan Blachowicz open to quick heavyweight move – if the price is right

UFC light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz plans on making multiple title defences – unless the money to go up a division is too good to turn down.

UFC light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz plans on making multiple title defences – unless the money to go up a division is too good to turn down.

5 Mar 2021 - 5:25PM
UFC: Jairzinho Rozenstruik plans to ‘kill the hype’ around Ciryl Gane

Jairzinho Rozenstruik says surging heavyweight Ciryl Gane ‘has a lot of hype’ and UFC Vegas 20 main event is an opportunity to ‘show exactly what I am’.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik says surging heavyweight Ciryl Gane ‘has a lot of hype’ and UFC Vegas 20 main event is an opportunity to ‘show exactly what I am’.

23 Feb 2021 - 2:55PM