Combate Americas: Won Sik Park Explains Origin of Korean Gangster Nickname


Combate Americas: Reinas will see the sophomore outing from ‘Korean Gangster’ Won Sik Park later this month in Los Angeles.

Won Sik Park, a.k.a. ‘The Korean Gangster,’ returns to Combate Americas later this month, taking on Combate and BAMMA vet Erick Gonzalez. Park (14-7-1, 1NC) made his debut for the promotion in November, following a career that has taken him to the likes of M-1, DEEP, and ROAD FC. At Combate 28, he finished off José Luis Medrano with a flying knee, and will look to follow that up against Gonzalez.

So how did Park get a nickname like ‘The Korean Gangster?’ Well, in short because he looked the part. When the South Korean began training at Alliance MMA, the name came up. “When I first came to Alliance for training, in the beginning other fighters looked at me and saw all my tattoos and my sparring style,” Park recalled. His new teammates questioned whether was a Korean Gangster. Park decided to just run with it.

He really does look the part. Now, ‘The Korean Gangster’ will take on ‘Ghost Pepper,’ as Gonzalez is otherwise known. Commenting on his opponent, Park said that “his fighting style overall is very aggressive. He looks wild, and he likes to attack. And he’s very young. I feel those are this strengths.”

To combat that, Park said the plan is that “I’m going to bring my overall [game]. I’m going to bring everything to the fight.” That overall game should be enough to get him the win, he believes.

Watch the full interview with Combate Amercias’ Won Sik Park above! Combate Americas: Reinas takes place at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA on April 26. The event airs live on DAZN.


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