Taiwanese welterweight Jeff Huang will be fighting on home soil for the first time in more than a year when he takes on Kristoffer Persson in Pro Fighting 8 at the Luxy Night Club in Taipei on Sunday night.
The 34-year-old made headlines recently due to his decision to pack in a well-paid job in the financial sector in order to travel to South America to try and fulfill his dream of becoming a successful mixed martial artist.
Huang is now back home after a year training in Rio de Janeiro and a shorter stint in San Jose, and says he is looking forward to taking on the Swedish fighter, who is best known for beating previously undefeated Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Alexandro Machado in Bangkok last year.
“He is a tough fighter and he trains in a good gym, so I know it’s not going to be easy, but I am not just expecting a war, I’m looking forward to it. I know I am still improving, but I train with a good coach and teammates who make me tougher, and I am confident about this fight,” Huang said.
After returning home Huang, took a fight in China’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion and went up against Mongolian sanda champion Anying Wang at Ruff 9 in Sanya on Hainan island.
The first round was action packed, but unfortunately his eye was so badly damaged that the doctor called off the fight.
While Huang was disappointed with the outcome, which saw his record drop to 1-1, he believes that the experience will stand him in good stead for future fights.
“I am not pleased with my last fight because not only did the doctor stop the fight when I thought I could still keep going, but also I didn’t stick to my game plan in the first couple of minutes. My opponent was a top level sanda fighter so I paid the price for some really bad mistakes, but I won’t make the same mistakes again and at least I know I can really take a punch,” Huang said.
In total there are 10 fights on the card at Pro Fighting 8, which gets underway at 6pm and features a mixture of local fighters and mixed martial artists from Turkey, the US, South Korea, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.
Having left his days as an investment banker behind him, Huang is just happy to be living the martial arts lifestyle. However, he is fighting in Taiwan for the first time since leaving the country to train overseas and is hoping to make it a triumphant return.
“I love fighting, and if you train hard and fight with your heart you will learn things, no matter what the result is, but of course I want this victory because it is in my hometown,” Huang said.