Demian Maia probably doesn’t really care what happened, as the end result was a victory for him.
But, what appeared to be an injury to his ribs turned out to be a severe muscle spasm that caused the end of the Maia-Dong Hyun Kim match this past weekend at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II.
Kim’s manager, Brian Rhee, posted on the MMA forum The Underground, that his fighter suffered the spasm during the opening round of action against Maia. This was the first contest at welterweight for Maia, who was once a contender to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Rhee posted that Kim had suffered the same kind of muscle spasm in training, “all the time, but for some reason, it caused a severe muscle spasm in this particular time. It truly was a freak accident.”
The loss was just the second of Kim’s career, with the first coming to current interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit last year.
“It’s a terrible way to lose a fight,” Rhee wrote, “and ‘Stun Gun’ is really bummed out about it. I’m sure he’ll be back and going strong soon enough, though!”
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