Hyun Sung Park made his official UFC debut last weekend in Las Vegas. The 28 year old sounded more like a fan than a fighter when he was interviewed afterwards.
Park picked up a $50,000 USD performance bonus for finishing Shannon Ross but didn’t sound very happy about it,
“I didn’t perform up to my expectations. I’m glad I won but I think I could have done better.”
The Korean flyweight remains undefeated and holds a 9-0 record. While he wasn’t excited about the money or the victory the highlight for Park was meeting Dana White,
“I didn’t like my performance but I just came back from meeting Dana White so to make my debut and meet Dana White was amazing.”
"To make my debut and meet Dana White, that was amazing"
HyunSung Park continues to show his upside in the flyweight division by securing a first-round stoppage‼️
— UFC News (@UFCNews) December 10, 2023
Park won the Road to UFC flyweight tournament in February. He went the distance on his pro debut in 2018 but has finished every opponent he has ever faced since then.
While Park is one of just a handful of undefeated opponents in the UFC his opponent’s career appears to be heading in the opposite direction. Ross has now lost his last four with three of those defeats coming inside the octagon.
The Australian’s UFC future looks decidedly uncertain but Park gives him credit,
“He was a tough opponent, he was a good striker and my gameplan was just to do my thing and not worry about what he does.”
FOUR IN A ROW! 🙌
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2023
The gameplan appeared to be working perfectly when Park finished Ross early in the opening round. The UFC decision makers made their approval clear with the award of the performance bonus.
If Park really was unhappy with the way he performed then he was possibly the only one. Having made his official UFC debut at the age of 28 makes him a relatively late starter but the Korean says he still feels like a beginner.
Despite the impressive debut Park is not calling for title shots. He knows his UFC career is in its infancy and by the sounds of it he is just happy to take things one step at a time,
“I’m just a baby in the UFC, I’m just getting started.”