UFC signs Krzysztof Jotko; Doo Ho Choi deal reportedly close
It's not all bad news for MMA fans this week as the UFC has looked to do a little fall housekeeping. As fighters make their way out the door of the world's largest MMA promotion there are a few making their way in as well. Polish MMA site, MMA Rocks, has the scoop on the UFC's most recent signing Krzysztof Jotko.
Jotko is an undefeated middleweight prospect competing out of Poland and Germany with a 13-0 record. His wins are fairly evenly split, with 7 decisions, 4 TKOs, and 2 submissions. He's won a couple of one-night tournaments, most recently a 4-man competition, Fight Night Merseberg 5, but he also has a one-night 8-man tournament under his belt (something of a rarity these days) from when he defeated three opponents at ZSSC: Martial Arts Night 4 in 2011.
Watching him fight, his striking is awkward and low-powered, but rangy. He's got good size for middleweight at 6' 1" and at only 24 years old, plenty of time to develop in terms of skill and physique. He's definitely more comfortable on the ground and throws a decent left high kick to close distance on his low single attempts, but he'll need more varied wrestling and striking down the road. No official announcement has been made of Jotko's signing and no debut date is known.
In addition to the news on Jotko, sources close to highly touted Korean featherweight, Doo Ho Choi, report that he may be close to signing with the UFC. The 22 year old Choi, a Deep product, is 11-1 with 8 wins coming by way of KO/TKO. His signing was announced today via The Fight Nation, but conflicting reports suggest that the UFC is in fact still in negotiations with the fighter as he is still under contract to Deep and would have to negotiate his way free of the Japanese promotion. He is currently expected to appear on the January 4th show in Singapore.