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Jin Tae Ho plans to 'fight like a sniper,' knock out Valmir Da Silva early at ONE 159

The South Korean rising star wants to follow his impressive debut with another fast finish on July 22.
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Jin Tae Ho is chasing another emphatic first-round stoppage in his return to the ONE circle on Friday, July 22.

The South Korean rising star wants to build off his submission of Agilan Thani in April by knocking out Valmir da Silva in their welterweight MMA clash at "ONE 159: De Ridder vs. Bigdash" at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

"Camellia" does acknowledge that Da Silva is strong, but he's prepared a specific game plan to defeat the 26-year-old Brazilian.

"His strength is his power at close range," Jin said. "His hooks are very powerful. So, I'm planning to keep distance, use my long arms, and knock him out with my straight or long uppercut."

The Seoul native doesn't plan on wasting any time to get the job done, either.

Just like when he finished Thani via kimura after 2:23 of the opening frame, Jin expects to send "Junior" packing quickly.

This time, the 33-year-old has identified some holes in his rival's stand-up game and plans to exploit them on fight night.

"He has no footwork," Jin said. "So if I use a lot of footwork on the outside and fight like a sniper, I'll knock him out.

"I will look for an opening in his tight guard and knock him out cold. (It will be a) KO by punch within the first three minutes."

Jin Tae Ho says move up to welterweight fueled hot streak

Jin is now riding an impressive six-fight winning streak, including his debut victory over Thani at ONE 156.

It's the longest run of success in his professional MMA career, and the South Korean credits his move up to welterweight.

The 6-foot athlete feels fuller and stronger in the new division, and he believes the transition has allowed him to maximize his capabilities.

"I think the biggest thing (about going on a winning streak) was the weight class," Jin added. "I cut too much weight before. Now that I've found a perfect weight class, I'm showing my true potential. And even with training, I used to only focus on losing weight. But now, I'm focused on improving my skills and training with teammates. That helped me a lot.

"When I first fought in welterweight, it was the first time in my career that my body moved the way I wanted it to. When I wanted to throw a jab, my body listened to me and threw a jab."

This story first published at ONEFC.com.