On the Rise: Stockholm Edition

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There is a new entrant in the “Best Nicknames in MMA” competition and it’s the featherweight newcomer, who goes by the moniker “Korean Falcon.”

Maybe I’m too wrapped up in Avengers and Sam Wilson, but there is just something regal and proud and iconic sounding about the 26-year-old’s nickname that makes it stand out.

In terms of his talents inside the cage, the reality is that it’s very difficult to know what Jo brings to the table because while he’s a perfect 9-0 in his career, he has yet to face UFC-caliber opposition. To his credit, the South Korean’s last two opponents — Jun Young Hong and Yoshifumi Nakamura — were 7-4 and 20-9-1, respectively, at the time they fought and Jo defeated each inside the distance, so he’s continued to excel even as he’s started facing better competition.

Which is what makes his matchup with Daniel Teymur this weekend in Stockholm so interesting.

“Kid Dynamite” was 6-0 before arriving in the UFC, but has caught three straight losses since joining his brother David on the biggest stage in the sport. He’s an aggressive, powerful striker who is sure to push Jo, especially considering he’s fighting at home and his back is against the wall, so if the unbeaten new arrival can keep his unblemished record intact, it will go a long way to establishing a baseline for where he fits in the loaded featherweight division going forward.

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