Dongi Yang has signed with ONE Championship according to reports
UFC veteran Dongi Yang has inked a deal with ONE Championship according to reports in South Korea.
The hard hitting middleweight slugger has had two stints with the UFC. The first began in 2010 but he was released after losing three fights out of four.
‘The Ox’ was able to successfully rehabilitate his reputation competing in his homeland. He headlined the inaugural TFC event and finished experienced compatriot Kim Jae Young in the second round.
Nearly two years later he beat fellow UFC veteran Dennis Hallman in a catchweight contest at TFC 6. As a result he was offered a second opportunity to compete inside the octagon.
At UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul in 2015 he faced Jake Collier and finished the American in the second round. But following this breakthrough he was released by the promotion at his own request.
Yang had a lucrative contract offer from Gleamon FC but he would never fight for the promotion. A combination of injuries, cancelled events and broken promises left him on the sidelines for three years.
He eventually returned to the cage in late 2018, competing against Paul Cheng at Double G 1. He completely demolished the former ONE Championship heavyweight title challenger.
But four months later Yang saw his three fight winning streak snapped by Brazilian Cally Gibrainn de Oliveira at Double G 2. He has not fought in over a year but has been spotted training with ONE Championship lightweight prospect Dae Sung Park at his gym in southern Seoul.
Yang holds an overall record of 14-4 . The 35 year old looks set to compete in either the light heavyweight or middleweight divisions with ONE Championship, Aung La Nsang is the reigning champion in both.