Jun Yong Park

South Korea

Dominant grappling display in win
MiddleweightUFC
October 17, 2020
Park defeated John Phillips via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Park is a functional kickboxer in his own right, but he knew where the danger lay in this one, as he grounded his opponent at the start of every round and looked for submissions until time expired. Park has shown an incredibly well-rounded game in his UFC tenure and will look to put more of it on display when facing an opponent who isn't quite so one-dimensional as Phillips. Park moves to 12-4 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Slated to fight in October
MiddleweightUFC
August 23, 2020
Park (undisclosed) will take on John Phillips in a middleweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Oct. 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Park withdrew from his fight against Trevin Giles that was scheduled for Aug. 1 for undisclosed reasons, but he'll return to the cage in October. He most recently defeated Marc-Andre Barriault via unanimous decision in December of 2019 to bring his professional record to 11-4. Phillips looked outmatched in July when he lost to Khamzat Chimaev via submission (D'Arce Choke) in Abu Dhabi, and he's now 1-4 under the UFC banner. Park has a slight edge in height, while Phillips carries a narrow reach advantage.
WD from August 1 fight
MiddleweightUFC
July 23, 2020
Park has withdrawn from his fight against Tevin Giles for undisclosed reasons, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Park would have been making his first UFC appearance since last December when he defeated Marc-Andre Barriault. Giles will now be taking on Kevin Holland on August 1.
Matching up with Trevin Giles
MiddleweightUFC
June 14, 2020
Park agreed to fight Trevin Giles in a middleweight bout at an untitled UFC event August 1, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Park earned his first UFC victory in December after defeating Marc-Andre Barriault via unanimous decision in Busan, and he'll now look to start his first win streak with the company. Giles last fought James Krause at UFC 247 in February and won via a split decision.
Bounces back in Busan
MiddleweightUFC
December 22, 2019
Park defeated Marc-Andre Barriault via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on Saturday in Busan, South Korea.
ANALYSIS
Park was statistically superior in terms of the significant strike count in each of the three rounds, even though two judges gave Round 3 to his opponent. When it was all said and done, Park had 77 significant strikes to Barriault's 51, and Park was also successful on five of his 10 takedown attempts. It ended up being enough to come through as the betting underdog in front of fans in his home country, evening his record at 1-1 in the UFC.
Second UFC fight scheduled
MiddleweightUFC
September 27, 2019
Park will face Marc-Andre Barriault at UFC Fight Night on Dec. 21 in South Korea, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Park had a UFC debut to forget this past August when he lost via submission to Anthony Hernandez at UFC Fight Night in Shenzhen. His upcoming opponent, Barriault, is winless under the UFC banner as well, but after two fights, and the loser here could end up having a short stint with the UFC.